Early Learning Center Newsletter

May Curriculum Newsletter


Level 1 Language Arts and Social Studies
Lesa Newberry

This school year has really flown by! The Level 1 students have had so much growth physically, socially, and academically. We will wrap up our year with the completion of our alphabet,fun seasonal activities, and review of basic skills. We will continue to work on our writing skills in our handwriting books, as well as, letter and simple sentence writing.  During class, we will also be reading and discussing nursery rhymes.

Please continue to work with your child now and throughout the summer months on letter recognition, formations, and sounds. Also, review basic sight (star) words, and please continue to read to your child, talking and asking questions about the stories that you have read.I hope that you all have a wonderful summer vacation, and I look forward to seeing you next year!

 We look forward to a visit in chapel on Thursday, March 30th from the String Theory Youth Initiative and their director, Bryony Stroud-Watson. They will be bringing guest violinist Robyn Bollinger, who has created an engaging multimedia program called Ciaconna: The Bass of Time.

Level 1 Math and Science
Andi Hannah

This school year has really flown by! The Level 1 students have had so much growth physically, socially, and academically. We continue to develop number sense through daily stations and small group notebooks. Students have enjoyed telling time, exploring money, collecting data, and becoming comfortable scientists and mathematicians.

Level 2 Language Arts and Social Studies
Kiersten Wilkins

May is a busy month in the ELC as we work hard on reviewing and applying all the language skills we have learned this year! We are working hard to write 3-5 sentences as we follow writing prompts in the classroom. The children will bring their handwriting workbooks and journals home over the summer! Feel free to use them as you can! Don’t forget to take time to read each day! We will be sending home a summer reading list as well as a summer skill practice calendar. This is similar to our Homework Calendar and it should be a fun way to pass the time during the hot summer days ahead! Thank you for a wonderful and memorable year! 

 Level 2 Math and Science
Elizabeth Turner

We wrapped up our rainforest unit by turning our room into one!  We had a lot of fun learning about the weather, animals, foods, and medicines we get from the rainforest.  We also learned how important it is to take care of rainforests as well as our entire earth.In math class we will be reviewing what we have learned in order to earn our “sticker chart” stickers.   We have worked very hard this year with addition, subtraction, place value, ten frames, and graphing. (That’s naming only a few topics!) We will wrap up the year with a mud unit.  Its good, messy fun!  More info to follow. A summer skills calendar will be sent home in order to help keep skills sharp.We look forward to an exciting end of the school year!

Levels 1 and 2 Music
Kara Miscio

ELC is busy preparing for the annual ELC Opera based on different fairy tales. Students are learning songs and story elements to prepare for the production. Be sure to attend this event May 5th and see how the children have grown tremendously with their musical talents this year.

Niveles 1 y 2 Español
Señora Michelle Bertani

In mayo, we willfinish up earning our Spanish stickers for the sticker chart.  To earnthis sticker, students have to be able to identify all of their colors inSpanish.  We will finish the year studying classroom objects in Spanishsuch as libro (book), lápiz (pencil), pluma (pen), papel (paper), mochila(backpack), tijeras (scissors), pegamento (glue), carpeta (folder).  Ofcourse we will continue to practice the alfabeto in español and sign languageas well as calendar, weather, and numbers.  We will use the book, ¡Un DíaUna Señora Se Tragó Unos Libros! (There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed SomeBooks) By Lucille Colandro.  ¡Que tengan un buen verano! (Have a greatsummer!)

Levels 1 and 2 Art
Mandy Bohner

We wind the year down with a look at the art of Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Cassatt and Jackson Pollock - a wide variety to be sure! Georgia O’Keeffe, best known for her flowers, provides an excellent base on which to build both still life and landscape work. Challenged with a way to present a subject in a close up and different way, the children create flowers using watercolor crayons on paper. O’Keeffe also produced many desert landscapes using simple shapes and shades of colors. We will study the art of landscape, particularly hers, with each child creating his or her own using paint and paper.Mary Cassatt was a trailblazer in her own time, forging her way through conceived notions of propriety of women’s activities and societal barriers in the time of the Impressionists. She excelled in presenting captured moments between people, most often mothers and children, and we will do the same - just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Finally, we conclude our yearlong study of American Art with a look at Abstract Expressionist, Jackson Pollock, while also hopefully dispelling the widespread comment one hears when viewing Pollock’s work:  “I could do that!”  Weather permitting, we will move the art room outdoors and action paint everything we can get our hands on.  

From Romare Bearden to Georgia O’Keeffe, this year has been wonderfully full of adventures - from new artists and techniques to a brand new room - all in all a fantastic year!

  Levels 1 and 2 Movement
Cathy Harvey

In May, it’s time for a favorite activity with the parachute. We will attempt the following activities with the parachute: the mountain, tent, present, mushroom, and popcorn. Other fun activities include hula hoops, scarves, feathers, climbing, wind wands, and wiffleball.


Levels 1 and 2 Library
Wendy Wilkins

Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair was a great success. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible and fun for all. Proceeds from this fair will be used to purchase many of this year’s outstanding and notable books including STEM (science technology engineering math), Social Studies and Children’s Choice Awards. Links to these lists will be provided below as suggestions for summer reading.

This month we will celebrate Children’s Book Week from May 1-7th.  Children’s Book Week was established in 1919 and is the oldest running literacy initiative in the country. Our celebration will include reading and voting on this year’s Children Choice Books. The winners will be announced on May 31st and will be posted on the Children’s Book Council website:  http://www.cbcbooks.org/ccba/

The last week to check out school library books will be May 1-5th. All library books will be due back by May 12th so that we may begin an annual inventory.

Links to support Summer Reading:

For students to read reviews on suggested books:  https://www.bookopolis.com/#/

To view American Library Association 2017 Notable Children’s Books: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb

To view Children Choice Book Awards: http://www.cbcbooks.org/childrens-choices/

To view Outstanding Science Books: http://www.cbcbooks.org/outstanding-science/

To view Best Stem Books: http://www.cbcbooks.org/2017-best-stem-books/

To view Notable Social Studies Books: http://www.cbcbooks.org/notable-social-studies/

To view Outstanding International Children’s Books: http://www.usbby.org/list_oibl.html

To view New York Public Library 2017 Summer Reading Suggestions: https://www.nypl.org/events/summer/reading-challenge 

Be sure to a weekly visit your Public Library this summer with your child. They offer many wonderful activities to encourage reading and learning. The children librarians are also very helpful in suggesting books for your child. Happy Summer Reading!


 Levels 1 and 2 Gardening
Melanie Mayo

May is a bountiful time in the school garden!  The plantings of April produce harvests in May and through the summer.  Students will enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of the spring veggies, herbs and butterfly-attracting flowers.  We spotted Monarch caterpillars munching on our garden milkweed this year, which was very exciting for everyone!  Our focus in the last weeks of school is to be in the sun, with our hands in the dirt as much as possible.  Our chickens hatch from the incubator early this month, which provides endless learning and observation opportunities.  This month Level 7 learns about “lunch around the world” and conducts a garden lettuce taste test among the primary levels.  Level 6 studies the importance of clean water and learns how vital it is to the garden and all places around the world.  Middle Primary finishes their plant life study by dissecting a fresh lily to learn the parts of a flower.  Level 3 students plant various varieties of basil in their herb garden and learn about the medicines found in many plants.  Level 4 finishes their study of compost by sifting our school’s finished compost. Level 2 students harvest garlic and strawberries in the ELC garden and learn to make smoothies with the strawberries.  Level 1 makes chamomile tea with fresh plant parts and learns about the life cycle of a chicken.

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