CHILDREN’S HOUSE #5
Back To School
Summer Recap: The summer curriculum and activities made this summer a few amazing months to share at Belltower Montessori together. We had a great reptile show where some of the children loved touching the reptiles. We also had a huge waterslide to end the summer with a big splash.
September Recap: Welcoming into the school year at the start of September were familiar and new faces, we thought this would be perfect to learn “All about Me” and start with making self-portraits. We also learned about apples, farm animals, fall leaves and different trees. We read Johnny Appleseed and had the parents visit our classroom on Back to School Night. Enrichments were a huge victory, the children are excited each day to learn about Mozart in music, Paul Jackson Pollock in art, how to greet each other in Spanish, cooking cinnamon apples and learning how to use our computers.
Octobe r Recap: October was all about the five senses. We also did many things in relation to the fall season, we learned the life cycle of a pumpkin, the parts of the pumpkin using nomenclature cards. The children loved our jack-o-lantern craft and we displayed them in our own pumpkin patch wall. We studied about North America and the flags, also the animals, people and vegetation involved with this continent. We also have improved our outside garden and we cannot wait to see what will grow in the following months. 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 fives sense, sense of sight, hear, taste and smell. We incorporated these into difference activities and games so that the children learned how each sense helped them recognize different objects. To relate our fall season into the Montessori work, we learned the parts of the pumpkin, life cycle of the pumpkin, worked on squash and pumpkin nomenclature cards. With learning about healthy bodies, we used to food pyramid, parts of the turkey and used an art project to review what the names of each parts are. We also studied California’s state bird, flag and flower. We also talked about thanksgiving and made a fun craft and card for our families. This month we did more art projects that the children enjoyed, we made jack o lanterns, owls, and leaf rubbings. 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 but busy month. The children loved all the new holiday practical life exercises. The has a blast singing all the Christmas songs, making ornaments for their parents and decorating sugar cookies.
Our focus of the month was the season of winter and cold weather animals. We learned about Polar bears, Snow fox and Elk. Our studies in geography concentrated on the continent of Europe and some of the holiday tradition of Italy and France. Thank you to all the parents for making our Holiday recital and party a big hit. The Children and I loved having you in our class!
January News: Happy New year to all! The children arrived back at school happy and excited to start the new year. Our theme for January is winter animals and hibernation. The children will also learn about the Southern hemisphere. We will concentrate on penguin types and habitats, as well as Antarctica and the animals and people of the artic region. Our grace and curtesy exercises will be a review and re-emphasize on the importance of hand washing and covering our mouths.
Curriculum for January:
- Winter Animals and Hibernation
Extra Curricular Activities:
- Tuesday – Play Sports
- Wednesday – Webby Gym
- Thursday – Webby Dance