This school year has been exciting and quickly moving. It has been my pleasure and honor to get to know each of the Cedar Room students. We have laughed and learned, hopefully the memories have been good and lasting.

The month of May was spent polishing our play lines from memory, learning about a “stage presence” and projecting our somewhat timid voices. Confidences have grown in many ways.

Highlights were:   planting in the school gardens, our trip to the Mystic Seaport and back in time to 1876, making dioramas and proudly presenting them, studying the U.S.A. by making maps, exploring some rather gross facts about our bodies and the digestive system, and of course, Bushy Hill outing and camping overnight!

Each child has progressed in a variety cedar2of ways, in a variety of subjects. Please try to use those teachable moment times, this summer, to review soon-forgotten facts like”every sentence starts with a ?” (Trust me, they will know the ending.) Journaling a trip or day excursion is a great way to document, recall, and share their experiences. The finished piece should be something they are proud to share. Instilling a sense of pride in the process of any project and not always the end result, is also a life lesson to be taught over and over again.

Giving to others less fortunate cannot be stressed enough at this very important age when a child continues to be more self centered by nature.  Read, enjoy, read, laugh, read, be quiet, read, find simple pleasures. This final newsletter did not start out being an advise column article……but I hope that you know that I am fondly reflecting on the year, giving suggestions from my heart,  and have great hopes and plans for the coming academics and sharing of our strengths. One never stops discovering and learning. Relax, refresh, renew and we will see you soon.

Peace –

 Janet Lane

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