Spring is in the air! We've been squeezing in every last minute of our recess time (and extending it on really nice days) so we can enjoy the warmer weather outdoors. A new season brings changes to the natural world, and these changes are evident on the school playground. Many students are befriending the tiny, green inch worms that have come out to feast on the tree leaves while others are enjoying the fresh patches of grass that have grown where there used to be only dirt.
The change from winter to spring also brings changes in the students themselves. They have grown. Their faces have matured, they are taller, and collectively they take up much more space on the carpet. They want independence, but still need guidance. Their awareness of self, others, and the world is growing more complex, which leads to deeper questions and opportunities for meaningful discussions. Friendships may get complicated as they learn how to navigate disagreements, make decisions on their own, and find their place among their peers. These are all signs that fourth grade is approaching! In the midst of all these changes, it is heartwarming to see how much each child has grown and how our classroom community has come together.
Click the buttons below to see videos from our Sugar Shake science experiment.
The students are learning how to play the recorder in music with Ms. Gwaltney. They have been practicing for a few weeks now and have gone from squeaky sounds to making music. Click the button to watch them play!