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 News: We start our month learning about Harvest and Healthy Bodies. And we will be learning that there are dozens and dozens of great-tasting vegetables and fruits. They can be eaten raw and cooked and after harvest they can be fresh, frozen, canned, or dried. And during our snack and lunch times, we are going to eat them whole, cut into slices, mashed up, in soup, or in salad. Also we will drink them in juice drinks! We will learn that eating right is a healthy habit and grow strong bones and muscles. Bananas, cookies, carrots, pizza, potato chips, broccoli – life is full of things to eat. But how do we choose what foods to include in our diet? And the Food Pyramid is the answer! We are going to act out the story called “The Edible Pyramid Restaurant” with our Puppets. And on the way we will learn about six food groups: Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Oils, Milk, Meat and Beans. Also we are going to use some props such as veggie, fruits, macaroni, spaghetti, cheese, etc. At the end of our play, we will find out what foods are good for us and not so good…
In Geography we are excited to explore all about our beloved country we live in – the USA! We will learn where the USA is located on the globe and map, country names and flags, landforms and waterforms, animals, plants and about culture. We will discuss Symbols, Parts of the Flag and one of our most loved holidays – Thanksgiving! And we will learn a new song “Give Thanks”. In Botany we will learn common characteristics of plants, definition of vegetable. We will read and listen to the story “Green is a Chile Pepper” about food, colors and learn English and Spanish rhyming words Also, we will find out what goes into “The Pumpkin Soup”.
We will listen to famous Jazz musicians and play our instruments too. Our Artist of the month is Andy Warhol and we will paint like him. Also, in Art we will explore primary colors, sponge painting, finger painting, cutting with scissors and making a food collage.
Curriculum for November:
- Harvest and Healthy Bodies
Extra Curricular Activities:
- Monday – Karate
- Tuesday – Karate, Mini-Kickers
- Wednesday – Karate, Kids Musical Theater
- Thursday – Karate
- Friday – Amazing Athletes