Patchwork Digest

Thank you for a wonderful school year! We have enjoyed learning and growing together!

 

 

 

 

 

       

Patchwork Digest -

Friday, May 23rd

 

Announcements/Reminders

 

Please come by and enjoy our Patchwork gardens over the summer! The children love to come water, weed and harvest from them.

 

Communication Skills Workshop I will be offered on Saturday, May 31st from 9am to 3pm. Please RSVP to info@thepatchworkschool.com

Last chance for support in parenting tools before the summer!

 

Summer is almost here! Next week is the last day of school! No school on Monday or Friday. Please let teachers know when your childs last day of school will be. Please check all cubbies, lost and found and around the space for any of your children's belongings!! check parent cubbies for your child's end of year gift!

 

Help us validate both the excitment the excitement and nerviousness that comes with saying goodbye and beginning something new over the summer.

Please join us Thursday, May 29th at the End of the Year Potluck Party!! This is going to be a great celebration of our year together!

 

 While we always appreciate in-person feedback, we also would like to invite you to fill out this short patchwork survey to provide us with additional information.  The survey will be open from today until Wednesday the 28th.  

Patchwork Parent Survey 2013/2014



 

Patchwork Happenings

 

Reflection

by Jason


As the school year is nearing it's end we have began to reflect on all of the amazing experiences that we have had at Patchwork, and those in the world around us.  The teachers have begun to highlight individual students and their work through pictures, ask for appreciations from the students for each of their peers, and offer additional opportunities for reflection.  Yet without any promotion the students have begun to reflect on their past experiences in their own unique ways!

Many students have chosen to reflect on this school year through revisiting or continuing games, play, and ideas that they had towards the start of the year.  A group of our students have started to bring their Pokemon cards back to school and have conducted many trades and battles.  This is interesting to see since Pokemon was very popular in the beginning of the year, and then slowly went away as students interests differentiated.  The students are indirectly reflecting on what they enjoyed in the beginning of the year and are taking the opportunity to further their passion for Pokemon, and their knowledge of the game play and trading.

Additionally, students have chosen to continue to follow their passions and further their interests.  One student has chosen to continue to follow their passion of music by furthering their knowledge in music theory and challenging themselves to learn a new instrument.  Another student in the K-12 has continued to discuss and draw animated characters, and now has began to compile their work in to a folder.  

Other students have taken their basic interests and found ways to expand their knowledge.  One student had an interest in general science throughout the year, but just now has begun to master the periodic table and learn the chemical formulas of common materials.  Another example is a student whom had a basic interest in dangerous/poisonous animals, and has now chosen to watch a plethora of videos on animal species and look for information at the library to further his understanding of these unique animal species.

All in all we are finding that students are thinking about the end of the year and are finding their own ways to reflect on the experiences that they have had.  They might be reflecting by going back to something they were previously interested in, or they might be taking their original interests and beginning to further them.  The teachers of the K-12 look forward to furthering this process through conversation, posted images, appreciations, and ultimately a culminating exercise revolving around reflection at the K-12 sleep over! 

 

Imaginative Play: Collaboration and Modeling

by Liza

The last few weeks in the Toddler space we have been exploring a diverse range of dramatic play. Most of the games we have been playing have been modeled by a teacher and then the children have been able to make the game their own. Through modeling, we have been able to resolve multiple conflicts and have been able to work through setting limits -- what people feel comfortable with, is the game working for everyone, etc, before the children play on their own.

Last week, a group of us were on the loft and pretended to be on a space ship. We counted down together and blasted off. I asked the children where we were going and got several responses: Sweet Cow, the planet with the rings, and Mars. The children would then leave the loft to "explore the planet." We then transitioned to exploring an  ice cream shop and pretended to make ice cream and serve it to one another. 

I've also been playing a "sleeping monster" game with the children. I stretch my arms, yawn, and say, "I'm a tired monster and need a nap. No one wake me up." I pretend to sleep and the children get really excited. They yell and clap and then I chase them. When I am done playing I will suggest that another child pretends to be the monster. This is really wonderful, because they make the game their own without needing a teacher to be involved. And because we have practiced and modeled the game again and again, the children feel comfortable playing on their own.

Dramatic play is an important way for children to process through their feelings and experiences. Children will often have to recreate experiences they have had (especially experiences that felt tricky) through dramatic play. Going to the doctor and going on a trip are two things that have been continually coming up for people. Dramatic play can also help children try on different roles or feelings in a safe way. Playing monster allows them to explore feeling big and scary. I often check in with the children, asking questions: what does it feel like to be scary? What are you feeling? What do you need when you feel scared? This really opens up the dramatic play and allows the children to delve a little deeper into their feelings. I want to encourage the children to be continually checking in with themselves and their experience, I think it is important for children to be present with themselves, and this allows them to practice a form of emotional self care. We often check in with our bodies, but not always with our emotions. I look forward to more dramatic play in the last couple weeks of school. And then I'm going to take a BIIIIIIIG MONSTER NAP!

 

Bugs, Worms, and all things Outdoor

by Rebekah

Hooray for spring!  It has been so wonderful spending more time in our outdoor space now that the weather is warming up.  We've been playing, planting, digging, and finding all kinds of creatures in the process!  The garden especially has been a wonderful space for discovery.  So far we've found lady bugs (including some hatched larvae and transforming pupae attached to the sides of our raised beds!), roly poly bugs, various beetles, lots of worms, and a few wasps.  This has sparked a lot of interest and questions about bugs from the children.  To answer these, we've done lots of observing, discussed, read books, and even done some computer research to find answers to our questions.  As an adult, I always love hearing the kinds of questions children have, as it gives me great perspective about the way they think about things :)  Here are a few questions from the children on a day that we decided to do worm research:

 ---Do worms eat bugs?  –Jackson B.

 ---How do worms eat?  –Xavier

 ---Why do worms live in dirt? –Izzy

---How do worms sleep?  –Jules

 ---Why don’t worms swim? –Holden

 ---Why do worms like darkness? –everyone

 ---How do worms poop?  –Quentin

 ---Why don’t worms have legs? –Quentin 

 

Some of these were more easily answerable than others, and we ended up learning a lot in the process!

   

CURRENT VOLUNTEERING IDEAS

 

NEW & HIGHLIGHTED OPENINGS:

  • Runaway/ Curious the hamsters and Poppyseed our school rabbit need homes over the summer! Please email info@thepatchworkschool.com if you are interested!!!

CONTINUED OPENINGS:

  • Garden & Harvesting
  • Plant & Pet Care
  • Dishes & Laundry
  • Snack Prep or clean-up
  • Sanitizing
  • Toy & Costume Repair
  • Weekend Home for Poppy
  • Welcoming Committee
  • Painting
  • Filing
  • Offerings
  • Mr or Mrs Fix it
  • Play Structure construction

Email info@thepatchworkschool.com to sign up or get more information on any of these things!

 

REQUESTED MATERIALS - We have a fantastic resource room for all of the program, it is located in the toddler space. Please bring any donations there and please note the things we DO NOT need. Thanks!

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Finger Paints
  • Fat Washable Markers
  • Glitter
  • Capes
  • Magnitiles
  • Buttons
  • Wagons
  • Play tools
  • Glycerin
  • Large Mirrors
  • Balance Beams
  • Climbing Structure

We DO NOT need:

  • construction paper
  • sticky notes
  • paperclips
 

THANK YOUS

  • Thank you to Laura Meese and Melissa Rich for taking such wonderful pictures of the students
  • Thank you to Laura and Charlotte Lang for the beautiful quilt
  • Thank you to Jaycee and Xavier for the muic offering.
  • Thank you Alicia for the staff messages
  • Thank you to Sebastian for driving K12 on their field trip and the tye dye/materials
  • Thank you to Gretchen and Karen for helping with our gardens. They are looking yummy! Karen thank you for bringing in the baby chicks
  • Thank you Mike for the acting games for the K12
  • Thank you to Tammy and Peter/Lauren for inviting the K12 into your homes for field trips

 

 

 

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