CHILDREN’S HOUSE #6
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: 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. In September, our theme was All About Me which focused on our family tree, getting to know one another, and care of ourselves and our classroom. The children talked about their families, the names of their family members and who lives with them. We are all unique individuals, and it is important to get to know the world around us. We also worked on becoming 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 studied the seven continents using globes and maps. This helps the children gain a better understanding and deeper learning of the continents. Our book of the month was The Kissing Hand which is focusing on children starting school and facing separation.
Our Enrichments included Music with songs, games and instruments, Art with self portraits and apple prints along with several painting activities, and Spanish. We practiced saying hello in Spanish! Our Montessori lessons focused on living vs nonliving, plants and animals and wood, metal, and other objects. Caring for and the needs of animals and grace and courtesy lessons.
October Recap: October was a fun and exciting month. The children have enjoyed creating stronger bonds and friendships with their peers. We work daily on our calendar, the days of the week, the date, and the year. In October we focused on the solar system, outer space, planets, astronauts, and spaceships. We created a replica solar system using cutout planets. We have also been reading about different landforms. The children worked on their own landforms by doing push pin work to create a landform on paper. They also painted the Sun and the Moon. We did many activities in relation to the fall season such as reading fall stories, singing songs, and leaf hunting outside. The children loved our pumpkin carving and painting craft. The children also really enjoyed our share day items related to fall.
For our Montessori job, we learned the life cycle of a pumpkin and the parts of the pumpkin using nomenclature cards. We studied North America, Canada, and Mexico. We reviewed the flags, animals, people, and vegetation cultivation. The children worked with a North American Puzzle and, during circle time we explored our North American cultural box with items that represent North America.
November News: This month, we will focus on the United States, California, and the culture of America. We will discuss virtues and values and the importance of being honest, having integrity, and working together. We will also study eagles, bears and turkeys. The children will create a turkey art project and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. The focus of our Montessori lessons will be hand washing, proper nose blowing, sitting at the table, and cleaning up after meals.
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: