CHILDREN’S HOUSE #7
Back To School
Summer Recap: We had a wonderful summer, full of fun and activities. This summer we had water play every week. We continued to learn over summer about topics relating to Under the Sea and Rainforest. We also had a reptile show, and most of the classroom got to hold or pet a variety of reptiles.
September Recap: Beginning of September was our official start of the school year. We were excited to see many new faces to join our classroom. We began our year by learning “All about Me” and about the Globe. We focused on our family trees and our puzzle maps with continents. We started a new ongoing experiment of Sink and Float and we love to test new items and record our data. Also the enrichments are a huge success and the children are loving it, learning 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.
Octob er Recap: We experimented with our five senses. With our sense of taste we used lemon, then lemon with sugar and lemon with salt. Every child had a different reaction and we discussed this with them. We used musical instruments to relate back to Montessori work, we shook those making different sounds. With our sense of smell we brought in the classroom some plants that have an aroma like, pine, lavender, basil, sage and eucalyptus. We then talked about what it was that we saw and what we smelt. Keeping up with the pumpkin theme in October, 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: In November we did some fun art projects and the children loved the feather vs. fur. We also learned a new song in relation to Thanksgiving. During our circle time discussions, we talked about table manners and how to greet each other and guests. We have been taking care of our garden and the plants are growing. The children have been excited to watch the plants grow and help take care of them. The children also made their own food pyramid to show what they like to eat and what they should be eating. Our outdoor playground is growing, and we are very excited to have new additions to our playground. In our enrichment programs the children made pumpkin pies, apple turnovers and cheese cake 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 to get their creativity to spark. The children continued their ABC Mouse and love all their enrichments.
December Recap: December was a busy and fun filled month. We learned about the winter season and the different holidays celebrated in December. The children enjoyed the books about Kwanza and Hanukah. They had many questions and comments about the different holidays. We also read books and sang songs about Christmas and holidays. We decorated Christmas ornaments that the children made for their parents as a Christmas gift. Our focus for this month was, Polar bears, reindeer, and the snow fox. We learned about snow and hot/cold. Also, for the month of December we talked about continent, Europe and country Italy and France. The children tweezer work and also did chopstick work. We worked in our gardens and were excited to see all of our vegetables growing.
January News: Our theme for month of January is winter animals and hibernation. We will talk about penguins and discuss their habits what they eat and how penguins migrate. Also, we will learn about Eskimos, igloos, whales, and whale migration. We will be using nomenclature cards to help us understand the all the different animals and objects in the artic. For this month our continent is Antarctica. We will learn about animals in the artic and the northern lights. We will talk about the homes in Antarctica, their flags, sports, glaciers, ice caps, and the day and night cycle in Antarctica. The children will have a lesson on Martin Luther king Jr. this month as well. We will talk about who he was and what he had done for our country. The children will discuss their New Year resolutions in class also and talk about how we can better ourselves. We continue to enjoy our enrichment classes which are music, art, cooking, computer and Spanish and they will be related to the January theme.
Curriculum for January:
- Winter Animals and Hibernation
Extra Curricular Activities:
- Tuesday – Play Sports
- Wednesday – Webby Gym
- Thursday – Webby Dance