Hello Crescent Montessori Families,
Upon arriving at school on Wednesday morning, I discovered Pesciolino, our classroom pet fish, lying still at the bottom of the fish bowl.
Pesciolino was gifted to the classroom by the Shapiro family to celebrate Wesley’s (Hank’s older brother) birthday back when Wesley attended Crescent. Over the years, Pesciolino has been adored and cared for by the children in the classroom. One child commented, “Pesciolino watched us everyday while we did our works”. Some children (with the help of their families) even took it upon themselves to care for Pesciolino at home over school breaks.
I shared the sad news with the children during our morning circle on Wednesday and then held a burial ceremony for Pesciolino later that day. The children reminisced about the time we had together and shared what they loved most about Pesciolino. Many children mentioned that they loved to “just watch Pesciolino swim”- watching fish move gracefully can be quite relaxing and therapeutic. During the work period, the children were invited to draw pictures of their favorite memories of Pesciolino. (Did you spot any fish masterpieces in your child’s weekly folder haul this week?)
Pesciolino was laid to rest beneath a tree in the far end of our play yard. The children took turns adding a scoop of dirt to Pesciolino’s grave and we said goodbye to our beloved pet fish together.
If you would like to know more about our approach in the classroom on this topic, here is an article that can provide some insight: Talking with Young Children About the Death of a Pet
Pesciolino brought much joy to all of us at Crescent and will be missed dearly.
Have a warm and restful weekend,