CHILDREN’S HOUSE #6
Back to School
Summer Recap: Our class had a lot of fun activities this summer. One of the activities that our children enjoyed was splash day. Our friends built stronger bonds through play as they joined in the water festivities. We also had some fun in-house field trips. The reptile show filled the children with excitement as they learned about slithery and scaly creatures. We had the opportunity to get up close and touch exotic reptiles while learning new textures. The magic show was very exciting. Our children were left amazed and filled with wonder from the amazing tricks they witnessed from the witty magician.Parents and families had the opportunity to come in and join us for family picnic. It was fun to see how many families came out to participate building a sense of community among Belltower Montessori’s school population. We had some fun alternate activities instead of outside time due to weather restrictions and air quality this summer. We played social games working together with friends to strategize while developing cognitive thinking. For the last part of our summer program we will have a carnival and a bubble show. We look forward to those upcoming events.
September Recap: The first month of our school year has now passed. It has been great getting to know new friends and creating stronger friendships with our friends that were with us during our summer program. Back-to-School Night was great opportunity to get to know the families of the children our room as well as getting to know what we do here in room 6 on a regular basis. It is important to build a sense of community as we grow and learn together. For the month of September, we focused on our family tree. The children talked about their families, who are in their families, and who lives with them. The children learned that some of their classmate’s family dynamics are different than their own because people come from different cultures and upbringings. We are all unique individuals and it is important to get to know the world around us.We have also been working on being self-sufficient in the classroom. Cleaning up after ourselves teaches us to be responsible and clean. It is important to put our tools away in the proper place so that things do not get lost and they are presentable for the next friend to use. We also focused on learning about the continents and the names of the oceans. We used globes to show children these concepts for better understanding and deeper learning.
October Recap: October has been a fun and exciting month. The children have enjoyed creating stronger bonds and friendships with their peers. We talk daily about our calendar, the days of the week, the date, and the year. For the month of October, we focused on the solar system, outer space, planets, astronauts, and spaceships. We did a project that focused on land vs. water. We made an island and we made a lake out of clay. When the clay dried, we poured the water in the correct places. The activity gave the children a hand on visual to understanding the difference between lakes and oceans. We also focused on the Earth. We have also been reading about different landforms. For art, the children worked on their landforms by doing push pin work creating their landforms on paper. 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 pumpkin craft. Each Child brought in and decorated their own pumpkin. We displayed them in our own pumpkin patch in the classroom. 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.
November Recap: In November we focused on new and exciting learning adventures. We learned about the United States, California, and the culture of America. We also discussed how we can be helpful individuals at school, at home, and in our communities. We talked about the importance of being honest, having integrity, and working together. Our class had fun creating our turkey projects. We also had a great time during our Thanksgiving feasts.
The Montessori lessons that we focused on were washing hands, blowing our noses properly, sitting at the table, and cleaning the table after meals and snacks. These lessons help children become responsible and respectful of things and people around them and are part of the Grace & Curtesy curriculum. Another activity that our children enjoyed was sharing with their classmates what they are thankful for.
December News: In December, we will be practicing some holiday songs for our Holiday performances on December 20th from 4:00 to 5:30. Our theme in December is “Celebrations Around the World.” Children will also learn about holidays from all around the world. Learning about different holidays and traditions exposes children to different cultures and the world around them. Some of our fun activities include painting ornaments, pinecone art, and decorating a tree. We are focusing on the book the Giving Tree. We also have a Donation tree to give to those in the community. We look forward to all the fun learning adventures this 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