We welcomed our new month of April with great enthusiasm. During this rainy month we focused on the following topics: flowers, ponds, bugs, dinosaurs, and the “Week of the Young Child.” During this month we introduced the world of bugs. The Owls had a chance to create their own colony of ants by using sand, shredded paper, and their imagination. In addition, the children listened to stories about the history of ants. Continuing with the theme of bugs, we also explored the world of bees and ladybugs. The Owls participated in a science project called “Insect Exploration.” The class had fun exploring artificial bugs placed inside a large bin using magnifying glasses to investigate the insects. After exploring the wonderful world of insects, the Owls moved on to the study of pond life. The Owls loved learning about frogs and they had a chance to use their imagination to become leaping frogs. For art, the Owls created their own pond by coloring frogs and making lily pads.
On April 22nd we recognized “ Earth Day,” I wanted the children to participate in helping “Mother Earth” make her smile come back by helping her pick up all the debris people left on the ground. So I dressed up in a white dress with flowers on my head and a read a story on our clean earth. Then the lights went out and “Mother Earth” came into the classroom covered with trash over her body. Well the look on their faces was one of surprise. I asked the question, “Why am I so sad? Please help me clean our earth so I can smell the flowers and breathe in fresh air.” As the Laurel Tree family pulled the trash off “Mother Earth,” we had boxes labeled “Glass, Paper and Plastic” for the children to learn about recycling.
During the month of April, the Owls celebrated Family Heritage with exposure to the Egyptian culture. I will continue reviewing our shapes, numbers as well as our new letter friends this month. This month we also focused on playing matching games and adding numbers to our Lego table. The Owls have done wonderful job practicing writing their names. We ended our month of April with a discussion on dinosaurs. What a great month! Let’s see if April showers bring May flowers.
Have a discussion with your child on the importance of keeping our earth clean. Show them how to recycle by placing different labeled boxes inside your home (pictures will help them see where to place the specific items). Read stories on dinosaurs to engage your child in a world of imagination.