Kids at the Knox Nursery School enjoy the spring and its many-splendored wonders
The snow banks are gone. The mud has all but disappeared and the grass is turning green but for the Knox Nursery School kids the most exciting part of all of this is that they can now play on all of the playground equipment!
It seems that our never-ending winter has finally ended. No more boots, mittens, snow pants, or hats (not sure who’s more excited, the kids or the teachers).
March had each class working on the month’s traditional projects. Starting off the month, the 3-year-olds crafted “Lions and Lambs” for a wall display titled “March — In like a Lion, Out like a Lamb.”
Meanwhile, the 4-year-olds took time to acknowledge Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which included reading books by this famous children’s author and making their own Cat in a Hat. Observing St. Patrick’s Day with leprechaun stories, shamrocks, rainbows, and pots of gold is always great fun for the kids.
In addition to the March activities associated with St. Patrick’s Day and the change of seasons, the kids had a special visitor. A wizard brought his magic to the school. Many of the children became “magicians in training” as they assisted the wizard with his tricks. It was an exciting experience for all, even for the ones who kept their distance from the wizard, because he resembled Santa a bit!
Our Terrific Twos group was very busy during March. Because their teachers were anxious for spring, their projects were related to its arrival. Spring wands were made to wave over the snow to melt it. Large yellow suns were made to hang in windows to warm up the temperatures so flowers would begin to bloom. By the month’s end, fingerprint hyacinths were in full bloom on their spring bulletin board!
April passed quickly. Easter projects included Happy Easter Wreaths, chicks popping from broken eggs, and bunny ears headbands. An Easter egg race with the 3-year-olds was an exciting and loud activity.
The annual Grandparents’ Easter Party is always a favorite event for the 4-year-olds. Handmade invitations are sent to their grandparents. On April 9, they put on a short Easter program that included them hopping in with their bunny ears headbands and reciting a bunny poem. Next, the bunny ears were replaced by chicken headbands as fourteen 4-year-olds delighted their guests by doing the chicken dance.
Grandparents then helped their grandchildren decorate cookies, color hardboiled eggs, and complete a bunny craft. After the “work” was done, everyone enjoyed a buffet of yummy snacks.
The week of vacation seemed to have put a “spring” in our steps. The remainder of April was spent with books about spring and Earth Day. The two older classes have almost completed the alphabet, only five letters to go.
The 4-year-olds are reciting The Pledge of Allegiance perfectly and have begun to learn “America the Beautiful.” Sounds like the school year will soon be over!
We have openings in our programs for September 2014. If you are interested, please call the school at 872-2015 for an application.