April 2017 Newsletter

APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER

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TIME TO SPRING INTO ACTION:  Our silent auction is much closer now and we need your help!

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  • A spread sheet re past business donations is up and available for parents to sign up for businesses. There will be a spread sheet for personal donations that have been given in the past to help give ideas. You may sign up for other businesses or for personal donations you may be able to provide.  Check with Kit re any questions.
  • Please let Kit know if you plan to attend the auction so that we may reserve your tickets (these should be available soon). Let your friends and neighbors know about this.
  • We need a volunteer for a bartender the night of the event.
  • Let us know if you can help with the prep work and/or clean up at Claymont.

Your participation is vital to the success of this event.  PLEASE PLEASE HELP US.

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EUROPE has continued to be our special study with a concentration on Spain, France and Italy, with photos from Provence and Tuscany for our dictated stories.  Annie provided an interesting book that focused on specific cities in Europe in a concise and illustrated context.  Ceramic art was introduced with mugs, bowls, plates, and tiles.  The children were then all invited to decorate their own white tiles with sharpie markers which were sprayed and sealed for home use.  Finally, Annie introduced baguettes and croissants and helped the children make chocolate croissants which were, of course, enjoyed by all!

 

St. Patrick’s Day was also celebrated with Annie playing Irish songs with her fiddle, with Celtic design stamps, listening to Irish music with hammered dulcimer, introduction and coloring of shamrocks, songs and stories of leprechauns.

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EASTER was another time to celebrate. We started a New Life bulletin board with photos of baby animals, gardens, butterflies, and children’s art of flowers and Easter eggs.  We read many books, both fiction and non-fiction, the latter describing types of eggs and information regarding the fact that all the animal kingdom has eggs for new life. We also had very large ovals cut out of watercolor paper for the children to paint upon, we dyed hard boiled eggs using silk wrapped around the eggs, and we had our annual Easter basket hunt.  Fun!

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GEOGRAPHY will continue to be a focus in our curriculum.  We have several world puzzles and have recently put out our large continent puzzle that focuses on hemispheres.  The children will be assisted in making their own continent posters and this will also lead us into a discussion of the health of the planet as our home.  Earth Day will be a continued event!

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CLASS PHOTOS are scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd, for both sessions.  All children are invited to attend school that day.  Orders will need to be placed early so that we are certain to have them returned in a timely fashion.

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PARENT-TEACHER CONVERENCES are on-going through April and May.  The sign-up sheet for the different appointments is on the table outside the classroom for any needed reminders.

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LETTERS WITH BONNIE have as usual been informative and inter-active.  These include:

  • R for rainbow fish which was made from a paper plate and then the metallic paint was printed with the end of celery stalks along with pieces of aluminum foil for the special scales. The children also did free flow ribbon art.
  • S for Dr. Seuss wherein Bonnie read Green Eggs and Ham and then the children made and ate green eggs.
  • T for teeth and the children cleaned an egg that had been soaked with Coca-Cola, turned brown, and then they cleaned it with a toothbrush. Healthy and unhealthy food were discussed and a large tooth was painted white with a toothbrush.
  • U for umbrella bird which the children learned about through a story and through making one of their own. They also went Under a large parachute on the playground.
  • V was for vase. The children put mod podge all over a small glass vase and then put pieces of colorful tissue paper over that.  They were lovely.

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MARIA MONTESSORI believed that nature talks directly to children.  Go for walks in the woods with your children to collect pine cones, leaves and seeds, or draw pictures of birds that you see.  Encourage them to observe insects (like an ant farm) or animals in the wild.  Growing plants from seeds or sprouts from a carrot top are always rewarding for children, and having a backyard garden makes a lot of sense, too.  Other ideal places for children to spend time are a sandy beach full of shells and other natural objects, or even just a yard full of snow.

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TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER BRAIN: Sleep is important to optimum brain function.  Loss of sleep affects attention, our ability to make good decisions, short-term memory, mood, the ability to deal with numbers and logic as well as with quantitative skills and motor dexterity.  Protect your brain.  Sleep 8-10 hours a day.

 

Stressed brains don’t learn the same way.  With a stressed brain, the reptilian brain takes over, and survival trumps our ability to learn and remember.  – From Maren Schmidt.

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SINCERE THANKS to Heidi Dorsey, Aimee Schneble, and Isis Kirby-O’Conell for their help when Kit was recovering from kidney stone surgery and was unable to be at school.

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STAY CLOSE TO ANYTHING

THAT MAKES YOU GLAD

YOU ARE ALIVE.    – Hafiz

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