Back To School
Summer Recap: This summer we learned about our flag: the vertical strips (they are also called pales), each strip represents the thirteen colonies. The 50 stars represent the 50 states of the United States of America. Underwater adventures: we learned about the different species of sharks, children learned that for the sharks, it’s hard to see in the murky waters of the deep, but sharks have excellent vision. Sharks can detect electrical impulses; including another animal’s beating heart. Sharks are picky eaters. Pirates and Ships: We learned that pirates were daring figures that swooped on treasure ships and returned home with golden cargoes. For Art, we made a pirate ship and had fun in pretending to make a treasure map. Down on the farm; Children are learning the different types of animals on the farm. We learned about the life cycle of a chicken, and a male chicken is called a rooster, a female chicken is called a hen and a baby chicken is called a chick. We learned that a cow provides us with milk. Our Montessori lessons entailed what sinks or floats. We sorted and learned the value of coins – penny, nickel, and dime. Our Special project we did this summer was making bread in a bag. We added all the ingredients needed to make bread in a bag. We made butter using heavy cream and a jar and shaking it till it turned into butter. Enrichment for this summer was based on learning about animals that live in the sea, there are many species of animal living in the sea but one animal peaked interest in children was learning about sharks.
September Recap: In the month of September, we learned a little bit more about ourselves; our favorite color, our favorite foods, and what we want to be when we grow up. On one of our share days, we got to show a picture of our family, the children loved to introduce their family to their classmates. Our zoology theme of the month was about the beautiful and majestic horses. We learned that a horse can sleep both lying down and standing up. Interesting facts about horses are that they can run shortly after birth. Domestic horses have a lifespan of around 15-20 years compared to their wild counterparts who live anywhere from 30-40 years. Another interesting fact is that a horse has a whopping 205 bones! That’s what makes them gallop super-fast! In our Montessori lesson of the month we focused on cleaning up and teachings and technique on how to use our work. The children tried to challenge themselves on transferring liquids or solids from one jar to the next without any spillage. With new friends moving up to our classroom we practiced how to properly walk around other friend’s work rugs and respecting their space.
Our special project of the month was learning about magnets. We were able to test out many different techniques on how a magnets work. In our testing, we found out that magnets are strongly attracted objects that contain iron, steel, nickel, or, cobalt. To test this theory, we tried different objects like paper clips, other magnets, a marble, paper, coins and plastic forks.
October Recap: This month we learned about the solar system. We learned how the planets and the sun live together in the solar system. The sun provides the heat that is needed for the plants and living things on earth to survive. There are eight planets in the solar system. We also learned about fire safety, the children practiced on lining up fast and safely at the door for our fire drill. After the drill we went back to the circle rug and talk about the importance of staying away from a fire. We practiced “Stop, Drop, & Roll”. It’s very important to be fire conscious. We had a special science project for this month, it consisted of hot and cold items. We experimented on what happens if we take two jars, one with hot water (added red food coloring), and the other with cold water (added blue food coloring). A divider was put on top of the cold-water jar and carefully turned over to the top of the hot water jar. The divider was moved to see what happens; the blue and red colors combined. We did the same with hot water over the cold water, but the colors did not combine. This is because hot water is less dense and will float on room-temperature water. Cold water is denser and will sink in room-temperature water.
November Recap: In the month of November, we learned about our beautiful continent. We learned about what makes our country great, the cities and states, even their capitols. A wonderful thing about the USA that we learned is the diverse population from people who are originally from all over the world. We studied about parts of trees, from their stems to their roots and leaves. We learned about the differences in trees, those that change according to the seasons and those that remain the same during the change of the seasons. Last month children learned about virtues and values. Our book of the month was Fill my Bucket, this book teaches us how important it is to be truthful, even knowing that we can get in trouble we need to tell the truth. It also taught us about being helpful, children in our classroom came up with really good ways to help each other. In a group setting we talked about what we are thankful for, most of the children said they were thankful for their mom, dad, and siblings. I appreciate all the parent support and participation we received last month. The parent/ teacher conferences were a great success and as always, I’m available for any questions or concerns. Thank you again for the parents who contributed to our potluck and were able to take time out of their busy schedule to join us for lunch. Here’s for an exciting December!
December Recap: We had such a wonderful time in December, we learned about different celebrations around the world. Beginning with Hanukkah, the children learned about its importance to the Jewish religion, but they were very amazed that people who celebrate Hanukkah receive eight presents for eight days. They also learned about Kwanzaa, which is mainly celebrated in the US, they learned about Karamu which is a big feast with presents given out on the last day of the festivities. We also learned about Europe and how they celebrate their holidays. In Spanish class we learned about different winter and holiday words. For art the children created projects to represent each holiday, and in cooking they created healthy snacks and cookies for our Winter Holiday show. In music we danced to the Nutcracker and in computers we continued our individual’s learning path on ABC mouse.
January Recap: In January, we started the month by learning about Antarctica and the continents inhabitants. We learned about Antarctica’s many interesting facts like despised its cold weather, Antarctica is considered a desert. While humans don’t permanently reside in Antarctica, several thousand people live and work at various research facilities found on the continent. While Antarctica features harsh living conditions, several plants and animals like the penguins and seals have adapted to survive and call the icy continent home.
Our special project we did this month was making snow. It was lots of fun and the children enjoyed it. For our enrichment class we continued our Montessori lessons by reviewing our winter words and learning new ones in Spanish. For cooking we created many healthy treats, and for art we created beautiful northern lights. Other topics we learned were about hibernation, migration and winter survival. Which animals do which and how they know what to do during the winter time.
February Reap: In February, we learned about the spring festival, also known as the Lunar New Years. We learned about the Chinese New Year which started on February 5th this year’s animal sign was the pig. In our Montessori lesson, we learned about the Asian animals, their diets and their habitats. For science we learned about water cycles and how water has many different stages. In enrichment, the children learned about San Valentin and how to make friends who speak in Spanish. We also learned about the great landmarks in Asia, from the Taj Mahal to the Great Wall of China. The children were very amazed how people could build such huge buildings back in their day.
March Recap: In March, we learned about the continent of Africa, the topics we covered where the Savanna, animals, safari, and the African land form. The children learned that in Africa one would find the largest land animals, the tallest and the fastest in the world! With an abundance of wild animals calling the great African continent home, Africa is also home to other worldly landmarks. Such as Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Nile river, endangered animals, and National parks. Another fun fact that the children learned was that Africa is home to the biggest island in the Indian Ocean, that being Madagascar, which is home to the rare animal, the lemur. Our special project for March was making binoculars out of paper towels and safari paper hats. For our enrichment classes we did a lot of activities that enhanced our knowledge on Africa. For Spanish we learned all the animal’s names, in art we created a lot of crafts that taught us about the African cultural. In cooking we created classic African food, and in music we danced to songs about African animals.
April Recap: In April, we learned so many interesting facts! We studied the islands of the Pacific Ocean, mainly Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea. The children learned about kangaroos, honey bees, giant insects, native Australian birds and koalas. A fun fact that we learned was that Australia is its own continent, mostly due to its isolation and large size. Our special project for the month was making aboriginal art using colored salt. We also learned about helping protect our planet. We had activities about sorting cans from bottles, what can be reused from trash, and recycling. Another part of our lesson was learning about volcanoes, the children loved learning about the differences between magma, molten rock, and lava. We had a successful Egg hunt; all the friends were very excited to collect and find the surprises hidden inside the eggs.
May Recap: In May we studied about gray, blue, and humpback whales. The whales have the longest known migration of any mammal. We also learned about the lifecycle of a butterfly, we were lucky enough to have caterpillars and watch them turn into a chrysalis and emerge into a beautiful butterfly. Our main continent of the month was South America, the children learned lots of interesting facts about the Amazon and the other countries. We were all very happy to see our moms join us for the Mother’s Day celebrations, our favorite part was giving out the presents to our mommies and their faces light up. Thank you, parents, for taking time out of your busy schedule and attending the Parent / Teacher conference, it’s a great time to show you where your child is academically and touching bases with everyone. Also, thank you for the kind gifts and appreciation I received during teacher’s appreciation week. I truly am blessed to have you and your children in my class.
June Recap: June was such a fun packed month! Our focus for the month was about community helpers. We learned about so many types of careers that help our community, for example; we learned about firefighters, police officers, and doctors. Other important community helpers that we talked about were carpenters, teachers, and veterinarians. We also learned about our wonderful state, California, why it’s called the golden state and other fun facts. For botany we learned about the wildflowers that grow in the vast Californian weather, also about our state flower and tree (the golden poppy and redwood trees). For science the children learned about insects and grizzly bears. For our circle time we read The Little Red Hen, the children got the chance to play out the book, role playing the characters and having discussions about the book. For geography, we learned about the Californian terrains and climate. Overall, we had lots of fun packed activities, including our Father’s Day celebration and graduation. The children practiced very hard for their graduation, they enjoyed seeing all their families faces and smiles. We will miss them all but wish the kindergarteners and first graders a great future.
Summer News: In July, we will be having our summer camp curriculum! We will be having different themes every other week, art and crafts, cooking, and music and movement. The themes range from underwater adventures, outer space, and down by the farm, plus much more. We are all very excited to have in-school field trips that will expand the curriculum of our summer program. As a reminder please apply sunscreen to your child in the morning, we will reapply in the afternoon.