Welcome back to all!
We started out the week with getting reacquainted with our friends, telling stories of Spring Break adventures, and enjoying each others’ company back at school.
Over the break the butterflies in our garden hatched and many of us got to see it happen right before our eyes! On Monday, we went into the butterfly tent and saw all the green and gold-flecked chrysalises, butterflies of all types, and caterpillars in their pre-cocoon shape. The children were a little upset when they saw a lizard grab and eat a butterfly, but we told them that this is a huge part of nature, and even if it seems sad, the predator has to survive, too. It’s also amazing to witness nature in action. Ms. Amanda demonstrated how to drink like a butterfly using their proboscis- they drank water through a straw without using hands. She then wrapped them in toilet paper to illustrate the feeling of being in the chrysalis.
Speaking of bugs- it’s that time again to send your kids to school wearing insect repellent and sunscreen, if you want to. Our playground is centrally located in a woody, muggy area where mosquitoes are prevalent.
Our afternoon group first played Frog Tag in P.E. with Coach Goldman, then explored Sculpey oven-bake clay and made interesting designs with a variety of colors back in the classroom. Then on Tuesday, they made Matzah Pizza with Ms. Alyse in cooking class.
We had a VPK buddy visit on Tuesday, which began with a brief musical performance for the L’Dor V’Dor campaign, and ended with a group art activity with a Yom Ha’Atzmaut theme. The children created a blue collage using blue paper, markers, tissue paper, stamps, and magazine pictures. All the collages will go together to represent the two stripes in the Israeli flag.
Our theme this week is pond life, specifically frog life. We looked at the life cycle and compared the stages to those of the butterfly. We read City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems and Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan, then we created a list of as many action words for the frog as possible, like, jump, hop, bounce, slide, splash, slurp, etc.
We also drew, cut and painted lily pads, added a flower to it with tissue paper, and put Ferdinand the Frog on top of them.
The students have been practicing writing their last names, and we are impressed! This is a huge amount of growth from the beginning of the year. Some of them know how to spell their names, while others need assistance, but they are learning so quickly.
Also, look for some of their other writing practice and math sheets in their daily folders:) In Jewish Studies we learned more about Yom Ha’Atzmaut.
This week’s Shabbat Aba is Logan and the Ema is Tavi. The Show and Tell person is Andrewsha.
Monday, April 20- No School/No Kids Club– Teacher In-Service day
Thursday, April 30- Diamond D Ranch field trip- will return to school at 1:45
Friday, May 15- Parent/Teacher conferences (already!)