May 2013

May 2013

I can’t believe it’s May already –time has been flying.  The children are developing by leaps and bounds.  New friendships are blossoming and they are sharing mutual interests with each other.  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.   

Please remember that our school day starts at 9:00.  We are glad that your children are eager to come to school, but our teachers are busy getting the classroom ready in the morning and we need every minute to provide the best program for everyone. 

Sibling Night will be Wednesday, May 8th and Thursday, May 9th 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.   

Don’t miss our last parent meeting on May 21st at 6:30.  We had a number of great topic suggestions from the parent survey – we’ll pick one for this meeting.    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 bulletin board.  Remember, there will be no school on May 24th and 27th for Memorial Day. 

Fieldtrips:  This month we’ll be hiking to the falls with both classes; Wednesday May 1st and Thursday May 16th.    On those days, we’ll meet next to the park office 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 and the firehouse – watch for details to come. 

Community Yard/Bake Sale:  June 1st!   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 can always use some extra help to sort and price stuff on Friday if anyone is available. 

May Activities:  We have a lot of nature themes this month, from gardening and salamanders, plus Mother’s Day.  We’ll start the month by reading a new book, Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds.  We’ll continue our exploration of our senses with taste and smell by making our own salsa and guacamole and make animal puppets.  In preparation for Mother’s Day we’ll read Where’s My Mom? by Julia Donaldson.  We’ll make a special gift for our mothers and talk about animals and their babies.  We’ll move onto gardening with a favorite book – Muncha, Muncha, Muncha by Candace Fleming.  We’ll talk about what plants need, different vegetables, sprout seeds, and make a garden collage.  Next will be Salamander Room by Anne Mazer.  The children will build terrariums and talk about the water cycle and animal habitats.

Terrific Two’s:  Finally, spring is here!  We have enjoyed chicks in our classroom and wool from Ms. Devas sheep.  On our playground we are digging for worms and picking flowers. We are talking about farm animals and exploring with our senses.  We will start the month with a favorite by Ezra Jack Keats, Over In The Meadow.  As a group we will build a pond and explore with water in our sensory table.  We will also be reading Cock-A-Doodle-Doo! A Day On The Farm by Venice Shone and The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming.   Just a reminder, please do not include peanuts in our snacks.  The pastor of the church has an allergy and she passing by our class frequently.   Also, remember to dress according to the weather. We do get outside every day!  Thank you and enjoy the sunshine!

 Five green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs (yum, yum!)

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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