Magnolia Room April 2018

Posted on Apr 14, 2018 in .MSR Communications, Magnolia Primary Room News

Hello everyone,

It feels like ages since I have sent you a letter, Spring Break was too relaxing apparently.  I hope you are all doing well.  I know for a fact your children are doing well because they are the same hungry beasts that ask for more and more and more knowledge.  To be honest, this is the first year I have had such a tremendous amount of lessons.  I know I have said this before but I bounce from one lesson to the next as if I am on a trampoline.  Everything I give they absorb but what makes this year different from others is the speed of mastery.  I have kindergartners learning sentence structure; I have one student that has all his multiplication tables memorized and mastered (this does not happen till 3rd grade).  I have 3 year olds reading simple words!

Now I am going to be honest.  I will only say this once and never again.  I do provide the environment but it is not me, it is your child.  I wish I could gush and say I am an amazing teacher but it is not the truth. Your children are crazy smart, they teach each other, and are becoming such strong leaders.  Feel free to give me the credit but my conscience cannot handle too much!

New things in the environment:

– Science has switched from outer space back to Earth.  We are learning about life cycles of butterflies, ladybugs, crickets, and dragonflies.  We are learning about pond life, bird classification, flowers, and how things change by growth and manipulation.  We have experiments going on that have to do with static electricity, plant growth, and erosion.  So, science is still going very strong with spring propelling it.

Gardening and Science are being fostered by many volunteers in the community.  There are many notifications on Facebook to keep you involved.  Please check them out.  I know a huge event is occurring on Earth Day weekend; if we all pull together we can make some great things happen.  One thing you should know is I am an awful horticulturist.  I am like Medusa, I look at a plant and it turns to stone (bad for my self-esteem) so I will be looking to many of you for support.  I would like to make our designated garden beds rabbit friendly; not just for Roosevelt but for all the little creatures that like to visit.  Lettuces, carrots, sunflowers for birds, and other tasty treats specifically for the wildlife in our area.

I have had a couple parents ask about our reading lessons and what they can do at home.  If your child is of age I can send supplemental materials home easily.  I do ask for you to send copy paper in to replace what we use at the school.  Every family is different, and it is hard to know what your family goals are when it comes to your child’s education.  If you would like additional materials for summer let me know in advance.  Also remember I am running the summer program so your child will be fed in the fine venue that I always deliver, so make sure you reserve your space today!

Last note that I MUST write, and it happens every year, but does not make this easier: is that tomorrow we will be having “The Talk.”  Not quite the talk you may be thinking of but a talk about personal space, private parts, who can look at  or touch our bodies, what to say if someone makes you feel uncomfortable.  We will have a group time about knowing our bodies and why they are private.  This is extremely simple but informative for the age.  Something about springtime makes children curious.  It may cause concern but please know it is all natural.  I am giving this information in case your child comes home and starts saying things like, “Ms. Sarah said today at group we do not share our bodies…”

Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to know and teach your children.  Here’s to another great year!