PRIMARY 2 – MS. MITA’S CLASS
Back to School
Summer Recap: The summer is in full bloom and to celebrate summer we had several activities to keep the children engaged. These activities have traditionally been very popular among the children and the staff alike. This year we have taken pain to design the activities in such a way that none of the mandated pandemic related guidelines were bypassed.
Although our inhouse field trips had to be cancelled, that did not stop the fun! Each week was jam packed with fun activities for art projects, to cooking lessons, and virtual field trips. The learned about things like Outer Space, to Farms and Underwater Life. They also had a weeklong adventure learning all about Volcanoes! For the week of the 4th of July, the kids enjoyed a small, social distanced, picnic. This kids especially enjoyed creating butter in a jar, during the Down on the Farm week and molding starfish out of play dough during the Under the Sea week. We ended the summer learning all about Volcanoes and the Olympics. They built paper Mache volcanoes and experimented with chemical reactions as well as participated in Olympic games and watched different Olympic matches. August 12th marked the start of our 2020-2021 school year. We discussed how we can stay safe and healthy while at school, as well as practiced our handwashing, nose blowing, and changing our shoes all by ourselves! Lastly, we learned all about the state of California, the state flag, state bird, and state flower.
September Recap: In September, we welcomed a few new friends, and this allowed for the classroom to reemphasize our safety procedures during the circle time with the whole class. I believe repetition always helps our young students in forming good and safe habits. In Geography, we started with the land masses of our planet Earth and the seven continents. We learned about the Globe, a song to remember the names of the continents, and coloring scheme to identify each of the continents in the globe. In circle time we read from the book The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn which features a mother raccoon comforting a child raccoon by kissing its paw. In zoology, we covered Living/Nonliving, in Botany the plant/Animal, the life cycle of an apple. Lastly, in science we learned about the Magnetic/Non-Magnetic materials.
For enrichments, this month the children explored music and movement with different songs and games during music class, in art class they created apple art, and self-portraits, for cooking they covered the basics of cooking, in computer class they worked on ABCmouse.com and lastly, in Spanish they practiced how to greet friends.
October Recap: October was a satisfying and fruitful month. The theme of the month was the Solar System and Space. The children learned all about the Earth, Sun, moon and stars. We discussed the layers of the Earth, as well as all the planets. The kids had so much creating their own little Solar System, the painted their own planets and galaxies. The children also learned all about or continent of North America, its flags, animals, and culture. The book of the month was Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger, this allowed the children to discuss all about the new season of Fall. The children also had a chance to discover different mammals, and all the parts of a pumpkin. In October, we also enjoyed creating fun Halloween projects, and our Halloween party was a great success!
In Enrichment, they were exposed to the music of Mozart, the art of Frida Kahlo. In the cooking, the children enjoyed fun fall recipes. In the computer, they continued their practice by visiting ABCmouse.com and in Spanish they learned to say the names of planets and places from Mexico and Central America.
November News: In November, the theme of the month is Virtues & Values which translates to know more about the good habits to cultivate like being truthful, working together, responsibility of each, courage and empathy. In Geography, we will explore our nation, the USA. In circle time we will know more about Veteran’s day and the Thanksgiving. The book of the month is Carol McCloud’s Fill a Bucket. The children will also explore living and non-living things, parts of a tree, and primary colors.
In Enrichments, they will talk about Jazz in music, Andy Warhol in art, for cooking they will have more fall related recipes. In computers they will continue to work on ABCmouse, and in Spanish they will learn the names of the months of the year and body parts.
- Virtues and Values
- Geography Study: USA
- Being Thankful
- Literature Book: Fill A Bucket By Carol McCloud
- Pumpkins & Gourds
- Thanksgiving and Harvest
- Fall Weather
- Computers: Ms. Sharon
- Music: Ms. Cynthia
- Art: Ms. Wathsala
- Spanish: Ms. Elda
- Cooking Ms. Mita