May 2012

May 2012

I can’t believe it’s May already –time has been flying.  The children have been enjoying their developing friendship and mutual interests.  Our last months of school are going to be very busy.  We have a number of fieldtrips coming up and Sibling Night this month and next month will be an ice cream social and graduation.  Hopefully we’ll finally see some warmer weather!

Don’t miss our last parent meeting on May 15th at 6:30.  The topic of media and children was suggested for discussion.  I will copy some articles ahead of time, but it would be a great chance to get some ideas from fellow parents.   We’ll also talk about some end of school events – family ice cream social and graduation coming in June.  Results of the parent survey are posted on the parent bulletin board.  TCNS will be working on teacher evaluations this month – please take a few minutes to fill out these forms.   We appreciate all your feedback.  Parent input is an important part of our program!

Sibling Night will be Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th from 6:30-7:30 pm.  This is a time when your child can bring their siblings (yes, all of them) to school with them. Parents do need to stay at this event, but it’s lots of fun.   We will have a special project, snack and playground time.   Remember, there will be no school on Memorial Day, May 28th

Fieldtrips:  This month we’ll be hiking to the falls with both classes; Wednesday May 16th and Thursday May 31st.    On those days, we’ll meet at the central pavilion near the boat launch to begin, but return to the playground after the hike.  Parents and siblings are welcome to join us.   We are also planning a visit to Goodlife Farm – watch for details to come. 

Community Yard/Bake Sale:  (Date in question).   This is a great chance to go through your attics, basements, and garages and hoe out!  Combat your hoarding and benefit TCNS at the same time!  We’ll begin collecting the week before the sale.  We could use some extra help to sort and price stuff on Friday if anyone is available.  We’re also looking forward to adding baked items to the sale this year. 

Summer camp applications are available.  We are currently planning for only one week – July 16-19th (Monday-Thursday).   Enrollment is limited to 15 children, so register early.  We will consider adding another week later if we are unable to accommodate everyone who is interested. 

May Activities:  We have a lot of nature themes this month, from clouds and birds to frogs and gardening.  We’ll start the month by reading a new book from the scholastic order, Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld.  We’ll make a rainstick, clouds and rainbows, plus make a terrarium and talk about the water cycle.  Next we’ll read a lovely book by Marjorie Newman, Mole and the Baby Bird.  We’ll talk about animal habitats, birds that we see, make different birds, and paint with feathers.  Our next book will be Hungry Harry by Joanne Partis.  This is a great book about a frog searching for food.  We’ll talk about the life cycle of a frog and make a frog puppet and caterpillar.  Our next book will be the classic, Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens.  We’ll talk about what plants need, different vegetable, sprout seeds, and make a garden collage.

Terrific Two’s:  May will bring flowers and warm weather! We are looking forward to finally digging for worms and exploring our playground for wonderful signs of spring. Our time on the playground is an exciting opportunity to explore and discover in our wonderful natural setting. We are constantly amazed by their thoughts and developing vocabularies.

Inside we will be reading books including ideas on farms, animals and planting and growing. Circle time is stretching in include name and letter recognition, weather conditions and counting on our classroom calendar. During our art activities we are expanding our small motor skills with scissor use, painting, glue brushes, crayons, markers and pastels. We are constantly engaged in conversations and always looking to expand our play.  We are using our time in the big room to extend listening skills, practice loud and quiet and working on self-control of bodies.  Our days are busy and filled with fun!

Five green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs

One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool

Then there were four green speckled frogs!

Four green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log…..

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