Hello Fox Tail families!
Spring is in the air!
We’ve had so much fun over the past couple of months learning about wintery topics like polar regions and which animals inhabit them. We learned that polar bears live in the north and penguins live in the south, and in doing so, again practiced the cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west. This time, some students even labeled them in our classroom! To the north is the Arctic Circle and the continent of Antarctica is to the south - either of them can be found “way up at the top” or “way down at the bottom” of our classroom globe. A great children’s book that illustrates this in a fun way is Poles Apart by Jeanne Willis and Jarvis. It’s about a family of penguins and a polar bear who become friends and travel the world together! :D
With the Arctic region in mind, we’ve learned about different types of animal homes and habitats, including the the tundra, the forest, the sea, in trees, and even underground! Hibernation was a hot topic in Fox Tail, as we explored which animals hibernate, why they do so, how they prepare, and where they go to wait out the winter. We also had a fantastic time playing a game of “Squirrel! Toad! Bird!” to act out how these creatures would behave in preparation of the arrival of the winter months and cold weather. What fun!!
We’ve explored the concepts of air, land and water, while discussing what kinds of animals inhabit these elements, or use them to get around. This led us into a lesson about types of transportation that human beings use to travel through air, land or water as well, which included some fun sorting work for the children to do during the work period.
So much traveling being done by all sorts of creatures on our planet! Migration just HAD to come into our conversation! So we learned about birds and whales and butterflies, who travel tremendous distances, as well as caribou and even human beings who travel across great distances on land. We spent some time on Civil Rights, learning a bit about Martin Luther King, and the Great Migration that took place as African Americans moved their families from the south to the north within the United States. We love Peace Makers in Fox Tail Cottage, so learning about Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, and how they were peaceful warriors whose message of justice and equality for all helped to make people remember that Dignity, Love and Peace, are the most important values we can uphold.
Look for some photos and another newsletter coming very soon!
Peace and Love,
Martha and Helen
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