Back To School
Summer Recap: The summer curriculum and activities made this summer a few amazing months to share at Belltower Montessori together. We had a great reptile show where some of the children loved touching the reptiles. We also had a huge waterslide to end the summer with a big splash.
September Recap: Welcoming into the school year at the start of September were familiar and new faces, we thought this would be perfect to learn “All about Me” and start with making self-portraits. We also learned about apples, farm animals, fall leaves and different trees. We read Johnny Appleseed and had the parents visit our classroom on Back to School Night. Enrichments were a huge victory, the children are excited each day to learn about Mozart in music, Paul Jackson Pollock in art, how to greet each other in Spanish, cooking cinnamon apples and learning how to use our computers.
Octobe r Recap: October was all about the five senses. We also did many things in relation to the fall season, we learned the life cycle of a pumpkin, the parts of the pumpkin using nomenclature cards. The children loved our jack-o-lantern craft and we displayed them in our own pumpkin patch wall. We studied about North America and the flags, also the animals, people and vegetation involved with this continent. We also have improved our outside garden and we cannot wait to see what will grow in the following months. Keeping up with the pumpkin theme children baked a pumpkin pie during cooking enrichment for their classes to enjoy the following day. We continued to excel in ABC Mouse, and make more art projects with Ms. Buonocore, introduced to musical instruments, and learned about our body parts with Ms. Gonzalez.
November Recap: We worked on our fives sense, sense of sight, hear, taste and smell. We incorporated these into difference activities and games so that the children learned how each sense helped them recognize different objects. To relate our fall season into the Montessori work, we learned the parts of the pumpkin, life cycle of the pumpkin, worked on squash and pumpkin nomenclature cards. With learning about healthy bodies, we used to food pyramid, parts of the turkey and used an art project to review what the names of each parts are. We also studied California’s state bird, flag and flower. We also talked about thanksgiving and made a fun craft and card for our families. This month we did more art projects that the children enjoyed, we made jack o lanterns, owls, and leaf rubbings. In our enrichment programs the children made pumpkin pies, apple turnovers and cheese cakes pie in cooking. In Music the children learned about Jazz instruments and Andy Warhol. In Art the children made slime, turkey art and free self-expression, just to get their creativity to spark. The children continued their ABC Mouse and still love all their enrichments.
December Recap: December was a fun but busy month. The children loved all the new holiday practical life exercises. The has a blast singing all the Christmas songs, making ornaments for their parents and decorating sugar cookies. Our focus of the month was the season of winter and cold weather animals. We learned about Polar bears, Snow fox and Elk. Our studies in geography concentrated on the continent of Europe and some of the holiday tradition of Italy and France. Thank you to all the parents for making our Holiday recital and party a big hit. The Children and I loved having you in our class!
January Recap: Children in room 5 were excited to be back to school in January and eager to resume work and lessons. Our theme for the month was winter animals and hibernation, with a concentration on Polar bears, Penguins and the Arctic Fox. The kids enjoyed making hatchling penguins, polar bears, snowflakes and Eskimos for art. Our Montessori lessons included Penguin Nomenclature, Antarctica studies, the life cycle of a penguin and a science experiment on solids and liquids. In the area of Math, the children are working hard with the operations of addition and subtraction, greater than, less than and the decimal system. Reading and word building are flourishing in our classroom. The children are very eager to master their sight words and phonogram studies. Thank you to all who helped make our Holiday recital a big hit! The children were so excited to perform for you and I loved seeing you all here in our class.
February Recap: This month we learned about the different types of Asia, being culturally aware and we learned about leaders that helped shape our country. The children learned abut the Taj Mahal and how it was built by a king as a resting place for his wife. The children also studied about the Great Wall of China and how it was built to protect the people from invaders. Another part od Asia that the children learned is the terracotta army, that was built by the first emperor of China. We learned about the Asian rainforests and the different animals living in Asia such as the panda bear, elephants, the king cobra and the leopard. They learned about how the animals would sleep, eat and function in their habitat. This month the children also learned about different leaders that helped shape our country. We especially focused on African American leaders in the honor of Black History month. The children learned about Fredrick Douglas and what her did to keep others out of slavery. Rosa Parks was also an important figure we discussed and how she stood up for herself and in turn helped change the laws that would make our country better. Our Montessori lessons entailed learning how to share with others, taking turns and being a better listener. We had a couple of new friends that needed to learn the rules in the classroom including how to stand on the blue line, sit during circle time and how to use our practical life materials which will in turn help them with day to day routines. The rest of the children continued to work on their numbers with materials such as the spindle box or number cards and they also worked on their vocabulary with sandpaper letters to help them recognize their letters more and their alphabet in preparation for spelling, writing and reading. Our special project we did this month was making our helping hands poster. We traced our hands, decorated them, then cut them out to make a classroom poster. Their helping hands teaches them to help others and why its important to be helpful. Another project we worked on this month was doing our heart shaped elephant art that helped the children get more excited about learning more about elephants.Enrichment for this month was based on Artists that were born in Asia and how Asian culture collided with European music to create a bridge in between. They are learning about songs of Friendship and winter. Children are also exploring different dishes from the continent of Asia, especially for the Lunar New Year. This month was very exciting! I moved into Children’s House 5 as a Lead Teacher. I am very thrilled to get to know these kids more and help them become the little Einstein’s I know they can be.
March Recap: This month we learned about the continent of Africa and its different landmarks such as the Victoria Falls, Egyptian Pyramids, and Timbuktu. We also learned about the countries these landmarks are in and about their flags. The children got to learn more about safari animals such as lions, cheetahs, giraffes, and elephants. Now that Spring is coming up, the children are learning about its meaning, along with it we are also learning about life cycles of animals. Children were taught and reminded of their grace and courtesy by using our inside voices in the classroom and walking in a line. This month we are excited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with the children and learn about his life and books he created. Our Montessori lessons entailed working with knobbles cylinders which helps a child recognize an object from smallest to biggest, helps them with control of their fingers, and helps build more concentration. We are also working with two-part vocabulary cards which helps a child with their reading and vocabulary by sounding out the word and matching it to the correct picture. We have new friends that are working on our practical life area which entails them to learn to do daily activities such as pouring, scooping, and dressing frames (buttoning, zipping, lacing, etc.). Our special project we did this month was planting in our garden on our outside playground. Children got to experience pulling out weeds and learned why we need to take it out in order for our plants to grow. They also get to experience planting and watering the seeds themselves and learning about their seeds. Children will get to physically see the growth of the plants and will be more aware of their environment.Enrichment for this month was based on Traditional African music, dishes, and art. Children get to listen to different varieties of music all throughout the countries of Africa and will also got to learn about paintings and food that came from Africa. This month was filled with so much learning in an entertaining way! I am thrilled to welcome more friends in the classroom as we learned about Dr. Seuss this month. The children had a fun time coming to school with crazy socks, bringing their own Dr. Seuss book for the class to share, and wearing shirts they can read which makes it both educational and fun!
April Recap: This month we learned about our environment and surroundings. Children got to learn and understand recycling and water conservation. They also learned about trash receptacles and why it’s important for our ocean to be clean. Children got to grasp the concept of throwing our trash in the right place, so we lessen the trash that’s being thrown in the ocean, which helps sea creatures live better and grow. Another thing that the children learned was taking care of their outside garden and indoor plants. They were very excited to see the growth and progress of the plants. We also learned about Australia and New Zealand this month. Children learned about the Sydney Opera House and Kangaroo Island. They also learned about animals associated with Australia and New Zealand such as kangaroos, koalas, and sugar gliders. Our Montessori lessons entailed movable alphabets which helps a child develop their spelling and reading skills. We also did nomenclature cards which helps a child build vocabulary. Another lesson presented this month were knobbed cylinders, which builds a child’s concentration and helps them prepare for holding a pencil. Our special project we did this month was bringing an indoor plant for our classroom! The children were so excited to bring their own plant and share it with the class. The kids get to take care of their plant and they get to water them every Monday and Friday in order for them to keep living. Enrichment for this month was based on traditional music from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Children also explored art from the Oceania Region and made a dish from Australia called Neenish Tarts. This month was short because we had a week off due to Spring Break. When we got back the kids brought in their indoor plants along with their excited spirits! With this month’s lesson plan, children got to be more aware of their environment and have a better understanding of why we need to take care of our plants. Along with learning about their environment, we had “Week of the Young Child” where children dressed up as what they aspired to be including superhero/princess day and more! The children were so thrilled to express themselves and come in different outfits and costumes throughout the week.
May Recap: This month we learned about the rainforest and South America. Children got to learn more about the Amazon River, and the Amazon Forest. They explored the Galapagos Island, Lake Titicaca, and the Nazca lines in Peru. Along with the rainforest and South America, the children learned about animals residing in the rainforest such as tree frogs, snakes, and blue morpho butterflies. For this month we also incorporated studying about life cycles of different animals and the children were excited to see how one animal goes through its stages for our special project! The children got to learn about the life cycle of a frog, a butterfly, grasshopper, and a shark! They were very interested in learning the different stages and forms that animals go through in order to become an adult. Not only did they learn about the life cycles of different animals, but they also learned about the different parts of their body and what they are used for. For grace and courtesy this month, children are reminded on why we should use our inside voices inside the classroom, using a napkin, and saying please and thank you. Our Montessori lessons entailed practicing phonics in order to build more vocabulary and to encourage reading. This month we are also using number rods for discriminating odd and even numbers. This month’s lessons also entailed using the practical life area for our little ones to get better with everyday tasks such as spooning, basting, and setting the table. Our special project we did this month was taking care of our very own caterpillars in class and watch them grow! The children were very excited to see the caterpillars get bigger every day and were very curious when they started to form into chrysalides. Once our caterpillars all turned into beautiful butterflies, our class released them on our playground while waving our goodbyes. It was such a fun and cool project that could be done at your own home! Enrichment for this month was based on South American music, traditional and contemporary South American art. For this month children were also guided with a curriculum to track their progress through language, math and reading. This month was filled with lots of activities! We celebrated Mother’s Day by having our moms come for a Tea Party while we had dads as our helpers. It was a short but sweet event; our children were very excited and proud to be serving their moms tea and cookies. Our special project with our caterpillars was also a fun way to learn about life cycles that the kids really enjoyed doing and observing in class. This month was also teacher’s appreciation week, and we definitely felt appreciated by our parents! Thank you so much for our amazing crafts and gifts!
June Recap: This month we learned about transportation and the state of California. The children learned about different vehicles such as trains, ships, and even horses and how we use them to get from one place to another. The children were excited to learn which vehicles can operate on land, water, and air. Children also explored California. They learned about the State Capital, the state flag, the bird of California, and its flower. Another thing we learned this month were the animals that reside in the state of California. We talked about road runners, rattlesnakes, and quails, which is also California’s bird. Along with learning about animals, we’ve also discussed different plants that can be found in California such as a cactus, palm tree, and its state flower; the poppy. The children were thrilled to incorporate what they’re learning through Art by making cactus hands and learning about sink or float. This month our grace and courtesy lessons were on serving others, having table manners, and saying please and thank you. Our Montessori lessons entailed using our practical life area and using different materials that improves our fine motor skills. We are also working in groups of two when it comes to using the hundred board which is useful for number recognition, sequencing, and counting. Another Montessori lesson we tackled this month was using nomenclature cards in order for children to build concept and vocabulary. Our special project we did this month was preparing for Father’s Day! For our gifts we decided to take pictures of our kids in a hat and mustache and placing them in picture frames the children painted themselves. It was a very fun and sweet project knowing all the children painted their picture frames with dad in mind. Enrichment for this month was based on fun California music, exploring fine arts of California, and exploring types of food that had made California unique. Enrichment was also based on children continuing ABC Mouse and things that make California special and unique in Spanish. This month was filled with so many fun activities! We celebrated Father’s Day by having a “tee” party with our beloved dads. After we had our food, we had a fun mini golfing game with dads and their kids, and the scores were close! We also had our generous volunteer moms who assisted with our party and made it more fun! Thank you to all our parents who participated, and the children were so excited to have served their parents and giving them their gifts afterwards.