ELEMENTARY ROOM #1
Back to School
Summer Recap: Summer has come to an end and we had tons of fun. We went “camping in the classroom.” Partied in the USA. Took a trip up to outer space. Learned about life on the farm. Dove into an underwater adventure. Explored the fascinating world of Volcanoes. And finished the summer learning about the Olympics. During our camping trip we made a smores trail mix, painted our own campfires, and learned about the different things needed to go camping. We celebrated the Fourth of July and discussed why we celebrate this special day. We painted with forks to create fireworks and made fireworks in a jar as a class. We blasted off into outer space by making astronaut helmets, rocket ships out of foil, and watching a rocket launch. After coming back down to earth we explored life on the farm. We took virtual field trips to real farms and watched how the animals live on a farm. We made sheep using paper plates and cotton balls and did a science experiment with eggs and vinegar. We took a trip under the sea and made jellyfish, played with sea themed slime, and made our own oceans in a bag. The children then helped make volcanoes for their class using papier-mache and paint. Once the volcanoes were finished, we used baking soda and vinegar to watch them erupt. We ended the summer by learning all about the Olympics. We watched different sports and learned about the history of the first Olympics. We had a great summer and are excited to get back into the routine of school, get into our new classrooms, and meet new friends.
September Recap: We have made it through the first full month of school. Our first monthly homework project went well. We got to know each other with our “all about me” projects. Each child created an All About Me poster that was presented at the end of the month. The children explored their family trees and brought in photos to share with their friends. As a class we reviewed the calendar routine daily and worked on building our classroom community. For geography we studied the seven continents. We learned the difference between a globe and a map and learned where we are located on a map.
Our Montessori work consisted of zoology with living vs nonliving and caring for and needs of animals. We studied the apple by looking at the parts of an apple and tasting different types. We also discussed fall leaves and why they change colors. And of course, continued with grace and courtesy lessons by cleaning up, greeting one another and saying please and thank you.
October Recap: The school year has started out great. The pumpkins that the children made for the October homework project turned out so well!! It was incredible to see what the children came up with. We spent the month learning about the solar system, and different landforms. We studied North America and the different flags, people, and cultures. We spent the month making Halloween crafts, and had the best time during our costume parade.
As a class we created a solar system model to display in the classroom. We created our own landforms and explored the different landforms together. The children worked with the North American map and learned about the different cultures that make up this continent. We continued our daily review of the calendar and began working on telling time.
November News: This month we will be discussing virtues and values. We will discuss what it means to be truthful and how to be helpful. We will learn different ways we can be helpful at home as well as being helpful in the classroom. We will continue our study of the United States and each child will create their own labeled US map in class. They will be sent home once they are finished. We will also be studying the parts of a bird and parts of a tree. We will listen to Jazz and study the American artist Andy Warhol. We will also be doing a class cooking project where we will make a friendship trail mix in class.
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: