Back To School
Summer Recap: It was a fun summer at Stars Montessori Academy. We had three fun packed months with activities, music, and art. On sunny days we were able to enjoy the weather by dipping in the pool, it was lots of fun!In the month of June we learned about the Solar System. We had the children paint rocket ships with their feet and made them use their hands to make an Earth painting. Our color of the month was blue and we did lots of projects involving that color.In the month of July we focused on sea animals and a set of colors to celebrate our Independence Day, “Red, white, & blue”. We created flag art and sang songs involving sea animals like “Tiny Turtle”. In the month of August the children learned about the colors black and oranges. They learned their shapes and sang songs like “The Wheels on the Bus”.
September Recap: Over the course of this month the walkers absorb and reiterate tons of new information. This month we learned about ourselves and about our bodies, as well as general uses and cares for our bodies. We learned how to use ourselves correctly while being considerate and gentle towards our friends. Amongst grace and courtesy lessons, we journeyed through our numbers, letters and color recognition.
October Recap: October always holds a magical element of wonder for us as adults and especially for ur Walkers. Over the course of the month we have learned about our creepy-crawly spiders, as well as, our spooky monsters. We learned that we love our friends no matter what they look like, spooky or otherwise. This month has been a month of exploration and creepy fun for our walking infants as we learned about our fellow ghouls and goblins and to be kind to everyone we meet.
November Recap: Over the course of this passing month of November, we reflect as a class on all the things we’ve discovered and shared. We learned about the warm and inviting colors of fall, (yellow, orange, brown, and red etc.) As well as the temperatures that arise and fluctuate with these colors that appear during the season. We’ve expressed the use of this knowledge and applied these colors to our art projects via our orange pumpkins, our bright & glittering yellow corn, and our multicolored, gobbling turkeys. Sharing, in a general sense, has been a large part of our lessons as our friends are learning how to share things with others. Another important aspect we have been practicing is expressing thankfulness–not only producing gratitude when it’s due, but also generally being thankful for all that others do for us. This is the season of bundling up our love and sharing it with others while being thankful, and these are continued lessons we learn well into our remaining months of class.
December Recap: December is a month of giving and receiving–key lessons we implicate here at Stars in all our classes. Daily, we develop the skills of selflessness and gratitude; however, this month we accentuated those courtesies. Together we have made wonderful gifts to give to those we love the most, as well as made plenty of fun art projects for ourselves to keep as we continue to grow. Through our creations of sponge-stamped snow clouds, both frozen and melted snowmen. Our beautiful class handprint wreath, and glittery jingle bells, we have learned the joy and excitement of winter. We have improved our language development skills by learning the ASL signs for “snow”, “tree”, and as always “please” and “thank you.”
January Recap: During these brisk winter months, we take the time to look back on all the things we have learned with the walkers. We got scientific with the process of frozen water, how with different temperatures, water can become frost, snow or sleet. We learned about hibernation and the uniqueness of snowflakes, also on how to protect ourselves from the cold weather. With every month that passes we like to remind our walkers that we need to be gracious and how to share. Movement and coordination are a huge part of our practice here at Stars. From simple tasks such as sweeping and dusting, to several coordinated full body movements with song like Teddy Bear Teddy Bear, turn Around and The Reindeer Pokey. Our Walkers are learning about the potential their bodies have, furthering their developmental cognitive skills.
February Recap: February was a great month! We learned songs and dances about loving each other and how to express our feelings. We continued to practice, respect and affection daily. We created many love-filled art projects that made wonderful additions to our scrapbooks. Our final project for this month consisted of creating a unity heart, which they made a giant heart made from their hand prints. We love spreading the love this month and look forward to the months ahead.
March Recap: Over the entirety of the month of March, we as a class have put lots of new ideas into our daily practices. From learning about life and growth, from learning to scoop and scrub, our walkers have been overloaded in the best way with tons of new information. We have practiced our painting and dancing, as well as harnessed our practical life skills in whatever challenges we face. Together we have cleaned, painted, danced, learned, loved, and laughed this month, and we will continue these things in the months to come. We do our best to impress upon our little ones that every day is a new day and no matter what we are going to be there to help and comfort our friends when they need it most. We have made flowers, plucked lucky shamrocks, and practiced our ASL for “Luck” more times than we can count. Thanking our lucky stars for these amazing kiddos and their awesome personalities!
April Recap: As April shower bring May flowers, we’ve watched the rain pour into our flowers to have them grow and bloom. We’ve learned about the concept of colors being present throughout aspects of our lives, especially when we see new life growing in our backyard. We also learned about our Earth and how we can help by reusing and recycling, which we’ve have been implementing into our routines: shown through washing and reusing the same bowls, instead of constantly throwing away one use bowls. We have been utilizing the practice of self-clean up and self-initiated help in cleaning messes as part of our themes, too. Our walkers have learned so much from this month and will surely learn so much more from the next!
May Recap: Over the course of the month, we have learned so many new things. For one, we have learned about appreciation for everything our parents, we specifically celebrate our mothers this month.
We learned about metamorphosis in insects, specifically caterpillars turning into butterflies. Currently we have several caterpillars that have already entered their chrysalis forms and we can’t wait to see them emerge. We have vigorously been going over to The Hungry caterpillar in his journey and transformation, as well as painting our very own creepy crawly friends.
We have learned both new sensorial and practical self-help skills including washing our hands, wiping our own faces, and throwing our own food away when we’re finished. We are continuing to practice our independence, with as much guidance and love as needed. We’ve learned new songs, new dances, new skills.
Overall the theme of appreciation has been well absorbed by the little kiddos, we would like to extend our appreciation to every mother and everything you do.
June News: We will learn new concepts of self-help, building blocks, cylinder workshops, and overall shape practice that can be incorporated into our daily lives!
Curriculum for June:
- Geography – California
- Father’s Day
- Start of Summer
- Fine/Gross Motor Activities
- Self-Help Skills
CLAP WITH ME
What to do: Around 6 to 8 months of age, your child will learn to clap. Encourage them with this rhyme:
Clap, clap, one, two, three
Skills learned: Imitation, rhyming
Toddler Activity: Fun Activities For Home
- Melting Ice with squeeze bottle of warm water. You can even freeze different small toys inside
- Car wash with toy cars
- Bubble Wrap Runway
- Thread macaroni to make a necklace. Make it colorful with food coloring
- Painting with different texture balls
- Use empty boxes to create anything… a car/train/plane or cut out tunnels for fun
- Sunscreen and Hats for outside
- Label all food and liquids with Name & Date
- Time to go through Extra Clothes Bins – Please make sure your child has enough clothes that are the right size for the warmer season.
- Mornings are still chilly so a sweater is a good idea.