Primary C Weekly Note

Dear Primary C Families,

We started to close out our school year this week (although we teachers are somewhat in denial that we’re so close to the end of the year because we don’t want to give up this great gang) by listing our favorite memories from the year. They included seeing Frog and Toad at the Arden Theater, our trip to the Kimmel Center to hear the orchestra, our read-alouds, our various studies, and making new friends. This year has been chock full of great experiences, and it’s important that children have the opportunity to experience closure to their year of learning. The activities of closure can provide children with a sense of accomplishment, a sense of belonging to and significance within our group, and an opportunity to reflect on their own learning process--all well worth spending time on.

We enjoyed another visit this week with Yolanda Wisher, poet laureate of the City of Philadelphia. She read excerpts from her first book (written when she was in elementary school) and read a poem from a book she published as an adult: Monk Eats an Afro. She told us how poems she wrote when she was little made her feel calm and safe and helped her figure out some things that were happening in her world. She ended her time with us by singing one of her original composition songs. What a treat!

Our science projects are coming along well. This week at The Schuylkill Center we focused on acoustics. Scientists have learned that temperature affects when and how often a frog or toad will call. We took air and water temperature readings at a few spots, then tried to guess which frog or toad could be calling based on the temperature, season, and sounds we heard. We heard some “gunks" and a few deep “ooohooms." A reminder that we have two more visits to The Schuylkill Center, so please dress your child appropriately and send along a water bottle. Thanks.

Have a good, long weekend.

All best,

Jennifer and Jane