As we get close to the end of the school year, the children who are old enough are assessed for readiness to move to Primary in the fall. Those who are ready will visit their new classrooms and meet the teachers. These visits give insight into next year and help reduce possible anxiety of this change.
Happy spring! This last month focused on flowers, chicks, eggs, bunnies, ducks and baby animals. Frogs, lizards, turtles and snakes were added later.
The practical life shelf usually has carrot, cucumber or apple chopping available. Recently, there also has been an egg transfer work with cupped tongs. The eggs look real, but they are hollow and have a light watercolor look. Sometimes, they fall as a child carries the tray, which is a lesson in itself and sweet to see others help collect the eggs.
Another new addition is the dry flower work. They can pull petals from dry flowers to make natural potpourri. When the group was asked what the product smelled like, some said flowers, and one child said strawberries!
The lizard scrubbing work has a small brush, bar of soap and a little water to make suds. This has been appreciated and usually results in a long period of concentration, which is important for development.
We also have had the frog life cycle (eggs, tadpole, froglet and adult frog) on the language shelf and frog matching on the pre-math shelf.
The number 8 is in the dropbox and as a peg work on the pre-math shelf. These tangible pegs provide a sensorial impression of the symbol with the quantity.
We have focused on the color pink. Red and white have been in the tiny jars for color mixing. A dropper is provided to allow small amounts of color to be added to watch the shade change. Pink was available for various flower, egg and frog paintings, as well as other spring and earth colors.
Bunny window clings, pink paper to tear or cut with scissors, flower and egg pin-punch, colorful eggs to glue on baskets and seasonal stickers also were activities on the art shelf.
We have introduced a sewing work. It’s a thick paper bunny shape with holes punched out along the edge and a piece of yarn to weave through the holes. This wouldn’t be easy for a young toddler, but some of the older children are interested in a new challenge.
The alphabet is making its way through the soundbox and is now on the letter “O.” It contains an orange, onion, okra, owl, orca, ornament, octopus and letter card with a picture of an oboe on it.
The children planted wheatgrass and sunflower seeds. They enjoyed getting into the dirt, handling the seeds, watering the cups and watching them grow.
There was a little turtle
That lived in a box. (put hands together to make a box)
He swam in a puddle, (make swimming movements)
And he climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at a mosquito. (snap your fingers)
He snapped at a flea. (snap your fingers)
He snapped at a minnow. (snap your fingers)
And he snapped at me. (snap your fingers)
He caught the mosquito. (clap)
He caught the flea. (clap)
He caught the minnow. (clap)
But he didn’t catch me! (make a proud face)
One green and speckled frog,
Sat on a hollow log,
Eating the most delicious lunch, yum, yum.
He hopped into the pool, where it was nice and cool,
Then there were no more speckled frogs.
I am a baby bird, hatching from my shell.
Out come my legs, 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, down, down.
I saw a little bunny go hop, hop, hop.
I saw his little ears go flop, flop, flop.
I saw his little nose go twink, twink, twink.
I saw his little eyes go blink, blink, blink.
I said little bunny, won’t you stay?
Then he looked at me, and he hopped away.
(Tune: This Land Is Your Land)
This land is your land.
This land is my land.
Let’s work together
To make it better
From tall green forests
To clear blue waters
This land was made for you and me.
Teaching peace all the world around
You and me, every city, every town
One by one in our work and in our play
We are teaching peace by what we do and what we say
May 24: Last Day of School/Early dismissal
May 30: School Picnic
“To assist the child, we must provide an environment which enables him to develop freely. A child is passing through a period of self-realization, and it is enough simply to open up the door for him.” – Dr. Maria Montessori