As we look ahead to next school year, we are excited to finalize enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year at The Garden! As a part of that process, we would like to ask for feedback regarding certain aspects of next year’s programming that may continue to be affected by COVID-19. If you have an child registered for the 2021-2022 school year, please take a moment to fill out our class specific Enrollment Survey with your family’s preferences for the fall trimester (September – December) of programming at The Garden.
If you have an incoming Ladybug or Cricket next year please take the Ladybug/Cricket Enrollment Survey here.
If you have an incoming Honeybee next year please take the Honeybee Enrollment Survey here.
From the Mousehole
These are my Roots! Thank you all for everything you did to make our Roots of Resilience Auction such a wonderful success! – From contributing to baskets, painting a Ladybug stick, donating items and funding, bidding and raising your paddles, The Garden Community came through! And Bravo to Jazz and Rose for keeping everything so fun and engaging throughout the entire process! That kickoff! Those videos! The scavenger hunt! Such a lovely community builder! Thank you all.
We are now on to celebrating the most important women in our lives, our Moms. The students worked hard to complete your butterfly invitations and to put the finishing touches on your gifts. When the Bees and the Crickets saw the teachers tidying up and raking, they all wanted to pitch in. One Bee said, “We better move that rock, I don’t want my mom to trip!” We hope you all feel very loved. Our Mom’s Day celebrations will begin with masked Moms and students, getting out of the car and walking to campus to wash our hands. Each cohort will spend 45 minutes on the campus that they are using next week, and then finish up the celebration on the other campus. We have activities, presentations, and just plain ol’ mingling! No snacks will be served during Moms’ Days, so that we can all keep our masks on. Wear comfortable shoes so that the kids can show you some of our favorite hikes through the forest, and remember that morning classes are in the shadow of Tiger Mountain and not too warm. We can’t wait!
This week the Ladybugs acted out Humpty Dumpty, the Crickets had “V” as the letter of the week, and the Honeybees reviewed the entire alphabet, after learning about “Z” last week, and started planning their World Culture Reports. We all enjoyed the nicer than expected weather and had an awful lot of fun, while learning at The Children’s Garden.
Read on for Cohort Squeaks and Hoots.
Squeaks and Hoots Cara and Matt
Wow! Another fun week just flew by. We were so lucky to have another week of sunshine. The children were enjoying themselves all over the playground which included digging in the sandbox, swinging on the swings, collecting water from the pully system on the bridge, reading stories with teacher Cara and chasing Matt all over.
We have been working on a few surprises for the Moms for next week. We are really looking forward to sharing our school with our Moms and showing them how their little ones spend their time with their friends. We hope you enjoy reading the News this week where they shared what they would like to do with their Mom’s next Thursday.
There is so much energy in our Cricket class. The teachers were talking today about how the Cricket year seems to be the loudest and craziest of the three years. Of course, our children can squeal as loud as they want being outside all day. In fact, there were many squeals when the children found a millipede and studied its movements. Please watch the videos to see your little one in action.
Today we celebrated Miles’ birthday. He brought a very fun book for us to read at circle. Please watch the video of the kids laughing at this funny story.
We ended the week doing the letter V. Our crickets are all working on strong penmanship and precision which is developmentally appropriate for this age.
The Crickets are so excited to share their school with their Mom’s next Friday. They have been working on fun surprises and gifts.
The World Culture reports are one of the highlights of the Honeybee year and we are so excited about the diverse group of countries that our students have chosen. Please read the News to see what they already know about their chosen country. We have been discussing their countries this week and they learned what continent their country is in, what weather they might have in their country due to their proximity to the equator, different ways that children play in their countries and different ways that people can look from different parts of the world.
These kiddos are nonstop running around these days. Teacher Matt is getting a lot of exercise while playing Lava Monster, freeze tag or any other game the children ask him to play. They have really enjoyed the access to the creek water with the pully system and we even spent some time at the creek side on Thursday.
This week the children started practicing writing all the letters in the alphabet and circling the letters that are in their name. Next week we will start working on number writing.
The Honeybees are so excited to have their Mom’s on campus next Thursday. Please wear walking shoes so that you can comfortably join us on a few hikes up in the forest.
Squeaks and Hoots from Donna, Cari and Thea
Oh my, our Ladybugs have really grown! Cari and I remember how not long ago, our cohort was timid to leave the shelter or Cari or my side. This week, they ventured off in pairs on the “Adventure Trail” (a short nature path that is open and visible to the teachers) all by themselves! They are beginning to make up their own imaginative play together and those who were once shy and quiet, easily approaches a friend to initiate play, or ask to join in. We acted out Humpty Dumpty, complete with ‘all the king’s horses’ and we proudly presented our mommies with our beautiful Butterfly invitations.
In preparation for our Moms’ Day, we spend time at each circle, giving each child an opportunity to dance or act out the nursery rhyme of the week, or lead us in three relaxing breaths, or even suggest a body part to wake up and wiggle. On any given day, out of our 9 students, we might have 4 or 5 that are comfortable sharing. Somedays it might be more, some less. We never force the children, but we know that with time, their comfort level and their confidence level will grow as it becomes more and more routine for them. Now, when we throw in 9 Mommies, we are never sure what will happen! Will the children be bolder with Mommy at their side, or will they be shyer? We will all find out together next week!
What fun the Crickets had up in the forest this week! Lots of dinosaur games, to celebrate the Cricket win of Dino Day at the Live Auction, learning about the letter “V”, reading a few more versions of “The Little Red Hen”, and proudly presenting our moms with our beautiful butterfly invitations. Aren’t they beautiful? We put the finishing touches on our presents for our moms and helped rake and tidy up the pathways of the forest so that our mothers don’t trip when we celebrate them.
In preparation for our Moms’ Day, we spend time at each circle, giving each child an opportunity to dance or take a part in our weekly Folk/Fairy Tale, or lead us in three relaxing breaths, or even suggest a body part to wake up and wiggle. On any given day, out of our 9 students, we might have 4 or 5 that are comfortable sharing. Somedays it might be more, some less. We never force the children, but we know that with time, their comfort level and their confidence level will grow as it becomes more and more routine for them. Now, when we throw in 9 Mommies, we are never sure what will happen! Will the children be bolder with Mommy at their side, or will they be shyer? We will all find out together next week!
These Bees are such a fun team! They work so well together and genuinely care for each other. This week we had a lot of ‘Lion Family’ imaginative play, construction projects in the mud and lovely family play with moms, dads, sisters, brothers, and dogs.
The Bees have been working hard on their gifts for Moms’ Day. They took such pride in their butterfly drawings that carried their invitations for next week. We have been working each day on practicing our ‘presentations’. In preparation for our Moms’ Day, we spend time at each circle, giving each child an opportunity to stand and introduce themselves, tell us the date or the weather, recite a poem, lead us in three relaxing breaths, or even suggest a body part to wake up and wiggle. On any given day, out of our 8 students, we have 5 or 6 that are comfortable sharing. Somedays it might be more, some less. We never force the children, but we know that with time, their comfort level and their confidence level has grown as it became more and more routine for them. Now, when we throw in 8 Moms, we are never sure what will happen! Will the children be bolder with Mom at their side, or will they be shyer? We will all find out together next week!
We reviewed the entire alphabet, now that we have made it through each individual letter. These kids are rolling!
We read a fun book called “Where do I Live?”, that begins in our bedroom, and builds out to the universe. This was a huge concept for our kiddos to grasp. When we went around the circle to ask where everyone lives, their answers ranged from Sammamish, to California, to Africa, to the Earth. We are hoping that our World Culture Unit helps them understand the concept a little better. We also looked at a book that showed children from all around the world and we talked about what looked the same as children in Issaquah, or Hobart, or Sammamish.
The World Culture Reports are a culmination of our teaching at The Children’s Garden. Working with our youngest students and on up so that the kids are comfortable and confident to stand up in front of their peers and look them in their eyes and share what they have learned. It is a special skill that year after year, surprises 3rd and 4th grade elementary school teachers when our alums say, “Oh, I’ve already done a report like that at my preschool!” Thank you for signing up so quickly for your child’s country and please read through the email for all of the information and a few sample reports. You will see the range of information that the children choose to present. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this unit.
Next Friday, we start our weekly zoom calls again, starting with our Honeybees. We hope you can all join us next Friday at 1pm. We will send out the link next Thursday.
Thanks everyone! Have a great weekend! We will see you next week on Belleamie’s Playground!
Save the Date - Mom's Day at The Garden
Ladybugs and Honeybees – Thursday, May 6 during class time.
Crickets – Friday, May 7 during class time.
Join us for a special Mother’s Day celebration at school.
Moms will walk with us to campus at drop off and hang out with us for class! We plan on the session being about 90 minutes, and students will leave with their mommies at the end of our celebration. If you cannot attend, please chat with Brin on alternative scenarios. In the past, a special aunt or grandmother has come when Mommy cannot attend, and of course, if you have to leave a little early, we can adjust to that as well. We sure love our Moms and can’t wait to celebrate you all!
Mark your calendar with these Garden happenings.
Mom’s Day at School
Ladybugs and Honeybees-Thursday, May 6
Crickets-Friday, May 7
Tea with the Teachers
Honeybees parents, please join us for Tea with the Teachers Friday, March 5 at 1:00 pm.
Each week we meet with a different class/group.
1st Fridays – Honeybee Parents
2nd Fridays – Cricket Parents
3rd Fridays – Ladybug Parents
4th Fridays – Room Parents