Back To School
Summer Recap: During the Summer Camp, the whole School participated in variety of extraordinary activities, including a visit from the Police Officer discussing safety and the kids had a chance to sit and explore the Police car, the Dentist consultant talking about hygiene and how to brush your teeth properly, the Fire Brigade shared their stories of fire rescues and showed us their Fire Truck and how it works, as well as, showed us how to put on their uniforms and the kids tried on their hats. We had a Bubble Mania day and all the kids watched the show on bubble transformation into different shapes and sizes and children had a chance to stay inside a large bubble and see it rise and pop. We had endless Arts and Crafts, as well as, lots of lessons related to our weekly themes: Traveling Around the World, Community Helpers, Science Project, Under the Sea. We also had fun with Face Painting and the theme was Under the Sea, the children’s’ favorite were sea horses, sharks, dolphins and crabs. Ms. Galina did Under the Sea theme for 2 weeks and cooking classes. We started to learn about big fish, such as whales, sharks and dolphins. We listened to the whale and dolphin “singing” and “talking”. The favorite part was finding out about unusual fish – sea horses, that the Daddies are looking after their babies. For the cooking classes, children enjoyed making banana muffins and homemade ice cream.
September News: “The most important period of life is not the age of university, studies, but the period from birth to the age of six… For that is the time when intelligence itself, his/her greatest implement is being formed…” Maria Montessori. Summer is over, and a new academic school year begins. It was indeed a fun filled and educative one. The children enjoyed all activities and visits from various programs. We welcome all the children and parents who recently joined our class. We bid farewell to all who flew away. As much as they are missed, they are doing great. We would like to thank all parents who have offered their unconditional support, cooperation during the past year, and working with us in an effort to guide the children towards their independence. We have laid a great curriculum for our children for the whole year and our main themes for September are: Welcome to School and All about Me. While working with Montessori materials in the different areas, we will spend a lot of time settling down and learning the rules and regulations, grace and courtesy (greeting a person, interrupting a person, what to do when we yawn or cough, using the words “thank you”, “please”, “excuse me”, asking permission, accepting help, requesting privacy, speaking in a low voice, waiting for help, helping a classmate – just to name a few). Also, the grace and courtesy activities will be our ongoing projects and “getting used to each other and loving it”. Furthermore, in the Geography area we will continue learning about Globes and Seven Continents of the World. In Zoology we will explore the most common animals of the seven continents. In Botany we will learn about different kinds and types of leaves and use our Leaf Cabinet with Cards. In Biology we will learn about our body parts. During our group lessons we will do lots of discussions on a variety of topics to broaden our vocabulary, social skills, self-esteem, and make new friends. In Math we will learn to identify, count and order the numbers. In Language we will learn phonics, names of the letters, read stories and act them out. Our Share Day is on Friday and please bring an item related to the topic. We will sing songs, learn about different countries and ourselves, and, above all, we will explore and learn how to be happy in our stimulating classroom environment. We will do lots of crafts and arts, start learning about famous artists and composers, and do scientific projects. After nap time we will continue having a variety of exciting Enrichment programs, such as Computers, Cooking, Music and Movement, Spanish and Art, and continue practicing Soccer and Karate as well. So, indeed we will have lots of fun… Just a few Reminders: 1st Group lesson at 8:30 am – 9:00 am Montessori work at 9:00 am – 11:00 am 2nd Group lesson at 11:00am – 11:30 am Enrichment Rotation Classes at 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Back to School Night and Open House on Sep 27th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm P.S. Please label all jackets, water bottles and other items brought to school. If your child naps in school, we require a fitted crib sheet and small blanket. These should go home on Friday and brought back on Monday. Please check your child’s folder daily. Also, please make sure your child has enough spare clothes in his/her cubby too. If you have any questions or concerns please speak to either Ms Galina or Ms Lourdes and we will be happy to help you. Once again, a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all our wonderful parents for all your help and support during the past year. We look forward to the same this your too!
October Recap: This month our main theme is Five Senses and Feelings. We discovered that it is our brain that helps us to make sense of the world. This happens through our senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Our senses help us understand the changes around us and they are amazing! Every day our five senses work together. One day we had some popcorn for our morning snack and we heard the “Pop! Pop!” sound and smelled the butter. We had seen and felt the kernels in our hand. We had tasted the salty snack in our mouth. And, Tar rah! Our five senses were for us to use right away. Because of our senses, the world is ours to enjoy! We have been learning a lot about Empathy. Empathy is how we understand our friends’ feelings and caring about our friends. Everyone feels emotions: happiness, sadness or anger and also it is important to know our own emotions too. That helps us see how others feel. In Geography we learned the North America continent and its Countries, Landforms, Bodies of Water, Climate, Plants, Animals, People and Customs. And we also traced the countries from the puzzle map. In Science we were excited to work with the magnifying glass and everything looked so big… We learned about the difference between Hot vs Cold, the Water Cycle, Weather, Sink vs Float. Zoology is a big part of our learning and we excited to learn about Mammals, Fish, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians. In Botany we learned Parts of a Tree and Functions, Life Cycle of a Pumpkin and Definition of a Fruit. We love making Senses Collage, Happy Pumpkins, and Halloween Ghost and Black Cat Craft . The composer of the month is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and we love listening to his great music during our working hours in the classroom. The artist of the month is Frida Kahlo and we love her colorful and dreamy paintings. We celebrated Logan’s Birthday. She turned 3 years old this month. Happy Birthday, Logan!
November Recap: In November, our main theme was Harvest and Healthy Bodies. We found out that eating right is the best option for all of us. Our classroom loved to act out a story called “The Edible Pyramid Restaurant” with our puppets. They helped us to learn more about the six food groups: Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Oils, Milk, Meat and Beans. Children asked each other what are their favorite fruits and vegetables, they all agreed that they love; oranges, blueberries, strawberries, carrots, peas and corn, to name a few. In Geography we learned about our country, the USA, how many states are in our country and the capital cities of each state. We also learned about landforms and water forms, and enjoyed learning more about our American Flag. For Grace and Courtesy, we were practicing sitting in circle, taking turns to speak and showed each other empathy. We practiced very hard singing for our upcoming Thanksgiving event, and made a turkey out of a paper bags, using some feathers and other decorations. Children also enjoyed making cornucopias and listening to jazz music during working hours.
December Recap: Over the past month, we have been busy with many activities, first, reviewing the classroom, playground and table manners. We have a lot of new friends joining our classroom and they need the older friends to guide them. For this month, we concentrated on the different season and different Holidays people celebrate around the world. During this season, people celebrate Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. We read the story called Sparkling Hanukkah and we learned interesting facts and the meaning of the holiday. We had a fun Holiday show and potluck, we got to surprise our parents with gifts we made for them earlier in the month.
January Recap: This month has been packed with many exciting activities! We’ve focused on learning about winter animals and hibernation. We discovered different methods animals use to survive in the winter if they do not hibernate. Some of them adapt to the changing season by migrating to different areas in search of food. Other animals hibernate, which takes time for them to prepare a safe place to go to sleep until the weather turns warm and plants start growing again. Our friends Leah and Samantha did research at home and gave presentations in the class. They made posters with colorful pictures of wild animals. Leah’s topic was “Animals that hibernate”. She found out that many different types of animals hibernate, such as brown bears, chipmunks, badgers, bats, bees and earthworms. Samantha’s topic was “Do polar bears hibernate?” She discovered that polar bears do not hibernate, but their body functions do slow down at this time. This is called “winter sleep”, as the bears can easily be awakened. A mother bear can give birth and nurse her young while in her winter sleep. Also, we made dens for our big and small teddy bears, we had lots of fun with magnets, painting snow-storms, and making Winter Day Mini Books.
February Recap: Over the past month, we have been busy with many fun activities. We start out February by learning about Asia, we found out that Asia is the world’s largest continent and more people live there that anywhere else on Earth. Many different groups of people live in Asia, they each have their own language and culture. One of our favorite animals to learn about were pandas who live in the bamboo forests in the remote mountainous regions of China. We also had fun learning about turtles and birds who are native to Asia. We also celebrated Valentine’s Day where we exchanged lots of cards and presents, all our friends had tons of fun and loved participating in the exchange.
March Recap: Over the past month, we have been busy like bees with many fun activities. First, we studied about our favorite theme, dinosaurs, we learned about many different dinosaurs. We discovered that many of the dinosaurs that we know, like the T-Rex and Brontosaurus didn’t live in during the same era. Some were very big, and some were small, many were fast, and many were slow. Today, we have animals who lived during the time dinosaurs roamed the Earth, same with plants that survived extinction. Amazingly, we can still learn about them even though they lived millions of years ago. Like many plants and animals, some dinosaurs were preserved as fossils. By studying their fossils, we can piece together what they look like. People who look for such fossils are called paleologists. Paleologist think that most dinosaurs hatched from eggs, exception from sea creatures. Our class favorite is Tyrannosaurus Rex, and we think he was one of the biggest and loudest, we nicknamed him “The Terrible Rex” because he was not very nice to other dinosaurs. We studied about Africa this month, we found out that African music and dance play a vital part in marking important events like births and marriages. We made African shakers and decorated them with colorful papers. We danced with them to celebrate Morgan’s and Cooper’s birthdays! We also had great fun making “A Pot full of Gold” for St. Patrick’s Day.
April Recap: Our classroom is going through a beautiful spring transformation. We are not only spring cleaning and taking care of the materials around us, but we are planting roots for a peaceful classroom. This has involved reminders of our basic grace and courtesy lessons as well as how important it is to respect our classroom environment. Please continue to remind your child and ask questions about this process. Learning is a lifelong process and being a part of a community of learning and discovery is fun. The Montessori theory is a process that provides a beautiful, safe, and loving space for children to grow and develop naturally and happily. Please let me know if you have any questions. -Ms. Manisha
May Recap: For the month of May we learned about South America and the different countries in the continent. We learned about artists from the region and their influences. Mostly about the Brazilian Artist Ferreira Louis Marius, who mostly focused on natives who lived in the Amazon. We enjoyed South American culture and listened to music and enjoyed the foods of the continent of Brazil. We also studied about other continents in South America.
Our Montessori lessons entailed review of phonetics and vowel sounds. In Practical life we reviewed pouring as well as early pincher grasp exercises to help with writing and holding our pencils. Our special project this month was preparing our Mother’s Day gifts, love bugs and love notes made with love. It was so special to share a Mother’s Day celebration with the families. Enrichment for this month was based around celebrating Mother’s and special people in our lives.
May was a great month to meet families and feel a part of our Montessori Community, thank you to all the parents that were able to meet with me in our Parent-Teacher conferences.
June News: The sun is out, and so are we! Last month we studied about the life cycle of a butterfly, we had the opportunity to see them grow from little caterpillars to beautiful butterflies. With the warming of the weather please remember to provide your child with sunscreen and proper summer attire. For this month we will be learning about our beautiful state and transportation. We will study how California host a variety of different weathers through-out the year, and how sometimes if we visit different parts of the state we feel like we are in a different location. For our artist of the month, we will be studying a variety of artists like Percy Gray, which we will take inspiration from to paint our poppy painting.
Our special project this month is to honor and celebrate the father figures in our life’s. Also, we will be studying about our transportation and how it’s helped our state grow. Please join us for the Preschool and Kindergarten graduation if your child is to graduate, we will be handing out invitations to the families of children who will be leaving us. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
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