Back To School
Summer Recap: I can’t believe summer is already over! We had so much fun learning about the deep blue sea, down on the farm, pirates and ships, how much school spirit we have and the importance of fitness! Bubble days were a nice addition to our summer program! Our homemade solution was so awesome, and our kiddos really loved the big bubbles it helped us to make. Our big hurrah was our petting zoo! That was a fun and a rare experience for our kiddos at school. They were in awe and so excited! We also got to plant and watch our garden grow. Tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, squash and strawberries! The kiddos really had a chance to see the different parts of a plant, seeing how it is planted into our earth and how it grows and produces fruits and vegetables to eat and enjoy!
September Recap: Our first month of school was awesome! Getting to know our new kiddos and their families was a great start to our school year. We really focused on the child’s uniqueness this month with our ‘About Me’ curriculum. Emotions, senses, parts of our body, and our family tree, discussions and lessons helped us to understand ourselves and how we work and where we come from. Spooning and our 3-finger grip was the focus for our work lessons. We learned our ‘a,’ ‘b,’ ‘c,’ and ‘d’ phonics this month to correspond with like sounding objects. Our season changed right at the end of this month and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate Fall and all it has to offer, including the 3 new friends from the Walking Infant class.
October Recap: October was so much fun and an awesome start to our fall season! We started our monthly lessons by learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin, reading a lot of fun fall books, and explored the Solar system. We learned about all 8 planets and some fun facts by singing The Solar System song. It’s a great song to help the children understand and learn the names of the planets and our facts about our solar system. Thank you so much for your scholastic book donations to our classroom. We are learning to take good care of the new books we received and are reading them daily. The children enjoy the pictures and are “trying” to read the books to other friends. We had such a good time at our costume parade with all the fun costumes. Our harvest carnival was such a huge success. Thank you for being there to join in the fun!
November Recap: Let the holidays begin! Last month was full of harvest fun. As we watched the season gradually change and the weather become colder, we were so excited to begin our celebrations of the holiday season. We bundled up and played in dry, crunchy leaves, explored the texture and differences in them, and read our corresponding story, The Leaves of Fall. We were so happy to have the chance to share the Thanksgiving holiday with our school family as well as our own. We are very thankful for each of you and your amazing children. We were so glad to see all that attended our holiday feast! Our theme of the month was Fill a Bucket, a curriculum about friendship, compassion and learning how to treat one another. We really tried to focus on using the terminology that we read about in our How to Fill a Bucket book to make connections for teaching.
December Recap: I can’t believe we finished another year! We had so much fun last month learning about the different holidays around the world; Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas. The children loved learning about all the different topics, but I feel like they really enjoyed spirit week. It was so festive and really put everyone into the spirit of the holidays. Besides our curriculum, we focused on practicing how to put on and take off our jackets. I must say, our children did a great job, and some became successful in this task. The children all focused on creating art work for our classroom, they used the triangle inset and created Christmas trees which we used to decorate our classroom. We water colored snowmen and worked hard on our holiday gifts for our families. We hoped you enjoyed our Holiday Show, and everyone had a wonderful winter break.
January Recap: Winter came in full effect in the month on January, we traveled to Antarctica to visit the polar bears, penguins, arctic foxes and orca whales. We listened to the sounds of the animals and discussing how they move and what they eat. The students also discovered how ice and snow is created and why animals hibernate during the winter. The sounds of the month were; o, p, q, and r. The children practiced their phonics through our sound trays and created art with our metal inserts. Although there is fewer information to teach the children about Antarctica as a continent, there sure is tons of fascinating facts about the inhabitants and the terrain. The kiddos loved every bit of information they learned about the cold location.
February Reap: In February, we had so much fun talking about love, our family, and friendships. We learned about how important the people around us are and how much we value them. Our friendship potluck was such a success! We thank you all so much for your contributions. As part of our cultural awareness, we explored the continent of Asia. The children really enjoyed learning about the tigers, pandas and other animals that call the continent their home. The children learned about the Great Wall of China, Lunar New Year’s celebrations, South Korea, and Japan. The children were able to taste mochi, dragon fruit, and other fun snacks from Asia, our Asia exploration was a huge success!
March Recap: In March, we had lots of fun conversations, from African lions to Irish leprechauns and rainbows. We started the month off by reading one of our favorite authors, Dr. Seuss. We read his fun books and festive clothes and costumes. Thank you to those who shared their favorite Dr. Seuss books with us. We also learned about Africa and the animals that live in the continent. We listened to the different animals sounds and learned how to do the animal walks. The children did lots of art work that was put on display inside our classroom.
April Recap: In April, the children were very excited to start and display their Spring time art work and try the Montessori works. The focus of this month was our planet Earth. We celebrated Earth day by making recycled discovery bottlers, coffee filter art and reading The Earth Book. The book was very enlightening and helped us understand how we can do our part to help our Earth. The continent we focused on was Australia. We made a group aboriginal art project, it was super fun and the children had a blast! We learned about the animals, traditions and culture from Australia. The children learned that Australia is an island, which where are created by volcanoes. We had a group science project and created our very own volcano; the children were excited when it “blew up”. Our Easter egg hunt was a huge success and, as always, our kiddos had so much fun collecting all their eggs.
May Recap: May was such an awesome month! We loved being able to celebrate the special women in our life and shower them with love, muffins and homemade lavender sugar hand scrub. We received our baby caterpillars, as we do every year, and observed them as they ate and grew and transformed into butterflies. We focused on the life cycle of butterflies and the book, ” The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to help the children better understand why caterpillars turn into butterflies. In phonics, the children were introduced to the uppercase sounds E, F, and G which got put alongside their lower-cased friends for lessons. Our continent of South America was our geographical focal point this month. We learned about the Amazon Rainforest and all the animals that live there. We explored the celebration of Carnival and its significance. We learned about whales and the different types that live in our oceans and what makes them different from each other. We listened to whale calls and how they communicate with one another. Our art focus was butterfly wing symmetry. The children painted one half of their butterfly paper wing and then they folded over the paper, making the same print on the other side. They really enjoyed this art project. The children also really enjoyed making their Mother’s Day present! Ms. Rebecca and I would like to thank all the parents for the lovely gifts and appreciation we received during Teacher appreciation week. We appreciate and love having you all in our class.
June Recap: In June we learned all about community helpers, the children got to learn about the world of people who help others in so many different and unique ways. They were really interested in careers that they recognized but never really thought about being a community helper. Throughout the month we had to constantly remind our friends that we need to treat everyone with respect and kindness. One of our favorite books of the month was The Little Red Hen, the book is a great example of teamwork and being helpful to others. Our Father’s Day celebration was a success! We hoped the dad’s loved the homemade steak rub and try it out. Summer is just around the corner and we have so many fun activities and an exciting curriculum planned. In house field trips, water days and bubble days, our summer curriculum starts Monday, July 1st!
Summer News: July will be a fun filled month; we start off our summer camp by celebrating the Red, White and Blue. We will have different types of themes every other week, they will be undersea adventures, outer space travels, down by the farm, spirit week, and fun fitness. We will have lots of different in-house field trips planned for the children and we can’t wait to have them experience the fun shows. As the weather gets warmer, please remember to apply sunscreen in the morning and we will re-apply in the afternoon. Here is to a fun summer camp!