CHILDREN’S HOUSE #5
Back to School
Summer Recap: This summer was filled with fun activities. We learned about farm and sea animals. Along with farm life, we explored pirates and ships! We used our imaginations and dove right into exploring the sea. Our friends had extra fun learning about ships while coming to school dressed up as pirates. We explored what crops are harvested on a farm and the animals that live there. We learned new songs that incorporated farm and sea life. We also learned about the anatomy of crabs and horses. Our Montessori lessons included puzzles related to our theme. We also worked with cylinders. Working with cylinders is a fun way for children to work on fine motor skills while learning about liquid measurements. Last month we planted sunflower seeds along with other plants. As time went on while manding our garden we discovered that we now had a huge sunflower! Our children were fascinated with our massive flower. We also had some exciting in-house field trips. We had a reptile show filled with different scaly and slithery creatures. We also had a magic show with a great magician that kept the kids guessing with anticipation. Parents also had the opportunity to participate in our family picnic. Families came in to join us to have a lovely lunch while building a sense of community. The kids also had tons of fun with water activities during our splash days. To end our summer with a bang, we had school spirit week. Every day was a different fun activity to show our school spirit.
September Recap: This month was a great start to our school year. We had some fresh new faces that started in the classroom and we are ecstatic to have them! We also had Back to School Night that gave parents the opportunity to explore the classroom and Montessori materials. We met new friends as well as continuing to grow bonds with children from our summer program. With our new friends, we made sure to discuss our classroom and school rules to sustain safety and manners among our peers. Some of our friends that have been here a while helped to guide our newer friends by setting positive examples. This month we learned about plants and animals. We discussed the things plants and animals need to thrive. We talked about what we can do to help plants grow. We also studied the life cycle of plants and the parts of a plant. The geography study we focused on this month was the seven continents. We discussed the continents and oceans using a colored globe for hands on visual learning. Our Montessori lessons entailed pouring and sorting in our practical life area which helps with a child’s independence and concentration. We also worked with puzzles that focused on parts of a flower which coincides with our theme. Another activity the children enjoyed was the hundred board which helps with number recognition and sequencing. Our special project we did this month was planting in our garden. We decided to plant sunflowers as well as pumpkin, and squash. The kids got to dig the soil, put the seeds in, and water it as well! We are very excited to watch them grow.
October Recap: October has been a fun and full of adventure. We learned all about the solar system, planets, and astronauts. We had some awesome guest this month for health and safety week. We had fire fighters come and show us some of their cool tools while teaching us about fire safety. We also had a dentist come and teach us why it is important to brush our teeth. We also had the Fall Carnival, open house, and our book fair. Books are a great way to teach early learning and a love for reading. We planted squash this month in our class garden. It is interesting for the students to see the way vegetables sprout differently than flowers. We also made pumpkin art as well as a bat project. We had a leaf hunt. We talked about how leaves fall from the trees and change colors during this season. Our class walked around campus and gathered leaves and compared all the different shades of Fall colors. The children were fascinated to learn that leaves change so many different colors.
November Recap: November was another great month for us here at Belltower Montessori. This month we focused on virtues and values. We talked about what we are thankful for and how to be helpful. We also talked about Veteran’s day and why this holiday is important to honor those that protect our country. The children enjoyed learning about the 50 states and the United States flag. Our Montessori lessons focused on living and nonliving, parts of a tree, color mixing, and cleaning up spills. One of our fun activities we did this month was making placemats that we used during our holiday feasts. Children had an opportunity to decorate their mat and write on them what they were thankful for.
December News: This month we have a holiday celebration and performances December 20th from 4:00 to 5:30. Children will continue to work hard on learning some holiday songs for our performances. Our theme for this month is “Celebrations Around the World.” We are learning all about different holidays from many different cultures. We are discussing the season changes as we step into the winter season. Our book of focus this month will be the Giving Tree. With a new season we are learning winter animals and hibernation. We have a Donation tree and a Santa visit this month. We look forward to the learning paths we will explore in the upcoming month.
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