Garden Gazette 6-05-21

Honeybee Events Gallery

World Culture Fair

Honeybee Roundup

 

From the Mousehole

 

What a lovely sunny long weekend and an even sunnier week at The Children’s Garden! We hope you all had a great time playing with your family and getting revved up for summer. We loved hearing all of the kids’ news about their activities over the weekend. 

We loved having Dads’ Day this week, and inviting the Dads on campus to see where their little ones spend their days. We loved seeing the tricks – You guys are really upping the game! It is so fun to see the different energy on Dads’ Day vs Moms’ Day. Lots of giggles and games and racing and squeals of excitement for Dads. Moms get lots of snuggles and quiet tours through the playground and the forest. The staff is thrilled that we were able to have you all on campus and show you around this beautiful place that your little ones spend time on each week. 

We’ve noticed some emotions with the kiddos these last few weeks. You might be seeing them at home as well. The children are recognizing that they only have a few days left with their friends on The Garden campuses. This is very normal. My son felt this way from preschool all the way through college. He told me that he understood that he would be friends with these people forever, but it would never be the same gathering of the same group ever again. While some children seem a little blue during this time, others are excited, revved up to go on to a new school, a new class, a new opportunity to make new friends. All of these emotions are normal, but it is important to recognize them and know that they are normal emotions going through a school change. 

Our fundraising committee met last night on zoom to discuss our homecoming and auction plans for the 21-22 school year. We are looking for parents who are interested in joining us on committee and also interested in helping us figure out our fundraising plan and auction plan for this next school year.  Please let us know if you are interested in working with us in that area. 

Can you believe we only have 2 Ladybug days, 2 Cricket days and 4 Honeybee days before summer vacation?!  Summer is coming upon us quick, and we are already looking forward to first days of school, new parents luncheon and getting back to school work party. Please check our calendar for all of the important dates.

Speaking of work parties, our new playground finally gets installed this summer. We have a work party coming up the end of June to store toys that we want to save and to prep playground for grading. We hope you can sign up to help us with this exciting task! Be the first to see the plans for the new playground!

Next week is our final closing circle for Ladybugs and Crickets. (Honeybees will have our closing circle at Graduation on Friday) We hope you can all join us at pick up time to exit your car, masked up of course, and let’s make a huge closing circle where all the children can sing our lovely blessing. We’ll have a big candle to extinguish, we’ll give three cheers for a fun school year and we’ll send you all on your way to a great summer!

Read on for Cohort News.

Squeaks and Hoots from Cari, Thea and Donna

 

Ladybugs

We had such a lovely week on our last two times on Belleamie’s Playground. We celebrated Brynlee’s 4th trip around the sun on Tuesday and had a fun Dads’ Day on Thursday. How fun it was to have our Daddies do tricks with us, make an beautiful keepsake with us and to show them around to all of our favorite places and activities here at The Children’s Garden. The giggly, playful energy of Dads’ Day is so different from the snuggly and quiet energy of Moms’ Day. We are so happy that so many of you could place that we all started! We will be celebrating Tommy’s birthday on Tuesday and Clay’s birthday on Thursday. Have a great weekend!

 

Crickets

We had fun going down to the creek this week. It was so hot and sunny, it was nice to be able to cool off in the water a bit. We had a great Dads’ Day with lots of fun tricks and a lovely keepsake art project. Dads brought such great energy to our campus with flips and chasing and swings and running! Thea and I at times just stood back and marveled at the attempts to harness the Crickets’ energy! We are so happy that so many of you could join us. With just two more days as Crickets, we are up in Luna’s Forest next week, finishing off in the place that we all started! Have a great weekend!

 

Honeybees

Oh, my goodness, these Honeybees had quite a week! We had lots of time in the creek during classtime and then lots of time in the creek during the Honeybee Roundup at the Okie Dokie Corral! We started off the week with our Honeybee World Culture Fair. Didn’t they do a fabulous job? We are so proud of these 5 year olds for doing their very first presentation in front of their peers. We had a fabulous Dads’ Day and can’t believe it is the last time we will see a lot of these daddies performing their amazing death defying tricks!  :0) The Bees drew amazing portraits of their fathers and we all had fun pairing the portraits with the dad. We hope you enjoy your Honeybee portrait series. We know of several alum families who have framed the set of three and have them hanging in their home. Another family photographed the three portraits and used the photo as their holiday card. So fun! 

We finished off the week with the amazing Honeybee Roundup! What a fun event this was! The little cowpokes had a great time running around, playing in the creek, looking for treasure, watching Toy Story, eating some great fixin’s like pizza, mac n’ cheese, watermelon and s’mores over a roaring campfire. It was a good thing we had the fire goin’ cuz those little varmints sure got wet! Dern Tootin’ Donna and Thunderbolt Thea sure hope that your little critter came home with all that you sent them with! 

Another fun week ahead of us with our last 4 days of being a Honeybee up in the forest! And then Graduation on Friday afternoon. Ahhhhhhhh. Remember to breathe, and take it all in. 

Ladybugs

Crickets

Honeybees

Squeaks and Hoots from Cara and Matt

Ladybugs

All our Bugs had a wonderful time back in the forest on Tuesday.  The sunshine has been glorious, and the children ran, explored, created and laughed.  Our Bugs have really shown a growth in their social skills and their physical skills.  It always amazed me to think how much our 3-year-olds have matured this year.  They are so very different today than they were on their first day of school.

Dad’s Day was so wonderful.  It was fantastic to see the look on the Dad’s faces as we walked up into the forest holding onto your child’s little hand.   I heard one Dad say, “Wow!  This is the best classroom I have ever been in.”   Isn’t that the truth.  Thank you, Dads and Grandpa, for participating in the tricks portion of the day.  The children were all so brave to stand up, introduce their Dads and Grandpa.  They always see a bit more shy with these larger groups of unknown people.  We hope you all enjoyed making your artwork together and will cherish the little handprint forever.

The children practiced recognizing the letters in their names again and tracing them.  Next week your child will come home with a laminated paper with their names written on it so that they can practice writing their names over the summer.

Next week is our last week and we will be on the playground.  We will have our last closing circle on Thursday and then our little Ladybugs become Crickets.

 

Crickets

It is always amazing to think about how this class of Crickets was on their very first day of school compared to who they are today.  These children absolutely love being up in nature, exploring the bugs, taking hikes, making lots of mud creations in the kitchen and dreaming up the most imaginative games together.  Our group has really bonded together and they truly care for one another.  When a child falls down, there will be several children who rush over to “check in” with them.  Their sense of empathy is growing each day.

Dad’s Day was a blast.  I can’t believe that there are so many parents who have never been blessed with experiencing a day in our forest.  It truly is the best classroom available.  We have asked our students which campus they like better and there is usually a mix of answers.  They love the trails and openness of the forest, but they also love the swings on the playground.  It was fun to watch the kiddos paint the Dad’s hands and the Dad’s paint the kiddos hands.  Your tricks were very entertaining, and we enjoyed seeing the Dad’s mingle and get to know each other better.  This group of Cricket Dads have become very close over the last year.

Next week is our last week and we will be in the playground.  We will be finishing up some academic lessons, playing in the creek and packing up all your child’s items at the school.

 

Honeybees

The children all really enjoyed their last week being on the forest.  They went on many hikes, strengthen their ninja skills, and had wonderful imaginary play.  There was a part of the day on Wednesday where the entire class was running an Expert Ninja training course all by themselves.  Matt and I didn’t make us this game, nor did we participate.  We just stood back and watch the whole detailed game unfold and be directed.  We both commented on how this class has really bonded together and matured so much over the last 9 months.  I don’t even want to think about graduation when they will be saying goodbye to being a Honeybee – but never saying goodbye to The Children’s Garden or the friends that they have made here.

Dad’s Day was absolutely wonderful.  It was so fun to watch the Dad’s faces as they found their portrait hanging on the wall.  Your little ones took a lot of time to study the details of their Dad’s faces and sketch and paint their likeness.  The tricks were also wonderful.  There was everything from Chewbacca from Star Wars joining us, to a percussion performance.  Thank you!

The Honeybee Roundup at the Okie Dokie Corral was a blast.  They all enjoyed hiking up the creek to look for treasure, eating their pizza, pasta and watermelon, roasting marshmallows and making s’mores,  chasing each other around on the playground and watching a little bit of Toy Story.  We felt very proud that each child went home with all of their belongings – until we found one leftover sock!  

The details of graduation will be coming out today and we are all planning for a very memorable occasion.  It makes me teary just thinking about watching these children fly away from our school.  However, I know I will see many of their smiling faces again when they come to visit.

Ladybugs

Crickets

Honeybees

Mark your calendar with these Garden happenings.

Honeybee Graduation

Friday, June 11 from 1-3 pm

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.

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