April 2011

April 2011

It hasn’t felt much like spring yet, but hopefully it will soon!  With the unpredictable weather, it’s good to send your child prepared for anything.  Boots are especially important as our playground tends to be muddy in spring, but waterproof exercise pants are also nice for those children who like to sit in the dirt.

The children have really been enjoying their developing friendships and stretching their imaginations.   We’ve been playing with rhyming words, watching for signs of spring and exploring our five senses.  The children really enjoy sharing their ideas at circle time and practicing writing and drawing.   They have all grown so much since the beginning of the school year!

April is a short month, but we have a lot going on!  Remember, our parent meeting is on Monday, April 4th from 6:30-7:30.  We’re hoping to have an open parent discussion about kindergarten and some of the questions or concerns that might come up.   We’d love to have parents who have recently been through the kindergarten process to add their thoughts and insight to the discussion.   

We will be having special person’s night on Wednesday & Thursday, April 13th & 14th from 6:30-7:30pm.  These evenings allow each student to bring in one special person who would not otherwise have the chance to visit TCNS.   Children can bring a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or other special adult friend. 

Spring break will be April 18-22!  There will be no school that week.  Hopefully the weather will be beautiful and we can all get outside and enjoy the spring!  Next year’s registration forms will be in your cubbies the first week of April.  Please get them back to me before the April break.   Let me know if you have any questions about registration. 

April activities:  this month we’ll be talking about birds and eggs, baby animals and gardens.  We’ll continue to talk about spring and look for signs of spring.  The first book we’ll read is Tillie Lays an Egg by Terry Golson.   This is a great book about chickens and egg laying with beautiful photographs.  We’ll make eggshell collages, tissue paper eggs, do some egg experiments and make a handprint chicken.  We’ll talk about what animals come from eggs.  Next we’ll read Mole and the Baby Bird by Marjorie Newman.  This is a sweet book about taking care of something and letting it go.  We’ll build bird nests and bird houses, and talk about baby animal names.   After April break we’ll read Muncha, Muncha, Muncha! by Candace Fleming.  This is a fun book about a farmers attempt to protect his garden from a group of rabbits.  We’ll plant seeds, do seed mosaic, and make bunny puppets.

Terrific Two’s:  While we are waiting for spring to arrive outside we are in full bloom in our classroom.  Our tree is budding, the sun is shining, kites are flying and we are watching flowers bloom every day!   In April we will be enjoying spring themed books and taking note of all the changes happening around us.  We will be looking for flowers, bugs, sunny day and even rainy days, everything spring!  Remember we will go outside every day, weather permitting.  Continue to send snow pants and boots to protect us from the mud.  Expect us to come home dirty!  We also are excited to welcome James and Sadie to our classroom.  They will be joining us after spring break and stay with us through the end of the year!  

Five little duckies went swimming one day

Over the pond and far away

Mama duck went “quack, quack, quack!”

But only four little duckies came back.

Four little duckies went swimming one day…

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