Summer Recap: Summertime was so much fun! We got all the tastes of summer, from water days to magical bubble shows and the always exciting carnival to kick-off the start of a new school year. We learned about sea life, outer space, life on the farm, and how each one of us is unique and special during our “Only One You” themed week. We said “goodbye” to Ms. Cassie for a few months while she is on maternity leave, expecting her return sometime in November. I, Ms. Colleen, took over during the second part of the summer and was very excited to continue working with you and teaching your amazing kids.
September Recap: In September, the children loved exploring what makes us unique during our discussion of All About Me theme to kick off our school year. We talked about our families, friends, and the things that make us who we are. The children are mastering scooping activities in practical life, which is a great building skill to have to try and accomplish other subjects in our classroom. With the addition of a free choice snack time and a Care of the Environment shelf, the children enjoyed their independence getting to choose their snack as well as take care of their classroom by learning to sweep, dust, and wipe up spills. The children also enjoyed our introduction to the continents by singing the continents song. We had lots of fun during our picture day, we couldn’t wait for the fall season to start.
October Recap: In October, we enjoyed learning about our 5 senses through activities such as the Montessori smelling bottles, pumpkin spice playdough, and doing “taste tests” of different flavored foods. We celebrated the coming of Fall and talked about the life cycle of a pumpkin and how our little world changes as the days feel shorter and the leaves change color. The children were very excited to see the inside of a pumpkin and learning about parts of a pumpkin. For enrichment, we created apple sauce, fall decorations and vegan pumpkin muffins. One of the children’s favorite enrichment activity was Sink or Float, they loved seeing the heavy items sink thinks they thought could sink float. Part of our curriculum also included learning about North America, we focused on Canada and Mexico and learned a bit about how they celebrate this time of year. A highlight of the month was seeing the child’s excitement as they showed off their costumes during our costume parade, they all looked very spooky and wonderful.
November Recap: November was all about our bodies and how to keep them healthy by eating nutritious foods and making sure we don’t spread our germs during our “Harvest and Healthy Bodies” theme. During circle time we discussed the changing of the seasons and what Thanksgiving means to each of us as well as the various ways in which we can take care of our bodies. Practical life activities focused on hygiene and nutrition through practicing our hand washing and learning food groups. The children enjoyed learning about North America and its location on our globe. We discussed the various plants and animals that are often seen in this continent as well as where we live! Specifically, we talked about the bears of North America as our Zoology focus. The children learned that the bears of North America are preparing for hibernation and what they eat in order to prepare for the long winter. Because of the changing seasons we explored the parts of a leaf in Botany. In Language, we highlighted the letters i, j, and k by working with the sandpaper letters and letter trays. We read many books in November, specifically the book “Fill a bucket” by Carol McCloud. Through this book we learned about our emotional health by discussing how we can be good friends to each other. During enrichment we continued our discussion of nutrition and food groups by baking healthy lemon bars. The children were able to juice their own lemons and grate the peal. Along with baking we did various exercise activities including relaxing yoga and musical workouts. The children enjoyed making beautiful leaf collages with the leaves they brought from home.
December Recap: December was all about ” Seasons and Holidays.” We started the month by discussing about seasons changing and what types of holidays we celebrate during this time of the year. In Botany, we reviewed our weather cards, more specifically what type of weather we can expect in different parts of the world. The children learned that our climate doesn’t allow for snow to fall near us, but if we’d like to go play in the snow we would have to travel into the mountains. We also discussed the upcoming holidays; Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, and made our custom holiday gift for our families. The children talked about their favorite part of the holiday they celebrate and any family traditions they uphold with a little help from the holiday sheet I sent home for them to fill out. In Geography, we learned about the continent of Europe. We used 3-part-cards to learn about the landmarks and animals that reside there and used our Children from Around the World book to take a closer look at the people and their way of life. In Language we learned about the sounds “l, m, and n” with our sound trays and Friday share items brought in. Our book of the month was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. We talked about the importance of giving to those less fortunate this holiday season and to be appreciative of what we have. For December’s enrichments, we were all filled with holiday spirit! We made lots of fun art with our festive theme, which consistent of a seasons tree book, cotton ball clouds, and shaving cream snow men. In Science, we made a tornado in a jar, a makeshift cloud with shaving cream, reenacted rain with food coloring, and created a snowstorm with antacid tablets, oil and water! For cooking the children brushed up their cutting skills by making a strawberry Santa. They also made reindeer celery and baked Christmas themed cookies. In music and movement, we used drums, maracas, symbols and other fun instruments to play along to jingle bells. We also did some interpretive dance with our ribbons and scarfs to various artists.
January Recap: January was all about ” Winter and Hibernation.” We started off our curriculum by learning what hibernation means and why animals do it. We talked about the different animals that hibernate in the winter and what they do to prepare themselves and their environment. One of our favorite art projects of the month was to make our own snowflakes as unique as each child. We also got to reintroduce the water beads for our practical life shelve to practice scooping. In Zoology, we focused on the parts of a penguin and their life cycle with our three-part cards and matching works. In geography, we learned about the continent of Antarctica, the environment and its terrain. In Language, our focus was the sound o, p, q, r. For share days, the children were encouraged to bring in an object that starts with the sound each Friday. Our book of the week was, ” The Mitten.” We discussed the importance of sharing and giving to those who may not have all we have. January’s enrichment was filled with new and exciting educational lessons. In art, we made things that pertained to the continent of Antarctica. In music, we learned music from Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Music. We made some delicious snacks with our chilly animal friends in mind as a theme. We made an amazing smelling play dough that the children practiced making paw prints of the different animals in. Arctic animal yoga was the best way to end our enrichment period!
February Recap: February was all about “Friendship and Cultural Awareness.” We started off by talking about what it takes to be a friend and how important friendships are to us. We also talked about cultural differences between friends and families and how beautiful it is that we can all be friends, no matter our backgrounds. We focused on a big project throughout the month for our Valentine’s Day celebration, called “The Book of Hearts.” In geography, we learned about the continent of Asia. We explored the lives of the people that live there and what makes Asia so special. In zoology, we learned about the animals of Asia and their environment. In language, we focused on the sounds S, T, U, and V. Our book of the month was, Little Blue and Little Yellow. We had a Super fun time at our Valentine’s Day party, enjoying all the Valentine’s Day gifts and treats! February’s enrichments were filled with Valentine’s Day fun! We did music and movement to classic love songs with colorful streamers! We saw conversation hearts dance in our science experiment with vinegar and baking soda. We painted with Epson salt and dye for our art project and did a classroom crystal growing experiment with pipe cleaners and salt. We really had to work as a team and show our true friendship towards each other in doing these activities, they required a lot of help from one another to accomplish!
March News: March is all about the rainforest in South America. We will be exploring the rainforests, from the top of the canopy to the forest floor with all the different animals and their ecosystems. In geography, we will be looking into the lives of South American families and their way of living. We will also be celebrating Dr. Seuss ‘s birthday! For our book of the month, we will be reading a couple of books from our favorite silly author. Our language focus will be the sounds W, X, Y, and Z. To finish off the month what would March be without St. Patrick’s Day. We will be doing lots of art activities to explain why we celebrate this holiday. In science, we will be studying rainbows, how they are made and what colors are in them. March’s enrichments will be filled with green themed art activities, cooking projects, and science experiments.