WADDLER ROOM 2
Back to School
Summer Recap: We have had a fabulous summer here in the Waddler classroom. The kids have loved having a theme of the week which has made art projects ever changing and has given us a ton of new topics to learn about. From learning about farm animals to volcanoes to the Olympics, we have had ample opportunities to learn about new topics that we have not addressed before. We created our own paper plate sheep, volcanoes with handprint lava, and painted our own gold medals. While a normal summer would have included water play and field trips, we still had a ton of fun this summer being outside and experiencing field trips in a new way. For each week, there were at least three virtual field trips that we attended through the tablet where we learned about creatures under the sea, listening to books read by astronauts in outer space, and watching volcanoes erupt.
On a more serious note, I have loved being the lead in the Waddler classroom and while I am stepping back to be in an assistant role, I know that Mrs. Jessie will do a fabulous job with the class. I will still be in the room with the group and I am so excited to still be interacting with all of my favorite kiddos each and every day.
September Recap: September was a big month in the Waddlers classroom. Three of our friends started walking, making the entire class fully mobile now! We are so proud of all of them for working so hard at it! Our theme for September was All About Me. For this, we focused our learnings and circle times throughout the month on the different parts of our bodies (they all loved the song ‘head, shoulders, knees, and toes,’ for this!)We also learned about our families, school, and friends. We learned that we all have some commonalities, but that we are each a unique person with individual personality traits, preferences, and life experiences. We practiced counting, singing the alphabet, and using our voice to show when we like or dislike something.
Our Montessori lessons included working and sorting the knobbed cylinder puzzles; we worked on our vocabulary and verbal recognition skills with flashcards of animals, fruit, and body parts. The songs we focused on this month were ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes,’ the alphabet song, ‘wheels on the bus,’ and ‘the more we get together.’ They also enjoyed the itsy-bitsy spider song this month and kept requesting us to sing it by showing us their hand gestures for the spider crawling up.
October Recap: In October, we learned all about our Solar System and Space. We got to celebrate Halloween together with friends and made lots of holiday art! We practiced stamping, painted with sponges, and even spelled our names to build a Rocketship. Our class this month was very interested in the ABCs, which we sang in English and French. Our friends enjoyed sitting together and counted to ten in English, French, Spanish, and Japanese!
We sang lots of Halloween songs, learned about the parts of a pumpkin, and worked on saying one another’s names. Our favorite Halloween songs this month was “Spooky, Scary Skeletons,” “Spooky Bus,” and “Halloween is Here.” We also learned the signs for more, please, drink, gentle, and friends this month in sign language.
November News: This month, we will have a strong focus in our classroom on being thankful. We will discuss our theme of the month Virtues and Values; during our circle times, we will make traditional handprint turkeys, hold a thanksgiving feast for our friends at school, and practice our turkey sounds (as well as other animals). We will learn the signs for thank you, I love you, happy, and eat. We will also sing thanksgiving songs like “Five Little Turkeys,” “Biscuits in the Oven,” and “We Are Thankful.” Montessori jobs will consist of using boxes with lids, counting to five with turkeys and feathers, sandpaper letters, numbers, as well as using sound cylinders to learn about volume levels.
Curriculum for November:
- Virtues and Values
- Making friends
- Sign language
- Fall Weather
Way Up High in an Apple Tree
Way up high in an apple tree (point up)
Two red apples smiled at me (form circles with fingers).
I shook that tree as hard as I could (pretend to shake a tree)
Down came those apples
And mmmmmmm, were they good (rub tummy)!
- Please make sure you are bringing in extra potty training supplies and extra-clothes for your child’s bin in the classroom. Also, please make sure the clothes are appropriate for wimter and that you bring in at least 2 full sets.
- The mornings have become very crisp, so we ask you bring your child in a jacket for morning play. Remember to label everything!