I’m amazed that we are already at the end of the Winter season and looking into Spring, but here we are, at the end of February, with March looming in front of us.
Our theme this month was focused on Artists, specifically those from the Impressionist era. As a group, we have discussed where in the world these artists mainly lived, and have looked at a variety of paintings from this era. The children each had a chance to make their own Impressionist art work, through the use of dot painting. We have also learned about a few influential artists from the Impressionist era, including Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Cezanne. On our shelves this month, to go along with our Impressionist theme, was a jigsaw puzzle of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry, Starry Night”.
Along with studying Impressionism, we also discussed two holidays that happen in February: Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the children all helped to make Valentines Cookies, which they then got to take home. We also celebrated by bringing Valentines for each of our classmates and exchanging them. To honor Presidents Day, the children got to explore a language work which involves identifies each of our past Presidents.
Our school was lucky to have a special visitor this month! Nicole, from the Seattle Opera Company, came and introduced the children to what an Opera is, what the conductor does, and also did some interactive storytelling. This month marked the beginning of Gardening and Farming with Miss Katherine and Miss Deanna. The children got to plant tomato seeds in the greenhouse with Miss Katherine, while Miss Deanna has been introducing the children to the various farm animals and showing them how to interact with the animals.
Coming up in March, we will be studying all about Nutrition. Specifically, about the foods we eat and what they do for our body. In March we have a wonderful event planned to celebrate the school's 30th Anniversary. It will be on Saturday, March 18th from 10 am-12 pm.
Ms Sarah & Ms Ilyoun
El Salon Azul Co-Lead Teachers