As we prepare to resume class after Spring Break, we are blessed to look at all that our Little Lambs are accomplishing. They are truly amazing, and it is exciting to watch them "sprout" in all areas of development: academically, socially, physically and spiritually. There will be much to share and discuss during upcoming conferences! Here is a quick peek at what we have been doing lately:
Literacy: There has been a reading explosion in the classroom lately! Many of our students are working confidently with our reading equipment, and quite a few of the children are now working through our series of independent-reading books. This is always an exciting step as the students look forward to taking their book bags back and forth between home and school. If you have any questions about how to support your child in this endeavor, please don't hesitate to ask! Our Kindergarten children continue to write in their journals and are also working on memorizing several two-letter phonograms (sh, th, ch, ck, ai, ee) as they build their reading and writing skills.
Math: Our Little Lambs are very eager learners in the math department! We are seeing steady progress and a lot of enthusiasm in this area, throughout the class. Before the break, we started a study of measurement, and we will continue this when class resumes. We begin with non-standard measurement before moving on to an introduction to standard measurement. This unit of study also supports the concept of comparisons through vocabulary such as "longer/shorter," "heaviest/lightest" etc. These measurements get really fun when we start our rainforest study...some of those snakes are huge!
Science and Social Studies: We wrapped up our arctic study with a great Kindergarten preview day: painting with ice, freeing some frozen penguins and experimenting with blubber. Now it's time to move into the desert. Can your child tell you what makes something a desert? (Hint...it doesn't have anything to do with temperature!) We are having fun learning about lizards, rattlesnakes, saguaro cacti and the people who live in deserts around the world. In addition to our habitat study, we are also immersed in learning all about our five senses. We've enjoyed taste tests and sensory bins, and our last Kindergarten preview day included lots of slime! The children have been enjoying this study with enthusiasm, so we will keep it going as long as they are interested.
Music: We have now introduced the complete set of bells, including sharps and flats, and the children have been learning the names of the notes. We completed our study of the orchestra and enjoy singing the class favorite, "Music Master," highlighting different instruments. This group of students LOVES to sing! We are also now preparing for our spring performance, "I Am A Promise." We look forward to sharing this evening with you on April 28th!
Thank you for the continued privilege of teaching your amazing children. They are blessings to us every single day!