Even though this week was less than Spring, we embraced our outdoor classroom during the cloudy, rainy, and sunny days! On Monday, we spent the morning outside where friends planted carrot seeds and made a fence in our garden to stop little feet from stomping them. During the afternoons this week, the children have been excited to play soccer in the field. They’ve been working hard to use problem solving and compromising skills when developing the rules of the game and creating teams.
Tuesday, the preschoolers practiced letters with a hopscotch game and writing provocations. For some, instead of checking into the classroom with our rocks, we’ve been physically signing our name on a piece of paper. It is wonderful to see the children proud to sign their name in and recognizing the others who have gotten there before them. During music time we rehearsed for the upcoming spring concert. If you are interested in helping, sing John Denver’s “Country Road” with your child!
Wednesday was a very busy day in preschool! Jessica Hunken, Charlie’s mom, visited for Community Day to teach us about her job working for a company that does indoor air purification- thank you for your time and wisdom! Silly Steve was our second visitor and read us a fun story before inviting us to check out books on the mobile. We really do love our special time with our friends from the Portland Public Library. Students also foraged mint from around our school gardens to make a special treat for Mother’s Day. Finally, we shared popsicles after singing Happy Birthday for Neil’s 4th year!
For our final day of the week, we prepared our Mother’s Day gifts by adding our dehydrated mint and chamomile tea to cheese cloths tied with a string. Look for this gift in your child’s backpack (or cubby next week if forgotten) in an envelope with a homemade water color cards. A special thanks to all of the mom’s who share their wonderful children with us! Here are some quotes the preschoolers said while talking about their moms today… see if you can recognize one that might be about you!
“She lets me bring toys to a restaurant. She’s very nice and every day she tells me when the cat’s bowl is empty. Love my mommy! Go bananas, I love you, you’re the best mom ever than anything in the world!”
“You’re a great walker and I love you, mom! She’s sweet, she likes me, she lets me buy pretzels.”
“I love you, mom and you’re the best! I love you with all of my heart!”
“I love you, mom. You always pack me food that I want.”
“I love my mom and I can’t wait for her baby.”
“I love my mommy! Thanks for lego-ing with me.”
“I like our secret thing and when we listen to songs in the car.”
Happy Mother’s Day!
Weekly Questions for Your Child
Where did you get the mint for the tea?
What was your team name in soccer?
When will the carrot seeds start to sprout?
Who did you ride bikes with this week?
Coming Up This Week and Reminders
The All School Spring Music Concert will be held May 18 at 6:00PM in the Dan. We look forward to seeing you there!
Early childhood is preparing for our annual trip to Kettle Cove. The field trip will take place on Tuesday, May 30th with a rain date of Wednesday, May 31st. Keep an eye out for an email with more information about this special trip!
Outdoor drop-offs will continue on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday unless the rain keeps us away. Continue to keep your child’s cubby stocked with extra clothes in case of play in the rain and gardening.
Our Weekly Schedule
Monday- Outdoor Classroom & Art Studio with Josephine
Tuesday- All School Meeting at 8:20 and Music rehearsal with Danielle
Wednesday- Outdoor Classroom, Community Day with Todd Michaelis, & Bookmobile
Thursday- Making and Baking Day
Friday- Outdoor Classroom and 3rd & 4th grade Learning Buddies
This Weeks Line Leaders in the Forest and Castle Room
Monday- Chloe & Lydia
Tuesday- Eli & Maeve
Wednesday- Gus & Mia
Thursday- Izzy & Rowan Van Donselaar
Friday- Neil & William Carriere
The Preschool Team