Hello Park Shore Families,
It seems that Spring may have really arrived this time. Hopefully the warmer temperatures continue and we can get out and about.
This past month has been a lot of fun in the science lab. Since we have had so much rain lately we decided to investigate how rain falls. We all enjoyed making our rain clouds and filling it with “rain” and seeing it fall out of the cloud! Some of the younger classes also enjoyed making puffy cloud paintings.
For Earth Day we talked about recycling and learned the different ways we can help our environment. It was fun to recycle our tires (cheerios) by condensing them into smaller pieces that we could use for roadways, parks and mulch. The children really seemed to understand how important reusing is and talked about how they recycle in their own homes. I hope you were able to find a warm, sunny spot for our handmade biodegradable seed pod. With all this rain, you should be seeing wildflowers in no time.
Since the sun has not been generous in making her presence known, we decided to take matters in our own hands and create some lovely yellow “sunshine” play doh. Using only 2 ingredients, hair conditioner and cornstarch, we made the yummiest smelling play doh ever!!
It was a fun day when we visited a farm and all took turns milking a cow during our farm animal unit. It was quite delightful to the children when they got to squirt me with our “milk” – there were many laughs and fun was had by all.
We were able to get outside a bit last week and we had fun making sun prints with a classic toy – ask your children what we used. We also learned the stages of the butterflies life cycle in anticipation of our chrysalis hatching. This week we will discuss oceans and learn the difference between freshwater and saltwater.
During our last weeks of school we are looking forward to releasing our butterflies after watching them grow from caterpillars. We will make a water fountain and learn the science behind how it works, and will create an explosion in a soda bottle. We will make our very own homemade colored bubbles to use for our bubble/field day and create a foamy fountain. Finally, for our end of the year finale, we will make fireworks in a jar!!
As the school year begins to wind down and thoughts turn to pools and beaches, I want to take a moment to tell you how much I have enjoyed being with your children and watching them grow and learn. We had many laughs and so much fun in science. I will miss my friends that are moving on and look forward to seeing my friends that are continuing their Park Shore journey in the fall. I look forward to seeing you at the Graduation ceremonies and hope you have a truly amazing summer!! Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to spend the year with your children!