Back To School
Summer Recap: Over the summer we had a wonderful time with all the fun activities, our classroom loved the splash days, and getting to spend extra time in the water outdoors. We continued to review our colors and shapes as well as sing songs and dance to help the children interact with one another.
September Recap: September 5th started out the school year. We focused on “All about Me”. We made handprints and displayed them with our family photos in our classroom for everyone to see. We started exploring our classroom work, and used knob cylinders, practiced pinch and grasp with clothes pins on a container. Our enrichment focus this month was with music, we were singing and dancing as a class to various songs.
October Recap: This month we made paw print stamp art on pumpkin templates to practice our motor skills. The children thoroughly enjoyed moving, dancing and singing to music like 5 Little Monkeys jumping on the Bed and Ring around the Rosy. In relation to Montessori curriculum we practiced tracing on sand paper letter “B” and the number 2. We worked on our five sense collage that is posted in our classrooms as well as explored the inside of a pumpkin, talking about the colors, textures and what we see.
November Recap: This month we made a food collage on green paper shaped like broccoli and practiced naming food that we glued onto the paper. We also practiced our motor skills as we stamped with real celery on paper. On a sandpaper board, we were tracing the letter “C” and learned words that begun with “c” such as Cat and Coat. Also practiced using our pincer grasp by using tongs to pick up spaghetti.
December Recap: In December we made melting snowmen to start off our Christmas season. We also practiced sorting colorful bears and utensils for practical life skills. During group times we practiced counting from 1 to 5 in English and Spanish and we talk about weather changes through song and movement.
January Recap: This month we made paw prints and explored pictures of different types of bears. We also discussed about other animals that live in different climates. A great discussion we had was about different colors of feathers and glued them to chicken shapes. During group time we learned about animals that are different colors. We learned thru songs and movement about bears, birds, frogs, ducks and dogs.
February Recap: This month we learned about sign language. We learned that sign langue a is another way of communicating with each other. The words we learned in sign language were “please” and “more”. We practiced these words during circle time and whenever we had the opportunity during the day. Another fun thing we learned this month was togetherness and friendship. We learned to hold each others’ hands, form a circle and sang ring around the rosy. We also sat down forming a circle outside passing the ball to one another. We call this game Hot Potatoes. These activities are important for toddler’s development because it teachers them how to work together in a group. They had such a fun time doing these activities. Our Montessori lessons entailed comparing, counting and sorting. We compared pictures to numbers. So it will help them become familiar with numbers and develop logic and concentration. We also traced sand paper numbers. We practiced this to become familiar with numbers. Our special project we did this month was foot prints on heart shapes and stickers on heart shaped paper. The children took turns getting their feet painted and stamping them on paper. We talked about the color red. when the red paint was on their feet we talked about how the paint felt. We also practiced peeling stickers using our pincer grasp and placing the stickers on paper. Enrichment for this month was based on holding hands and working together. This aloud the children to be social with one another. It also helps build friendships. This month was filled with lots of love and caring for one another.
March Recap: This month we learned about dinosaurs and four-leaf clovers. We learned that dinosaurs were big and made stomping sounds when they walked. Dinosaurs were a mixture of different colors like brown, green and orange. We made dinosaurs using those colors out of paper plates and displayed them on our board. This month we also explored four-leaf clovers, we went exploring in our play yard with them. We discovered that four-leaf clovers are green and have four leaves but may have three leaves and they also have a smooth texture. Our Montessori lessons entailed pincer grasp and phonetic sounds. When we made our dinosaurs, we picked up cotton balls with our thumb and pointer finger, we dipped the cotton balls into the paint and made dots and streaks with them. This month, we also looked at pictures that begun with the same first letter sound, for instance “Pie, Pig, Pot” this will help the children with prereading skills. Our special project we did this month was All about Dr. Seuss. We made a collage on Dr. Seuss sock shapes. We got to go outside on the grass and read Dr. Seuss stories which was a fun day in the sun. We also had a pajama day which was very comfy. Enrichment for this month was based on four leaf clovers. The children really enjoyed searching for four leaf clovers. They searched and collected them and explored them using their senses. “Touch, smell and sight.” This month was an adventure for the children.
April Recap: Earth Day activities help empower kids to have a positive impact on the planet. This month we learned about the importance and benefits of gardening. Students learned to plant, by doing so students engaged their senses and fine motor skills. Our Montessori lessons were based on “cooking something up.” This allowing our toddlers to serve as kitchen assistants and provide practical experiences. These challenges improve motor skills as well as improving fine motor skills by sorting utensils. Our special project for this month was marble painting but instead bouncy balls were used. The effect of paint in motion has extra fun and seeing what sort of pattern students can create. Students can use paint to record where something rolls, bounce or shakes. Our enrichment program for this month was based on singing and counting in Spanish. The benefits from learning a foreign language include; better linguistics, improve cognitive skills benefits, higher academic achievement, cultural enrichment and social contributions. Not only were we able to incorporate a foreign language in our curriculum but we also included sign language for the students’ benefits.This month was about building friendships and about discovering the benefits of taking care of our planet.
May Recap: This month we learned about the Rainforest and South America. The Rainforest covers much of northern Brazil and extends into South America countries as well. This large tropical region has diverse animals and plants. Students enjoyed exploring the Rainforest as part of a study of the Earth and animals. Part of our Montessori lessons this month was based on “Help me, help myself” while we may believe we are “helping” the child, in fact any time the adults offer assistance or interrupts, she becomes an impediment to the child’s growth. With this in mind we have been working hard to make our kids more independent and teaching them self-help strategies in class. Our Montessori lessons were based on working with puzzles and building towers using Legos. By placing puzzle pieces on the left side of the board we are teaching and preparing our kids for writing, getting them use to moving their arm left to right. By building towers and working with patterns, its helping them work with their gross motor skills but also preparing them on creativity and math skills. Our special project for this month was painting with bouncy balls to see the effect of paint in motion, which we will be continuing this activity next month. Along with that we will be using other fun artifacts to create a “master” piece. Enrichment program for this month was based on singing and counting in Spanish. We will be carrying on these teachings next month as well. Our best way to learn is through repetition and we will be singing song about shapes too! Sign language will also be a focus for our little ones to better communicate with one another and our teachers.
June Recap: This month we learned about the different types of transportation. We looked at different types of transportation and talked about cars, trains and planes. We also learned about California. The children saw the flag. They were excited about the bear. We looked at the Quail and the state flower, the Poppy. We helped the children experience some basic physics with cause and effect. What happens when we….. We introduced a lot of new language to the children. We learned the word Falange’s which is the scientific word for fingers and toes. We practiced our fine motor skills by working with different puzzles in the classroom. For our gross motor we practiced jumping off two feet. This was not as easy as it seems. For practical life we worked on putting out sheets and blankets away and worked with our dressing frames. Sensorial was very exciting for the children. They were able to paint with different object like cars and trucks. This was also tied into our transportation. They were intrigued by the way the colors mixed on the paper to create new colors.