May 24, 2016 at The Chartwell House

Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun
Please shine down on me
Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun
Hiding behind a tree

These little children are asking you
To please come out so we can play with you
Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun
Please shine down on me!!

Hope everyone had a fantastic long weekend and got to enjoy the beautiful weather with their friends and families.  This week it’s back to “work” for The Chartwell House kids, and to take advantage of these beauty days we are trying to do the majority of our programming outdoors.  The entire school is still interested in the world around them, with a main focus on insects.  No matter where you live or what your do, you will always be able to find insects.  The fan favorite at the school these days is Eric Carle’s ,”The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.  All classrooms have been learning about caterpillars, observing caterpillars, making caterpillars and discovering the life cycle of the butterfly.  Thanks to one of our generous Kinder families, we have all been excited for our newest science activity;  raising butterflies. The children are fascinated and excited  to see the life-cycle of a butterfly happen before their own eyes! It is one thing to read about it and another to see it happen in real life.Life cyclelife cycle of a butterflyButterfliesPainting MORE caterpillarsbirdhouses.jpg

In addition to learning about caterpillars and butterflies Preschool and Kindergarten participated in their biweekly Taekwondo training with Sensei McKoy.  One of the main benefits of taekwondo is improving a child’s confidence, strength and balance. Taekwondo also teaches breathing and meditation techniques that assist in learning focus.TAEKWONDOTAEKWONDO1

We also had our monthly visit from Opti-Mom, Laurel Crossley who facilitates our Meditating Munchkins program. This program was designed to introduce children to the world of Meditation in a gentle, loving and welcoming manner. Meditating Munchkins not only teaches Children the fundamentals of meditation but when and where to use it both at home and in school. This week Laurel and the children were checking in on their science experiment with two classroom plants: “Purpley”, the all alone, not-decorated, ignored plant, and “Pinky” the well loved, decorated, often talked to, complimented and included plant.  The hypothesis was that a well loved and taken care of plant would grow bigger, than the plant that didn’t get enough love, kindness and attention.  And…..the hypothesis proved correct: “Pinky” was measured at 5.5  inches back in April, and now is 6.5 inches tal1, “Pinky” also  had 11 stems in April and now has 13 stems.  “Purpley” ,measured originally at 6inches but only managed to grow 0.5 inches, “Purpley” also started with 11 stems and no new stem growth was observed.  The verdict, a kind, welcoming, loving environment helps plants, people and even butterflies grow!Meditating munchkins.jpgMeditating.jpg

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