Week of March 31 to April 4, 2014
For the next few weeks, to compliment the season of Spring, we will be focusing on the life of various animals as well as plants. We will be observing plants grow and watch a caterpillar evolve into a beautiful butterfly. I have a lot of fun and exciting activities in store you and your child. More information on what we are learning this week as well as a brief introduction to what we will be doing next week is on the next few pages. Feel free to contact me at anytime if you have any questions or concerns.
Lesson of the week
This week we are learning about the exciting life cycle of a plant. Through fun and interactive activities, your child will learn to identify plants, identify the stages of the plant cycle, learn how they grow and what they need to survive, seeing it first hand when we plant our very own sunflower seed! The reason I want to try to incorporate interactive activities into my lesson plan, rather than just giving worksheets on the plant cycle, is to ensure your child is staying engaged throughout the lesson. By keeping them interested, they will learn, retain more information, and be excited to learn more. My goal by the end of this lesson is for your child to understand what plants are and the stages plants go through before blossoming into a flower or growing into a great big tree.
Keep in mind that your child’s learning does not stop after they leave the school. I encourage you to allow your child to help out in the garden, it can be a simple task such as being responsible for watering one flower, or picking out different plants when you go on walks. These small gestures will keep your child excited to learn more.
Friday, March 28th, 9am
6003 Memorial Dr
At the end of the week, Friday March 28, 2014, we are taking a trip to Bayou Bend Gardens. This trip is for students to enjoy nature and observe different flowers, trees, and any animals such as squirrels that may be visiting the trees onsite. Parents, I encouraged to come along and enjoy this experience with your child as well as play a part in helping chaperoning throughout the trip. Field trip permission slips will be attached to the back of this newsletter.
Since Spring has just begun, the school is hosting a Spring Festival next week on April 5, 2014 starting at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Each grade level will be in charge of their own booth, and our Pre-K class will be putting our knowledge of plants to use! Our Pre-K class booth is called “Plant & Bloom”. Your child will get to use what they learned from planting the sunflower seed in class this week to guide and demonstrate to other families/children/friends how to plant their very own seed. They will be in charge of telling families what the seed needs to grow (i.e. Sunlight and Water) and any other fun facts that they may choose to tell.
Participating in the booth is completely voluntary, please email me if you are interested in participating and together we can arrange a time slot that works out best for you.
The goal of this Spring Festival is for you and your family to come have a good time with your family and friends in the nice Spring weather. There will be games, food and FUN! I hope to see you and your child next week, ready to plant seeds and have some fun.
What to Expect
Next week we will be starting the life cycle of a butterfly. For this lesson we will be taking care of a caterpillar and observing the caterpillar evolve from a caterpillar to a cocoon to a butterfly.
Students will not be handling the caterpillar or butterfly in any way. The insects will be in their own container, to avoid students from tampering with the insects. If you have any concerns about your child being around these insects, please notify me as soon as possible. This way I can arrange something more appropriate for all students