Summer Recap: What a fun summer! We took a step back from our Montessori work and focused on themes that were fun and new. To begin our summer, we learned about our country’s Independence Day. We celebrate the 4th of July because it represents the day that America became separate from the British rule. During our underwater adventures, we got a visit from the mobile Birch Aquarium, children got to learn and touch a starfish. For outer space, we learned all about the eight planets that are in our solar system and how they all orbit around the sun. We had a fun week dedicated to learning about ourselves and what makes us unique. The children got to decorate rocks to show that there is Only One You. In our down by the farm week, we learned all about the farm life. We reviewed our farm animal knowledge and how farmers are a big part of our community. To end our summer, we had a fun carnival! All our friends were very excited to spend time with their families and wrap these two past months. As the summer progress we were sad to see someone of our friends leave, but we got many new friends from our pre-primary classroom. We also saw the addition of Ms. Khylee to our room and together we are very excited to see your children learn and prosper this upcoming school year.
September Recap: In September, our topic of the month was All about Me. We had multiple discussions about ourselves, our favorite color, and our favorite food. We learned about living vs. non-living things. For geography we learned about the seven continents and colors that represent each continent on the globe, we practiced our Continent song all month long.
Our special project was learning about magnets. We learned that magnetism works in many ways, one of the experiments we did was to see how far a magnet can attract an object. We did many different experiments to test the children’s theories. We tried different objects like paper clips, other magnets, marble, paper, coins and plastic forks. They really enjoyed this activity. We also reviewed our grace and courtesy as a refresher for all the children since we have lots of new friends joining our class.
October Recap: In October, we started the month of by learned about the five senses; sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. We also talked about our feelings, especially what expressions we make when we are happy, sad, angry, scared, and surprised. We also learned about North America, we learned about fun facts and information about Canada and Mexico. What types of holidays they celebrate during this time of year. Part of geography we learned about landforms; lake, islands, peninsula, gulfs, and so much more. For botany we learned about the different parts of a plant/ fruit. We learned that everything has layers including ourselves. One of our biggest highlights was our Halloween costume parade! We had lots of fun parading around and showing off our wonderful costumes.
November Recap: November was all about “Harvest and Healthy Bodies”. We learned about the food pyramid, what it recommends eating and what are the categories foods we eat fall into. We discussed how important exercise and healthy eating helps with our bodies and mind to make us strong. In Zoology, we learned about USA animals, we mostly focused on Eagles. We discussed how powerful and large they are, as well as looking into the different types of species, discussing the parts of the animal. In Botany we learned about the difference between Conifer and Evergreens trees and parts of a tree. In Geography, we learned about the United States of America and California, we had discussions about the people, culture, traditions that make our country so special. We celebrated Veterans Day, noting how thankful we are for the men and women who served in our military to protect us and give us our freedom. We also celebrated Thanksgiving and talked about the meaning of this holiday. Our main book of the month was “Fill a Bucket” by Carol McCloud” we discussed ways we can fill up our own buckets by being helpful and courteous to others. November’s enrichments were filled with fun, exciting and educational activities. In Spanish, we learned about the months of the year, human body parts and day-to-day Spanish words. We had fun learning songs like “Head-shoulders-knees-and-toes”. In art, the children created Jackson Pollack inspired artworks, also known as drip painting. For cooking the children created cinnamon apple crisps and pumpkin pie smoothies, for music the children listened to Ludwig Van Beethoven. The children continued their individual learning path on ABCMOUSE for computer classes.
December Recap: December was all about “Seasons and Holidays”. We started the month learning about the Hanukkah which is also called the Festival of Lights. We learned why they celebrate for eight days, the meaning behind lighting the Menorah, and the children were able to play the Dreidel game. On of our favorite parts was getting to eat gelt (jelly donuts), cooking and baking delicious food. Our class also learned about Kwanzaa, which African Americans celebrate. Kwanzaa is a Swahili phrase which means “first fruits”, people celebrate this holiday to represent the traditional African harvest festivals. The children were all excited to have learned about different holidays people celebrate all around our country. In Zoology we learned about horses and the lifespan of the mammal. In Geography, we studied the continent of Europe, we talked about the people, their culture, and traditions. Children brought items to shows their friends on their holiday traditions and celebrations. Our book of the month was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. We talked about Christmas and how it can be celebrated differently around the world. For Enrichment we expanded on what we learned during the days, for starters we explored paintings from Vincent Van Gogh in art class. We also explored with salt painting and created our very own snowman made from rock. For Music we sang holiday carols and songs around the world that get sung around the world during these festive times. For cooking we created healthy parmesan zucchini chips, blueberry yogurt bites, and reindeer made from celery. For Spanish the children learned Christmas songs, vocabulary and other holiday activities in Spanish. For computer the children continued working on their personalized learning path. We had lots of fun wrapping up the year, we hope next year brings us lots of joy.
January Recap: January was all about “Winter Animals and Hibernation”. We started off by learning about Hibernation and Migration, animals that hibernate and those who migrate down to warmer climates. In Zoology, learned about penguins including their life cycle and how they’ve adapted to such cold climates. In Geography we learned about Antarctica, and the animals that call it home, the children learned that people don’t permanently reside in Antarctica, but several thousand people live and work at various research facilities. In Science the children learned about ice, snow, and icebergs. For Botany we learned about winter plants like the winter jasmine and camellia, winter fruits like persimmon and clementine, and winter vegetables like carrot and kale. “The Mitten” by Jan Brett was our book of the month. For enrichment classes, the children had fun learning new and interesting topics as they created delicious recipes in cooking class, which included polar bear snow prints and “snow” playdough. In Spanish, the children reviewed body parts, greetings, names of continents, and much more. For computer they continued their personalized learning path with ABCMouse, and in music class they sang different songs, but the children enjoyed songs from “The Sound of Music”. For art the children were introduced to Wessily Kandinsky and his most famous work “Square and Concentric Circles” which then they created their own masterpiece.
February Recap: February was about Cultural Awareness and Friendship. We learned what it takes to be a good friend and how to work through conflict. We also learned about different cultures and traditions that are different from ours. As part of share day, one of our friends brought a Jeepney that his mom brought from the Philippines. We were all very excited to learn about the different cultures that our friends are being taught at home. Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni was our book of the month, it elaborated on being friends with someone who is different from you and that is okay. In Geography, we learned about Asia, the countries we focused on were China, Japan, Russia and India. In Zoology we learned about panda bears, tigers, elephants, and many more animals that call the continent home. In Botany we learned about parts of a root, the children were amazed to find out that carrots are considered roots and are one of the few roots that are safe for us to eat. In Science, we learned about the water cycle, were water evaporates from oceans and then returns to the land in the form of rain.
March News: March is all about Rainforest and South America. We will be learning about rainforest and how important they are to our ecosystem. We will also be learning about the animals and people that live in rainforests. In Geography, we will be studying about South America including maps, flags, people, culture, traditions, and clothing. Our book of the month will be different types of Dr. Seuss books. For the enrichment’s art class, the children will be learning about Dr. Seuss’s illustrations and St. Patrick’s day. In music class the children will be learning and listening to different music from South America. In cooking, children will be making snacks that focus on South American foods and in computers the children will continue working on ABCMouse. For Spanish, the children will be learning the names of the animals of South America along with St. Patrick’s Day vocabulary.