Rivers and Digging - Newsletter

Dear Preschool Families,

Even though mud season has been here for awhile, it has officially taken over our playground environment!  The preschoolers were so excited to inspect how the consistency of dirt changes and by the end of our play the children were covered head to toe in mud (as we are sure you noticed).  This kind of exploration is the root of our learning at Breakwater.  Children using their senses and noting seasonal transitions on how their everyday natural environment changes is where curiosity roots itself, and knowledge grows.  Monday we spent the whole morning outside painting snow and when it melted in the afternoon we made rivers to help empty the puddles.  We tasted a mystery food (watermelon radish) on Tuesday and the preschoolers noted their preference of liking it a lot, a little, or not at all.  Check out their responses on the Forest Room door.  After special requests from some preschoolers, Danielle brought drums to music and they were a hit!

Carolyn’s dad, Doug Watts, joined us for the Community Day and brought with him children’s fishing poles with practice (foam) hooks and fish.  Our hallway was busy with preschoolers working with Doug on learning to cast and reel in fish.  Children were proud to share that they’ve gone fishing before and could show others who were excited to learn.  It was so much fun! Thank you to Doug for spending the morning with us and donating the poles to Breakwater.  They are great tools for hand eye coordination skills and we are excited to use them again.

Our Baking and Making Day has become one of our favorite days as we develop our math and science skills while cooking up scrumptious things.  This week we made a carrot cake with frosting and enjoyed it on our playground.  All of our recipes are developed with the classroom dietary needs in mind and sweetened with maple syrup or honey.  If you would like to make any of our makings at home with your children, let us know.  We post our recipes in the classrooms for children to refer back to.  

Friday was an exciting day.  Sari brought materials for birdhouse making to our hallway workspace and preschoolers worked with her tools building together.  Sari’s visits have become very popular and we have a rotating list so each child can participate the next visit if this round was full.  We met our learning buddies outside for mud play, digging, games, and soccer in the field.  We often hear from the preschoolers that buddy day is their favorite day and seeing their friendships grow explains why.  It’s pretty wonderful.  

 

Weekly Questions for Your Child

  • What did you think of the mystery food Barbara had for tasting?  Do you know what it was?

  • Is there any snow left on the playground?  What is on the ground now? Is there grass?  Is it green?

  • How did you use the drums with Danielle?  Do you sing while you play them?

  • Are you digging on the preschool playground? What are you finding in the dirt?

  • What did you bake this week?  How do you make carrot cake?  Did you like it?

 

Coming Up and Reminders!

  • Pajama Day!  This coming Friday, April 14th, is school-wide pajama day!  

  • Mark you calendars! April Break is the 17th-21st.

  • Please let Molly or Yazi know if you will be able to chaperone our Farm Field Trip on April 27th.

Our Weekly Schedule

Monday- Art Studio with Molly

Tuesday- All School Meeting at 8:20AM & Music with Danielle

Wednesday- Community Day with Cate Gaynor and Book Mobile

Thursday- Baking and Making Day

Friday- Learning Buddies Walk

 

This Weeks Line Leaders for Forest and Castle Room

Monday-  Neil & Lydia

Tuesday-  Izzy & Maeve

Wednesday- Rowan Jaret & Mia

Thursday- Sammy & Rowan Van Donselaar

Friday-  Willie & William Carriere

 

Happily,

Josephine, Liz, Molly, and Yazi

The Preschool Team