Summer Recap: This summer was so exciting and at the same time bitter-sweet. We had a super fun water slide this year that took our water play days to a new level! We had visits from the Oceanside police department, a veterinarian, Bubble mania, and a magician. With so much fun we ended summer by having a school carnival, we enjoyed seeing how much fun everyone had. Many of our “big kids” have graduated and moved on to their new elementary schools, we all missed them dearly. Now that summer came to an end we are diving right back into our normal routine. We couldn’t wait for the new school year to start and all the adventures we were about to embark.
September Recap: In September we focused on getting to know one another and the classroom rules. We learned about each other, what makes us the same, what makes us unique, who makes up our families, etc. We learned about our world; how many continents it has and what are their names are. We learned the differences of living vs. non-living, plants vs. animals, and magnetic vs. non-magnetic. We had SO much fun exploring and learning. What a great way to begin the school year.
October Recap: In October, one of our classrooms topics of discussion was the five senses: seeing, tasting, smelling, hearing, and touching. We learned that some people do not have all the senses (deaf, blind, etc.) and how messages from these five senses are sent to the brain to decipher any new information. We also discussed feelings, how we all have them and how to deal with them in an appropriate manner. It was also Fire Safety month, we practiced and learned all about fire alarms and how to respond to them. We talked about what we should do if the building were on fire and what to do if your clothes catch on fire. We learned the number for emergencies (911) and what constitutes an emergency. We were so excited for our Halloween parade, the children sure knocked it out of the park this year.
November Recap: November our focus was on healthy bodies and how our bodies work. We learned about the brain and that it helps us learn and do everything; from seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, moving, etc. We learned about the heart, kidneys, digestive system, liver, spleen, pancreas, lungs, and how each of these organs help our bodies work properly. We even created life-sized versions of our bodies with a good portion of our internal organs. Additionally, we explored the different food groups, what is recommended for us to eat and where our food comes from. This was a great lead into our Thanksgiving Feast where we all came together with a potluck style lunch and enjoyed each other’s company. For Enrichments we extended the topics that we learned during work time. For art, the children created Jackson Pollack’s splatter painting inspired artwork. For music, the children listen and discussed Ludwig Van Beethoven music and work. In cooking, the children created delicious snacks, such as cinnamon apple crisps, pumpkin rice krispies, and pumpkin pie smoothie. For Spanish, the children learned the months, parts of the body, harvest, and other day-to-day words. In computer, the children continued working on their ABCMOUSE learning path.
December Recap: During December, we discussed holidays that are celebrated around the world and how the seasons change throughout the year. We had so much fun learning about how other cultures celebrate their holidays, for example, Santa Claus is called Père Noel in France. He rides into town on a white horse instead of reindeer and he travels with a companion named Peter. Germany was the first to cut down trees and bring them inside for decoration. The children learned that in Israel, Iran, and India, they do not celebrate Christmas at all. Instead they either celebrate Chanukah (Hanukkah), Eid al-Fitr, or Diwali. Our last week of the year was filled with lots of fun activities. The children enjoyed seeing everyone being in the holiday spirit. Our class favorite was when everyone came in with their holiday socks and hat. For our winter holiday show the children were very eager to practice hard and perform for their parents, which then afterwards they were able to decorate cookies with their parents. For enrichments, the children build on their knowledge on what they were taught. For example, for art the children learned and recreated artwork from Vincent Van Gogh and created salt artwork. For computers and Spanish, the children learned about holiday songs, holiday words and holiday ornaments respectfully. In cooking, the children created healthy snacks that where holiday themed. In music the children sang carols and danced to popular holiday songs. We had lots of fun and excitement as we wrapped up the year. I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing winter break.
January Recap: In January our thematic focus was winter animals and hibernation. It has been very exciting for the children, especially since many of them got to experience snow for the first time! We learned that when it is winter in the Northern hemisphere, it is summer in the Southern hemisphere and visa-versa, and how it needs to be very cold for snow to fall. In this topic, we also learned about Antarctica and the animals that live there. We’ve learned about how animals stay alive during the winter months (hibernation, migration, or do they remain active?) In zoology our focus was on penguins and polar bears. In botany, we learned that many plants cannot grow because it is too cold and there are some plants that not only survive cold winters, but they flourish. In science we learned all about ice, icicles, snow and ice bergs! In the afternoon enrichment classes we have been experiencing a variety of new and exciting things. In cooking the children have made mozzarella and olive penguins, polar bear paw pudding, bear trail mix and “snow” play dough. In Music the children’s focus was Rogers and Hammerstein’s popular musical “The Sound of Music”. The children learned the song Do Re Mi along with the ASL signs to go with it! In art class the children were introduced to Wessily Kandinsky’s most famous work “Squares of Concentric Circles” and they created their own version. We also made some arctic animal art and penguin rock art for our rock path. Computer class followed the curriculum and worked on music tone and pitch matching as well. In Spanish class the children learned all sorts of words from parts of the body to the months of the year. Many books, songs and games were learned as well to help aid in learning their new vocabulary.
February Recap: In February, we focused our attention on Friendship and Cultural Awareness. We discussed what friendship mean to people, how to be a good friend, and how to work through conflict. We discussed where our families originated from and found those places on the map. We also learned a lot about Asia, what animals live there and how they adapt to their environment. In class we had an activity where we greeted one another by saying hello in Mandarin (Ni Hao), Hindi (Namaste), and Japanese (Konnichiwa). The Valentine’s Day snack party was the highlight of the month! The children were so excited to give out their Valentines and share the friendship snack. Thank you to all the parents who took time to come in for our open house. The children were very excited to show off what they learn during the month. Our enrichment classes have been focused on the continent of Asia, as well as, the holiday of Valentine’s Day. What a fun month filled with love and kindness!
March News: In March, we are learning all about the Rainforest and South America. We will learn what a rainforest is, what the different parts of a rainforest are, what people and animals live there, and what part of South America is covered in rainforest. We will also do a deep dive into South American culture, learning about the people, languages, animals and plants indigenous to the continent. Enrichment classes will be focused on South America. In music the children will be introduced to Latin American music and different instruments that are special to the area. In art class we will be looking into Dr. Seuss’ catalogue of books along with his illustrations. Cooking class will be focused on Dr Seuss, as well as, St. Patrick’s Day snacks. Spanish class will be learning about South American culture. We are looking forward to all there is to learn this month. Always feel free to come to me with any questions or concerns that may arise. Have a wonderful day!