All of our friends have been making family trees and exploring the special people they have in their lives. We got to spend more time getting to know our families at the Meet & Greet and Curriculum Night. Friends have enjoyed sharing their family photos, items from home during show & tell, and songs they sing at home. The Sprouts have had fun reading books from our library about all of the different kinds of families there are. We are excited about our new Sprout family and look forward to growing together!
We cannot believe summer has blown by and a new school year is upon us! Emotions have been high as many of our Saplings are moving to new schools. It has been hard saying goodbye to so many of our older friends, but we are all looking forward to new friendships that will surely be formed over these next several months.
During the week-long break, teachers at Green Apple have been busy with developing new skills, sharing best practices, and getting geared up for a new school year! We are excited for our younger Saplings to become our oldest Saplings, and our newest leaders in our community. We are also thrilled to be welcoming so many new friends into our community over the next few weeks.
This coming month, we will be focusing much of our time on building our classroom community, ensuring everyone knows our expectations of growing into independent, caring learners in a nurturing and respectful community. We will be finding out one another’s strengths and discovering where some friends can help others in various areas of need.
We will be discovering our family groups; the younger Saplings with Miss Willow and the older Saplings with Miss Lauren. We will be learning many new routines to help instill a sense of belonging, independence, predictability, and more.
Below are some pictures of Saplings getting acquainted with their new spaces, meeting new friends, growing in independence, and working on various projects!
Hello Families and Friends!
Summer is flying by and Autumn is approaching. We have been busy exploring the evolving yard and enjoying the warm weather while it lasts. We have been spending a lot of time with water to stay cool, and eagerly awaiting the cucumbers, tomatoes, and watermelons that are ripening on the vines. This month is Art Month where we are exploring several artistic methods including painting, sculpting, drawing, photography, collage, and the dramatic arts. Many families are also going on trips and children are bringing back souvenirs and interesting finds to show their friends.
You might notice many changes going on in the yard as we add and change areas. We have shifted loose parts to a new space, there are some new climbing logs for gross motor skills, a music wall is in the making, and chickens in the works. We welcome parent volunteers in the process, as many have valued skills (or muscles) in making these additions happen.
Although art is already an intrinsic part of daily life here at Green Apple, this month we focused on a few specific areas of art, giving the children a chance to really dive deep into the creative process. You may have noticed them coming home with a little more “art” on them than usual as many of them really enjoyed the act of “self-painting”. We also brought in some community artists to demonstrate their process to the group.
Many children have brought interesting objects to share with or show their friends. We value giving children an opportunity to share things that are important or interesting to them and have set time aside during community meeting for them to share these objects. We ask that you please make sure that these objects are age-appropriate and in alignment with our mission and vision.
~ The Saplings
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