PRIMARY Room 12
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Summer Recap: We have had a fun-filled summer here at school. The children have planted tomatoes and watermelons and watched them grow. We had fun with splash days and bubble days. We talked about things we enjoy during the summer like swimming, traveling, visiting family, going to the beach, the park and camping. We all agreed that the ocean is a great place to go during the summer, so we did a lot of work surrounding ocean animals! As a class, we had fun creating our own aquarium on one of the bulletin boards. We filled it with all different kinds of sea life that the children had made including fish, whales, and jellyfish. During the month of August, as a class, we learned about our solar system and farm animals. We discovered that pigs are really loud! For Art enrichment, we made sheep, chickens, sharks, and moons. In Primary 12, enjoy music on a daily basis! During circle time I play my autoharp and the children dance and follow directions and movements. The children love music and I enjoy sharing my love for music with them. We also welcomed our new teaching assistant, Ms. Wendy in the beginning of July. She’s a great addition to our classroom!
September Recap: September started off our new school year nicely. We welcomed some new friends to our classroom and learned what makes us unique. Our circle time included discussions about how we are the same but also our differences. We learned about the seven continents, where we live, and a fun song to go along with the lesson. The children learned about some of the animals that inhabit the continents. We also talked about classroom and playground rules and why they are important to help keep us safe. Each day we begin with our Montessori greeting and the pledge of allegiance.
October Recap: In October, we learned about the North American continent. We talked about animals such as owls, coyotes, moose, squirrels, mountain lions, foxes and monkeys. We also discussed the five senses and how we rely on them to help us navigate our world. We watched a video of a person with visual impairments walking and using a special cane. We also watched a video of a man reading Braille. Stories about feelings and what we can do if we’re upset. An A-Z of emotion pictures was posted on our wall to help us identify our feelings. We talked about how if you plug your nose, you can’t taste your food! The children painted fall leaves and pressed them onto paper. We learned about deciduous and evergreen trees and why some trees drop their leaves in fall. The season changed from summer to fall too so we talked about how fall is cooler than summer. There were numerous individual as well as group lessons including dusting the classroom shelves, the Pledge of Allegiance each morning, tweezing candy corns, handwriting, tracing names, North American landmarks, parts of the owl, letter sounds, teen boards and ten boards, and conflict resolution. Our special project was making Halloween spiders without handprints. They are on display in our classroom. Spanish enrichment centered around singing a greeting song ( Buenos Dias), a good bye song ( Adios Minos), counting to 20, singing the days of the week son (Los Dias de la Semana), Halloween song (A Quiet le Gusta Halloween), a rhyme (A la una, una, una) and how to say I like my school (Me Gusta Mi Escuela). And of course, we talked about our favorite holiday, Halloween! We shared what we liked about Halloween, and what costume we were going to dress up in. We read two fun books called The Thirteen Nights of Halloween and The Teeny, Tiny Ghost. We talked about having fun and being safe on Halloween night while trick or treating with our parents. We are excitedly waiting for Halloween!
November Recap: In November, the children learned about the United States and California. We did match work about California’s animals that reside on land, in the water, and up in the air. We continue to recite The Pledge of Allegiance in the morning. Overall, we are understating which hand to raise and place over our hearts. We talked about the many fruits and vegetables that are harvested this time of year. Apples are a favorite fall harvest fruit, so as a class, we decided to slice, peel, and core apples on my handy little dehydrating machine. The class was amazed with how it all works and even more impressed by how delicious the end product was. They had so many great questions! During the process we, arranged the sliced apples onto drying racks and sprinkled them with cinnamon. We then stacked the racks inside the food dehydrator and placed the cover on top. We then, all enjoyed healthy, yummy, dehydrated sliced cinnamon apples chips for afternoon snack. Yummy! The children learned about Thanksgiving. For art, we made festive ‘Thankful Turkeys’ with feathers saying what they are thankful for. We made handprints on a poster and wrote the many languages which you can say thank you. And very importantly, we read “Fill a Bucket“ . This wonderful book teaches the concept of doing and saying kind things to others with an invisible bucket that we can fill reach day.
December Recap: In December we learned about the four seasons and how we dress during each. We talked about snow in winter and that San Clemente just does not get snow! Rain has been very abundant this month. The topic of rain fueled a long and great discussion related to rain: Where does the rain come from? How does the water get up into the clouds? Some very interesting theories were put forth by students! We discussed the Winter Equinox and what happens to the earth that causes this to happen. We learned and practiced our holiday songs. We so enjoy singing in Spanish and English! One of our songs, Paz y Libertad (Peace and Liberty) is about what we want in this world. We want peace and liberty, no more hunger or wars, for the children, poor and elderly. The children also made holiday cards and gifts for their parents. In geography we learned about Europe and the various countries that is comprises. We talked about the animals that live there and how they are suited for their area.
January Recap: January was a fun month for us. The winter solstice was ushered in just before our winter break. We talked about the different animals that live in Antarctica (polar bears, penguins, Arctic hares, walruses and reindeer). We were fascinated by polar bears and learned they can be up to 8 feet tall standing on their hind legs, have paws that measure 5×9 inches and can run up to 25 mph! Each scholar enjoyed learning about these massive bears. We made our own polar bears during artwork. We read the book, The Mitten by Jan Brett and colored and cut out our own mittens and animals from the story. In discussing this book, we talked about the different animals that squeezed into the mitten and if that was realistic or not. It was a fun story to read. We talked about the characteristics of Antarctica such as the extreme cold with snow and ice and how different it is from San Clemente. The children learned how the animals have adapted to survive in this area. We discussed how people must dress in that climate too.
February Recap: In February we talked about the Asian continent. We learned about the different animals such as Panda Bears, Tigers, Elephants, Snow Leopards and Golden Pheasants. We did three-part matching cards for the parts of the Panda Bear. We looked at pictures of people in different parts of Asia and saw how they look, live, and dress. We sang the continent song again because we just love the song! It’s very catchy. Several of our friends did the Asian continent map in our classroom as a puzzle. The children discovered there are a lot of countries in Asia. In art we decorated half plates and made a Chinese New Year Dragon that was put up on our bulletin board. The dragon even had fire coming out of his mouth! We also traced the Chinese symbols for the word friend and drew pictures of our friends on a card we made. We talked about what it means to be a good friend and made friendship booklets. Our two holidays this month were Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. We used heart cookie cutters and paint to make Valentine’s Day decorations. We also talked about what love is and how we express it. In literature we read the book Little Blue, Little Yellow which is about friendship and what happens when we “mix” with others and how that influences us (blue and yellow hugged and became green).
During February our enrichment art class focused on Yayoi Kasama, a Japanese artist also known as the “Queen of Polka Dot”. In the music class they listened to music from China, Japan, India, and Russia. Cooking class focused on friendship salad, ABJ sushi roll, and friendship trail mix. In the computer class they continued to work on ABC Mouse. And finally, in Spanish class the children learned vocabulary for friendship and greeting friends.
March News: In March we will be learning about the Rainforest and South America. We will be talking about what rainforests are like, what animals live in them and why they are so very important to the world ecology. We will learn about the different countries of South America, who lives there and what languages they speak. March 19th is the Spring Equinox which we are talking about what Spring is like and why the seasons change. Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd and we will be celebrating it with reading his books all week long. Children are encouraged to bring in their favorite Dr. Seuss book during that week. We will also be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Every year there is a leprechaun that visits our classroom. He is quite mischievous!
As always, please don’t hesitate to contract me if you have any questions or concerns.
Curriculum for March:
- Geography- South America
- Read Across America month
- Science- Magnets and the Equator
- Plants and Animals of the rainforest
- Beginning of Spring
- Tuesday: Tiny Tikes
- 3:15-3:45 2-3yrs
- 4:00-4:30 3 yrs+
- Wednesday: Ukulele Classes
- Thursday: Twinkle Stars Dance
- 3:15-3:45 2-3yrs
- 4:00-4:30 3 yrs+
- Friday: Amazing Athletes
- 3:15-3:45 2-3yrs
- 4:00-4:30 3 yrs+
- Computers: Ms. Lori
- Music: Ms. Heba
- Art: Ms. Jackie
- Spanish: Ms. Lucy
- Cooking: Ms. Malorie