Kindergarten is awake with the winds of Spring. We have entered one of our lively times of learning! We are raising butterflies, learning about life cycles, and working on taking care of the earth. The children are doing a retelling of Eric Carle’s Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar through some art creations. Their afternoons are filled with making caterpillars, chrysalis’’s and then butterflies. We will also be working on the Life Cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly. We are completing our Information Writing Published pieces and moving into Opinion Writing.
With hope for the new buds of spring and the promise of flowers, Kindergarteners used flowers as the image for learning about and creating calligraphs for printmaking. There are all sorts of ways to create prints, and this one was a favorite! Coming up next, we will be working with clay. What is clay made of, where does it come from, how does it harden, how do we make the pieces hold together? These are all questions to be answered as the students dig their fingers into this medium.
Buen trabajo, Elementary Spanish! I am so proud of all my students this year. My greatest reward in teaching them is seeing their improvement in their conversational skills and written sentence constructions we have been working on since the beginning of the year. I am definitely witnessing it in the classroom. I know some parents have shared with me their enjoyment in having their kids help, by listening and speaking, in the Spanish-speaking countries your have recently vacationed in this past Spring Break. I expect that, and told them before they left, not to be shy. However, practicing their conversational skills with strangers is never as easy as doing it in the comfort and familiarity of our classroom at SPS. I can not begin to tell you how grateful I am for the loving atmosphere, enthusiasm, happiness and the great attitude your kids bring to class everyday. Their willingness to learn, participate, and practice with their peers always goes beyond my expectations.
I would like to witness with your own eyes the progress they have made. In the next few days you will be receiving an email from me inviting you to watch them “show off” how they are developing their gift of a second language. I know they can’t wait and I hope you can find the time to come to watch them. If you are not able to attend, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to meet with you during a time that is more convenient.
The end of the school year is quickly approaching. In the final two months, I will be gradually immersing your kids further in to the language. There will be a little confusion during the first couple of days, but I know by experience they will find it a lot of FUN. Let’s all remember that, at their age, FUN plus IMPROVEMENT is what should be about! Muchas gracias for sharing and trusting all your child to me.