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Wow, Can you believe it's April! Goodbye winter, hello spring! I hope some nice weather is around the corner, and the cold is behind us. 

Speaking of weather, during the first few weeks of the month we are going to be studying this wonderful subject. We will be talking about different types of weather (rain, wind, snow, sun, and clouds). We will look at different kinds of weather and classify the characteristics of each weather condition. Since precipitation is a big part of a weather study, we will learn about the water cycle, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection. We will also do a cloud study, look at the clouds, learn their scientific terms, and use describing words such as fluffy or mashed potato-like. Warm and cold temperatures are other scientific terms that we will be discussing. Additionally, we’ll start a weather journal that we will use throughout the rest of the year. We will catalog the weather conditions daily by marking a calendar with a sticker according what it is like outside. 

We will also investigate the rainforest and animals within the rainforest.  We will learn about the life cycle of a tadpole to a frog, as well as a caterpillar to a butterfly. Games such as leapfrog, the turtle crawl, and many other counting games add to the fun of this theme. All of these activities give us the opportunity to hypothesize, observe, investigate, and discover. 

This month we will talk about spring! The weather will be changing and this will be the perfect time to discuss what spring changes are happening. We will talk about the cycle of the tree: buds to leaves, and the growth of flowers. We will look at spring colors, take many spring nature walks, and enjoy the fresh spring air. We will also have our annual First Steps Easter Egg Hunt and use beautiful spring time colors to dye hard boiled eggs.

Enjoy the season of spring, and have a wonderful month of April. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask: jessicalafera@gmail.com or 679-6301

Best Wishes,

“Miss Jessica” LaFera

Spring has finally arrived after a long winter of coats, hats, snow pants, boots, and mittens!  We worked so hard to learn how to dress ourselves to go outside to play.  Now we look forward to plenty of sunshine, warmer temperatures and the ease of going outside to play in lightweight coats and sweatshirts!

We begin the month observing the sky, noticing the different types of clouds we see.  We will spend time noticing the weather changes around us and investigate where rain comes from and where rain goes.  What else does a shower bring?  Mud of course!  We will study soil and what happens to it when it gets saturated with water.  We will enjoy a fun spring egg hunt!  We will expand our vision of our world as we investigate what lives and grows in a rainforest.  We will discover how rainforests and the forests around Woodstock are similar and different.  Frogs and butterflies, in their many colored rainforest varieties, will help us learn about life cycles.  We will watch our own caterpillars grow and change into Painted-Lady butterflies!  We will celebrate Earth Day, learning the importance of recycling and keeping our world clean.  Uncle Rock sings it best: “There is no away.  Everything you throw in the trash goes somewhere else instead.”   Throughout the month we will continue our observations of life cycles as we note the early growth of trees, pussy willows, forsythia, daffodil bulbs, and other early sprouts that begin to peek their pretty spring-green shoots up out of the ground.  Letters we will introduce this month are: Q, C, A and G.

Please note that our spring parent- teacher conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 14.  You will receive more information about this as we get closer to that time.  During these conferences, I look forward to sharing your child’s portfolio of work and speaking with each of you about the growth we have observed this year!  Please remember that I am happy to speak with you anytime you have questions or concerns about your child, or email me at vworkstus.firststeps@hvc.rr.com

Ginny Workstus and all the preschool teaching staff!   

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