Back To School
Summer Recap: Fall is near and the new school year has kicked in, but we all enjoyed an awesome, fun filled summer. Each week we followed a different theme. Fourth of July , sea creatures, safety, Zoo, dinosaurs, robots, storybooks, sports, nutrition, and last of all to sum up an exciting carnival which was really a success, got a lot of feedback from parents and kids had a lot of fun. All this really educated our students with different activities. As we touched and categorized such as science, cooking, art, and crafts and also revised all academics. The most enjoyable was water play each week and cooking. We are starting a new school year and implementing the Montessori system. We welcome all parents to visit us. We have set new goals for the coming year and hope to achieve it.
Septmeber Recap: September was all about me theme. We had the children do finger art, answer questions about themselves and bring in family portraits. The children were happy to see their families on our wall. They also made a paper plate figure of themselves and they were very similar to what they look like. This month we introduced Montessori jobs. The children are doing very well with completing the task of getting a job and returning it in the proper place when they are done. We have begun doing presentations to show the children how the jobs work and letters a-d have been introduced. We would like to welcome our new students Alison Lui, Everett Sanford, Clifford Wong, and Jason Thai to our classroom! During our morning enrichments, we have been having lots of fun completing all about me art work and learning different songs including the continents song, the more we get together and I wash my hands.
October Recap: We talked about our five senses and feelings. We also discussed the use of hands, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. For art we did hand print outs, googly eyes, mummies, texture collages and marble painted Jack- O Lanterns. We shared different objects with letters e-h and discussed our feelings. This month we reviewed letters A-H and learned about our senses. We went on an outdoor sensory walk and made collages with different patterns to feel different textures and smelled different herbs and flowers around out school. We used our ears and had a lesson with the sound cylinders and managed to spy for things with our little eyes. We had our Trick or treat walk followed by our class party. Picture day went smoothly. The In house fire fighter visit was educational for the children; the fire fighters took the children out to see the fire truck and discussed fire safety. We made mummies during art and ghostly houses with different textures for our sensory texture collage. On Wednesday we have Spanish class, repeating our numbers 0-10 and our days of the week. The kids seem to enjoy it all.
November Recap: This month the children created leaf collages and made a leaf tree with bell peppers. They also made turkey cards for thanksgiving. We worked on the letters I-K as well. As a class, we had discussions about fall and how to maintain healthy bodies. We talked about proper food habits and how we can take care of our bodies through good hygiene, and sleeping properly. The globe was introduced, and we focused a lot on North America. We looked at thanksgiving and talked a bit about the history of it and what we were thankful for. The children explored International week by looking at different cultures and talking about other languages. We learned how to set a table and use our map puzzles. For science, we observed leaves through a magnifying glass and intensified the leaf to look at its parts. We placed a new job of fruit cutting on our shelf and the children seemed to really enjoy it! The class collected fall leaves and created leaf prints with them. The children also had the opportunity to do color sorting with the leaves and then we discussed why leaves change colors. Cooking was exciting as the children made apple pie and ate harvest trail mix. Parent/Teacher conferences gave us an opportunity to increase communication between school and home. It also allowed us to inform you parents about your child’s progress and development plans for the future. Thank you for attending. Our Thanksgiving potluck was a success. We greatly appreciate all the dishes that were provided to us for the day. They were delicious!
December Recap: We had lots of fun this month introducing new jobs to the children. They are now sponging, making orange juice and whipping up foam on their own. Practical life jobs have kept the children super busy during their morning work period. Our Christmas projects have included Rudolph, wreaths, stockings, and we even made a banana strawberry candy cane in cooking class. We are looking forward to more exciting fun projects in the new year! Spanish continues to be successful with the children as they have been following along with the lessons. During circle time, we talked about weather changes, dressing up in winter clothing, and we even discussed the different celebrations around the world. Children talked about their favorite holidays and why they like them. We had a discussion on snow and about why and when it snows, how does the snow feel, and how we can have fun in the snow by sledding, sliding, and making snowmen. The last week before winter vacation we had fun filled days making ornaments, bringing in a favorite book, dressing up in pajamas, and baking and decorating holiday cookies. To sum up all the fun we had movie day and snacks!
January Recap: In January our theme was winter animals and Hibernation. We discussed what is hibernation and why animals go into that state. We made projects such as paper plate sleeping bears. We also made winter animals such as hand cut out penguins and created some mitten art. The children enjoyed singing songs related to winter animals and hibernation. We engaged in our enrichment classes and took part in making crafts, exploring music, learning Spanish, and cooking more delicious treats to eat. The children made apple cream cheese donuts, fruit smoothies and more in cooking class. We have introduced the song “Slippery Fish” to the children in Spanish. If you are able, practice with them at home. We practiced letters O-Q. The children sounded them out and we also shared the letters for the week on Friday. We have added more sensorial and practical life jobs for our class to help them master pouring and juicing using their fine motor skills. We will continue adding more jobs to our Montessori class throughout the year to help them with their gross and fine motor skills, sensorial and practical life. Also, we will continue with our Alphabets and reviewing them each month by sounding out each letter for sound recognition. The children are thoroughly enjoying the Montessori Work Period and their jobs!
February Recap: This month we celebrated Valentine’s Day by focusing our discussions on friendship and diversity. We also discussed dental hygiene and our Presidents’ to celebrate Presidents’ Day. We focused our crafts around these themes, made Chinese Lanterns in celebration of Chinese New Year, laminated hearts for moms and dads for Valentines, and made apple and marshmallow mouths for Dental Hygiene. Enrichments have continued to be enjoyable for the children as they sing and dance along for music and Spanish class. For cooking class they enjoyed their fruit cones, and banana pops made with yogurt and Kellogg’s cereal. Thank you all for participating in our Valentine’s Day party and sharing your drinks, foods, cute paper plates, and napkins. The children were super excited the whole day including the forty- minutes it took to exchange the Valentine cards. That was something else! For Montessori jobs, we continued to focus on shapes, practical life, numbers, and letter sounds. In order to help our children to continually be engaged, busy, and interested we added new jobs to our shelves. While discussing Dental Hygiene we worked our project “happy face healthy teeth” in which we made a tooth with a happy smile. For Presidents’ Day we made Lincoln’s log cabin using Popsicle sticks.
March Recap: March was another fun month for our group of children. We enjoyed exploring our Dinosaur and Spring themes. We discussed the weather change and the flowers that have bloomed bright and beautiful. Our art works consisted of hatching dinosaurs, T-Rex and Stegosaurus, lady bugs and butterflies for spring. We introduced new jobs and one that we are currently working with is watching our pinto beans sprout. You are welcome to come in and share this experience with your children. Feel free to stop in and look at our growing plants during drop off and pick up time. Cooking, Spanish, and music class are going well. The children anxiously wait when we have cooking class to eat their treats. Some get so anxious that they eat before we complete the project. We celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by making cat in the hat kabobs and frozen yogurt popsicles. For St. Patrick’s Day, we enjoyed eating green fruits, vegetables. For art, we created marble painted shamrocks. During Spanish class, we introduced new songs to the children such as “slippery fish.” The children are currently learning the names of spring bunnies and animals in Spanish. We also had a chance to decorate Easter baskets for our Easter egg hunt. The children had a blast collecting eggs during the hunt. Thank you, parents, for taking the time to bring in hardboiled eggs for our egg dying project. We appreciate your help during the year with bringing in things that we are needing for special activities.
April Recap: In the month of April, we welcomed the Spring season and celebrated Easter by making Easter baskets, coloring hard boiled eggs and decorated them. It was a great experience for the children to see how the eggs changed colors. We also talked about the Easter bunnies and chicks hatching out of an egg. The most exciting part of April was the egg hunt; children had a great enthusiasm waiting to hunt the eggs hidden in the yard. The children took part this month in the week of the young child. During this week, the children were engaged in different activities. The class discussed our theme, planet Earth and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island). We explained and discussed what is planet Earth, how many continents are there and what earth is made up of. During group time, we discussed facts, people, and cultures of New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Island. We incorporated art projects relating to our theme as well. The children had fun making a Happy Earth marble painting which they turned into a pendant to wear. We also made koala bears, kiwi birds, and painted a picture of the Pacific Island. For Montessori work time, our new friends that have joined us were introduced to the materials and were given lessons on how to use the activities with respect and care. Some of the children are focusing on the first presentation of the activities while others are moving along with extensions making the materials more challenging. Our garden of veggies and sunflowers is coming along great. Children look forward to watering the seeds and some of them have even begun to sprout. Your welcome to go and look at the area, which is marked Pre-Primary in our garden box. We would like to take this time to welcome all our new friends that have joined us recently. It has been wonderful to see them settling in already. Parents, please kindly remember to not linger in the classroom when there is not a teacher present. We want to keep our classroom neat and tidy for the day and to ensure this happens we ask that you make drop offs and picks up swift. Many of our materials have been placed in different areas of the classroom or pieces of our Montessori materials have gone missing during times that the classroom has not been occupied. We just want to ensure our environment is prepared and ready when class starts. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
May Recap: The month of May was very busy. We educated our children with the rainforest theme. There were discussions about what is a rainforest and how scientists divided it into four layers. We talked about the layers and learned their names; Emergent, Canopy, Understory and the Forest Floor. The children learned about the rainforest climate and how it is very dense, warm and wet. A million of animal and plant species thrive here. It is very important for the earth because the trees generate a lot of oxygen which all living beings need. We also discussed what are different foods we get from the rainforest. The children learned about nuts, cocoa, coffee, and fruits like papaya, pineapple, avocado, etc.
We made projects that incorporated the theme such as a hand painted cheetah, giraffes, cut out hand parrots, South American headdress and Maracas. The children enjoyed celebrating Mother’s Day and taking part in the brunch. Children presented their Mother’s with photo frames and handprinted cards, which were well appreciated. We also worked on the project metamorphosis and the life cycle of a butterfly. Children were very excited to see the butterflies hatch and fly away free.
Montessori Science was fun for the children this month. We learned about volcanoes and the children watched one erupt. They also had fun making blue slime. We made our own versions of a crepe for cooking class as well. Spanish enrichment continued with learning new words and songs for the month. If you happen to see your children striking a yoga pose it’s because it has become part of our gross motor skills activity. They have been stretching while putting colors in the rainbow. We have learned the candle, tree, and butterfly pose.
June Recap: In the month of June, we worked on our theme transportation and California. We discussed transportation and what it means and explored the different ways of travelling now in modern days and back in the older days as well. For example, now a day we travel by road, land and water and the technology has made travelling super convenient, where as during the older days there were horse and carriages, boats and ships which would take days for covering distances and was not very comfortable.
We talked about California, discussed the important places to see. The flag of California is the home to famous cultural institutions and national parks, Hollywood, Disneyland, largest tree in the world in sequoia park. We looked at California’s animal the grizzly bear, the poppy, bird, quail. We worked on our art projects like cars, helicopters, planes, the quail birds, coffee filter poppy flowers, sail boats. We celebrated Father’s Day and the children enjoyed having breakfast with their Dad’s.
For our Montessori component, we created activities that were geared towards our theme. We had transportation and ambulance puzzles, played with different cars and trucks. In our cooking enrichment, we enjoyed a graham cracker truck and an orange sailboat.