Garden Gazette 5-21-21

No School Monday, May 31 –  Labor Day

Last day of school for each class

Crickets – Wednesday, June 9

Ladybugs – Thursday, June 10

Honeybees – Thursday June 10

End of Year Honeybee Events

It is  a bittersweet time for the staff as our Honeybees approach graduation.  Some bees were new to the school this year and some, we’ve watched grow from Ladybug and Cricket. All have a special place in our hearts.

We look forward to celebrating the achievements and growth of our Honeybees with special end of year events.

Honeybee families, please save the date for these time honored Honeybee events.

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From the Mousehole

What a change we had in the weather this week! Our lovely warm spring days turned to lovely wet rejuvenation of our forest and playground. The salmon berry plants were full of lovely fruit and the dust was settled on the playground. The teachers still took the opportunity to explore the creek and the trails and continued to learn our letters and numbers, prepare for our Dads’ Day and slowly move towards our final days of the school year. 

We can hardly believe that we only have 3 weeks of school left, two weeks on one campus and one week on the other. Thank you everyone for your speedy response to re-enrollment and letting us know if you are returning or not. The staff is already in motion regarding plans for next school year as we continue to wrap up plans for the remainder of this year. 

In the next few weeks, it might be a good idea to send your kiddo with a pair of rubber boots. When the weather permits, we have been heading down to the creek to play and having a pair of boots handy is a great idea. We have a couple of loan out pairs at school, but most kids want to use their own boots. Feel free to send them in, labelled please, and we will suit up the kids whenever we go near the water.

As we approach the last few weeks of school, we will most likely text you guys with last minute reminders and requests. Please respond timely and excuse our last-minute requests. We are trying to squeeze in as much as we can as the weather permits.

Everyone should have received their Dads’ Day invitations this week. Please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot make it to Dads’ Day and if you are attending, begin working on your ‘tricks’! A trick can be as simple as a special handshake, a magic trick, a helicopter ride or a little dance. We can’t wait to celebrate the most important men in our lives in a few weeks. We hope you all can make it. Please let us know if you cannot make it and we can work with you on scheduling an alternative ‘dad’ or date for you. 

We realize that a lot of our families are going to take the opportunity to travel over Memorial Day Weekend. We don’t blame you! Remember that upon your return, your unvaccinated kiddos need to quarantine 7 days with a negative covid test or 10 days without a test. 

Hope you all have a fun weekend! Read on for cohort Squeaks and Hoots.

Squeaks and Hoots from Donna and Thea

 

Ladybugs

Oh, my goodness, what fun we had on Belleamie’s Playground this week. A few drizzles and showers but we worked on finishing up our Dads’ Day invitations, continued to act out our “Little Miss Muffett” nursery rhymes, and had fun practicing tracing our names and working on a good pencil grip. This is a great skill to practice over the summer. Simply write their name with a highlighter or yellow pen and let them trace it. 

A great way to learn a good grip (it is hard at first – they need to practice using their finger muscles) but put the marker down with the tip facing the child – ask them to pinch the point, and then flip the pen over their hand between their pointer finger and thumb. The closer that they can hold the pen to the point gives them more control. They may say that it is hard, but let them know that they are learning how to use those muscles to make it easier. 

Dads, get ready! We are so excited to have you on campus so that your little bugs can show you where they spend their days. We have some activities planned for your time here, but one of the biggest thrills of Dads’ Day, is your demonstration of your ‘trick’ with your little one! This can be a helicopter ride, a flip, a dance, a magic trick, or a big basketball dunk! Think about it and practice! We can’t wait to see your best skills!

Hope you have a great weekend! See you next week in the forest! Do you guys realize that your little bugs have 4 more days in the forest and 2 more days on the playground??? Crazy!

 

Crickets

We had so much fun listening to the fun news from DINO DAY at Brin and Thea’s house! How fun! I think the most favorite part was the roaring in the microphone! Several of our Crickets were still roaring through the week. Thank you, Brin and Thea, for such a magical day and for our amazing auction supporters and bidders who made it all happen! You guys are awesome! And our Crickets are still Roaring about it all!

The Crickets started a new folk/fairy tale and began reading ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We read three different versions of this classic and Thea and I were shocked at the varying degrees of details that each version went into, to describe what happened to the wolf! The meekest, was that Grandma and Goldie hid in a closet, the goriest, was (not told to the kids) that a hunter took a knife to the wolf to release the victims who were safe after being eaten in one gulp. Thea and I had a few tense moments staring at each other trying to figure out how to finish the tale without getting too gory!

We celebrated our friend, Cameron’s birthday, as he officially turned 4 and a half! 

We did rainbow ‘z’s to finish off our alphabet and hope to review the entire alphabet next week. We’ve enjoyed tracing our names on a yellow brick road and have learned a lot about our Crickets with their grips and hand preference. A great way to learn a good grip (it is hard at first – they need to practice using their finger muscles) but put the marker down with the tip facing the child – ask them to pinch the point, and then flip the pen over their hand between their pointer finger and thumb. The closer that they can hold the pen to the point gives them more control. They may say that it is hard but let them know that they are learning how to use those muscles to make it easier. 

Dads, get ready! We are so excited to have you on campus so that your little crickets can show you where they spend their days. We have some activities planned for your time here, but one of the biggest thrills of Dads’ Day, is your demonstration of your ‘trick’ with your little one! This can be a helicopter ride, a flip, a dance, a magic trick, or a big basketball dunk! Think about it and practice! We can’t wait to see your best skills!

 

Honeybees

Oh, my goodness…we are quickly approaching the last few days of these kiddos at The Garden! We can’t believe it. We have lots of special days ahead and hope to make this year very special for our Honeybees who are finishing out their time here at The Garden.

Dads, get ready! We are so excited to have you on campus so that your Honeybees can show you where they spend their days. We have some activities planned for your time here, but one of the biggest thrills of Dads’ Day, is your demonstration of your ‘trick’ with your little one! This can be a helicopter ride, a flip, a dance, a magic trick, or a big basketball dunk! Think about it and practice! We can’t wait to see your best skills!

We’ve finished our letters and are well into our number writing practice. The kids have done rainbow 6 and 7’s this week. We write them on paper, and we write them with chalk on our snack stumps. We write them as often as we can! 

We assembled our pin-poked continents onto our globes and heard amazing World Culture Reports from Adam and Matthew and Maya! Maya is in Pennsylvania, but we zoomed her to hear her world culture report! We went to Russia and Greece and Argentina. How fun to watch these once shy kiddos stand in front of their peers and tell us what they learned. They are doing an awesome job.  Can’t wait for you all to join us for our World’s Fair, where every Honeybee will display their board and share their favorite facts about their culture. 

We spent some time playing on the edge of the creek this week. If you can, send rain boots with the kids to stay here at school for the next few weeks, so that we can go into the creek on good weather days. 

Hope you have a great weekend! See you next week in the forest! Do you guys realize that your Bees have 8 more days in the forest and 3 more days on the playground??? Crazy! Keep your eyes on the Gazette for details on Graduation which is coming up so fast!  

Have a great weekend everyone and see you next week in the forest!

Thanks again everyone for all of your appreciation! Have a great weekend! We will see you next week up in Luna’s Forest!

Ladybugs

Crickets

Honeybees

Squeaks and Hoots from Cara and Matt

Ladybugs

We started off the week with a cold day in the forest.  However, the cold did not stop the children from having a blast on the new ninja course, chasing Matt and getting ready for Dad’s Day.  The Ladybugs practiced writing their names again this week as they start to work on strengthening the muscles in their hands.  We also did a short scavenger hunt with the children on Thursday.  The children had fun looking at different items from the forest to complete their checklist. We even had one little kiddo keep the millipede safe in her picket until the end of class.  We also had a visit from teacher Brook.  The children were so excited to see her again and Brook let them know how much she missed each one of them.

Crickets

The Crickets are getting ready for Dad’s Day by completing some drawings of their dads and other fun informational questions.  We started the week reading a version of Little Red Riding Hood.  This is a very typical Brothers Grimm story that is a little bit more shocking.  We read another version where Little Red Riding hood lived happily ever after.  Then on Friday Matt improvised the story into something funny an silly.  This was the children’s favorite version. These children are incredibly talented in listening to a story, understanding the story and then being able to differentiate between 2 stories.  This is another strong step in literacy.  On Friday, the children made their own version of the story in the stamper books.  We will record your child’s story in their book and read them next week to the class.

We have also been working on practicing writing our names.  The Children’s Garden uses the same curriculum as the Issaquah School District for handwriting guidelines therefore they are already use to similar letter writing skills.  

The all had a fun time doing a scavenger until together.  They are practicing this skill so they can help their Dad’s do a scavenger hunt on Dad’s Day.

Brook also visited the Cricket class this week.  They were so excited to show her how much they have grown and how fast they can all run now.

 

Honeybees

Wow!  Wow!  Wow!  The World Culture Reports were absolutely amazing this week.  First Eva took us to Italy, then Milo took us to Antarctica, then Malcolm took us to Burkina Faso and then Emerson took us to Ethiopia.  We have videoed all these reports and will be sharing them to the families via YouTube. We wish the parents could see how their child is glowing with self confidence during their reports, but we have learned that if the parents are present during the report, the child might feel more nervous and less secure.  You should all be so immensely proud that your 5-year-old child stood up in front of their peers and teachers and gave a report.  This is a skill that will continue to strengthen throughout their lives.

We also worked on getting ready for Dad’s Day at school.  The children are still talking about how great it was to show the campuses to their Moms and now they are looking forward to spending time with their Dads.

This week we worked on the numbers 6 and 7 and showing their classmates that they know the symbol and quantity for these numbers by collecting items from the forest and displaying them on the tree stumps.  

Brook came to our class on Thursday and we took a hike up to the wishing well.  They were so excited to tell her all about how fast they can run now and how much they have grown.

The Honeybees had fun doing their scavenger hunt this week and looked for 2 types of leaves, a millipede, mushrooms and more.  This is good practice for when they do another scavenger hunt with their Dad’s on Dad’s day.

Ladybugs

Crickets

Honeybees

Dad's Day at The Garden

Ladybugs and Honeybees – Thursday, June 3 during class time.

Crickets – Friday, June 4 during class time.

Join us for a special Father’s Day celebration at school.

Dads 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 daddies at the end of our celebration. If you cannot attend, please chat with Brin on alternative scenarios. In the past, a special uncle or grandfather has come when Daddy cannot attend, and of course, if you have to leave a little early, we can adjust to that as well. We sure love our Dads and can’t wait to celebrate you all!

Mark your calendar with these Garden happenings.

Honeybee Events

Thursday, May 27 – World Culture Fair
Thursday, June 3 – Honeybee Roundup
Friday, June 11 – Honeybee Graduation

Memorial Day

Monday, May 31 – No school

Dad’s Day at School

Ladybugs and Honeybees-Thursday, June 3
Crickets-Friday, June 4

Last day of school for each class

Crickets – Wednesday, June 9
Ladybugs – Thursday, June 10
Honeybees – Thursday June 10

Calendar of Special Events

To view all our special events for the year please visit our school calendar here or on our website.

Tea with the Teachers

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

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