March opened with shamrocks, the color green, rainbows, pots of gold, and a little bit of ladybugs (just because they were still so loved).
Recently, we also brought the springtime theme into the class, with all sorts of eggs to sort, open and close, match and transfer. We also have bunnies, baby birds and ducks. The number this month is 7.
We have small representations of Australian animals and a poem about a koala bear. The mystery bag holds objects from nature to match (and name).
We also are starting a Land, Air and Water theme, which offers a geography type of sensory experience. We have things that go on land with lots of felt vehicles, felt transportation boats that go on water, and later we’ll introduce the things that fly. Because the children respond to this theme, we change out activities similar in nature, but with different settings and objects in the coming weeks.
We are getting ready for the Spring Festival. The Spring Festival is always a short celebration and gathering that starts off with an egg hunt and offers a period of mixing and mingling while your children are able to participate in some fun activities, such as bagel and visor decorating and shaker making. This is always a festive gathering. It will be a short day, but a fun celebration. We hope that you will all join us!
Songs we’ve been singing
In Far Away Australia,
Across the rolling sea,
There lives the small Koala bear,
As lovely as can be,
He doesn’t eat meat or vegetables,
He doesn’t drink milk or tea,
He only eats eucalyptus leaves, from the eucalyptus tree.
One little, two little, three little shamrocks,
Four little, five little, six little shamrocks,
Seven little, eight little, nine little shamrocks,
Ten little shamrocks bringing you luck!
We dance to Music Together songs like: “Dance to your daddy, my little laddie…” and to “Ran
Tin Tannah,” which is one of my favorite melodies!
I am a baby bird, hatching from my shell,
Out comes my head, then comes my tail.
Now my legs I stretch, my wings I give a flap,
I fly and fly and fly, now what do you think of that?
Down, down, down, down, down down.
Five eggs, and five eggs, that makes ten,
Sitting on top is mother hen,
Cackle, cackle, cackle, what do I see?
ten fluffy chicks, as lovely as can be!
I saw a little bunny go hop, hop, hop,
I said little bunny won't you stop, stop, stop.
I saw his little eyes go blink, blink, blink,
I saw his little nose go twink, twink, twink,
I said little bunny, won't you stay,
Then he looked at me, and he hopped away!
Our annual Spring Festival for children and parent(s) is Thursday, March 17, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Since it is such a short festival, here are some guidelines to make it as sweet as possible for the children:
Bring a spring-type basket for collecting eggs!
We will meet between 8:45 and 9 a.m. in Room 5, not the playground. At 9 a.m. sharp, we will walk to the playground for an egg hunt. There will be three eggs per child, and you are welcome to assist your child. If your child finds more than three eggs, you may invite them to share with others!
After the egg hunt, you and your child can work together on some art activities. We’ll have visor decorating and egg shaker making. The crafts are intended for both parent and child to do together, though there will be teachers to assist with general directions. We also will set up bagel decorating, which is messy but sweet!
Please keep in mind that the Primary festival starts at 10 a.m., and we need to make room for those families in the parking lot.
We’re looking forward to a lovely Spring morning!