Garden Gazette 6-16-21

Honeybee Highlights

Honeybee Graduation

A small sampling of the many splendid and lovely memories created at our June 11, 2021 Honeybee Graduation.

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From the Mousehole

Well, that’s a wrap! Our crazy, wonderful, inventive, ever evolving, Branching Out program at The Children’s Garden has come to a close.I have to admit, my very first week hiking up that hill in the pouring rain, I looked at my co-workers and thought, ‘what did we sign up for?!’ But this week, as the year wound down to days, hours, minutes, we all feel very proud of what we accomplished. We are getting a little nostalgic about how quickly the year flew by, and how much we are going to miss it. The students all built up a little grit, and the teachers did too. We remember the tears and fears from the first downpours in the forest, and our most recent downpour had the children lying on the ground and making ‘rain-angels’!

This last week, we had closing circles for each of our classes, as well as our Board of Trustees. Kara and Tom McKown hosted our staff and trustees, as well as our founders, Bonnie Steussy and David Edfeldt, who were present for the induction of our newest trustees. It was such a beautiful evening, in a beautiful home with a beautiful pot luck meal, but lovely also in the amount of history that was present and continuing on the rich history of The Children’s Garden.

Today, we celebrated our newest group of Children’s Garden alums, our Honeybee class of 2020-2021. Such a sweet moment in time, and what an amazing backdrop we had for our ceremony, up in the tree circle of Luna’s Forest. We tell all of our graduates and their families, that whether you have been with us for 4 months or 3 years or longer, you will always be a part of our Garden community. We are so glad that you all found us, we are so honored that you chose us, and we hope you continue to keep in touch, come and visit, and remember always,

“May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you

And the pure light within you, guide you all the way on.”

Bring on the summer!

Read on for Cohort Squeaks and Hoots:

Squeaks and Hoots from Cara and Matt

Ladybugs

Ourladybug class had a wonderful day in the sunshine on Tuesday. They love to go down by the creek and play in the water. We also made wonderful necklaces with a cricket on it to signify their graduating from being ladybugs to crickets. We did a lot of dancing and read some fun books.  I can’t believe that this year has come to an end.  What a wild trip it has been.  Your children have blossomed and matured so much over the last 9 months. 

Please take time to practice with your children correctly writing the letters in their names.  We have included the correct “Handwriting Without Tears” guidelines for the children.  Thank goodness we will all be together again in the Fall for our Cricket class.  We hope you have fun reading through the Ladybug Yearbook together.



Crickets

We started off the week with a very wet and rainy day, but our kiddos had so much fun together. We made necklaces with honeybee on it to signify the graduating from crickets to be coming honeybees.  We forgot to hand them out at the end of the day, so we will be mailing them to you this week.  I can’t believe how fast these children have grown.  We had a wonderful time playing in the creek and catching fish.  Please take time to practice with your children correctly writing the letters in their names.  We have included the correct “Handwriting Without Tears” guidelines for the children. 

We hope you all have a wonderful and safe summer.  Can’t wait to see you back for our Honeybee year.  We hope you have fun reading through the Cricket Yearbook together.



Honeybees

The honeybees had so much fun on Monday in the sun playing in the creek.  A few of our kiddos spent several hours in there catching fish. Our total came to catching 7 fish. They were very diligent and very focused and had so much fun. We had to let them know that their parents were coming soon to pick them up so we needed to get out of the creek and have our snack.  We also signed each other‘s yearbooks. We were wrapping up all of our academic papers as well.


The graduation ceremony up in the tree circle was magical.  The staff had fun visioning the event and then decorating the trees to make a very special and intimate experience.  We are so very proud of all of our Honeybees.  I had tears in my eyes saying goodbye to all of my students – but the words we kept saying to each other were, “See you soon.  Come back to visit us to be a Big Kid Helper in the classroom next year.”  We have loved spending time with your children.  Some were just this one year and some were their whole 5 years of life.  Congratulations parents – you now have Kindergarten children.

Ladybugs

Crickets

Honeybees

Squeaks and Hoots from Cari, Thea and Donna

 

Ladybugs

We had such a lovely week up in the forest for our final week as Ladybugs. These kids have grown to be friends and are so caring about each other. Cari had her last day on Tuesday, and each Ladybug took their turn to go up to Teacher Cari and give her a sweet hug goodbye. Teacher Thea helped us finish off our Ladybug year on Thursday. We celebrated Tommy’s 4th trip around the sun on Tuesday and Clay’s 4th birthday on Thursday. 

We practiced writing our names in our yearbooks. They did a great job! Check them out! The Ladybugs also made some cute Cricket necklaces to celebrate their graduation from the Bugs to the Crickets. 

In their bags this week you will find their news, necklaces and yearbooks, along with any medications that you might have kept with the teachers, and their spare clothes that they have kept at the school. You will also find a laminated name writing card, with directions on how we correctly form the letters in our name. These cards can be written on with a washable marker or used as a guide to write their names on white papers. You may also want to make a ‘yellow brick road’ for your child to trace with a yellow marker. As your child learns to write the letters in their name, please encourage them to say the letter names out loud. Their name is the most important word to them and all of the practice helps them to master handwriting.

Thank you so much for a great year, Ladybugs! We hope you have a great summer! 

 

Crickets

Well, here we are! At the end of the Cricket year! We had such a lovely time in the forest for our final two days. We made Honeybee necklaces to celebrate our graduation up to Bees. We practiced writing our names in our yearbooks. They did a great job! Check them out! 

In their bags this week you will find their news, necklaces and yearbooks, along with any medications that you might have kept with the teachers, and their spare clothes that they have kept at the school. You will also find a laminated name writing card, with directions on how we correctly form the letters in our name. These cards can be written on with a washable marker or used as a guide to write their names on white papers. You may also want to make a ‘yellow brick road’ for your child to trace with a yellow marker. As your child learns to write the letters in their name, please encourage them to say the letter names out loud. Their name is the most important word to them and all of the practice helps them to master handwriting.

Thank you so much for a great year, Crickets! We hope you have a great summer!

 

Honeybees

Oh Bees, how we love you! We are already missing our newest alums. 

Our final week at The Children’s Garden was a little rainy and up in the forest, but seeing how lovely you guys all came together as a team, brought out the sunshine for Thea and I. We missed Maya and Maxwell, but enjoyed learning about honeybees, doing the wag tail dance, and continuing our Bee family play by finding nectar and pollen and making bee bread and royal jelly. We went around to our classmates and signed each other’s yearbooks. 

Keep working on your letters and numbers over the summer – counting, writing your names, (say each letter as you write it) – and looking for items that start with the same letter. Parents, spend just a few minutes a day to help your kiddo transition to kindergarten with a bit of an advantage. They already have poetry recitations, presentations, and social emotional skills well beyond kindergarten level. 

We celebrated our final day, teaming up with the other cohort to make ice cream in the parking lot! It was a sweet way to finish a wonderful year. 

Thank you so much for a great year, Honeybees! We hope you have a great summer and come back and visit us when you can! 

Ladybugs

Crickets

Honeybees

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