CHILDREN’S HOUSE #7
Back to School
Summer Recap: We are vastly approaching end of the summer program. School days were very busy for children in room 7 as they learned new and exciting things. During the month of July, our children learned many things about ocean life. Students learned new vocabulary as we studied the anatomy of jellyfish and crabs. We also studied the parts of our pet fish in the classroom. It was a perfect specimen to observe while learning the parts of his body. While we were studying ocean life we also incorporated pirate ships for fun and adventure while exploring our imaginations. We made pirate hats, painted parrots, and explored the deep blue sea.The in-house fieldtrips were an amazing opportunity for the children to take their learning and imagination to the next level. The children got to experience hands on learning as they touched some scaly and slithery reptiles. Our unit of study for August was the farm. Our children were familiar with the farm and farm animals so lots of conversations were sparked. Our friends love to communicate vocally so we worked on developing social interactions through conversation. We read stories about farm animals. We also learned the distinctive names between animals and their young as well as male and female animals. One of our special projects was making dolls out of corn husks. Our class enjoyed the process of creating something from nature that they could also play with. This month we had ‘no paperwork’ days. No paperwork days encouraged children do variety of other options such as; matching card work, counting, drawing on chalk boards, and writing on lined boards.As this summer session comes to an end, we look forward to starting our next 2018-2019 academic school year.
September Recap: This month has been an exciting month for our friends in room 7. We welcome our new co-teacher Ms. Thompson. She is a great addition to our Belltower Montessori family. This month we have been going over our classroom rules and building friendships with new friends as well as reconnecting with those that joined us during our summer program. We focused on continents and oceans this month. We learned the earth and how the earth’s surface is made up of 2/3 land and 1/3 water. Our Montessori lessons entailed working with puzzles that focused on parts of a plant and trees which coincides with our special gardening project this month. For the month of September, we also enjoyed the children in our classroom being the snack host for their friends in their classroom. Serving snack reassures patience and balance, both skills nurtured by practical life. Another lesson given this month was reading nomenclature cards during morning and afternoon circle time for practice and better reading skills. Our class started a gardening box located in the designated garden area. Children were excited. They had the opportunity to choose between a sunflower or a pumpkin seed. The children then dug a hole, planted their seed, and covered it. They are now responsible to water their area. We will go to the garden regularly to check for sprouting. Gardening encourages children to learn about the world around them. Gardening also in many ways is an ideal manifestation of the children’s work with practical life materials. Our students’ sort and carefully carry the tiny seeds. We also focused on our family tree. We talked with the children all about family. We discussed family dynamics and how in some culture’s generations all live together in the same house to support each other in their daily lives. The children also learned how tall they were, and even had their weight taken on a scale. This helps children with understanding that each person is unique, and special. We also discussed different ways we can make sure to care of ourselves and make healthy choices daily. Washing our hands when entering the classroom, after using the restroom, and before meals is a way we can stay safe and healthy. Self-help and picking up after ourselves is vital to our Montessori practices. Covering your sneeze, remembering the proper way to use tissue paper, importance of washing your hands, grooming, and brushing your teeth are all very important lessons to keep in mind during these young stages in life. These practices are things we want to teach our children now so that they can grow to be thriving people in society. We also started enrichment activities this month that include Spanish, music, computers, cooking, and art. The children love to learn new things from each of these concepts each week.
October Recap: October has been a fun and exciting month. The children have enjoyed being at school socializing with their peers. We talk daily about our calendar, the days of the week, the date, and the year. For the month of October, the children learned a great deal about our Solar System and planets. Your child should be able to tell you the order of the planets, and which planet is closer to the sun. We had a wonderful time creating their very own planet booklet. The children also enjoyed creating rocket ships. 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. The children learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin. They learned how the life cycle starts by planting a pumpkin seed in the warm ground. After plenty of sunshine and water, the seeds will sprout a small plant. The leaves and vine grow larger and finally, pumpkin flowers blossom. The female blossom produces a green pumpkin that ripens to an orange pumpkin. Mature pumpkins have seeds inside and can produce more pumpkin plants during the next growing season. In circle time, the children loved acting out to the Five Little Pumpkins Song. Each child had the chance of being a pumpkin and saying a part to the song. We have also focused on the parts of a pumpkin with added pumpkin nomenclature cards to the shelf. With the change of seasons and the children start to see days become shorter and nights become longer. Children also begin to recognize other nocturnal animals such as bats, and spiders.
November Recap: November was a fun month for us in room 7. We learned so many new things. Our friends have been working on learning their birthdays and last names. We also worked on number activities. The children enjoyed working on their Thanksgiving placemats. Each child got to decorate a placemat and there is a quote on there of what they said they were thankful for. The children also created turkey hats that they decorated with feathers. We also shared during circle time things that we are continuously thankful for. Our Thanksgiving feast was a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone that participated and brought things in to make the celebration amazing. Our Montessori lessons focused on setting the table, washing hands, and blowing their noses properly.
December News: During December, our class is practicing some holiday songs. We will perform songs during our Holiday performance on December 20th from 4:00 to 5:30. The theme this month is Celebrations Around the world. We are learning the culture behind different holidays around the world and the traditions that go along with them. We are also learning about different animals as the season changes to Winter. We are learning about winter animals and animals that live in cold places. We also have lots of fun enrichment activities planned. Our book of focus is the Giving tree. We have a donation tree to give to those in need. Santa will also be here to visit us. We look forward to all our fun activities while guiding your child to thrive.
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