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On Tuesday and Wednesday Little Scholars hosted Grandparents Day! Over 50 grandparents attended the event. Grandparents participated in a craft with their grandchildren and then enjoyed some special baked treats and coffee!
One parent wrote, "Such a special day! Our daughter was so excited to have her Grammy and Gramps at school! Thank you!"
The month of May started with a delicious May breakfast that included eggs, yogurt, fruit, muffins and donuts! Many activities continued during the month….
Mrs. Oldham’s classroom did a lesson about plant growth. They planted Marigold seeds and learned that soil, water and sun make seeds grow. The children learned to be responsible for their plants by watering them every day. The plants grew very big and the children were excited to take them home. In the Creative Art Domain, the children painted on the easel and then described what they had created. In Literacy, the focus was on Eric Carle books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear, Let's Paint a Rainbow and Will You Be My Friend? The last letters of the alphabet museum letters were finished - Y and Z
Ms. Tanner’s class did a lesson on pond life and learned about the life cycle of a frog. In Creative Arts, the children made frogs and turtles and expressed themselves with easel paintings. In Language Development and the Literacy Domains, they worked on opposites, letters Y and Z, and finished up letter sounds. In the Mathematics Domain, the class learned about numbers in the teens and counting by 10's. The class enjoyed working on gifts for Mother's Day and talked about why moms are so special.
Mrs. Peterson’s class began by making Mother's Day gifts with the theme - I Love You to the Moon and Back. Then on May 9th, the Monarch Butterflies arrived! Each week the children observed and drew the different stages of the Monarch butterfly in a journal. They also made a life cycle model that included: eggs, small larvae (caterpillars), large caterpillars, chrysalis, and a butterfly that pumps its wings to emerge into a beautiful Monarch. They expanded their language development by learning the words "metamorphosis" and "molting". On May 29th and the 30th, the twelve Monarch butterflies were released into the world to their natural habitat.
The month concluded with a special visit from Officer Craig from the East Providence Police Department. He discussed his duties as an officer and what to do if a stranger talks to you. He asked the children, "When do you call 9-1-1?” Officer Craig showed the children his "tool" belt that included pepper spray and handcuffs. He also explained about the shortage of female police officers and their importance in effective law enforcement.
March was highlighted by Dr. Seuss’s birthday, St. Patrick’s Day and a special petting zoo experience provided by Animal Experiences.
Little Scholars celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday the whole week by having a different theme each day. One of the favorite theme days was “Crazy Sock Day. “ Of course, many classic Dr. Seuss stories were read and enjoyed all week long!
Many activities accompanied the anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day. The children enjoyed playing, "Roll a Shamrock", which is a number recognition game using dice and green jewels as markers. They enjoyed reading the book, Leprechaun on the Loose. Most of all, the children enjoyed building leprechaun traps! In the building center, the children created leprechaun traps with blocks, shamrocks and gold. They also did a family project where a leprechaun trap was built at home and brought into school for show and tell. What creative ideas we saw!
Later in the month, Little Scholars was paid a visit by Animal Experiences. Animal Experiences arrived to Little Scholars with a variety of animals including: turtles, snakes, a tree frog, a hedgehog, a chinchilla and Wally the alligator. This fun and educational day allowed the students to learn the importance of respecting animal life and concluded with the children having the opportunity to hold and pet the animals. Many children overcame their fear of reptiles and discovered a newfound appreciation for them!
January’s themes were focused around the winter weather and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Books related to these topics that were read included: The Mitten, Frozen Noses, The Wild Toboggan Ride, The Three Snow Bears, It’s Okay to be Different and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Many winter weather activities were done. After reading the book, The Mitten, children acted out the story and then painted a snowman and creatively decorated it. Students became ‘ice explorers’ and learned how water freezes and melts. They did an experiment using salt, water and their hands to see what makes ice melt! The children also used white (snow) slime to have sensory experiences.
In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a wonderful activity was done whereby the children discussed differences such as hair color, eye color, skin color, height and gender. They discussed how every person is unique but all people are to be treated equally and fairly. They also learned the song “I've Got Peace in My Fingers" by Susan Salidor and then made hearts by tracing their hands. They learned that Dr. King delivered a speech called, “I Have a Dream”. They then discussed their dreams for the classroom...one of which was to always be kind to one another!
In Mrs. Peterson’s class, most of the learning revolved around a holiday theme and included elf games and Christmas activities in the math, literacy and language arts domains. To work on numbers the children used a Santa calendar. The science curriculum included gingerbread cloud dough which was used with various sensory activities. A science experiment was conducted that dissolved a gingerbread cookie in water. The children made predictions about what would happen to the cookie, discussed their observations and then logged them onto a chart. Many holiday books were read and enjoyed by all.
Ms. Tanner's class worked on the letters Q and G, the colors silver and gold and the star shape. The children made a family present and gift bag. They also participated in a family project whereby a blank gingerbread cutout was sent home and then returned to school in disguise! Gingerbread playdough was used to create reindeers. The class received daily visits from their scout elf, Jingle McSprinkles. Jingle McSprinkles taught the children many valuable lessons that included problem solving and being kind to others.
Mrs. Oldham's class had a Santa's workshop in their room. They wrapped presents and made ornaments to work on their fine motor skills. The science curriculum included making peppermint playdough. The children learned about the holiday of Hanukkah. They played the dreidel game and made a dreidel out of a marshmallow and Hersey kiss. They also painted a dreidel with water colors. The children continue to practice their names and letter recognition. They continued learning about the letters C, O, Q in the alphabet museum. The children brought in great examples of the letters for show and tell.
To cap off the month, the children were paid a special visit from Santa and enjoyed a holiday party!
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