PRIMARY Room 3
Back To School
Summer Recap: This summer was so exciting and at the same time bitter-sweet. We had a super fun water slide this year that took our water play days to a new level! We had visits from the Oceanside police department, a veterinarian, Bubble mania, and a magician. With so much fun we ended summer by having a school carnival, we enjoyed seeing how much fun everyone had. Many of our “big kids” have graduated and moved on to their new elementary schools, we all missed them dearly. Now that summer came to an end we are diving right back into our normal routine. We couldn’t wait for the new school year to start and all the adventures we were about to embark.
September Recap: In September we focused on getting to know one another and the classroom rules. We learned about each other, what makes us the same, what makes us unique, who makes up our families, etc. We learned about our world; how many continents it has and what are their names are. We learned the differences of living vs. non-living, plants vs. animals, and magnetic vs. non-magnetic. We had SO much fun exploring and learning. What a great way to begin the school year.
October Recap: In October, one of our classrooms topics of discussion was the five senses: seeing, tasting, smelling, hearing, and touching. We learned that some people do not have all the senses (deaf, blind, etc.) and how messages from these five senses are sent to the brain to decipher any new information. We also discussed feelings, how we all have them and how to deal with them in an appropriate manner. It was also Fire Safety month, we practiced and learned all about fire alarms and how to respond to them. We talked about what we should do if the building were on fire and what to do if your clothes catch on fire. We learned the number for emergencies (911) and what constitutes an emergency. We were so excited for our Halloween parade, the children sure knocked it out of the park this year.
November Recap: November our focus was on healthy bodies and how our bodies work. We learned about the brain and that it helps us learn and do everything; from seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, moving, etc. We learned about the heart, kidneys, digestive system, liver, spleen, pancreas, lungs, and how each of these organs help our bodies work properly. We even created life-sized versions of our bodies with a good portion of our internal organs. Additionally, we explored the different food groups, what is recommended for us to eat and where our food comes from. This was a great lead into our Thanksgiving Feast where we all came together with a potluck style lunch and enjoyed each other’s company. For Enrichments we extended the topics that we learned during work time. For art, the children created Jackson Pollack’s splatter painting inspired artwork. For music, the children listen and discussed Ludwig Van Beethoven music and work. In cooking, the children created delicious snacks, such as cinnamon apple crisps, pumpkin rice krispies, and pumpkin pie smoothie. For Spanish, the children learned the months, parts of the body, harvest, and other day-to-day words. In computer, the children continued working on their ABCMOUSE learning path.
December Recap: During December, we discussed holidays that are celebrated around the world and how the seasons change throughout the year. We had so much fun learning about how other cultures celebrate their holidays, for example, Santa Claus is called Père Noel in France. He rides into town on a white horse instead of reindeer and he travels with a companion named Peter. Germany was the first to cut down trees and bring them inside for decoration. The children learned that in Israel, Iran, and India, they do not celebrate Christmas at all. Instead they either celebrate Chanukah (Hanukkah), Eid al-Fitr, or Diwali. Our last week of the year was filled with lots of fun activities. The children enjoyed seeing everyone being in the holiday spirit. Our class favorite was when everyone came in with their holiday socks and hat. For our winter holiday show the children were very eager to practice hard and perform for their parents, which then afterwards they were able to decorate cookies with their parents.
For enrichments, the children build on their knowledge on what they were taught. For example, for art the children learned and recreated artwork from Vincent Van Gogh and created salt artwork. For computers and Spanish, the children learned about holiday songs, holiday words and holiday ornaments respectfully. In cooking, the children created healthy snacks that where holiday themed. In music the children sang carols and danced to popular holiday songs. We had lots of fun and excitement as we wrapped up the year. I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing winter break.
January News: January will be about winter animals and hibernation, as well as settling back into the classroom routine and getting reacquainted with one another again after a nice holiday break. We will learn that some animals do not hibernate at all, they migrate, or they go into a “winter sleep” and how that is different than hibernation. In geography we will be focusing on Antarctica; its climate, the terrain, how do people get around and who lives there. Antarctica is an amazing place and it is going to be so much fun to learn about it and its animals.
I am looking forward to seeing you all when we return!
Please check your children’s cubbies to see if they have the winter clothes they will be needing, ex: changing shorts out for pants, t-shirts for long sleeves. It is (finally) beginning to get a little chilly, especially in the afternoons when we are playing outside.
Remember to check your parent files every day as there may be information about upcoming events in the next couple of months and take a look at the calendar, as well as, the white board for specifics in what we are discussing in class and what to bring for Friday Share days.
As always, I am available to speak to if you ever have any questions or concerns. Thank you!
Curriculum for January:
- Theme-Winter Animals and Hibernation
- Zoology/Botany-Penguins/Winter Plants
- Book-The Mitten by Jan Brett
Extra Curricular Activities:
- Monday – Karate
- Tuesday – Karate, Mini-Kickers
- Wednesday – Karate, Kids Musical Theater
- Thursday – Karate
- Friday – Amazing Athletes