Red Room: April 24 – May 5, 2017

THE RED ROOM REPORTER

APRIL 24 – 28 AND MAY 1 – 5

Wow! The end of the school year is just around the corner! We have five weeks left and a ton yet to do! Week of the Young Child activities, May Day, dandelions, and Cinco de Mayo will keep us busy the next two weeks. We also need to get the garden planted and other end of the year activities completed so our plans are flexible and subject to change.

A graduation ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 25 at 6:00 PM for children that will be entering kindergarten this fall. A graduation list and information will be sent home the week of May 1. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children celebrating early learning, young children, their child care providers, teachers, and families. The Kinderfarm activities the week of April 24 will coordinate with state wide activities.

Adults think of dandelions as nothing more than a pesky weed that is hard to get rid of in the yard. Children think of them as bright, beautiful flowers that they love to pick and share with the adults that they love. Our activities the week of May 1 will focus on dandelions from both a child’s and an adult’s perspective. Maybe we can all view them as wonderful gifts from Mother Nature as our children do. J

Kinderfarm t-shirt order forms will be coming home April 24 and 25. Orders are due by Friday, May 5.

MONDAY – Today is Music Monday. Through music children develop math, language, and literacy skills. We are so lucky to have two guest musicians today. Former music teacher, Kinderfarm parent, and Kinderfarm grandparent Lu Hileman will be our guest in the morning. Local blues musician Kevin “BF” Burt will be our guest in the afternoon.

TUESDAY – Today is Tasty Tuesday. Our focus today is on healthy eating and lifetime fitness activities. Ask your child to tell you about their aerobic workout, strawberry smoothie, and a campus walk.

WEDNESDAY – Today is Work Together Wednesday. We will provide the children with a variety of materials. They must work together to transform our classroom into a castle, a fort, a hideaway…their imagination has no boundaries.

THURSDAY – Today is Artsy Thursday. Our morning classes will be painting on a sheet of paper that will stretch the entire length of the playground. Wow! That will be one big painting!

Imagination and hands on learning will continue in the afternoon as the children play with shaving cream, Obleck, Slime, and playdough. Who would have thought that through open-ended art projects the children are working on developing creativity and fine motor and social skills? We just thought we were having fun! J

FRIDAY – Today is Family Friday. Today will be spent exploring different families through books and making a family book. I always get a kick out of this activity because I think it says a little bit about how the children view themselves in the family dynamics and the humorous responses to the questions. J

MAY 1 – 5

MONDAY – HAPPY MAY DAY! The Red Roomers will be making May baskets for the Green Roomers. Hmmm…wonder if we will get any May baskets?

TUESDAY – A dandelion hunt will kick off our time together this morning. We will be looking for the biggest, tallest, shortest, brightest colored, or maybe the weirdest shaped dandelions. The children will also do a bit of painting with – you guessed it – dandelions!

A new month means a new bulletin board. The children learned the saying “April showers bring May flowers”. With that saying in mind the afternoon class will be creating an awesome bulletin board for all to enjoy in the coatroom.

WEDNESDAY – Legend has it that the tallest dandelion a child can find will be the equivalent to the number of inches that child will grow in the coming year. Today each of the children will pick the tallest dandelion they can find. We will measure it and write down the measurement along with the date. Post the card on your wall or refrigerator. As you track your child’s growth over the next year compare the number of inches to the length of the dandelion. Is the legend true?

THURSDAY – People in Mexico will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo tomorrow. Do people in Mexico speak the same language that we do? What language do they speak? We will find out this morning as we learn a few words in Spanish. Can your child remember them? We will also color a sombrero and dance to festive music.

FRIDAY – We will continue to celebrate Cinco de Mayo as we feast on nachos that we will make together. We will also make a Mexican flag to bring home.

HAVE A GREAT TWO WEEKS EVERYONE!

Mrs. Norman