News From The ECP

May 29, 2012

Linda, Chris and Christy (3-5 year olds)

Our little playground garden bed has been coming along nicely. We’ve even harvested some radishes already. We’ve been watching the lettuce, carrots, beets, and kale grow over the past few weeks and we’ve been giving them plenty of water. Inside the classroom we planted marigold seeds for our Mother’s Day tradition. The kids painted pots with acrylic paints, transplanted the marigolds and gave them as a gift to their mothers. During one week we played with wheat berries and soil in our sensory table. We were pleasantly surprised to find a lawn of wheat grass sprouted in the table over the following weekend. We examined the roots with magnifying glasses, watered with spray bottles, and clipped the grass with scissors.

We are sad to report that, for some unknown reason, our incubating eggs did not hatch on schedule. So Linda bought some baby chicks for us and we’ve had a great time holding them, feeding them, and taking them outside. Hopefully we’ll have better luck with the incubator next time. We also got some tadpoles, and the kids have really enjoyed watching them grow legs and turn into frogs in our aquarium.

One day we made our own “mini-pizzas” on english muffins. The children each spread sauce on their muffin and arranged various vegetables and herbs on their pizza. Then we sprinkled shredded cheese and put them in the toaster oven. They turned out to be very yummy snacks.

Our Kindergarteners have been working hard on their final graduation projects after a round of really impressive practice projects. We’ll be helping them prepare their graduation speeches and then they’ll be off to first grade after the summer session. Speaking of summer, Christy has planned a very fun and active summer program with creek days, pool days, trips to city parks, and more.

It’s hard to believe the school year is almost over. I’ve had a wonderful first year of teaching at Harmony, and it’s been a pleasure getting to know all of the amazing kids, teachers, and staff at our unique school. I can’t thank the Harmony community enough for being so welcoming. I look forward to more years ahead teaching, singing, dancing, creating, and playing pretend with the brilliant ECP’ers. Have a great summer!

–Chris

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