March 2017 Newsletter

 

Spring is coming, Spring is coming,
Birdies build your nests,
weave together straw and feather,
Doing each your best.

Dear Parents ~
Well, the children have very much been enjoying their first taste of Spring. They have spotted a few bees and found some roly polys to befriend. We made some yarn butterflies but I don’t think anyone’s seen an actual one yet. Now we are beginning to work on making our Spring baskets. The baskets are being made out of the children’s paintings and they will eventually hold the grass that we will be planting this week. Hopefully, by the time we have our Spring celebration on Friday, April 7, we will have pleasant weather and more of the bulbs we planted in the fall will be flowering in the garden. All children are invited to come to the Spring celebration even if it’s not their usual day. This celebration will be just for the children. We will have a festival in May for children and parents. April 7 will be a half day for everyone with dismissal at 12:15 so no lunches will be necessary. That will be our last day before Spring Break which goes from April 10-17. School resumes on Tuesday, April 18. A reminder that the calendar can always be referenced on the website if you need to look something up. www.parzivalshield.org
In our circle time recently, we have been waking up some animals who have been sleepy through the winter time. And we have been doing a Mother Goose movement play.
We have heard the tale of The Tomten and we have also acted it out several times. Our current fairy tale is Fundevogel from the brothers Grimm. During beeswax time we have heard Ming Lo Moves the Mountain, The Leprechaun , and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
In a Waldorf early childhood classroom a story is repeated for several days, or even a couple of weeks at a time.
Rather than be bored by hearing the same story “over and over again,” the children come to delight in the repetition. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, recognized the importance of repetition in learning. We hear a story, then go to sleep that night, during which time we process the story in our subconscious. When we review the story the next day, we take it in even more deeply, connecting with the content at a deeper level.
Contemporary science has proven that neural pathways are strengthened and “myelinated” when information and experiences are encountered repeatedly. According to Wikipedia:
The myelination process . . . enables better connectivity within specific brain regions and also improves broader neural pathways connecting spatially separate regions required for many sensory, cognitive, and motor functions.
This means that hearing a story repeatedly is building a child’s brain and helping it learn more easily. Waldorf early childhood teachers know that even though we are not formally teaching reading and writing in kindergarten, through the rich language of storytelling and the use of repetition, we are priming children’s brains to be ripe and ready for formal learning in first grade.
UPCOMING:
April 7 – Spring Celebration – HALF DAY
April 10-17 – Spring Break
Thank you all for your ongoing contributions to the smooth running of our school!
Best wishes ~ the Parzival teachers