CHILDREN’S HOUSE #5
Back to School
Summer Recap: This summer we created a hands-on interactive environment for our children! We are happy that it was successful as our children enjoyed all the activities. We started off with camping week where the children created campfires, smores and learned about camping in the mountains. We celebrated America during our “Party in the USA” theme. The children sang The Star-Spangled Banner and learned about the different colors of the flag and what they stand for. They also created several firework arts pieces. During our “Underwater Adventures” they made jellyfish out of a paper plate and made a little “ocean” using fish and glitter with water and blue food coloring. We read books and incorporated activities on staying healthy. We practiced covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands, and social distancing. Our “Blast-Off to Outer Space” theme was out of this world! Children had the opportunity to make star constellations out of pretzel sticks and mini marshmallows and make a galaxy bottle with star confetti. They also created their very own astronaut helmet! Volcano week was a huge success!! One of their favorite activities was building a volcano and watching it erupt! We ended the summer with an Olympics theme where we created our own Gold Medals and the Olympic rings. Overall, it was a great summer!
September Recap: “All About Me” project was a success and the children were able to present it in front of their friends. We studied the seven Continents and the colors for each Continent. We also studied the difference between a globe vs a map and land and water. The Our Children learned the calendar days and numbers in English and Spanish. The Kissing Hand was the perfect book for the children who were missing their parents. It worked very well when they were sad. Our Montessori Jobs included zoology: Living /nonliving, needs of animals, and caring for animals. Botany: plant/animal, apples and fall leaves. Science: Magnetic /nonmagnetic and sink/float. Grace and courtesy: circle, rug, book, chair, serving, cleaning, snack, lunch, greeting, please, and thank you. We will continue working on our family tree.
Our Enrichment classes consisted of Spanish, where the children learned the days and numbers of the week and art where they had the opportunity to create self-portraits. We also sang songs and used musical instruments while dancing. We had so much fun!
October Recap: October was full of activities. We had fun studying about the Solar System, planets, the Sun and the Moon. We also studied Comets, the Milky Way, Astronauts, the Space Shuttle and Space Stations. For Geography we studied North American Landmarks and the animals that reside there. We also looked at lakes, islands, and plants. We studied the USA, Canada, and Mexican Flag. We studied the culture and tradition of all 3 countries. We discussed the weather and seasons and harvest. The children shared different items and books from home.
Our Montessori jobs included Zoology where we talked about mammals, nocturnal animals, (Owls, bats, and spiders) and Botany where we learned the cycle of the Pumpkin and Apples. For Enrichment we listened to Mozart, studied the artist Frida Kahlo, made special fall snacks, and used the computers.
November News: This month we will learn about Virtues and Values. This includes, being thankful, how to be helpful and working together. We will present the Peace table and Rose. We will discuss responsibility, empathy and read a book called Fill a Bucket. The children will practice encouraging each other and learning about empathy. We will discuss the meaning of filling a bucket and how to fill the buckets of others. For Geography we will be introducing the USA map and the 50 State song. They will learn to identify California on the map and recognize and study the parts of the USA Flag and the National parks in California. We will also discuss the United State culture, tradition, and people. For Circle time we will discuss Veterans Days and the reason we celebrate. Every Friday is share day so your child is welcome to bring in a book, something related to California, something that begins with the letter “l”, “j” or “k”, or a favorite picture of Thanksgiving. Our Montessori Jobs will include mixing primary colors using paint, ink and crayons, studying gourds in our science area by measuring and weighing them, and going on a nature walk to collect objects from the outdoors. We will also be studying Thanksgiving and discussing what we are thankful for.
Curriculum for November:
- Virtues and Values
- Geography Study: USA
- Being Thankful
- Literature Book: Fill A Bucket By Carol McCloud
- Pumpkins & Gourds
- Thanksgiving and Harvest
- Fall Weather
Extra Curricular Activities: