CHILDREN’S HOUSE #7
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: Hello families, September was as busy as we expected it to be. Our work has been a little more advanced than the usual preschool level. Our children have been adapting very nicely to new friends, new routines, and new schoolwork. The children’s All About Me projects included family-portraits, a favorites questionnaire and coloring pages including home address and phone number. These projects help increase fine motor, imagination, and self-reflection. Some of the children brought family portraits for share day to show their friends what their families look like. We studied the seven continents using the Montessori globe. Using visual aid, the children saw what planet earth looks like from space. We discussed living vs. nonliving and the children walked around the classroom and labeled what is living and what is nonliving. We sent a sink and float project home with your child to work on the characteristics of objects. We hoped you enjoyed it!
Our garden is looking nice. Our class has taken the responsibility to water it three times a week to make sure we care for our living garden. If you would like some mint, lemongrass or basil please let us know and we will gladly send some home.
October Recap: In October, the emphasis was on group discussions. We discussed a variety of topics including the layers of the Earth, our solar system, landforms, and space. Real photos were used to visualize and understand our country’s mission to explore the planet Mars. Short video clips about volcanos and the lava flow were fascinating. Small group presentations were given on the parts of a fruit and the puzzle map of North America. We read books about children’s life and routine in different countries like Mexico, Canada, Guatemala, and Panama. We also discussed the importance of caring for our classroom and our friends. We practiced handwriting and discussed our work plans.
The children made mini booklets using the colors of fall. They included pumpkins and fall leaf art. Our children are developing fine motor skills, pencil control, beautiful coloring, and writing. Some of our students brought in different shapes of leaves which are now displayed in the classroom. It is important to connect the classroom learning and knowledge to real world. Our botany leaf cabinet has become one of the most interesting activities. Our children are busy taking care of our garden outside by watering and caring for the plants. We are growing zucchini, cucumbers, lemongrass, mint, basil, and eggplant. This feeds into the curiosity about the work of mother nature.
November News: November is packed with activities and projects. The unit of study for November will be Virtues and Values. Dr. Montessori gives special importance to stories of Aesop fables and fairy tales. We will read and study several stories about good virtues and values. We will also continue handwriting practice and writing in our journals. We will make a map of the USA as a class and label all 50 states. We will also learn about our national parks, and landmarks. We will continue studying the changing weather through Fall. We will go on a nature walk and collect outdoor items to bring inside and study. Thanksgiving will be discussed throughout the month. We will tell one another what we are thankful for and discuss our family traditions.
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: