Animals, humans and plants are coming out of their deep slumber and entering a new part of the lifecycle that is connected to seasons. Humans will begin to go outside more shedding their layers of winter clothing such as heavy jackets, mittens, scarves and hats.
Bears are coming out of a long hibernation period. We will read: Bears Snores On by Karma Wilson When will it be spring? by Catherine Waltersest Bear All Year by Harriet Ziefert Where is Bear? by Leslea Newman
A part of welcoming spring is an opportunity for the students to see some lifecycles, rebirth and rejuvenation. We are all “a buzz” discussing and reading about insects.
Children are like young scientists observing their surroundings and asking questions. During our nature walks, we have noticed the changes in the budding leaves of trees, the grass, and birds chirping. We are reading Going on a Nature Hunt which has the similar style of Going on a Bear Hunt except that the book is about nature walks.
Because spring represents ideas of rejuvenation, rebirth, and renewal, we are reading about the important ingredients needed for germination such as rain, sun, soil and love. We will focus on spring weather, plant lifecycle, and insects. Activities will include science, art, math, and literacy experiences. We will also incorporate songs and finger plays to support your child’s learning experience.
In addition, the children will be learning about the cycle of plants, learning to take care of their individual plant, and tasting the wheatgrass. Some books will include: The Tiny Seed, Farmer John’s seed, In the Garden, Earth Day, I Love Bugs, and The Hungry Caterpillar.
Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day. We have been explaining to the children how we recycle some articles that appear to be only garbage at first glance. We are showing them how we use toilet paper rolls in our art projects, how we recycle yogurt cups to hold our crayons and paint.
Kids have a great imagination and trash can be used for toys. Recycled empty boxes have proven to be the most popular toys.
Some of the measures we take to protect the planet are: buying toys that are ecofriendly, using organic chemical free cleansers in a refillable glass bottle, purchasing recycled paper towels, and tissue. Our natural castile soap is healthy for the body and the planet. Water conservation is emphasized daily.
School will be closed from Friday, April 19-26.
Danyce Alonzo, Educational Director for East Village Tots