The first year of formalized Storytimes planned for both Starlight and Twilight have made our hearts smile big and wide, and Starlight’s more newly implemented “Visits with Paddington” have exceeded our expectations!!
Mr. (Paddington) Brown has taken week-end road trips to the state of New York twice, attended family gatherings and activities with friends, planted gardens and has more recently added French Onion soup, linguini with marinara sauce, ice creams and cookies to his ever expanding list of favorite foods!!
“Sharing Treasures” is gaining momentum, and, as a result, we have marveled at music boxes, handled heart shaped rocks and examined paper houses.
“Red Nose Day” was introduced this year, and, we thank Sunshine and Rainbow for planning and sharing a friendship snack, Starburst for “painting noses”, all classrooms for their participation and families for whatever contributions they chose to make in its honor.
Our hallway display board is taking on the look of Summer fun and includes a hand crafted “ocean” border, a potato and paint stamped school of fish and photos of our friends.
As the afternoons continue to get warmer, we have begun to, again, enjoy seasonally-inspired ice pops, embellish the grounds with chalk and play and read by the tree that adorns our front lawn.
Watering the gardens is a responsibility the Twilight children take very seriously. Each afternoon the children check the gardens to determine if they need watering. The children then help drag the hose to the garden and take turns holding the nozzle to make sure all of our flowers and vegetables are well hydrated.
When everyone is satisfied with the watering of the gardens, I take over the hose to “make it rain”. The children think it is great fun to have the “rain” fall down upon them; it also helps them cool off! As the summer progresses and our garden grows, the children will then help harvest, the cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, and zucchini; taking part in all phases of the gardening process.