Back To School
Summer Recap: Summer went by so fast for us this year as we are growing, although the summer heat made it hard to get adventure time every day, on cooler days we took a look at nature in the fresh air. Over summer we practiced our shapes and colors. While eagerly waiting for the official school year to start.
September Recap: Our new school year had officially started in September. We welcomed the new month by hand painting and reading the children a welcome poem. We did many art projects with paint and the children’s hands or feet. We enjoyed making a school bus out of your Childs’ foot prints so show your loved ones, as well as a pencil and some caterpillars. We started the learning with developing motor skills, rolling, placing and picking up items, using the classroom materials that we have. For our enrichment we are learning new words from our poem and recognizing objects we use while painting, such as the paint and the brushes. We are excited for the school year we have full enrollments which means more friends to grow up with!
October Recap: October was focused on the five senses, we read some books and used ideas from the books as inspiration for the activities. Such as singing songs about the five senses. We did five senses activities to help the babies learn about sound, sight, smell, touch and taste. The lessons introduced them to each of the five senses one at a time. We did many more hand and foot paintings and displayed them around the classroom. For our enrichments we had the babies stretch their finger and toes, getting in touch with their motor skills. We got to experience new feelings with the cold, wet paint and dry paper.
November Recap: We have had a lot of fun using finger puppets in relation to healthy bodies and harvest. We also made a fruit collage with hand and foot print paintings, as well as vegetable paintings too. Our Harvest feast was a joy. Thank you to all who participated. We read many new books from our bookfair and sang songs about being thankful. We also did an activity to work on their motor skills and did a pumpkin finger painting activity.
December Recap: This month we worked on oral language and used Christmas story telling books to implement language. We also talked about people and places and what they celebrate during these holidays. We read many holiday books to the children. We also did holiday fall and autumn sensory activities, and many painting activities. We enjoyed singing to the children with our new holiday music and seeing the babies smiling while the music was playing.
January Recap: We’ve done several games and activities to tech the children about hibernation. The babies had fun playing along and smiling when we would play “hibernate”. We talked to the babies about hibernation and read stories. What it means and which animals hibernate during this season. We also had a lot of fun with them making a Racoon footprint. They also got to make a Fuzzy Brown Bear.
February Recap: This month we learned about cultural awareness and friendship. We talked about respect and celebrating our differences in all people. We talked about new cultural aspects to the infants giving them new insight to cultural differences. We played games and activities to offer the babies a fun way for our infants to learn about each other. Our infants had a hands and feet art project using paint. We also gave them a chance to color hearts with paint. We got to read different books about friendship and cultural awareness, playing songs and using musical styles. Our Montessori lessons entailed focusing on desired behavior. Singing songs at circle time will encourage the infants to learn and listen for our friends’ names. Our special project we did this month was heart painting. We made a salt dough footprint and painted a footprint ladybug to hang on our entrance windows. Enrichment for this month was based on cultural awareness and friendship. Mutual respect was practiced and implemented with our babies. We practiced being open to different ideas and approaches to learning different culture perspectives. The infants were exposed to different cultural photographs and enrichment to give them some perspective of the differences we all share. This month everyone really enjoyed learning about culture and being friends. Connecting with others and making our environment as friendly and supportive for our babies to learn and thrive.
March Recap: This month we learned about Dinosaurs. Dinosaur fossils have been found all over the world. We talked about and show the babies different picture of Dinosaurs. We also displayed a few on our walls for them to touch and see. We read different books about Dinosaurs, sang songs, made art projects and painted. Our Montessori lessons entailed Montessori Environment, babies at age six months of age are more mobile and able to crawl with stability. Babies are given the freedom to move when they are crawling. We focused on desired behavior. Songs at circle time will encourage learning the names of our friends. Our special project we did this month was Dr. Seuss footprint of the Lorax and Cat in the Hat. We also drew pictures of dinosaurs. We made Pictures of dinosaurs with baby footprints. We used baby’s hands to make Butterflies out of handprints. Enrichment for this month was Dinosaurs and spring. Our infant lesson entailed a lot of different stories about Dinosaurs. We took babies to the playground to explore warmer weather, blossoming flowers and the new season of spring. This month we focused on educating the babies of dinosaurs and spring and what each one entails.
April Recap: This month we learned about Planet Earth and Oceania! We learned about Planet Earth and the importance of Earth Day. We also learned that our oceans bring us air and gives homes to lots of marine animals. Many of those animals are very different from those we find on land. We also learned about how Oceania is a continent and the different types of cultures. This month’s lessons not only focused on Planet Earth, but the great Dr. Seuss! We read Dr. Seuss poetry and sang songs. To celebrate Earth Day, the students created a “Strong Roots” painting with hand prints. Our special project this month focused on celebrating Earth Day. Each student painted a tree and got to be more hands-on and got a little messy! Enrichment this month was focused on helping students with sensory skills and self-help. Students practiced their matching skills as well as self-grooming and picking out outfits. Sensory skills were practiced as students learned to water plants and also enjoyed practicing their dance skills. This month was important in teaching vital sensory skills and helping foster individual growth.
May Recap: This month we talked about the Rainforest and South America. We learned about how Rainforests give a home to 1000s of different types of animals. We also talked about all the different cultures in South America. To go more in detail, we talked about the animal’s dependent on the Rainforests like reptiles, birds, and mammals and how they all contribute to keeping their ecosystem alive including the types of trees you would find there. We also talked about where Rainforests are primarily and what it takes to make one include the climate and the conditions in the Rainforest. With South America we talked about what type of climate primarily controls the regions there and how the way of life for the people who live in the countries of South America. We also showed the children how their way of life is compared to our own and how each region in South America is greatly different. The lesson plan entailed working with kids to help them understand nature, new words, different types of animals, how and where all different types of animal’s sleep and different cultures from South America. Our special project this month was helping the kids make something special for their mom. Enrichment this month was based on helping the kids understand the concepts of sizes, developing recognition, working on matching skills, developing memory, and window wiping. We also sang songs that helped the students with matching movements to words. We also worked on sensory skills they would need soon. We had a tea party for Mother’s Day, our children enjoy spending time with their moms and they gave them a flower and a gift.
June Recap: This month we talked about transportation and California. The children learned about how planes, buses and train are essential to life. Also, how these means of transportation came to be. We also began teaching about California, talking with them about the state flag, the state flower, bird, and animal. We learned how planes are a very important way to travel and helps us move things around the world. We showed the children how trains were one of the first ways to quickly move from one place to another. The children practiced their matching skills as well as self-grooming and picking out outfits! Sensory skills were practiced as students learned different textures. We also worked on moving objects from one place to another. This month was about giving the children new knowledge about transportation and California. This month was filled with so many fun activities. We celebrated Father’s Day by having a tea party with our beloved dads. Thank you, to all our parents who participated. The children were so excited to see their parents and give them their gifts afterwards.