INFANT ROOM 2
Back to School
Summer Recap: We would like to welcome our newest student to our Infant Program Cora. We are excited to have them grow and explore with us here at Montessori of San Clemente. Summer was fun and amazing with all our different themes. We sang/learned so many different songs and enjoyed all the sensory activities we had (water play, bubbles and different types of toys). Teddy go a chance to explore bubbles with our bubble field trip.While big motor milestones, such as rolling, crawling, and walking, are the obvious ones, small motor skills, like reaching, grabbing, and pointing, are just as developmentally important. The exploration of bubbles and water play is great start of developing small motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Learning and practicing these skills will improve baby’s hand-eye coordination and teach them cause and effect. In the first year, baby will also improve their manual dexterity as they gain more control and strength in her tiny fingers. These new skills are sure to make playtime even more fun! Now they will be able to manipulate toys by lifting, tossing and dropping.With their newly developed abilities, baby will learn how to feed themselves and even hold onto an object. Watch how they grow more independent and increasingly confident as they master their small motor skills.Enrichment for this month was based on sensory play. We enjoyed water play and popping bubbles! We loved the bubbles our friend Dylan brought that smelled just like grapes. They were so much fun. Water play was great to explore the water pool outside to cool us down from this summer heat. Some of our friends loved running through it as some liked to look from afar. There were so many different things to do with water play!This month we learned different sea/ocean animals that lives in the ocean. We painted different types of whales and dolphins. We also enjoyed playing with the different soft animal (octopus, sea horse, fish, etc.). We sang “Slippery Fish” and “Baby Shark” as my teachers made the hand movements that went along with them. It was fun and silly at the same time. It was also so much fun to dance and move to the music. The petting zoo was a hit with all the children who participated. They enjoyed looking at the different animals they have brought into the school for our “field trip.” There were bunnies, goats, horses (horse riding for the older kids) and chicken we can pet and see. This was a great activity to put a name to face learning about barn animals in our classroom. We sang “Old MacDonald” and “1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Ducklings” to learn about different animal’s sounds. We clapped our hands while singing and danced around during circle time. The children really enjoyed the music and learned how to shake the musical instruments to the music. This is great motor skills development and learning how to manipulate and use their hands. We also enjoyed making different art using our hands and feet. We made little chicks using our hand and ducklings using our feet. It was a great sensory activity for the children who loved the feel of the paint on their hands and feet. Some even curled their hand squish them together to feel it in our hand even more.The children enjoyed being outside in the morning and exploring the grass and the wind blowing around them. They grabbed their feet, balls, plastic dices and toy cars as they explore all the different things outside. The children really loved being on the push car and balancing themselves as they are pushed around outside. Our Montessori lesson for the summer was playing with the classic Skwish toy. We used our motor skills to clutch the toy and manipulate them around. The children loved to try to smoosh it and watch it go up and down. They also enjoyed moving the beads from side to side and making it rattle. We like to thank our families who joined us for our family picnic. It was great seeing all our families and enjoying a wonderful lunch what was provided by the school. We had fun sitting during circle time. We read books and sang songs about who is here today. We learned how to clap our hands to make sounds and “talked” (babbled) along with our teachers and songs. It’s wonderful to see them engaged and sitting for a few minutes (short attention span) looking and pointing at the various of pictures in the book. Research dictates that we should let the child lead and encourage play with toys that they had the most interest in to lead the most focus. So pay attention to your child and learn about their interest! They hear and watch what you are saying and doing and they are much aware of their surroundings. What a great time to learn and grow with your child!
September Recap: We would like to welcome our newest students to our Infant Program Tasya and Jameson. We are excited to have them grow and explore with us here at Montessori of San Clemente. In September, we learned how to count our 10 fingers. We like to touch and grab each of my teacher fingers as she goes through each one. Research suggests that well before a child’s second birthday, he or she recognizes the routine of scoring off individual objects one-by-one – a fundamental of counting. While it will still be a few years before he or she masters the art, the principles are being firmly established. It is important to have them start and gain interest at an early age and practice with you at home. We explored our body parts and attempted to point to each part of them. Learning body parts is a part of everyday life with babies and they are fascinated with who they are and the bodies they have. Creating an awareness of their bodies is also an important part of development. For us, we started exploring different parts of the face and body because we would talk about our eyes and nose during our circle and diaper changing time.We also learned how to use our fine motor skills to turn pages in our books as we look through them. We are practicing our pincer grasp [using the thumb and index finger to hold small objects], to turn the pages as our fine motor skills are still developing. Encourage a love of books by letting your baby explore board books, and don’t be surprised if they want to chew on the corners.Our Montessori lessons entailed counting apples and learning our numbers. It is important for children to learn at an early age and get in the routine about seeing objects. We counted up to 5 as the children wanted to explore the apples rather than count them. We also learned how to open and closes doors on our own. It is rather fun to see the children push it back and forth closing and opening it. This is a great for building their fine motor skills. Our special project we did this month was to make a self-portrait of ourselves. We glued on our eyes, mouth and hair; it was fun to touch the glue and get all sticky. We pointed the different parts of our face as we pasted the different parts of our face to the paper plate. Enrichment for this month was based on learning about ourselves. We enjoyed learning different songs about our body parts and did the movements (or tried to) with my teachers. We sang “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands” and “Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes.” These were great as we pointed to each the body parts we have.This month was an exciting month to start off the Fall season. As it gets colder, we would like to remind you to bring in an extra pair of socks and jackets to make sure we can be bundled up on the coming cold weather. Please make sure to wash, wash, wash our hands as the flu and cold seasons are coming and this will help stop the spread of germs.
October Recap: We would like to welcome our newest student to our Infant Program, Ellie. We are excited to have her grow and explore with us here at Montessori School of San Clemente. We wanted to thank everyone who made open house a great success. It was wonderful talking to everyone and spent some time getting to the each other more, but most importantly, getting to know what your child is doing but also how he/she is progressing. It is always wonderful to know how home and school life differ and that communication is what make us a family. In October, we learned how to feed ourselves! Finger-feeding is one of the only safe early opportunities your little one will have to practice his finger coordination with very small objects. Learning to scoop cereal in a spoon, stab a green bean with a fork and steer a loaded utensil to the mouth are all great ways for your baby to practice hand eye coordination skills. Babies learn that feeling sticky, slimy, cold and warm on their hands and face is okay. Self-feeding also helps babies develop the kinesthetic or proprioceptive sense. This is the sense that tells you where your body parts are in relation to each other and to the world around you. As they say, “Practice makes perfect” so it may take time and make a mess, encourage your child to feed themselves. We explored different kinds of gourds and all different size pumpkins! It was fun rolling and climbing onto the giant pumpkin that was in our room! Our teachers cut it open and had us explore the insides with all the ooey-gooey seeds and inside of the pumpkin! We tried eating it and sharing it with our friends around it! The children enjoyed using their large and fine motor skills as they spent a few days exploring everything they can about the pumpkin. Our Montessori lessons entailed opening and closing doors. We used our Montessori box to push the door back and forth. This is great for them to learn hand and arm strength and developing concentration. This a popular toy among them as they love to hear the door go back and forth and they are so proud of themselves that they can do it. Our special project we did this month was painting our very own mini planet. They had a chance to get messy and enjoyed moving he paint with their hands to make the paint move around. They turned out great and was a great moment for them to learn the color red, blue and green. It also gave them a chance to feel the sliminess of the paint and really get the paint into their hands and fingers. Enrichment for this month was based on learning about the world around us. We sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and tried to imitate the hand movements that went along with it. We painted stars and learned that there are millions of stars outside even though there is still light outside. I would like to remind everyone about labeling food and bottles. Please make sure everything you bring in is labeled with first name, last name, content and date every day. This is strictly a licensing protocol we must follow. If you have any questions, please let us know and we be glad to answer any questions you may have.
November Recap: We would like to welcome our newest students to our Infant Program Olivia. We are excited to have them grow and explore with us here at Montessori of San Clemente. We wanted to thank everyone for signing up for parent teacher conferences. It was great talking to everyone and learning more about each and every one of our families a little more. I look forward on working and growing with each and every student in our classroom.
In November, we learned how to say please and thank you in sign language! To do this at home, the sign for “please” is made by placing your flat right hand over the center of your chest. Move your hand in a clockwise motion (from the observer’s point of view, use a circular motion towards your left, down, right, and back up) a few times. To say thank you, the sign for “thank you” is made by starting with the fingers of your dominant hand near your lips. Your hand should be a “flat hand.” Move your hand forward and a bit down in the direction of the person you are thanking. Smile (so they’ll know you mean it).These are a great way to start learning our values and being polite to each other. We are learning to be gentle to one another and help each other when we can. This is a great way to start following simple instructions and learning as we are having fun.
We explored different kinds of leaves and pinecones. We get to see the different sizes and sounds each of them make. Leaves are so much fun and great to learn colors. We saw how they changed from green to red/orange to brown at the end. The children love to move them around and squish them between their fingers. Our Montessori lessons entailed sensorial activities. We touched different papers and cards and learned the difference between rough, smooth and bumpy. The children enjoyed running their fingers through each sensory activity and learned the difference of each one. Our special project we did this month was making turkey handprints. We saw the different colors we have put on our fingers and my teachers recited them to me. I love the feeling of paint in my hands as I squeeze them together and mix the paint together.
Enrichment for this month learning to count to ten. Children don’t fully understand counting until the child is 2 years old, she may learn to count up to 10 by rote, though they won’t really understand the concept of counting objects yet, and may skip around in her counting — “One, two, five, six…” This is a great time to introduce numbers and counting objects in front of them.
Daylight savings is here, and it also means cooler weather. Please bring a sweater for the morning when we go outside. We will be spending more time outside watching the leaves turn red and orange and exploring the fall weather we have here in California.
December News: In December, we are learning about celebration around the world. We will be singing holiday music throughout the season and making crafts that represent winter. It is going to be such a fun month to explore ice painting and making holiday craft for the holiday season.
Curriculum for December:
- Celebrations Around the World
- Sign Language
- Holiday Art
- Helping Others
- Touching/Feeling Snow
- Smelling pine, cinnamon and other holiday smells
- Holiday sensory bin
- Ice painting
- Start of the new school year means updating your child’s extra-clothes bin in the classroom. Please make sure the clothes are appropriate for fall and there are 2 full sets.
- The mornings will start to be crisp while the afternoons stay warm. Please bring a sweater or sweatshirt for the morning outside time. Remember to label everything!