May has the children all excited about the approach of summer and all the activities that they will be involved in as they finish the school year together. They are reviewing many songs and fingerplays in preparation for the end of the year celebration. It will be on Thursday, June 1st. All parents and other interested guests are invited to attend. Learning the Pre-K cheer is so much fun!
Mother’s Day is a very important day for each child to honor his/her mother. Numerous stories are read in preparation for the day. Plant gift cards are sure to be perfect presents. Sunflower wind dancers decorate the classroom. Sequencing a series of events both individually and with partners is a wonderful way to enjoy the many stories that are shared in class. Stories such as The Napping House and The Great Big Enormous Turnip provide great practice to this difficult concept. A series of Little Quack books and Make Way for Ducklings engage the students in creative writing and in artistic expression. Waiting for Wings is the ideal story as we watch and wait for our own butterflies to emerge.
The final chapters in Religion focus on the significance of prayer and in worship.
Several lessons on taking care of self, family, animals, and things prepare the children to join the “Care Club”. Making crowns, medallions, and care-chutes are activities in preparation for the installation to the club. Flying the chutes is exciting! Jesus hears me when I pray banners adorn the hall. Bible stories continue to be of great importance. They are also learning about Mary and the Rosary in anticipation of the May Crowning and the Living Rosary.
Unit 9 in language arts, Peter and the Wolf, has the students quite interested because it gives special attention to auditory modality. This is a story told by music, not just words. Our final unit presents The ABC Book. It reviews all the skills taught throughout the year. Keeping this in mind, the children are ready to progress happily ever after.
Each day the children diligently complete another letter for their alphabet books. Twenty-six letters/pages make quite a big book for each to save. Review, review, review is what the math activities are all about. Numbers, counting, writing numerals, and forming higher number sets have become a daily routine. The year will end with some of Mrs. Helwink’s all-time favorite books, such as Ferdinand, The Biggest Bear, and Caps for Sale. Some famous fairytales will also be shared followed by activities involving story events.
We are still collecting pop-tops. I will be taking them over to one of the Ronald McDonald Homes in a few weeks. I am expressing a sincere thank you from the families of the sick children to all who have participated this year.