We have marched through another month, and out of winter into spring! To celebrate the change in seasons, we have learned the song, “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb”. The lyrics are simple: March comes in like a lion (Roar!), and out like a lamb (Baa!)

Oh we’re going to march in the month of March, we’re going to march in the month of March! In like a lion, and out like a lamb! We discussed the meaning of “In Like a Lion” and “Out Like a Lamb.” Please ask your child to share it with you!

We enjoyed meeting with you all during conferences, it is a brief but very special time when we can gather together and share in joyful conversation about your children and the learning and growth happening both at home and in the classroom. Mrs. Parham extends her most sincere apologies again for missing the conferences due to illness.

We look forward to continued parent-teacher communication through the remainder for the year and hope that should you have any questions or concerns, you feel most comfortable speaking with us.

In art exploration we have learned most recently about pastels. What makes a color pastel? How can we create our own pastels? We read the book, Color Dance by Ann Jonas and discovered that adding white to a color makes it pastel. We added a pastel work to our classroom in which the children mix a primary color and add white until the pastel shade is achieved. It has been most popular!

You may have heard about the new tiny creatures in our classroom…caterpillars! As of this week, they have all formed into chrysalises. The children have carefully observed as the tiny caterpillars ate and grew until they were ready to form a chrysalis. As a class we are discussing the life cycle of a butterfly, and metamorphosis. The children are creating their own 3-dimensional displays of the life cycle of a butterfly. We can’t wait to share our work and understanding with you. Here is some of the language we are using: butterfly, egg, leaf, larva, caterpillar, emerge, stages, hatch, grow, skin, shed, pupa, chrysalis, change, metamorphosis, wings. We will continue to look deeper into the parts of a caterpillar and parts of a butterfly. Ask your child, how does a caterpillar breathe? What an amazing study this is!

In world geography, we said goodbye to the cold continent of Antarctica, and its native penguins before saying hello to Europe, which is the 6th largest continent with its 51 countries. As we are studying the countries and cultures of the European continent, we are also stamping passports! The children are currently making personal scrapbook passports which we stamp as we learn about the countries one by one. We also talk about the concept of a real passport; the necessity of a passport when traveling to other countries and the idea of each country having a unique passport for its people. With regards to some of the major countries in Europe, we studied flags, capital cities, languages spoken, and currencies used. We are also learning about some of the famous landmarks of Europe such as the Big Ben of London, Eiffel Tower of Paris, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Buckingham Palace of London and the Colosseum of Rome.

As we embrace the Spring season and prepare for the beautiful flowers to bloom, we are also bravely studying some basic concepts of plant biology. We are learning about plant reproduction and the parts of a flower. We learned that plant reproduction requires male and female parts of the flower. Children identified the colorful petals that make up the Corolla, the part of the flower that we first notice, and that insects and birds are attracted to it. Then we learned about the stamens, the male parts of the flower that produce the pollen. We go on to discuss the role of the pistil, which is the female part of the flower. The children also learn about the calyx which protects the flower when it’s in the buds stage. We note the difference between the calyx of one type of flower versus another, one appears completely green, like leaves, while the other more closely resembles the petals of the flower. As an activity, we brought a number of flowers to the classroom, where the children closely examined the flowers before identifying the various parts of the flowers. The children were so fascinated with the flower lessons that they even brought in their own flowers from home to share with the class.

In terms of mathematics, children of appropriate age are starting to learn about the decimal system, in addition to the other parallel lessons (areas of linear counting, the operations of addition etc.). When learning about the decimal system, we start by introducing the names of the numerical positions by using sets of golden beads. By doing this, the child can visualize the concept of units with regards to tens, hundreds and thousands, ultimately giving the children a visual representation of every numeral from 1‒9000.

In addition to some of the new lessons highlighted in the newsletter, we have also been practicing old skills and further building foundations in language, mathematics, and arts & crafts. Overall, we have been very busy this month with fun learning activities and the children are making great progress!

Best, Ms. Kumudini and Mrs. Parham

Upcoming Events:

The SMS Tag Sale Saturday, April 6 at 8 am at Margaret and Barry Johnson’s house 1230 Yorkshire Rd.  Are you able to volunteer? Sign up here. Please invite others who would be interested in clothes and items for younger children.  

The Five Love Languages with author Dr. Gary Chapman @7pm April 24 in Home Moravian Church Sanctuary. This event is co-sponsored by Salem Montessori School and the Shaffner Fund of Home Moravian Church and is free and open to the public.