Back To School
Summer Recap: During these summer months the infants and toddlers enjoyed different activities based on the theme for that week. For the 4th of July, we had a blast at the picnic at the park. During our sea creature theme week, they enjoyed playing with blue “sea foam” that we made with whipped cream and food coloring. Our safety week consisted of career dress up where the children tried on and played in doctor, fireman, and more uniforms. Using their fine motor skills for zoo theme week, they did a spider web activity. In addition, for dinosaur week they had so much fun playing with frozen dinosaur eggs. Our robot week consisted of inserting coins into a robot head that we made out of tissue box and pipe cleaners. We read numerous books to the children for storytelling week. For our last theme of sports and nutrition, we loved playing outdoors and doing our broccoli footprints. Last but not least, our children had an amazing time at the summer carnival.
September Recap: This month we got a chance to learn about our new friends. We had the opportunity to know everyone’s strengths and weaknesses. We introduced knobbed puzzles to our older infants to help them work on their hand and eye coordination. With our younger infants we are working on hands and bodily movements. Back to school night was a great turn out! Thank you to all you parent’s for coming out and visiting our classroom. This month we sent home numerous art projects that involved the fall season and read a variety of books.
October Recap: In the month of October, we explored our Five senses / feelings. They had a blast using their sense of touch to play with “ghost mud” (a mixture of toilet paper, soap, and water). They also had a blast singing and moving along to songs such as “The More We Get Together and “Head, Shoulders.” To enhance their senses, they’ve also participated in stamping and playdoh activities. For our Montessori play, they used their practical life skills to put toys away and practice soft hands with their friends. We also made bats with paint for Halloween and we looked forward to a fun Halloween party!
November Recap: It’s that time of the year to say good bye to November and hello to December. During the month of November, we focused on a Harvest theme that allowed our babies to get familiar with leaves and turkeys. We have also been practicing our sign language and have learned “eat” and “thank you”. Most of our babies have successfully mastered the 2 words. Towards the end of November, our little ones made their loved ones a special placemat that was ready in time for Thanksgiving. We hope you all enjoyed them! We would like to extend a big thank you to the parents who donated books to our classroom and we are grateful to those who participated in our Harvest Feast. The children had a wonderful time eating with their fellow classmates.
December Recap: December was a very eventful month filled with many winter and holiday themed activities. Our infants participated in a sensorial activity where they used their grasping skills to pick up and touch holiday colored bows. We also continued to work on practical life by allowing our infants to explore knobbed puzzles and shaped puzzles such as square, circle and triangle. We also introduced our infants to the song “5 Little Snowmen”, and had fun teaching them to roll like a snowball. Our infants have also made many holiday arts and crafts such as Christmas ornaments, Christmas tree footprints, mistletoes, candy canes, and penguins.
January Recap: Welcome Back everyone, we hope you all had an amazing holiday and New Year’s! Returning to school after the break was a bit tough on some of our infants, but we managed to get everyone back on their routines. This month our theme was winter animals and hibernation. The children learned about bears, polar bears, and walruses. We discussed how these animals looked, what they ate and their sleeping patterns. Some songs and books we presented to the children included, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear Turn Around,”, “Are You Sleeping, Little Bear?” “If You’re Tired and You Know It,” “Going on a Bear Hunt,” and “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?” In relation to the animals, we studied and sang about the colors black and white and learned the signs for animal, black, sleep, and white. We completed many art projects that included gluing snow (made of cotton balls) on igloos, putting their faces in eskimo bodies, painting walruses and polar bears, using their handprints as animal tracks, and a stamping polar bear activity. Finally, we introduced ice play, so the infants could feel how cold the winter can be. This sensory activity was a huge success! They loved feeling the coldness on their hands and in their mouths.
February Recap: This February, we did several crafts that celebrated the month of holidays! The children had an amazing time exploring their friendship with their classmates. They expressed their love by giving each other hugs and blowing kisses. The children also had a great time decorating their goodies bags for Valentine’s Day. They used toilet paper stampers to place hearts on their bags. We would like to give a big thanks to all the parents who participated by bringing snacks to fill up our bags. We also hope that you enjoyed your little candy heart frames with pictures of your happy children. February curriculum focused more on self-soothing and self-feeding. I am so proud of how independent the children are becoming. Some children do not need to be rocked in their cribs as they are able to sleep on their own. Several children can hold a bottle on their own as well. We have been practicing using utensils when it is feeding time. This will make the transition to the “Walkers” side much smoother.
March Recap: We celebrated Dr. Seuss birthday throughout the first week of March by dressing up silly each day. Our second week was followed by our celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The children wore green and they had the opportunity to try various green fruits and vegetables. They also painted a clover in a zip lock bag by mixing two primary colors, blue and yellow, to make green. I recommended this mess-free project to our parents who are not big fans of paint all over their furniture. The children also enjoyed our handmade squishy bag that we made from green aloe Vera gel, plastic coins and clover confetti. The children had a chance to feel the bag and enjoyed moving the items inside the bag. On our third week, we had a spring theme that allowed the children to create rainbows out of construction paper. We read The Hungry Caterpillarand engaged in a rainbow ball motor skill activity. The children also had a chance to do a fun sensory activity that involved getting their hands a little messy. They played with colorful spaghetti! It was enjoyable to feel the texture of the pasta as it was sliding in between our fingers. As we came to an end on our last week in March, we decided to learn about dinosaurs. The children stomped on the floor like dinosaurs and did some awesome sponge painting. Our Infants did an amazing job at practicing their self-help skills. They worked on cleaning their faces and drinking from their own cups. We have been working extensively on our baby sign language and it has been quite impressive as this month they learned “All Done” and “More”. I urge you parents to continue practicing the sign language words for the month at home.
April Recap: In the beginning of the month, April showers was our first week theme. We introduced the infants to their first science activity, rain in a container. They really enjoyed watching the blue food coloring drops falling from the shaved cream clouds in the container of water. They also made an umbrella craft with the dotters. Unfortunately, rain did not come during this month, but the heat sure did. With the sun coming out, we decided to have some fun outside with our water table. The infants enjoy the water spray bottles that we often use to cool them down with. Mid-week the infants did some recycling crafts due to celebrating our planet earth. The whole class joined in on making a huge earth collage with everyone’s hand and foot print, including the teachers. The children also made a recycling sign with their foot print and did a sensory play activity playing with shredded paper. We also made Earth day slime. The children loved the bouncy smooth texture of the rubber slime. It was nice to see that the children enjoyed feeling a different texture. At the end of the month our theme was Oceania. I made a rain stick for the infants to play with. They enjoyed listening to the items inside sway up and down. They also made a koala craft with newspaper, recycling craft, after reading the touch and feel zoo book which had a picture of a koala inside.
May Recap: May was full of fun and exciting things to do. The infants were very much entertained by celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Teachers Appreciation Day, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. We also had Picture day which was fun.
The Infant curriculum had a Cinco de Mayo theme the first week by creating a piñata with tissue paper and chili peppers with their feet. They also had the opportunity to try some churros (tortilla wrap) which they loved. Followed by Mother’s Day week, the infants made their mother’s a card and a gift to go along with it.
The Infants were also introduced to the culture and music of South America. We did some Spanish word play trying to get some of our infants to say aqua (water) and mas (more). We also did some crafts about the animals in the Rainforest such as a Parrot and a Snake. During this time of the week the Infants also got to taste a lemon which was funny because, they made some silly faces due to the acid taste.
Amazingly this month contained five weeks so our last week was the celebration of Memorial Day. The infants got to play with some red, white and blue sensorial bottles and made Memorial Day crafts. Also due to the hot weather they played with water multiple times.
We would like to thank the parents for donating books to our class and for participating in Teachers Appreciation Week. We teachers felt much appreciated with all the amazing gifts each and one of our children gave us. We would also like to thank the parents who also came to their conferences and had the chance to express what they would like to see as their child grows with us. And a big thanks to all the parents for their understanding our school sick policy.
June Recap: Summer is just around the corner as we had enjoyed this month of June with fun activities for our infants.
During this month’s curriculum our themes were Transportation and California. We also celebrated Father’s Day to go along with this month.
The infants did wonderful crafts such as fire finger painting for safety, a Father’s Day surprise, and also a poppy flower because its California state flower.
We also focused on many self-help skills with our infants such as hygiene; brushing their hair, brushing their teeth, and blowing their nose. We also worked with blowing bubbles which was funny to watch.
This month, we had some extra fun doing a science craft (balloon with a straw) and a cooking craft (yogurt cereal bark). We also celebrated Father’s Day with a wonderful morning get together with all our amazing dads here in our infant program.
Friendly reminder to our parents:
The weather is getting pretty hot and many children in the infant room do not have sunscreen or hats for this weather. Please bring something for your children to be protected from the sun. Please have your child’s belongings labeled and as well as their food containers with the date.