End of the School Year
We can’t believe that we just finished our last week of school! While many of our children will be here for break program and/or Camp Simchah, it was a still a bittersweet goodbye to our classroom and our toddler family. These are no longer the same toddlers who walked into our room for the first time back in August. On a funny note, when comparing the beginning and end pictures, they are taller, their faces are longer, and they have necks! On a more serious note, they have grown into such intelligent, conversational, curious, independent children. We are so proud of each and every one of them and know that, even though we may not be ready, they are ready to move onto the two-year-old classrooms come August. It has truly been a pleasure spending this year with Aiden, Aubrey,Claire, Jack, Asher, Cort, George, Ines and Isabel. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you ever need anything!
Physics on the Naturescape, Part II
Our Outdoor Classroom plan for this week was almost rained out! Luckily the rain stopped just long enough for us to get outside and experiment with inclines and rolling balls. Many of the children were not as interested as last week, due to the puddles left from the rain and the fact that they had the naturescape all to themselves. In the block center, we set up ramps using two different kinds of blocks. First, we experimented with the ramps and discovered the ball remained on the block ramp longer than the flat ramp. We solved the problem by placing them next to each other and began experimenting with different sizes of balls. Unfortunately, our results proved inconclusive as the concept of releasing the balls at the same time is hard to grasp when the excitement level is too high to wait patiently.
At the beginning of the school year, many of our children had definite friend preferences. Whether they engaged in parallel play, watched the other child, or were comforted by their presence, we observed groupings of children. By the end of the school year, we have been amazed at the close knit group of children we have. In certain activities, the original pairings still exist due to strong common interests, but throughout our day, we see everyone interacting in kind, respectful moments. One of our favorite centers for building relationships is our cozy corner, or book center. Our class has a strong love for literacy and reading and has begun to now read books to each other. We often find a group of children gathered around one leader – either reciting the book by memory or making up their own words. We can’t wait to see these friendships grow over the summer and during the next school year!
Recap and Reminders
- Thank you for everything each of you have done to make this year so successful! We are appreciative of each and every one of you, especially in trusting us with your precious child’s education. Stay in touch!
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