CHILDREN’S HOUSE #4
Back To School
September Recap: This September we started out by opening up our classroom to make a big addition to Belltower Montessori. New faces as well as ones transitioning into our classroom. In September we were all getting familiar to our new classroom as well as working on “All about Me” by creating family portraits and an all about me poster to display in our room. We also learned about leaves and apples and started an introduction to the continents using the map puzzles in our classroom. Our class is thrilled with what the enrichments have to offer each day. From Mozart in music, Paul Jackson Pollock in art, how to greet each other in Spanish, cooking cinnamon apples, to learning how to use our computers.
Octobe r Recap: In October we focused on our 5 senses. We have read books about each of the senses (sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing). Montessori work related to this theme have been feeling different sand paper grains to differentiate rough from smooth. Ms. Garofalo has incorporated the sense of smell and taste into the cooking enrichment having children smell the different ingredients used and talking about the taste of the ingredients. We have also talked a lot about pumpkins and put together a “Pumpkin Parts” project that labels the leaf, stem, pulp, seed, skin, and fibrous strands of a pumpkin. In addition to this we have read books about the life cycle of a pumpkin including From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer Illustrated by James Grahm Hale, & Pumpkin Jack written and illustrated by Will Hubbell. 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 food pyramids learning what is nutritious and how to keep our bodies healthy. We learned ways to exercise and keep our bodies in motion to be able to stay active and healthy. We also learned about our dental health, and how to brush our teeth and what foods are good for our teeth. In our Montessori lessons we learned about geography and the flag of California, as well as our state flower and bird. We did many art projects we made turkeys, and a food pyramids. 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 filled month. We learned about the winter season and the different holidays celebrated in December. The children enjoyed the books about Kwanza and Hanukah. We also read books and sang songs about Christmas and holidays. We decorated Christmas trees with the ornaments that the children made, they also painted and decorated pine cones for their parents as a Christmas gift. Our focus for this month was, Polar bears, reindeer, and the snow fox. We learned about snow and hot/cold. Also, for the month of December we talked about continent, Europe and country Italy and France.
January News: Our theme for month of January is winter animals and hibernation. We will talk about penguins and discuss their habits what they eat and how penguins migrate. Also, we will learn about Eskimos, igloos, whales, and whale migration. For this month our continent is Antarctica. We will learn about animals in the artic and the
Curriculum for January:
- Winter Animals and Hibernation
Extra Curricular Activities:
- Tuesday – Play Sports
- Wednesday – Webby Gym
- Thursday – Webby Dance