February Recap: Happy February! We begin our new month in our very own new Kindergarten classroom. We are so excited to be on a new journey of higher learning and challenging our students with new materials and curriculum. This month we learned about friendship and cultural awareness, black history, the continent of Asia, Washington and Lincoln. We discussed what it means to be a “good friend”. Ways to be a good friend and accepting others and their cultural differences. The children made friendship bracelets for each other. We read books from China about sharing with friends and helping friends in need. Asia was a great topic with an emphasis on Korea, China and India. We studied the geography of Asia and famous landmarks and points of interests. The Great Wall of China, the Asian Elephant, Chinese New Year, the Great Panda Bear and Korean flags to name a few. Children had the opportunity for “hands on” comparison of money from China, Korea and India. On Chinese New Year, we had the chance to use chopsticks to eat a special snack of homemade dumplings and vegetable fried rice. They were so excited and loved the food! Our Montessori lessons entailed sewing. Children sewed their own Valentine “heart mail pockets” They learned to thread a needle and sew a hem stitch around a large heart. They used their sewing project to hold their Valentines cards mail. This lesson will prepare the children for future lessons on sewing a hem, sewing a button and later embroidery.Our special project we did this month was making panda bears in a bamboo forest for our cultural wall in room 6. Come by to see it. We studied the characteristics and behaviors of Panda Bears. Also their habitat and foods they eat. We also learned about the Panda Bear Life Cycle. Enrichment this month was based on Korea and Japan. Children were introduced to the Korean Composer, Isang Yun. Rhythm and keeping a beat along with movement was fun. Children learned about the Japanese artist Katsushika Hohusai of the Edo Period. This month was a very busy but exciting month! We are thankful for our new beautiful classroom and all the new wonderful materials and advanced work.
March Recap: This month has been a busy month. We learned about Spring, the continent of Africa, various dinosaurs, and Dr. Seuss. The children enjoyed learning about the various types of dinosaurs and their eating habits, their survival skills and where their remains were found around the globe. They now have a good understanding of what it means to be a carnivore, a herbivore, or an omnivore. The children in room six also got to make dinosaur fossils, which was a huge hit! For the continent of Africa, our focus was on the areas of Egypt, Mozambique, and the African rainforest region. The children were especially intrigued with Egypt and the Pyramids of Giza and learning about the young King Tutankhamun. Reading flourished in our room as we kicked off the Read Across America Campaign. The children were up for the challenge of reading 100 books during the month of March and to my pleasant surprise, reached their goal early, in fact, far exceeded it and my expectations! Congratulations Room Six! Our Montessori lessons entailed dishwashing. The children loved being able to wash their lunch plates, glasses, spoons and forks after lunchtime this month. This activity will help further develop independence, concentration, a sense of order & awareness of body movement. Please encourage the children to help at home with setting the table and cleaning of the dishes. Our lessons also included the map of Africa, people & animals of Africa, the Egyptian pyramids, King Tut and Queen Nefertiti, Ireland unit of Study, how rainbows are formed, and magnetic versus nonmagnetic properties. Our special projects we did this month were an African tribal mask, a hanging rainbow project, making an edible rainbow to eat for snack, pin art shamrocks, and dinosaur fossils.This month was a very busy but exciting month! It was very rewarding to see the reading flourish in our room. I’m so proud of the children and their hard work!
April Recap: This month we learned about our planet Earth & Oceania. The children in room six learned about our solar system this month. They learned that our planet, Earth, is the third planet from the sun and the importance and significance of this location in our solar system. We learned that our planet Earth is the only planet in our solar system that has life and an abundance of liquid, water! We discussed the importance of respecting our planet and doing our share to care for it. The children learned about ocean, beach, & park cleanup, as well as water conservation and recycling. We also studied Oceania, with our concentration on the continent of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The children learned about the land forms of Australia, the Aborigine people, customs, animals, and art techniques from these places. Our Montessori lessons entailed our solar system, planet Earth, Oceania, life cycle of a Ladybird Beetle, life cycle of a bee, kangaroo species, parts of a kangaroo, koala bears, Marsupials, and volcanos. The children loved learning about light and how a rainbow is formed. They were excited to create their own indoor rainbows with the use of a glass prism and a sunlit window. We also learned hands on about rain sticks and how they are made and used. In the areas of Math and Sensorial, the children were given lessons on Constructive Triangles, the Roman Arch, and linear skip counting, using the chains from the Bead Cabinet. In the area of Language, we continue our language enrichment studies and our cursive writing skills. I’m happy to say that reading is still flourishing in room six! It is such a joy to see the children reading independently. They are enjoying the new books I brought in for the topics of Spring and our themes of the month! Our special project we did this month were Rainbow mobiles, butterfly art, volcano paintings, and Australia & New Zealand coloring projects. We have been hard at work preparing the soil for our garden box. We will be planting succulents on one end of the garden and planting cucumbers at the other end. The children are excited to grow the cucumbers that they will be eating for snack this summer! Enrichment for this month was based on the planet Earth and on the Continent of Australia, & New Zealand. This month was a very busy but fun month! Hope you all enjoyed your Spring break and I want to thank you for your support and help with the garden and for bringing in your child’s succulent for them to plant.
May Recap: This month we learned about South America and the Amazon Rainforest. We also learned about volcanos and the life cycle of the butterfly. This was a very busy month! The children in room 6 have been working hard. We have been studying volcanoes in depth and were so excited to observe our classroom volcano in action. The children all participated with Ms. Lui in making it erupt. Two of our themes were South America and the Amazon Rainforest. We have been concentrating our studies on the countries of Peru, Chile, Columbia and Brazil. We enjoyed learning about their customs, people, famous landmarks and sports of each area. This month the children also got to experience and observe the life cycle of the butterfly. Our class was fortunate to have a dozen caterpillars to take care of. We anxiously watched as all twelve baby butterflies emerged from their chrysalis. I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all my parents for all the love, support and gifts they all bestowed upon me during Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you for all the mommies who joined us for the Mother’s Day Tea Party. The children were thrilled to serve you the desserts and tea. They were so excited to help get the room ready and beautiful for our moms. I’m so glad everyone enjoyed themselves. Our Montessori lessons entailed setting a formal table setting in preparation for our Tea Party, pouring with the use of tea pots and tea cups. Using table manners and grace. We focused on sharing food and serving one another. This month also gave us the opportunity to plant in our garden. We look forward to eating our cucumbers this summer. Our special project we did this month was volcano and butterfly art projects and maps of the world. A focus on the butterfly cycle was also a craft we had fun with. You are personally invited to come see these works of art in our room. This month was so much fun! I’m so proud of the children and all their hard work.
June Recap: This was an exciting month for Mrs. Winters’ class! The children were thrilled to prepare for their Graduation ceremony. They were especially excited to learn the new songs and how to speak with the use of a microphone. Our themes this month were Transportation and California. The children’s learned many different modes of transportation, some familiar and others not often thought about, such as horses, skateboards and scooters. The children were asked to contribute with their own creative ideas of transportation. Some of these ideas included walking, jogging, bicycles and wheelchairs. The California studies were a big hit in room six! The children enjoyed learning about Joshua Tree National Park and studying pictures of Skull Rock and The Fist. They did a beautiful job making their own Cactus hand art and the California state flags. We also studied our state bird, the Valley Quail and our state flower, the California Poppy. Our state studies wouldn’t be complete without including the Sequoia National Forest, Yosemite National Park and beautiful San Francisco. The children were very intrigued with these California gems so I wouldn’t be surprised if they ask you to take them on a trip this summer. Our Father’s Day Tee Party was tee-rific fun! The children and I enjoyed spending the morning with all our wonderful fathers. They had so much fun playing tabletop golf and having an indoor golf competition. Congratulations to little Liam Matusevich for making a Hole In One! As we prepare for the end of the school year, I like to thank you all for your love and support shown towards me. I truly enjoy being your child’s teacher!