PRE-PRIMARY Room #4
Back to School
September Recap: This month has been a great start to are school year. We are pleased to announce that Ms. Janelle is our new lead teacher in room 4. Ms. Blanca is her assistant teacher. They are a great addition to our team here at Belltower Montessori. This month we learned all about ourselves. The theme was a great introduction for our friends in this room as we are all reaching milestones learning and exploring our feelings, body parts, and emotions. We have been talking about personal space and how to properly communicate our wants and needs. We also discussed our family, fingerprints, and our own characteristics. We discussed what friends are and what it means to be a friend. In our classroom we focused on learning self-help skills and learning to put things away after using work.
Our Montessori lessons entailed spooning, opening and closing containers, carrying a chair, as well as watering plants. For sensorial we worked with knobbed cylinders, red rods, and coloring. For language we worked with puzzles, objects to pictures, and I spy. For math we worked with sandpaper numbers, cards, and counters.
Our special project this month was snack host. We had a few friends that brought special snacks to share with our class. These students got to tell us why they chose the snack they brought and why it was important to them. This snack activity gave the students an opportunity to share with the class something that they enjoy while the class got a chance to experience it as well. We also had back to school night. It was nice meeting all of you that came out to see what is happening in your child’s classroom here at Belltower Montessori. Friday, like every exciting Friday, is share day. Your child gets to bring something from home to share with the class and describe it to them. This activity helps communication skills and it is a fun way for our friends to get to know each other.
October Recap: October has been a fun month for our friends in room 4. We had some amazing visitors during our health and safety week. We had some local fire fighters come and show us their fire engine and even let us use their hose. We also had a visitor from the tooth fairy and a local dentist. Our Fall Carnival and book fair were also this month. Our book fair is a fun way to encourage a love for reading. We focused on learning the routines of the classroom and respecting our materials. We will continue to focus on respecting materials and to pick up after ourselves as we move on to the next activity. We encourage children to be independent and develop the skills needed during these early stages of development. Our class learned about fall leaves and colors. We also focused on planets and the solar system. We sang songs and read books on these subjects.
November Recap: November was a fun and challenging month for our friends in room 4. Our class has grown, and we have been working on teaching our new friends the routines of the classroom. We focused on virtues and values this month. Focusing on these subjects included being kind and helpful. Our class created friendship trees and vegetable prints. We also worked on recognizing letters “I” through “K” in the alphabet and learning the letter sounds. For sensorial we differentiated between red rods, used baric tablets, used rough and smooth boards, a fabric boxes to learn matching and textures. For math we focused on number puzzles, number matching, and number review. We talked about Thanksgiving and decorated turkeys. We had a blast at the holiday feast.
December News: In December our theme is Celebrations Around the World. We are discussing different holidays and cultures this month. We have some fun activities planned as well as holiday art. We are also focusing on letters “L” through “N.” Our book for the month is The Giving Tree. We are learning all the valuable lessons this book has to offer. We will also have our holiday performances on our classroom on December 20th from 4:00 to 5:30. A special way for us to give back to our community is our Donation tree. Giving back to our community is a great way to show kindness to others. We are learning some holiday songs to perform, and you are all welcomed to come and join us. We look forward to all our fun festivities and learning goals.
Curriculum for December:
- The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein
- Celebrations Around the World
- Continent of Europe
- Tree Study
- Parts of a Reindeer
Extra Curricular Activities:
- Tuesday – Play Sports
- Wednesday – Webby Gym
- Thursday – Webby Dance
Extra Curricular Activities:
- Start of the new school year means updating your child’s extra-clothes bin in the classroom. Please make sure the clothes are appropriate for fall and there are 2 full sets.
- The mornings will start to be crisp while the afternoons stay warm. Please bring a sweater or sweatshirt for the morning outside time. Remember to label everything!