Back To School
Summer Recap: Summer has been full of fun and excitement for the children here at Stars. We had several in house field trips that correlated with our summer themes. We learned about the different Counties Around the World, Community Helper, Under the Sea, and Science. During science week we had Bubble Mania come and explain the science behind bubbles. They showed the children how to make different shapes and size bubbles depending on what type of bubble wand was used. The children even had the opportunity to get inside a giant bubble. What Fun!We learned all about Under the Sea life and even had a face painter come in a paint each child’s favorite sea creature. Community Helper week was our classes favorite week. They had so many community helpers come and share their jobs that they do for our community. The children learned all about police officers and explored their car. The fire fighters brought their truck and dressed in their entire uniform to explain to the children not to be scared if they ever came to their house to help. , Finally the Super dentist came and shared the importance of good dental hygiene. We are looking forward to a wonderful new school year
September Recap: This month has been jam-packed with exciting activities! We have been focusing on getting to know one another and classroom rules this month, as well as, learning about our bodies and how they work. We have been working hard to create full-size replicas of our bodies and we have started to hang some of the finished bodies for all to see. The children have done an amazing job on these large works of art!Our Enrichment Programs have been so much fun. In art class the children have been learning about Jackson Pollock and have been creating art that reflects what they have learned. In music, they have been learning about Johann Sebastian Bach. We have been listening to his music and talking about the different instruments we hear, as well as, learning to play music together like an orchestra. Cooking class has been full of wonderful snacks that the children have been able to create and enjoy. The children are also enjoying computer and Spanish classes too! How exciting!
October Recap: This month one of our classrooms topics of discussion was the five senses: seeing, tasting, smelling, hearing and touching, feelings. 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. We also discussed feelings and how to deal with them appropriately, as well as, how to care for our environment and ourselves. We are looking forward to our Halloween parade coming up this month! I am so excited to see all the wonderful costumes.
November Recap: This month we asked the questions; where does our food come from? How does it get into our lunchboxes? How does it affect, help or hurt, our bodies? We have learned everything from breaking down how (most) breads are made to classifications of vegetable (leaf, tuber, root, etc.). We have also been learning how foods affect our bodies; ex. carrots help your eyes and have many wonderful vitamins that our bodies need. We had a great turn out for our Thanksgiving Feast! Thank you to everyone who signed up and brought a dish to share with the class. It was exciting for everyone to enjoy a special meal together.
December Recap: This month we discussed holidays that are celebrated around the world and how the seasons change throughout the year. We have had so much fun learning about how other cultures celebrate their holidays, for example, Santa Claus is called Pere 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. In Israel, Iran, and India, they do not celebrate Christmas at all, they celebrate Chanukah (Hanukkah), Eid al-Fitr, and Diwali. This coming week is going to be filled with fun as well. Everyday is going to be a different theme. Monday – Pajama Day, Tuesday – Ugly sweater, Wednesday – Crazy Hair, Thursday – Wear Sport attire and Friday – wear holiday colors. We are looking forward to the Holiday Celebration on the 22nd (this Friday). The children will be performing a few songs for their parents and then we will enjoy a potluck together. Please sign-up for a dish when you come to drop off your children this week, the sheet is hanging on the door. We hope you are able to attend!!
January Recap: Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a wonderful winter break. This month we learned all about hibernation. We learned that during winter it can be very hard to find food for a lot of animals and so they either hibernate, which is going into “Deep Sleep”, or migrate. We learned that there are very few animals that are “true hibernators”. Most go into a deep sleep, but then wake through winter to eat and then return to sleep. We also learned about deserts and tundras. It has been quite a month, and we hope it stays as fun for the rest of the year!
February Recap: This month we were focused on friendship. We worked on inviting people into our friend groups and being gracious to those who are new. We worked on responding with kindness and patience. These are all skills we hope to embody as adults and can be extremely challenging!
We also had a fun Valentine’s Day where we showed our love through giving to our friends. we also learned about Chinese New Year and what Presidents Day is and why we celebrate it. We packed a lot of learning and fun into the shortest month of the year.
March Recap: We’ve been having so much fun learning about Dinosaurs! We have learned big words like, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, extinct, predator and prey. We got to look at and feel a real fossil that used to be a leaf and pondered what it would be like if these giants were still roaming the Earth.
We learned about who St. Patrick was and learned about how cunning leprechauns can be. We painted with all the colors of the rainbow and learned how to make secondary colors from primary colors red, yellow and blue. It has been an amazingly fun month!!
April Recap: This month we learned all about our planet. We learned about the layers of the Earth, including the dimensions and thickness of each layer. We even sang a song about the different layers and how they come together to maintain our planet moving and groovin’. We also learned how volcanos are formed, why we have wind, and how clouds are made. We had fun learning about how we can better take care of our Earth by cleaning up litter and learned the concepts of reducing, reusing and recycling. We had an amazing time at our Easter egg hunt as well! What a fun month!
May Recap: We spent this month learning all about the rainforest and South America. We learned the layers of the rainforest, what some of the animals are that live in there, and where the largest rainforest in the world is (Brazil). We had fun time learning songs about the countries of South America; 5 Parrots escaping a Jaguar, Llamas and Alpacas, and the Two-toed Sloth. We have had so much fun learning about South America and a small portion of the rainforest. Thank you to all the mommies who were able to join us on out Mother’s Day Tea party. We hope you liked your gifts, the children worked hard to make something beautiful and memorable for our moms.
The children had lots of fun learning about the real-life cycle of a butterfly. They got to experience the worms and watch them change into chrysalis. We are still anxiously waiting for them to evolve.
June News: This month we will be learning all about transportation. We will be studying abou; bicycles, cars, trains, and planes. We are going to be learning about all the different types of each kind of vehicle and how they are unique. We will also will be learning about our state of California, what makes our terrain so unique and what landmarks call the state their home. We will be starting our preparations for our Father’s Day Celebrations being held on June 15th.
This is also the last month of the school year and we will be celebrating with a graduation for our students. We are looking forward to all the celebrations this month!
As always, I am available to speak to you if you ever have any questions or concerns.
Thank you, Ms. Andrea.
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