It’s hard to believe that our school year is almost at an end! The month of April was spent learning about spring, Earth Day and recycling and observing our caterpillars change into butterflies. The month of May will be devoted to continuing with spring and getting ready for the end of the school year, so that we can provide the children with closure. We will end the year, as usual, with our parties and graduations. Please refer to the Little Ones’ calendar for your child‘s party/graduation date and time. As in the beginning of the year, we may be dealing with issues of separation again. This time, instead of separating from parents and home, it is separation from teachers and friends who have become important in your child’s life. In the beginning of the year, we carefully think through integrating children into our program. At the end of the year, we need to give thought into helping children transition away from the program. Many of the children will be returning to Little Ones in the fall. Others will be going on to other schools and the new world of kindergarten. In any event, change is taking place. Children often feel some anxiety, along with excitement, about saying good-bye to what they know and meeting new experiences. Often these anxieties are not on a conscious level – that is, the child cannot verbalize what s/he is feeling. Instead, s/he may just begin to act differently, clingy, wild, or aggressive, etc. In class, we will be talking about these feelings. It will help your child if you, too, let him/her be aware that you understand that saying “Good-bye” is both a happy and sad experience. Closure is an important process for children and adults alike. In many cases, children are making end of the year projects or having a good-bye party. Children may also like to make a picture or card at home so their “special” teachers will remember them. If it is possible, parents can take a picture of their child with his/her teachers so that the child can look at the picture and remember the happy times at Little Ones. We feel privileged to have spent this year with your family and to have shared in your child’s development. Our very best wishes for a healthy and happy summer. Love, Sheree and the Little Ones Staff
- Registration for Fall 2017 Adult/Child classes, as well as Fall 2017 Lunch Enrichment classes, is taking place now. Don’t miss out on ensuring your child has a spot, as registrations are coming in very quickly. If you need more information, don’t hesitate to ask.
- Check the calendar now for your child’s last day of school and end of the year party/graduation, and the prekindergarten graduation party.
- End of year picnics are coming up at the end of the month. We will be providing the food for the children to make their lunches. Picnics are for children only and will take place during class time.