May passed by us in a flash! With spring break and preparations for Family Day, we only had time for a handful of art projects. We completed our third seasonal tree, this one for spring. We reviewed our tree drawing technique, first drawing two parallel lines for the trunk, adding branches, “baby” branches, and coloring the bark in with shades of brown. Then we used blue watercolor to paint the background. Next we got to use a new tool for adding leaves- a pom-pom held with a clothespin! This allowed us to dot on dark and light green leaves without getting our fingers dirty. Lastly, we discussed how spring trees are special because many of them sprout flowers for a short period of time. We crumpled up and glued on pieces of tissue paper to get our trees blooming.
Our next endeavors were both fine-motor intensive projects to show our skills for Family Day. We created several more “best effort” drawings and decorated the cover to complete our books. Miss Angela wrote our priceless captions on the backs to explain the stories behind our drawings! It is amazing how funny, insightful, imaginative, and clever we can be as four- and five-year-olds. Once bound into book these collections demonstrate how much we have grown this year and we can’t wait for you to see them in June!
Finally, we spent many days creating our name banners that will hang on the playground fence during Family Day. We painstakingly decorated each letter with many lines, shapes, colors, and patterns. Then we painted the backgrounds with watercolor and sprinkled on some salt. This was especially fun since we used paint rollers to apply the watercolor! The crowning glory was the glitter, of course. Hopefully we won’t still be seeing the sparkly stuff EVERYWHERE (i.e. down our shirts, in our pockets, inside of our pillow cases at home???) on Family Day, but we hope to see YOU there!
During the month of May, we continued to discuss time, specifically building upon concepts related to the calendar. The children learned the songs, “Days of the Week” and “Months of the Year.” Our older groups drew a clock complete with numbers 1 to 12 and the minute and hour hands. They also illustrated different parts of the day (morning, afternoon, and evening, night and midnight) in a special math project. As weather permitted, we enjoyed math outdoors, including activities such as counting and sorting trees and plant life based on characteristics such as size, color, and other physical features.
May flowers inspired the Blossomers to take a closer look at these beautiful springtime flora. We read the book, I Can Count the Petals of a Flower by John & Stacey Wahl. Afterwards the children had an opportunity to draw their own flowers and count the petals!
For the rest of month, we reviewed the work we did and the children applied their math skills to different activities and games. And of course we are getting all of our work ready for the upcoming Open House! We hope to see you there to explore a year’s worth of friendship, fun, and learning!
The month of May has been full of exciting scientific adventures as we tested our green thumbs and learned all about plants! We studied seeds and how they grow, and even had the chance to do some planting of our own. We started off by reading some of our favorite books, including The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall and Save a Tree for Me by Norma L. Genter.
We decided to see what would happen if we tried to grow seeds in different environments. We started with plastic bags and sunflower, zucchini, and pumpkin seeds. We placed several seeds in each bag and subjected each bag to different conditions. Some seeds we added only water to, some had just soil, and some seeds received both soil and water. We discovered the right conditions for seeds to grow include an environment with sun, soil, and water!
With this knowledge in hand, we took class outdoors and planted a sunflower garden! To prepare the ground for planting, we raked and tilled the earth, and when the soil was loose, planted sunflower seeds. It has been very exciting watching our baby plants grow!
Inside, we created a greenhouse using an egg carton and plastic wrap. We planted tomato seeds in soil, gave them water, and placed the whole container on the windowsill, where it would receive plenty of sunlight. It’s tomato-riffic!
We have also been very busy working on our Family Day projects and are looking forward to seeing everyone there!
To begin the month of May, we concentrated on our name writing skills and Zoo-phonics letters and sounds. We have focused particularly on uppercase and lowercase letter recognition. In conjunction with this, the children were asked to draw any object they wanted and afterwards, with the teacher’s help, they were asked to sound out the letters of the word to describe their picture. This task assisted them in the word writing process. The children were eager to attempt writing the word they needed to complete their drawing.
In preparation for Mother’s Day, the children were very busy. We read stories pertaining to mothers and concentrated on creating our Mother’s Day cards. The children’s hands were painted and used to form a butterfly. Everyone was encouraged to sign their own name inside! The children were so excited to decorate these cards and keep them a surprise!
Towards the end of this month, we read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. This particular story explains the life cycle of the butterfly in a very child friendly way. Afterwards a group discussion about the story ensued. The children were provided with paper and writing materials and asked to draw an event that occurred in the story. Next, the teacher recorded their ideas onto their paper. This learning activity encouraged the children to recall events that happened in the story and supported critical thinking along with fine motor skills.
Yoga & Movement
May has been a blossom of activity as we’ve taken advantage of the beautiful weather and moved class outdoors. From playground games of add-on tag and what time is it Mr. Fox?, to more freeform activities where we’ve explored all our ample play yard has to offer, the children have loved stretching their muscles.
A favorite activity this month was Sardines, which takes the classic game of hide-and-go-seek and turns it on its head. In this version, one child hides and everyone else serves as a seeker. When a seeker finds the hidden child, s/he hides with that child. Eventually, all the children are hiding together, packed like sardines!
Another beloved game has all the children crying argh matey! Pirate Island brings out the inner swashbucklers in all the Blossomers. For this game, warring groups of pirates must steal gold from pirate island and return it to their teams treasure chest. The pirates with the most treasure win!
This month we also spent some time preparing for Open House. One representative from each group was chosen to use his body to create a yoga pose that represented his group name. Ms. Halie traced the pose onto a large piece of paper, the whole class worked together to color it in, and each child wrote her name inside. Now we have a yoga mascot for each class! These creative creations will be decorating Katie’s Room for Open House. Welcome to the Y-ungle!
We will wrap up the year with plenty more fun outdoor adventures!