Monday, May 18, 2020

A Gentle Start to Kindergarten

Zac and I are taking a gentle start to Kindergarten, which will officially begin after his birthday on Friday.

In addition to The Kindness Curriculum, we are doing the Tinkergarten weekly activity emails (he loved reading The Button Box and sorting my huge button collection) and making recipes (Turmeric Golden Milk Popsicles) and working in the garden. Zac was so surprised at the differences between seeds (peppermint, spearmint, Swiss chard, Italian eggplant).

We have enjoyed some great garden books lately... and a really cute song!

Frog and Toad Together

by Arnold Lobel
"The Garden"

Wiggling Worms at Work

by Wendy Pfeffer

Tell Me Another Story

edited by Louise de Forest
"A Flower to Be Found," page 17

A Log's Life

by Wendy Pfeffer

Calm Down Boogie

by Betsy Rose
"Compost Cake," track 6

"A Flower to Be Found" is a lovely pedagogical tale for children who pick every single flower in your yard the second it blooms and bring them into your house to fill overflowing vases. Yes, that has been happening here!
This story gently reminds children that leaving flowers for the bees is best.

There's lots of nice information out there for Early Childhood. If you're not getting the weekly Tinkergartens PDFs full of actvity ideas, I've been keeping track of them and listing them all on my website here. I've also collected a bunch of stories which Suzanne Down sends out in her monthly ECE Storytelling and Puppetry emails; the list and links are on my website here.

The Button Box

by Margaret S. Reid

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