## Classroom News!

We were all very happy to reunite after our spring break!

It is April which means it is time to learn about farm life. We may not live on a farm, but that did not stop us from being able to do some planting! We are trying to grow lima beans and we are examining these seeds very closely, Each child wrapped the bean in a damp paper towel, put it in a plastic bag and taped it to the window where the beans can get plenty of sun. We are expecting to see roots and shoots in the coming days.

At center time we found some lovely pussy willow branches in a vase. We observed and touched the soft buds and then read a poem about all the ways in which the buds are like kittens. After using our senses we did a portrait of the pussy willow with pastels and paint.

In math the children learned a logic and matrix game called "What's in the Square?" They worked on sorting shape and color attributes and graphed them in the matrix by connecting rows and columns to find the appropriate square. We have also started to learn how to tell time to the hour.

## Conversation Starters

* What are some different kinds of farms?

* How did you celebrate National Robotics Week in your classroom?

* In what ways would writing your feelings down on paper be helpful to you?

## Fun Things To Do At Home

* Read the poem of the week.

* Practice telling time to the hour using both digital and analogue clocks

* Practice counting with pennies, nickels and dimes.

## Poem of the Week

The Giving Farm

Hens give eggs

Pigs give ham

Cows give milk

Strawberries give jam.

Bees give honey

Goats give cheese

Farms give food