Summer Recap: Summer arrived with lots of learning adventures that included fun activities, weekly themed days, indoors field trips and lots of water play! The children had the opportunity to learn from them all. During the first weeks of July we reviewed the jobs that we have previously learned through the school year. The last two weeks of July we covered classroom rules as well as two new jobs from our Practical Life Unit. The children had lot of fun during our weekly themes. Every child had the opportunity to express their artistic ability by making special art designs, along with creating learning adventures in every unit of our classroom. Our special days were fun and educational for the children. We started off with our school carnival that was a blast! Then as the weeks passed, we had a lot of learning with presentations/show such as Professor Egghead, Alhambra Fire Department, Bubblemania, Ranger Jack and Stoil Magic show. Our literature unit covered a very special book called; “Only One You,“ by Linda Kranz. The children learned about the importance of their own uniqueness. We concluded our summer with creativity and literature. They created a beautiful piece of art that will encourage students for years to come to be true to themselves. The children painted rocks inspired by the book, to create a colorful stone lined path, outside the school next to our garden. We also enjoyed water play and bubble days. The water slide days were the favorite of all! The children had a blast every time. Thank you to all the parents that volunteered their time to give us an extra hand. It was really appreciated. I would like to thank all the parents of children who are moving up. Thank you for the support and trust you have given to me this passed school year. It was a pleasure to be your child’s teachers. Thank you for supporting your child’s education. Best of luck in their new adventure!
September Recap: Welcome to a new school year! I want your child to have a wonderful school experience. I believe that all children can and want to learn. As an educator, my goal is to help your child be an independent, lifelong learner. I want to develop and maintain an “I can” and “I will try” attitude. This positive attitude promotes success and happiness. Many important and exciting events will be happening this year that I will be relaying to you through notes and monthly newsletters. I appreciate the time you are taking to read this one. I will be sending notes home from time to time that way you will keep posted on what your child is learning. Our September Curriculum included; Practical Life: Children learned grace and courtesy lessons. They are getting to know each other in the classroom, learning classroom routines, rug rolling, pushing in our chair, cleaning up after snack and lunch, and caring for our school environment. Science: We studied the life cycle of the apple. We cut open apples, tasted them and examined all the parts of the apple. Other works introduced the concept of living and non-living, where animals live and what they eat, and simple science puzzles. We will soon be getting a new class fish. Geography/Culture: An introduction to the seven continents. The children learned the continent song and a matched of wonders of the world objects with picture cards. Sensorial: In this area of the classroom children explored concepts using their senses. Each concept is isolated and explored specific materials. Exploring is done using movement – children arranged and organized materials based on the concept being explored. Math: The Montessori mathematical materials are beautifully designed, sequential materials that guide the child from exploration of basic concepts using concrete materials to full internalization and abstraction of more difficult mathematical ideas. Language: Children are exposed at an early age to language. Children use sandpaper letters and traced, using their fingers (their senses and movement). Once they have learned a few individual sounds, they can then put the sounds together to make small words. As more and more sounds are learned, more words can be made – as children learn to make words, they have the necessary “equipment” to begin to read. Reading is a natural development in this way, it is not forced, and it is not taught abstractly, but comes to the child through a natural progression. Our Literature Area is cover by a very special book called, “The Kissing Hand,” by Audrey Penn. The story of a little raccoon who confronts the first day of school and needs reassurance. The perfect book for any child taking the plunge into school.
October Recap: The children have been acclimating nicely to their classroom environments and are beginning to form strong bonds with their peers and their guides. Thank you for your continual support in helping us honor the child’s environment. They are truly taking ownership of the space and it is beautiful to witness them building foundations for their own special community! An important aspect of the Montessori philosophy is that children feel respected as contributing members of the community. Through purposeful work and contribution, each child finds a sense of belonging and begins to see himself as an integral part of the community. For this reason, everything in a Montessori classroom is child-sized including the tools they use to care for their space. I would like to thank you all the parents that volunteered their time during our Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Parade Day! Because of you it was a blast and a fun learning day for our class. October came in with lots of new learning material for our classroom areas, the children had the time and the opportunity to learn about the five senses and feeling. Our calendar routine included discussions about, fall, fire safety, pumpkins, bats, spider webs and Halloween. The practical life area was covered with fall items to combine with our daily job materials. In our zoology & botany area, we learned about plants and animals, parts of the fruit (pumpkin). In science, we learned about solid/liquid/gas by using 3-part cards. In geography, we learned about the continent, North America. We had lots of fun with our festive art table that contained Halloween and fall crafts. Lastly, our literature area, covered a very special book called, “We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt,” by Steven Metzger. Our library area also included Halloween books. The early morning time on the playground is an important social and gross motor opportunity. Please have your children arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 to give them time to be on the playground. Thank you for participating in our Snack Host Calendar, we really appreciate your help.
November Recap: By now our class is becoming normalized to the school routine. The students can find their own cubbies and move confidently about the room, choosing activities to practice. They use polite table manners at lunch & snack time. And they know where to find necessary equipment when it’s time to clean up the classroom or wipe up a spill. Young children enjoy these responsibilities and can easily be more independent at home. In November, we learned about “Harvest and Healthy Bodies.” It was a perfect theme to start learning about our different body parts and how to remain healthy and strong. We also started off with our literature book “Fill a Bucket” by Carol McCloud. We discussed how to be truthful, helpful and how to work together. As well as keep our buckets happy all the time. In Geography, we learned about USA and our state; California and the city we live in. The children drew pictures of their neighborhood, it was a fun art project! In Botany, we learned about parts of the tree and in Zoology, we learned about living vs. nonliving. In Language, we continued to learn the letter sounds and we focused in our names. We also talked about Thanksgiving and Veterans Day. Thank you for your great support in our monthly snack host.
December Recap: In December, the theme was about celebrating “Seasons and Holidays”. We learned about each child’s family traditions during the holiday season. The children were able to share family pictures as well as make a special art project. In science, we learned about liquid vs. solid which included a fun take home activity. In zoology, we talked about horses. In botany, we discussed Christmas trees and how we take care of them. In geography, we learned about Europe. Thank you to all the parents that made our annual Christmas program a blast! Our class enjoyed practicing every day. The children were all super excited to share how they decorated their Christmas trees which they wore as a costume for the performance. As always thank you for all you support, we would not be able to do it without you help. We appreciate your continuous efforts in our snack host program as well as participating in the Hathaway program.
January Recap: January was all about “Winter Animals & Hibernation”. We discussed the winter season along with our monthly book, “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. In botany, we learned about winter fruits and vegetables as well as tasting them. In science, we discussed ice, snow, and icicles. The children had the opportunity to make the favorite color snowman. In zoology, we cover penguins and polar bears. In geography, learned about Antarctica, the coldest, windiest, and driest continent on earth. We also enjoyed our playground time. The children love the sounds from our music wall as well as running and jumping in our new grass area. The whole school celebrated Chinese New Year with a special performing of the, Dragon Dance.
The children were also given a special Fortune Cookie snack. The students have matured a lot in recent months and have learned to respect the materials, using them correctly. We would like to welcome Vivian and Scott to our classroom, they both transitioned very well. Thank you for making our Snack Host! A very successful one every month. Please keep in mind that we now have 24 children enrolled in our classroom.
February Recap: February came in with lots of new learning material for our classroom areas, the children had the opportunity to learn about Asia and the animals that live there. The panda was our favorite one. Our calendar routine included discussions about Cultural Awareness & Friendship as well as Winter and February Holidays, San Valentines & Presidents Day. The practical life area was covered with Winter and Valentine items to combine with our daily Montessori materials. In our zoology & botany area, we learned about pandas and parts of a root. In science, we learned about Water Cycle by using 3-part cards. In geography, we learned about the continent, Asia. We had lots of fun with our festive art table that contained valentines. Our literature area covered a very special book called, Little Blue, Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. Our library area also included Valentines books.
Thank you to all the parents that had the time and the opportunity to show up to our Open House it was a very successful, because of you. We also like to thank you for helping us with our Valentine’s day celebration, your child had a blast! Thank you for participating in our Snack Host Calendar, we really appreciate your support. Please continue reviewing with your child our classroom rules as they are a big part of our daily routine.
March News: In March, we will be shifting our focus to Rainforest and South America. The children will get to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and catching those sneaky Leprechauns! We will be encouraging the children to use problem solving skills by communicating stead of using their hands. We will also be learning the what, where, and when facts about rainbows. We also will be doing a unit on Dr. Seuss, in honor of his birthday! Some learning activities we will be doing are making real Green Eggs and Ham and graphing who likes them and who doesn’t, learning to identify rhyming words, and of course, celebrating Wacky Wednesday!