PRE-PRIMARY Room 7
Back To School
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 News: January is all about “Winter Animals and Hibernation.” We will be learning about hibernation of animals in both warm and cold climates, what kind of animals live in each, and how they prepare for their long slumber. For Geography, the children will be focus on Antarctica. This continent is in perfect correlation with our theme and helps us to focus on learning more about hibernation and the new season we entered, winter. In Science, we will be using our continent globe, along with our land and water globe, to help us understand the difference between land and water. Our book of the month will be The Mitten by Jan Brett. In January’s enrichments, the children will be continuing with the winter theme in all components, for example; penguin artwork, gingerbread reindeer cookies, and so much more!
Curriculum for January:
- Theme-Winter Animals and Hibernation
- Sensorial-Sound Cylinders
- Sandpaper Letters-o, p, q, & r
- Math-Colored Bead Stair
Extra Curricular Activities:
- Monday – Karate
- Tuesday – Karate, Mini-Kickers
- Wednesday – Karate, Kids Musical Theater
- Thursday – Karate
- Friday – Amazing Athletes
- Please make sure you are bringing in extra potty training supplies and extra-clothes for your child’s bin in the classroom. Also, please make sure the clothes are appropriate for winter and that you bring in at least 2 full sets.
- The mornings have become very crisp, so we ask you bring your child in a jacket for morning play. Remember to label everything!