Ms. Marissa: Pollinator Appreciation!

We have so enjoyed watching our caterpillars transform into butterflies over the last couple of weeks! We set them free, and the children were able to see them fly out into nature. After learning about butterflies, we became interested in knowing more about pollination and other animals that help. Kindergarteners had the chance to hand-pollinate cucumber plants in Makerspace and told us how that experience was! We learned that hummingbirds, honey bees and even bats are also pollinators!

As we are enjoying our last few weeks together in the classroom we are appreciating our time together and getting excited for what is ahead! The Kindergarteners had an opportunity to visit Lower Elementary last week and we started the discussion of what “moving up” looks like. The children are all excited to move up to their next step in the year ahead.

Have a wonderful weekend, and keep a lookout for our classroom butterflies flying around town!

Marissa & Sue


Mrs. Doyle: Outdoor Fun!

“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature,”- Maria Montessori 

Every day, your children spend time learning, working together, and exploring our natural playground. Daily outdoor learning helps to develop healthy, active lifestyles and routines for the children, while providing them with hands-on experiences in our natural world. Our beautiful natural playground provides unique experiences to stimulate the children’s creativity and contribute to their appreciation of nature.

Helping children develop an appreciation for the outdoors is one of the significant benefits of regular outdoor play. The outside world is full of beautiful sounds, sights, textures, and life. Exposing children early on to the beauty of the world around them can be the perfect way to boost the aesthetic development of a child, allowing them to be more aware of all the beauty around them.

Here’s to rising temperatures, longer days, and the opportunity to spend extra time exploring the outdoors!

Wishing you a week filled with peace and love!

Michelle & Maria


Mrs. Lopes: Outdoor Fun!

“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature,”- Maria Montessori 

Every day, your children spend time learning, working together, and exploring our natural playground. Daily outdoor learning helps to develop healthy, active lifestyles and routines for the children, while providing them with hands-on experiences in our natural world. Our beautiful natural playground provides unique experiences to stimulate the children’s creativity and contribute to their appreciation of nature.

Helping children develop an appreciation for the outdoors is one of the significant benefits of regular outdoor play. The outside world is full of beautiful sounds, sights, textures, and life. Exposing children early on to the beauty of the world around them can be the perfect way to boost the aesthetic development of a child, allowing them to be more aware of all the beauty around them.

Here’s to rising temperatures, longer days, and the opportunity to spend extra time exploring the outdoors!

Wishing you a week filled with peace and love!

Amanda & Hema


Mrs. Doyle: The Future Is So Bright You Need To Wear Shades

 

It’s always a little startling to realize that the end of the school year is quickly approaching. May is an amazing month because we look back to see all we have accomplished and take stock of what we have left to do. Each child’s learning at this point is very much cumulative and continues to build upon all of the skills that have been mastered since August. A perfect example of this is the kindergarten animal research project the children have been working on for several weeks. We start this project in late spring because we need a foundation of reading, writing, geography, science, and even math to be successful. I was ‘interviewing’ the kindergartners for the About The Author section of their books, and, as typically happens, several other children quickly wanted to be interviewed and share their future career aspirations. Their answers are sure to brighten everyone’s day.

When I am older, I want to be…….

  • Ainsley–       a ballerina who opens her own dance studio called “Ainsley’s Dance.”
  • Arya–            a doctor who helps people to feel better.
  • Bodie—          a veterinarian with his sister so they can both help animals.
  • Ella—               a teacher who helps little kids learn lots of stuff.
  • EmmaJo–    an artist who uses colored bubbles to make art.
  • Hadley–       a fort builder who makes fun forts from couch cushions for everyone.
  • Hannah–     a mother who makes sure all of her children are safe.
  • Harper-        a mom who loves her kids so much and takes them to the park whenever they want to go.
  • Isla–              a professional basketball player or maybe a professional field hockey player.
  • Jacob—          a race car driver.
  • Jonathan–  a house builder who builds really big houses.
  • Joseph–       a baseball player.
  • Leo–               a scientist who studies liquids and gases.
  • Maayan–      a teacher who helps everyone learn how to read.
  • Melina–        a doctor who helps people get better.
  • Oliver–          a police officer who saves people.
  • River–           a veterinarian who helps all animals.
  • Ryan–            a doctor who helps kids feel better.
  • Saanvi–         a gardener who plants all different kinds of plants and trees.
  • Tommy-         a skyscraper builder
  • Zara–             a singer, an artist, a soccer player, a dance competition teacher and a mother.
  • Zion–              a firefighter who drives the firetruck.

“Thank you” seems so little to say for the outpouring of love and kindness during Teacher Appreciation Week. We felt the love all week long and count ourselves truly blessed to have the relationships we do with each of you.

Wishing you all a week filled with peace and love!

Michelle & Maria


Mrs. Lopes: The Future Is So Bright You Need To Wear Shades

It’s always a little startling to realize that the end of the school year is quickly approaching. May is an amazing month because we look back to see all that we have accomplished and take stock of what we have left to do. Each child’s learning at this point is very much cumulative and continues to build upon all of the skills that have been mastered since August. A perfect example of this is the kindergarten animal research project the children have been working on for several weeks. We start this project in late spring because we need a foundation of reading, writing, geography, science, and even math in order to be successful. I was ‘interviewing’ the kindergartners for the About The Author section of their books, and, as typically happens, several other children quickly wanted to be interviewed and share their future career aspirations. Their answers are sure to brighten everyone’s day.

  • Ben:  Wants to be an astronaut and go up in space to see Neptune.
  • Kian: Wants to work with Lionel Messi and be an engineer so he can build bridges and buildings all over the world.
  • Arjuna: Wants to be Wolverine and fight bad guys with his claws.
  • Levi:  Wants to move trucks and take them to different schools.
  • Brisa:  Wants to be a witch so then she can turn people into whatever they want.
  • David: Wants to drive horses all around the country because that’s what his Dad does and he really wants to do that too.
  • Daniel: Wants to be a police officer and catch bad guys.
  • Sunny:  Wants to be an astronaut so he can travel in a rocket ship to Mars.
  • Elizabeth: Wants to be a superhero so she can save the world!
  • Evie: Wants to be a princess and live in a castle.
  • Fiona: Wants to be a doctor so she can help people when their leg is hurt or their ankle is hurt.
  • Nicolas:  Wants to be a construction worker so he can use the machines to dig in the dirt.
  • Elanour: Wants to be a princess and look beautiful all the time.
  • Casey: Wants to be a veterinarian because he knows so much about animals.
  • Enzo: Wants to be a soccer player for the Argentina national team and play in the World Cup.
  • Noelle:  Wants to be a dolphin trainer so she can play and swim with dolphins all day.
  • Annie: Wants to be a vet so she can fix the animals.
  • Parker:  Wants to be a doctor so she can help people all over the world.
  • Amelia: Wants to be a Mommy and have 2 babies
  • Ryder: Wants to be a construction worker so he can operate the machines and an astronaut so he can go up in space.
  • Harlan: Wants to build a rocket ship with Magna tiles
  • Kimberlin: Wants to be Spidergirl so she can shoot webs and swing around.

A special thank you for all the beautiful flowers and thoughtful notes sent in this week.  We felt very loved!

Wishing you all a week filled with peace and love!

Amanda & Hema


Ms. Marissa: The Future Is So Bright You Need To Wear Shades!

It’s always a little startling to realize that the end of the school year is quickly approaching. May is an amazing month because we look back to see all that we have accomplished and take stock of what we have left to do. Each child’s learning at this point is very much cumulative and continues to build upon all of the skills that have been mastered since August. A perfect example of this is the kindergarten animal research project the children have been working on for several weeks. We start this project in late spring because we need a foundation of reading, writing, geography, science, and even math in order to be successful. I was ‘interviewing’ the kindergartners for the About The Author section of their books, and, as typically happens, several other children quickly wanted to be interviewed and share their future career aspirations. Their answers are sure to brighten everyone’s day.

Matteo: Scientist
Eowyn: Princess
Ava: Policeman
Charlotte: Princess
Brinley: Baker
Conor: Wild Thing
Victoria: Scientist
Anthony: Scientist
Carter: Veterinarian
Simone: Veterinarian
Shea: Fireman
Ruscher: Construction Worker
Katie: Veterinarian
Levi: Astronaut
Lemon: Makeup Artist
Soren: Scientist and a Construction Worker
Lucia: Mom and a Horseback Rider
Savina: Swimming Teacher and an Artist
Charlotte: Princess
Elsie: Movie Producer

A special thank you for all the beautiful flowers and thoughtful notes sent in this week.  We felt very loved!

Wishing you all a week filled with peace and love!

Marissa & Sue


Mrs. Lopes: Nature’s Classroom

Spring is the perfect time to go for a nature walk and bug hunt, and that’s exactly what we did this week. Going on a nature walk is a simple, fun, and meaningful way to spend time outdoors. A bug hunt is a really fun way to help incorporate what we are learning about insects inside the classroom and what we observe outside in nature. The best thing about a bug hunt? Once the children get in the habit of learning, observing, and studying insects, their reaction is less likely to be, “Aarrghhhh, a bug!”

Wishing you a week filled with peace and love,

Amanda & Hema


Mrs. Doyle: Nature’s Classroom

 

Spring is the perfect time to go for a nature walk and bug hunt, and that’s exactly what we did this week. Going on a nature walk is a simple, fun, and meaningful way to spend time outdoors. A bug hunt is a really fun way to help incorporate what we are learning about insects inside the classroom and what we observe outside in nature. The best thing about a bug hunt? Once the children get in the habit of learning, observing, and studying insects, their reaction is less likely to be, “Aarrghhhh, a bug!”

Wishing you a week filled with peace and love,

Michelle and Maria