THE RED ROOM REPORTER
APRIL 27 – MAY 22
Wow! The end of the school year is just around the corner! We have four weeks left and a ton yet to do! Frog centered activities, May Day, dandelions, science experiments, and Cinco de Mayo will keep us busy. Time will also be spent preparing the garden boxes for planting. Hold on here we go!
The last day of the 2019-2020 school year will be Friday, May 22. Unfortunately, there will be no graduation ceremony this year. Kinderfarm will be closed May 25 – 29 and will re-open Monday, June 1 for Summer Session 1.
MONDAY – We will kick off our unit on toads and frog by illustrating their life cycle. A trip to the pond to look for toads, frogs, and tadpoles will end our time together.
TUESDAY – Rhyme identification skills will be practiced today as the children match a frog on a log with a rhyming picture. Children love to practice rhyming words! How many words that rhyme with the word frog can they share with you? Can they rhyme other words?
WEDNESDAY– The children will be working on counting and number recognition skills as they add pom-pom flies that correspond with the number on the frog’s tongue. A ride on Electra is also on today’s agenda.
THURSDAY – The word frog begins with the letter “F”. This concept will be reinforced as the children make a frog out of the letter “F” today.
FRIDAY – HAPPY MAY DAY! The Red Roomers will spend the day making May baskets to share. We will also try our hand at making a maypole.
MAY 4 – MAY 8
MONDAY – Scientist’s do not know all the answers, so they experiment, or “mess around” to test things to see what happens. The Red Roomers will be acting like scientists’ part of this week as they try a variety of different experiments and “mess around”. Today children will “bubbling with excitement” as they find out what happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar.
TUESDAY – People in Mexico are celebrating Cinco de Mayo today. Do people in Mexico speak the same language that we do? What language do they speak? We will find out today as we learn a few words in Spanish. Can your child remember them? The name “somber” is the Spanish word for shade. The word sombrero is derived from that Spanish word. After a brief history discussion of sombreros, the children will make one out of paper. We will also feast on nachos for our afternoon snack.
WEDNESDAY – Legend has it that the tallest dandelion a child can find will be the equivalent to the number of inches that child will grow in the coming year. This morning each of the children will pick the tallest dandelion they can find. We will measure it and write down the measurement along with the date. Post the card on your wall or refrigerator. As you track your child’s growth over the next year compare the number of inches to the length of the dandelion. Is the legend true?
We will begin the afternoon by placing basil seeds in a bottle of water. Over the course of the next few days the children will be encouraged to give the bottle of seeds a shake and a swirl. Be sure to ask your child what happened to the seeds. We will also try some seeds for snack.
THURSDAY – Do oil and water mix? We will find out as we paint a picture using cooking oil and try to paint over it with watercolors.
FRIDAY – First a dandelion is yellow and then it turns to fluff. What happens next? We will find out as we illustrate the life cycle of a dandelion on a paper dandelion.
MAY 11 – 22
I prefer to not follow day by day lesson plans the last two weeks of school. There are so many things left for us to do and weather can play a big part in daily activities. We will be planting in the garden, spending time with our animal friends, exploring the pond for tadpoles and other signs of spring, and just enjoying our last few days together.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR CHILD WITH ME!