Back To School
Summer Recap: We had lots of fun during this summer! We were able to enjoy the sun’s rays by taking a dip in the pools and we were able to get our faces painted. Not only were we doing fun stuff but we learned a lot about different topics that we didn’t cover during school time. We learned about sea life, in particularly, about sharks and mammals. We had visits from our friends at Bubble Mania, Firefighters and the Police Officers. The children had lots of fun and they learned a lot through this summer. Please join us for Back to School Night, Sept 27th, we hope to see you there!
September Recap: This has been a great start for the new school year. The month of September’s theme is All About Me. We begin the normalization process and remind the children how to properly care for the classroom environment and materials. In science the kids were excited to learn about magnets and how they work and interact with different materials. In Geography we learned the continent song to help us remember the names of all the continents. Botany is a big part of our Montessori classroom. This month the children were excited to learn the parts of the apple and how seeds are the start of new plant life. The children are looking forward to replanting our garden on the playground next month. Please remember to read a book you’re your child 15 to 20 minutes a day.
October Recap: The Children learned about the five senses, what we can see, taste, feel, hear and smell. We learned about the bones in our bodies and how they help us stand straight. We talked about countries in North America, languages and traditions for Canada, Mexico, and United States. For science we carved a pumpkin and the children got to feel the seeds and pulp and we experimented on how long a pumpkin last after its been carved. in our enrichment program we learn about Frida Kahlo and how she expressed her feeling thru her paintings and about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart how he composed his first piece of music at age five. We celebrated two birthdays in our class room Carlyle turned who 6 years old and Largo who turned 5 years old.
November Recap: This month we began to learn all about the Holidays. We learned about Veteran’s Day, the children learned that it is an official United States Holiday and it is observed annually on November 11th. Proudly honoring military veterans, who served in the United States Armed Forces. We learned why we celebrate Thanksgiving, and why it is a National Holiday celebrated not only in the United States but also in Canada, Liberia, and some of the Caribbean islands. United States celebrates Thanksgiving Day on fourth Thursday in November while other countries celebrate on a different day. This month’s continent was North America, we learned about the United States of America, the climate and animals. We learned the function of internal parts of the human body and the importance of them.
December Recap: December was filled with lots of fun and excitement for the holidays. We learned about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas. And how they are celebrated. For Geography we got to learn about Europe and the languages, culture, and population. For Zoology we learned the part of the bird, what type of birds fly and the ones that do not. For Botany we learned about leaves, the types and the parts of the leaves. The Holiday Concert was fun, the children sang wonderfully.
January Recap: We learned about the winter animals in the Arctic, and the animals that hibernate in the winter months, for example, the arctic fox, beluga whales, and polar bears. Some animals can hibernate throughout winter, but others must endure the harsh winter by trying to find food. We also learned about continent of Antarctica and their animals; penguins, seals, and orca whales. These animals usually must endure winter by raising their babies while waiting for their partners to return with food. For our music Enrichment, we listened to and danced to the Beatles songs.
February Recap: What a fun month. We celebrated Friendship day on Valentine Day by having a friendship snack and exchanging Valentine’s cards. We also learn the traditions and culture of the Lunar New Year and how other countries celebrate it, if the holiday is celebrated the same or do they celebrate it differently. We also learned about multiple countries in the continent of Asia, the languages and traditions for the following countries: India, China, North Korea, South Korea, and Japan. We learned about the Presidents Day and got to learn some interesting facts about our presidents. Dental hygiene is very important, so we brushed up on some information. February is Dental Health Month, we learn on how to take care of our teeth and why it is important brush our teeth twice a day. In mathematics, we learned about money and the names and values of a coin. In Zoology, we learned the parts of the fish. In Botany, we learned about the parts of a leaf.
March Recap: This month we learned about dinosaurs, we learned that Dinosaurs are a diverse group of reptiles. They first appeared during the Triassic period between 243 and 231 million years ago. We learned that dino in Greek deinos means terrible and the word sauros means lizard. We learned about different types of dinosaurs. Like the Tyrannosaurus Rex (means Tyrant Lizard) one of the biggest dinosaurs and meat eaters. Triceratops (means three horns) is one of the most easily recognizable dinosaurs due to its large body, unique frill and three horns. It needed its three horns to try and protect itself from the Tyrannosaurus Rex which lived during the same time period. For our Geography we learned about Africa. Africa is the second largest continent. We learned about the types of animals that live in the Savannah like Elephants, Zebras, Lions and Hyena. We learned about the Pyramids of Giza and how long time ago they had kings named Pharaohs. We learned that Africa has a lot of countries and different languages. The main languages are Swahili, Hausa, English, Amharic, and French. For Zoology we learned about the dinosaurs on how some dinosaurs stayed in groups to protect themselves from other dinosaurs. And some like to hunt alone like the Tyrannosaurus Rex. For Botany we learned the parts of the flower and different types of flowers for example the Sunflower, Water lilies, Roses, and Daisy. For Science we learned that Scientists who study dinosaur bones (or fossils) are called paleontologists. Paleontologists have a lot in common with archaeologists – both excavate and study animal bones.
April Recap: What a fun month! We learned about our planet Earth and many of its interesting facts and details. For example, the Earth is the only planet to have one moon. It is unique among the planets of the solar system because Earth is the only planet that has liquid water in its surface! Also, there are four layers that make up the Earth’s composition, the first is the crust. This is where we live, it is both cool and solid, it is also the thinnest layer. We also learned about Australia, which is the world’s 6th largest country by area. The children loved learning about Australia and its uniqueness, mostly on how it’s a very isolated continent and has a unique terrain and geographical make-up. The children learned about the indigenous people of Australia, Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. The world’s largest reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, is found off the northeastern coast of Australia. The children loved exploring the different animals in the water and on land that call Australia their home. We learned how to take care of our earth by recycling, reusing, and reusing.
May Recap: In the month of May we learned about the layers of the rainforest about the Emergent Layer, the canopy and understory which all have their ecosystem and different types of animals that call such layers homes. The most fascinating part the understory layer is learning about the green anaconda: the name anaconda refers to a group of snakes found in the tropical regions of South America, and it is the largest of the anaconda family. Forest floor layer receives less than 2% of the sunlight and consequently, little grows here except plants adapted to very low light.
Our Montessori lessons entailed the life cycle of the butterfly; how it all starts with a butterfly laying eggs and when the eggs hatch how they turned to caterpillars, and from caterpillars to chrysalis, and chrysalis to butterflies. We made our own life cycle of the butterfly; it was fun creating it our own.
The special project we did this month was observing the life cycle of the butterfly. We saw the caterpillars eat and crawl in their special container. When a few of the caterpillars where ready for the next step, we experience as they slowly built their chrysalis. The cool part was observing as the butterfly came out of the chrysalis. Letting the butterfly fly out in the playground was fun for the children.
Enrichment for this month was based on Latin American music our class learned a new song called “Al Citron” a catchy tune to clap and dance. For our Art enrichment we made a colorful parrot of the rain forest the children had so much fun making their own colorful birds with streamers.
This month was a very fun and interesting month, when I ask our class what was there favorite part of the this month the children all agreed that it was the seeing butterflies change with their own eyes. The other things our class showed interest was learning about snakes of South America, especially the Anaconda it is said to be the second longest snake and the largest in the world by weight; The children also enjoyed learning about the layers of the rain forest . We also learned about a few animals of South America like the Capybara (larges Rodent in the world), Llamas (they are intelligent and they learn quickly, they use humming as a communication form) and the Tapir (They spend most of the time underwater, usually cooling themselves off and swimming).
June News: This month our theme will be about transportation, we will be learning about the types of Transportation. Why are they important? What method of transportation will be faster to get from one destination to another? For Geography we will be learning more about the state of California; the climate, the famous landmarks for example Yosemite Park, San Francisco, and Catalina Island and California state symbols for example the state animal is the grizzly bear, the state flower is poppy and state tree Giant Sequoia. For Zoology will be learning about amphibians and the life cycle of a frog. For botany we will be learning about the seeds.
Curriculum for June:
- Geography – California
- Season Change – Summer
- Father’s Day
- End of School Year
Extra Curricular Activities:
- Monday – Karate
- Tuesday – Karate, Mini-Kickers
- Wednesday – Karate, Kids Musical Theater
- Thursday – Karate
- Friday – Amazing Athletes