March was a month with much cooking and reading of books: books read by teachers at circle, by older children to younger ones, sitting quietly alone on the reading chair, and my favorite - two pre-readers sharing a book by looking at the pictures and imagining the story.
We learned a little bit about France in March: the lifestyle, culture, music, and flag as well as landmarks of Paris. We did pointillism art in the style of Georges Seurat - using q-tips and bringing our paintings to life with color and light.
One of our favorite books was ‘The Mighty Lalouche' by Matthew Olshan - about a postman who loses his job to the electric car and then turns to boxing to make a living. A social commentary on life in early twentieth century France, the story was full of hope and dignity.
We baked baguettes from scratch with Nathan and Benjamin’s dad. We also tried some comte and brie to go with the fresh and warm bread. Nathan and Benjamin’s mum visited with pain au chocolate and taught us how to say our names in French.
Spring break was much looked forward to by all, and the children have returned all recharged!! This month and into May we will be focusing on paper: where it comes from, how much of it do we use, the impact on the Earth’s resources, and a practical life activity - making handmade paper.
El Salon Azul Co-Lead Teachers