I can't believe it is already May! This school year is almost over. I have really enjoyed getting to know your children over this year and watching them grow and mature.
Last month we finished out reptile and dinosaur unit. We also started working on our bird unit. We visited the birds that are found on our campus: the chickens and ducks. We discussed the different beaks and feet that those birds have. We then looked at other types of bird feet that are found on ostriches, hawks, songbirds, herons and woodpeckers. The kids enjoyed the opportunity to touch replicas of the feet. They also used tools similar to bird beaks to pick up different types of food.
This month we are finishing our unit on birds. Having discussed the beaks and feet of different birds, we will now look at different types of nests. One of our students brought in owl pellets and we will dissect them. We will also start our unit on mammals. We will discuss different types of mammals: big cats, horses and cows, wolves and dogs, etc. We will see how they are different and alike.
This month we have also been discussing our feelings and how to deal with them appropriately. I have introduced the children to two puppets, Tina the turtle and Paulie the parrot, to give the kids words and ideas to use. We are also working on other types of grace and courtesy such as being respectful of other's works and using inside voices and walking feet. We will continue to discuss these types of ideas for the rest of the school year.
I want to remind everyone that May 26th is an inservice day and school will be closed that day. May 29th is Memorial Day and school will be closed that day as well.