INFANT ROOM 2
February Recap: February was all about friendship and celebrating loved ones! We said goodbye to a friend as they “graduated” to the walking infants and welcomed new friends! We also enjoyed our “Love” art and look forward to doing more crafts in the upcoming months. This month we also had a celebration of life for our friend, Sehej’s, birthday. Happy first trip around the sun, Sehej!
March Recap: This month we welcomed spring and have been enjoying some much-needed fresh air outside! Practical and sensorial life skills, along with fun crafts, have been our focus as well as incorporating introductory circle time. This month we also celebrated one of our friends’ first trips around the sun! Happy Birthday, again, Luke! With that said, two of our friends are now transitioning to the walking infants room.
April Recap: Hello! This month of April so many exciting things happened in our class, although we said goodbye to our lead teacher Mrs. Jenna we have welcomed Mrs. Lan into our classroom! We also welcomed a few more infants; Kailey, Gavin, Syba, and Hazel! We are so happy to be adding so many students! In April our infants had so much fun making art for Easter. We worked on a many fine motor skills like picking up and placing toys into baskets as well as playing with felt animals during circle time as we sang and clapped our hands to the ABC’s . We also have been doing finger painting and the children are absolutely loving the paint on their hands and smashing it on paper. Our infants sure do love when we sing during circle time! As April is coming to a close we are so excited for May!
May Recap: We would like to welcome our newest student to our Infant Program, Norah. We are excited to have her grow and explore with us here at Montessori of San Clemente.
This month we learned about mixing colors. Together we mixed the color blue and red to make purple. We used this activity to use our gross and fine motor skills to manipulate our art project to make a variety shades of purple. In using our different motor skills, the children understand cause and effect (how their hands and fingers works to move items around). The students also learned two primary colors red and blue (typically, infants see the color red first).
Our Montessori lessons entailed practicing to sit up on our own (older students) and sitting up with support (younger students). We used this time to do circle time to sing “Old MacDonald Had A Zoo” and our “ABCs” to help them sit up and listen to the songs. The students learn how different zoo animals make different sounds and be silly with it (giraffe – clicking sound, lion – roars, Monkey – ooo ee aaa, etc.). We also learned the sign language for “zoo.”
This month was an exciting month for practicing to sit up with the students. Sitting up help the students have head control and being able to move their heads back and forth. For the younger students who are learning it is easy to see the wobbling and it is a great sign! They are learning an important skill that lead to them being able to sit by themselves and for further development.
We have explored different sensory activities from painting and touching plants that are right outside our door. We learned the colors and textures that are able to see and smell the different scents. We get excited and are able to use our fine motor skills to take them (or tear) apart.
June News: This month theme would be Transportation and California. We will be working on our large motor skills such as crawling (longer tummy time periods) and pulling ourselves up (standing with help). These two milestones will help the students grow and build muscle support. We will be learning different types of transportation and different facts about California.
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
Clap, clap, clap with me.
Clap, clap, four and five.
Clap, clap, clap, bees in hive.
Clap, clap, six, seven, eight.
Clap, clap, clap, you are great.
Clap, clap, nine and ten.
Clap, clap, let’s do it again.
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.