Back To School
Summer Recap: Room 12 has been busy with everyone getting to know each other and becoming familiar with our schedule and rules. The children have been given lessons and are learning what it means to be part of a Montessori classroom. We had fun making goo, experimenting with Mentos and Diet Coke and enjoyed splash days.
September Recap: Over the past month, we have been busy with many fun activities. First and foremost, we have been getting to know one another and learning about the rules at school. We’ve practiced greeting each other, rolling our work rugs, learning where our work belongs, working independently and along with other friends. We did stories “All About Me” and even made Self Portraits—they are amazing! I hope you were all able to admire their work at Back to School Night. Thank you all that were able to attend. During our Enrichment Activities, we had fun learning how to make apple sauce, learning about J.S. Bach and Jackson Pollock was a fun art activity as we splashed, dripped, and drizzled paint on paper.
October Recap: The month of October was a busy and exciting month. We learned about the 5 senses and how they help us each day. There has been a lot of discussions on feelings –this will continue to be an important subject throughout the year. Children want to be able to understand what they feel and know appropriate ways to express them. During Fire Safety week we learned what to do in case of a fire, how to dial 9-1-1, made cardboard firetrucks and even got to sit in a real life Fire Truck! Be sure to check out the pictures. For Halloween, the children enjoyed carving our class pumpkin and roasting the seeds during our Cooking Enrichment Program. The Costume Parade was a big hit! Everyone seemed to have a great time walking around the playground collecting goodies. Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend. Finally, the highlight of the month, is that we planted 3 Garden Beds on our playground! We have one bed for our vegetables, one for flowers, and one for California Native plants. This is very exciting as we water it and watch the carrots, celery, radishes, beans, peas and beets sprout and grow. This has been an activity that the children are excited about daily. We encourage you to grow something at home with your child😉
November Recap: November has been another fun filled month with some interesting things we learned during our work times. We talked about our bodies and what we need to do to stay healthy. We learned the basic food groups and which foods belong to the different food groups. In addition, we talked about the United States map with some highlights on various states, especially California. We learned about the directions North, East, South, and West. For art, we had great fun reading about Andy Warhol and looking at his art. We created our own Andy Warhol display by printing our portraits in black and white and water colored over them with different colors. The children looked amazing in their portraits! For music, we talked about jazz and listened to the different types of instruments used in this type of genre. We learned that there are different rhythms and beats in jazz music and we all agreed it is mostly happy music! We also learned what instruments are played in a jazz band and were able to identify them while listening to the music. It is finally feeling like Autumn because the leaves are turning beautiful colors now! We collected some leaves, created leaf rubbings, and looked at the leaves through a magnifying glass. We also practiced what to do in case there is an earthquake and will continue to practice our safety drills. We thoroughly enjoyed our Thanksgiving Feast! Thank you to everyone for bringing in all the delicious food!
December Recap: My how this year has flown by! December was filled with so many fun and educational activities. We learned about the holidays in December (Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa). Every day, we talked about the weather and the seasons. This month, we had the opportunity to talk about the Winter Solstice. Using our globe and a flashlight from our classroom, we talked about how the earth’s rotation changes to create the different seasons. We discovered static electricity when I used a piece of plastic to rub the student’s hair and the hair stood on its ends! We laughed and found out our bodies carry electricity in them. Our holiday songs were a lot of fun to practice and sing for our parents. If you are curious, Pas y Libertad is Spanish for Peace and Liberty. The song is about how we want peace and liberty for the children, old folks, no more poverty and hunger in this world. The children did awesome learning this song and all the songs for our program.
January Recap: January started with our return to the classroom after our winter break. The children have had a great month talking about hibernation, deciduous and evergreen plants, Antarctica, and the art of Claude Monet. We learned why winter is a cold month and what happens to the earth with the changing seasons. Penguins and polar bears were some of the work on our shelves that are part of Antarctica. It’s a very cold and dry continent!
February Recap: The month of February was filled with many holidays and new events. February 2nd was Groundhog’s Day. Apparently, Phil saw his shadow, so we are in for 6 more weeks of winter! We talked about the Winter Olympics and the various events in the games. We colored the Olympic Flag for our classroom and made some smaller ones to take home. We also talked about the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival in China. We colored the symbol for the dog in Chinese which is the animal for 2018. And, of course, we had lots of fun with our Valentine’s Day celebration decorating cookies and passing out Valentines to each other. Our playground is changing! We are so excited about the addition of the sandbox! We love to dig in the sand! A special thank you to Arwyn’s mom, Claire, for volunteering to be our library parent! And please feel free to sign up to bring snack any time! The children love to bring snack and share it with their friends.
March Recap: March has been a month filled with exploring Spring and all the changes that happen with this changing season. We looked at different dinosaurs and went out onto the playground and measured on the ground just how long these big animals were. We were amazed by how long the Apatosaurus is! We had fun making 3D tulips as part of our Spring activities. We also had a visitor in our classroom on Friday, March 16th! The children had fun discovering some green footprints in the bathroom and green in the toilet! They went on a big search in the classroom and playground for the leprechaun that did all the mischief in our classroom! He managed to move some things in the classroom too. Our Easter Egg Hunt is around the corner (March 30th) and we will be getting ready for that by making some fun baskets. I want to encourage you to sign up for snack. The children love sharing something they picked out and brought to school. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to talk to me. I can always make arrangements, so we can speak.
April Recap: April started with our Spring Break. I hope everyone had a wonderful time. We learned about Australia by doing some Aboriginal art and listening to Ms. Lucy play a didgeridoo! It sounded funny! We talked about Spring things such as ladybugs, flowers (we planted flowers in our gardens out on the playground), weather, where rain comes from, why we have seasons, the flags of Australia, as well as parts of the flag. We also started doing food prep in our classroom as part of our Practical Life (orange juice squeezing and apple cutting). We collected recycling materials and made a collage. We talked about why it’s important to recycle. We love doing art!
May Recap: May was a fun month filled with learning about South America. We explored the rain forest habitat, made llamas, and looked at books about South America. We had some butterfly caterpillars in our classroom and watched each day as they went through their life cycle. It was very exciting! We created a Peace Corner for our classroom where a child may go if they need some peace. It’s very cozy! We continue to welcome new friends to our classroom. Our Mother’s Day breakfast was a big success! It was so nice to see so many moms sit and enjoy a bite with their child(ren). Thank you to the parents who came to Parent/Teacher conferences. It is a great opportunity for me to talk with you individually about how your child is doing at school.
June Recap: This month was another educationally fun month and the last of our school year. We talked about transportation and what moves us from place to place. During a discussion about what moves us from place to place one student suggested a camel! We did matching work for trains and bicycles. We also talked about our great state, California, and all the wonders it holds such as grizzly bears, quails, coyotes and more. We talked about the major cities and some of our landmarks as well as the Pacific Ocean being the largest ocean on the planet! Discussions surrounding conflict resolution are part of our circle time as well as what it means to be a good friend, student, citizen. And finally, we had graduation and said goodbye to our grads and wished them all the best in Kindergarten! It has been such a wonderfully full year with so much growth both for the children and our new school! I will miss all those leaving! Thank you, dear parents, for your support!