James Island News

April and May School News

As the school year draws to an end, exciting things continue to happen here at O’Quinn on James Island. Our virtue for April is trustworthiness and for May, perseverance. Books such as Arthur’s Promise by Marc Brown and Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey are wonderful examples of trustworthiness. The Little Engine that Could by Walter Piper and Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss are books that remind children to keep on going and be persistent. The age groups bring these virtues into focus as they go about their daily work.

In April the 2’s are concentrating on gardens and pond life. They will read many Eric Carle books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Along with this book, they will watch caterpillars change into butterflies. They will end this unit with an end-of-the-year field trip to James Island County Park on April 29. In May the 2’s will celebrate the year’s end with exciting events filling the days up through the last week of school. Many fun activities will keep everyone busy and happy.

“Things that Hatch” is the theme for the 3’s during the month of April. Babies and their mommas are the topics of interest. The letters “K” and “B” are focal points. What is better than kangaroos and babies? Earth Day will also be highlighted. May brings them to the end of this school year and, for the last 2 weeks of school, “Ten to the End” will culminate with an end-of-the-year event at Charlestowne Landing.

For the 4’s, a unit on Sea Life concludes their year. Mother’s Teas are a delightful focus for the week of  April 11-15. Much time and preparation goes into these special days. The 4’s will wrap up the last weeks  of school with the letters “O”, “H”, “U”, “R”, and “W”.

The 5’s conclude their busy year by studying and observing, and learning about the life cycle of the butterfly; this is always exciting! Next they will venture into the world of marine life. Andy Warhol and Van Gogh will be the artists of the month. We have all enjoyed the hall artwork from our 5 year old artists. The 5’s will also be going on a “Math Magic” field trip to the Gaillard Center. Graduation festivities round out their year, graduation will take place at the school on May 11, 2016.


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