Mrs. Carroll’s Class: Class News

Our Kindergarten children took a trip to Warrup’s Farm in Redding, CT to learn all about the maple sugaring process.  We are so grateful the weather cooperated with us.  On the farm, Farmer Bill showed us how to tap a maple tree and how to make maple syrup in the sugaring house.  We also got to plant bean sprouts to take home as well as a piece of homemade maple sugar candy.

Our Kindergarten students welcomed the upcoming toddler children for a brief introduction to the Primary environment.  They were so excited to share!

Wishing you all a healthy, restful spring break!

Best,

Cindy & Sharlene


Fun time, singing and moving!

We were learning to sing lots of songs!  “Down By the Bay” is a song with silly rhymes allowing children to learn and remember the words. Furthermore, they were making their own versions, such as Did you ever see (friend’s name) playing the bell, down by the bay?” Children loved to move and sing-along to action songs like “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me”, “Che Che Koolay”. We then slowed ourselves down with “This Pretty Planet”.


Mrs. Lopes’s Class: Classroom News

Our Kindergarten children took a trip to Warrup’s Farm in Redding, CT to learn all about the maple sugaring process.  We are so grateful the weather cooperated with us.  On the farm, Farmer Bill showed us how to tap a maple tree and how to make maple syrup in the sugaring house.  We also got to plant bean sprouts to take home as well as a piece of homemade maple sugar candy.

Our Kindergarten students welcomed the upcoming toddler children for a brief introduction to the Primary environment.  They were so excited to share!

Wishing you all a healthy, restful spring break!

Best,

Amanda & Deanna


Mrs. Doyle’s Class: Classroom News

 

Our Kindergarten children took a trip to Warrup’s Farm in Redding, CT to learn all about the maple sugaring process.  We are so grateful the weather cooperated with us. On the farm, Farmer Bill showed us how to tap a maple tree and how to make maple syrup in the sugaring house. We also got to plant bean sprouts to take home as well as a piece of homemade maple sugar candy.

Our Kindergarten students welcomed the upcoming toddler children for a brief introduction to the Primary environment.  They were so excited to share!

Wishing you all a healthy, restful spring break!

Best,

Michelle & Jeannine


Mrs. Lopes’s Class: Oh the Places You’ll Go…

“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax all you need is a book.”-Dr. Seuss

On Tuesday, March 3rd we had a blast celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday! Each year schools across the country celebrate Read Across America Day also known as Dr. Seuss Day.  This holiday occurs on or near March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, with a focus on motivating children to read books. Dr. Seuss is a beloved author in our classroom so the children were more than happy to spend a whole morning reading his books. As a group, the children listened to one of our favorite Dr. Seuss books, Green Eggs and Ham. After reading the story the children were invited to try some green eggs and ham for snack. We were surprised how many of the children really enjoyed this snack and were asking for second and third helpings!  The children also had the opportunity to create their own Thing 1 by using a straw to blow blue watercolor paint across the paper for the Thing’s crazy hair. Thank you to all the parents who helped make this day so special. We really appreciate all the donated supplies and those who donated time to help out in the classroom!

Another exciting event this week was Ms. Benoit coming to our classroom to do a demonstration on proper hand washing. To prevent the spread of germs, the children will be asked to wash their hands as soon as they enter our classroom environment in the morning as well as at several other points throughout the day. She walked the children through each step of the hand washing process. We talked about how washing our hands for 20 seconds can be a long time, but if we sing a song to help pass the time it makes it easier. So if you hear your child singing “Happy Birthday” and the “ABC song” while washing their hands at home you can thank Ms. Benoit for that little trick!

Have a great weekend,

Amanda & Deanna


Mrs. Carroll’s Class: A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Small

Grab your green eggs and ham and get ready to play, because we are celebrating Dr. Seuss Day!

Each year, schools, libraries, and other organizations prepare for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday on March 2. Millions of teachers and students Read Across America with their friends, family, and peers as a celebration of one of our favorite children’s authors, Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Seuss’s birthday and advocate his goal of promoting and motivating reading.

Our Seusstastic celebration included wearing pajamas to school and bringing in prized stuffed animals to read to and snuggle with. We read several Dr. Seuss books including Green Eggs and Ham and then actually sampled the colorful treat for a snack. We do like them, Sam I AmWe will eat them once again!  Thank you Michelle Lamb and Christi Orlowski for joining the fun and helping with the crafts.

Please remember that “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child!”-Dr. Seuss

Happy reading,

Cindy & Sharlene


Mrs. Doyle’s Class: Today Is Your Day!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

On Tuesday, we had fun celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Schools and libraries across the United States enjoy taking part in a nationwide reading celebration called Read Across America. This fun tradition is an exciting way to bring together children and books and is celebrated on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2nd.

Here are few fun facts about Dr. Seuss:

  • Dr. Seuss’ real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel.
  • He has written and illustrated over 60  children’s books.
  • The book Green Eggs and Ham is made up of 50 sight words. Dr. Seuss’s editor bet him that he could not write a book using fewer words than The Cat in the Hat which had 225 words. Clearly, Dr. Seuss won that bet!

Here at FWM, the children enjoyed wearing their pajamas to school and bringing in a favorite stuffed animal. We read Green Eggs and Ham and then actually got to experience eating those two foods for snacks. We asked the children what their favorite Dr. Seuss book was and it was exciting to see their knowledge and love for his work. It was a close vote between Green Eggs and Ham and How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

We can’t say it enough but we are truly grateful for all the ‘behind the scenes’ help and support from all of you.  Some parents provide ingredients for cooking or crafts, some parents provide their time and some keep us all organized!!!! It truly takes a village and we are blessed to be part of an amazing one!

Enjoy the week!

Michelle & Jeannine


Mrs. Carroll’s Class: In the Service of a United Whole

So in the child, besides the vital impulse to create himself, and to become perfect, there must yet be another purpose, a duty to fulfill in harmony, something he has to do in the service of a united whole. ~ Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

Maria Montessori believed that children are the key to peace and empathy among humanity. This important belief is a foundation in our Montessori classrooms beginning with practical life lessons and continuing throughout childhood and beyond. I’d like to share how a “simple” lesson can provide the mechanism from which children in the classroom learn, practice, and express their empathy and love for their community.

Flower arranging work has a more important indirect aim than simply admiring nature’s work of art. It is an opportunity for little hands to contribute to the beautification of the environment. It is a tender moment when a young heart lays down a symbol of friendship, love, and peace on a table for someone else to enjoy. It is a brief yet integral step outside of oneself and one’s own needs. -The CHILD centered Blog

Flower arranging is only one of many classrooms works and activities sewing the seeds of compassion and empathy in your children.  Please remember compassion in your homes help your children do the same.

Just a reminder, next Tuesday, March 3rd we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday!  On this day children are invited to wear their pajamas to school and bring a favorite stuffed animal to cuddle. We will celebrate with some fun activities and a snack of green eggs and ham!

Enjoy the week!

Cindy & Sharlene