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Casa Toddler 
This month has been all about Spring and Nature. In the classroom, the children loved planting seeds, exploring the garden sensory bin, and learning about bugs. Preparing food for our school snack has been a lot of fun for the children. They helped prepare cantaloupe, apples, bananas and spread ‘wow butter’ onto quinoa rice cakes. Our Lil’s love the PRACTICAL LIFE shelves which include using the spray bottles to clean the tables, painting and mopping. 
For Earth Day, children learned about keeping the earth and our Park clean – garbage belongs in the garbage bins.  We continue to discuss and guide children on the importance of recycling and composting. 
Outside on our Nature Walks, the children have observed the flowers bloom, the birds singing and are inquisitive and fascinated with new insects/bugs like worms and caterpillars. 

Casa 1 and 2
Geography:
Our children were introduced to the continent of South America and some of her countries – Brazil, Chile,  Venezuela and Columbia. We saw pictures of each country and talked about the people, food, landscape and flags.

Botany:
It was all about flowers in Botany this month!  The classrooms looked beautiful with all the arrangements – a reminder that spring is finally here….and summer is on it’s way!  Our future Botanists learned about parts, life cycle, names of flowers and became familiar with some of our very own British Columbia flowers including tulips, daffodils, morning glory, etc.  We continued our exploration on this topic by looking at books, classified cards and touching real flowers.
 
Zoology:
Insects were our topic of discussion in Zoology!  We learned about the parts of insects and life cycle of the butterfly. 
 
Language and Science:
This month, our children learned about the polygon family: pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, etc.  Children were shown land and water forms – bay and cape.  A cape is a point of land projecting into a body of water and a bay is an area of water surrounded by land on three sides.
We learned about recycle and waste management. Thank you to the City of PoCo Ambassadors for visiting us and sharing a wealth of information on composting and recycling.  We learned about things that are compostable, garbage, recyclable, etc.  Ask your children about the things they learned and let’s help make a difference in ‘keeping our environment’ clean….one family at a time.  
 
Art and Music:
Georgia O’ Keeffe, an American artist was featured in April.  She was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. O’Keeffe has been recognized as the “Mother of American Modernism”. Our children created beautiful art based on O’Keeffe’s paintings.  

Beethoven, a German composer and pianist was our musician of the month.  By his late 20s, Beethoven’s hearing began to deteriorate and he was almost deaf in the last decade of his life.  Beethoven is best known for his nine symphonies, which have been called the cornerstones of Western civilization. The most famous two are the Fifth Symphony and the Ninth Symphony because of their grandeur.

April Virtue – Responsibility
Our circle time discussions included the virtue of RESPONSIBILITY – for ourselves, friends, family, the community, environment, and much more!