ELEMENTARY ROOM #1
Back to School
Summer Recap: It was a fun and exciting summer at Belltower Montessori Academy! Our theme was Ocean Life. We learned about the various species of crabs, jellyfish, fish, turtles, whales, sharks, and rays. This broad subject allowed us to enhance our vocabulary and enrich our appreciation for our underwater world. The children enjoyed bringing ocean themed items from home and gave wonderful presentations on their chosen share item. Our group time consisted of stories on ocean life and group talks about the use of sunblock. We discussed the affects sunscreens leave on our reefs, oceans and its creatures. We learned about the new products on the market that can protect us from the sun, while protecting our ocean and marine life.Our in-house sand experience was a huge hit! The children had so much fun using this sensory experience to dig and find hidden sea creatures and shells. To go along with our theme, they got to show their creativity in building things with sand and clay. We also created art with paints and oil pastels. Our special art projects included jellyfish, crabs, turtles and seahorses.The children were so excited with our in-house field trips. The reptile show was amazing! We enjoyed learning about the eating habits, characteristics, and living environments of the various reptiles. The excitement grew when we were able to touch and hold these amazing creatures; snakes, lizards, and a 50yr. old turtle! The laughs continued with a fun filled magic show. The magician was comical and friendly while performing many marvelous tricks! He made the show even more enjoyable by choosing volunteers from our audience to assist him. It was a great experience for all of us!The month of August has been a lot of fun. We have been reading aloud The BFG by Roald Dahl. The children have been so involved in the story that when chapters end on a cliffhanger they do not want to stop! We have also been learning about the different jobs around the farm and what it takes to keep it operating. We also discussed different types of farms that that do not have farm animals but produce crops. Some farms produce things to be consumed by humans such as milk, and eggs. We also learned that sheep can see behind them without having to move their heads, the children thought this was most impressive fact about any animal we have learned about. The petting zoo was a great way for the children to have hands on connections to what they were learning. We also learned how to make dolls out corn husks!
September Recap: Welcome back parents! We are excited to be in our new classroom this school year. I am pleased to share that our class has grown to 15 friends. The children are happy to see each other and have been getting to know their way around the new room. As each day passes they learn to adapt and navigate in functional ways with their peers. September’s Themes are All About Me, World Continents, and Apples. The children are already off to a great start working hard. They have been sharing interesting facts about themselves and their families, including their favorite activities to do outside of school and where their families are from. Room 1 has quite a multicultural family. We are going to have a lot of fun this year learning not only the various continents and animals but about the peoples and customs and cultures from each, using personal information and experiences. How exciting! I invite you parents to contribute as well. If any of you would like to come in and spend some time with us sharing oral stories, reading, playing musical instruments, doing a craft or cooking project related to your homelands and culture, we would absolutely love to have you. The children have begun learning all about apples. We have learned about the life cycle of an apple tree, the parts of an apple, John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, and some new songs. The apple nomenclature work is enhancing their vocabulary and their awareness of the many different types of apples choose from. Last Friday we had our apple taste and comparison study of six different kinds of apples. To my surprise, a large majority of kids liked the Granny Smith, sour apple the best. We discussed the many foods we can make using apples. I invite you to expand on this at home and perhaps make something delicious with your student. Also, Apple picking is always a big hit with children this age. Apple picking in Oak Glen or Julian would be a wonderful family outing where you and your child can enjoy doing this.
October Recap: October is always a fun time for the kids! This month’s themes were Planets and Our Solar System & North America. The children in room 1 have enjoyed using our new classroom materials for this month’s units of study. They had a great time putting together the solar system floor puzzle and discussing the characteristics of the planets. There was lots of excitement when we got to observe the automated 3D model of our solar system in action during our morning group lesson. The children also enjoyed our studies about North America. We have been learning about our Canadian neighbors to the north of us as well as our Mexican neighbors to the south of us. Topics such as weather, food, culture, animals, & flags of Canada, USA, and Mexico have been studied in detail. October is the perfect time to also learn about pumpkins and squash, the life cycle of a pumpkin, & to enrich our vocabulary with pumpkin and squash nomenclature. We also have discussed the terms of nocturnal, hibernation, and the characteristics of mammals through the readings of our new fall books. We have studied grizzly bears, raccoons, owls, & bats. We have enjoyed making lots of fun art projects. Please drop by our classroom to see our fall artwork displayed on our classroom walls. This month we had a Scholastic book fair! The children were very excited and loved being able to pick out and purchase their own books. Book fairs are always a great way to encourage reading both at home and at school. They children were very happy to share their new books with their classmates. Thank you all for your support! The Fall Carnival was another gun activity that we had here at Belltower Montessori. The children could hardly wait for it to begin! We had a great turnout, lots of fun games, an amazing group of parent volunteers, and a lot of fun! Thank you to all for your support and making it a great success! November’s themes will be Virtues & Values, Grace & Courtesy, Peace, and the geography of the beautiful USA. We look forward to jumping into the new learning experiences.
November Recap: We had such a busy month in room 1. I was pleased to find out that everyone is up to their reading level standards. Everyone shows a great level of participation during group discussion as well. What a well-rounded group of children. This month we discussed places to visit in our state. Children shared their adventures to beaches, museums, light houses, and many other places. Children discussed places they have been and shared their adventures through dialog with their classmates.
Our Montessori focuses this month were living vs nonliving things, color mixing primary colors, deciduous vs conifer trees, as well as setting the table. We also planted new things in our garden. We planted basil and tomatoes. We got a chance to see our squash growing as we planted. Thank you for all that came to parent teacher conferences. Your interest in your child’s education will encourage your children to do better in school
December News: For December, we have many fun activities planned. We will continue practicing our holiday songs for our winter performances. We are larning about different cultures this month as well as different holidays celebrated by people around the world. If you would like to come in to volunteer to read a story or discuss your family holiday traditions with the class, please let me know. We strongly encourage parent/guardian participation here at Belltower Montessori and would love to have any of our families come in and share. Our theme for this month is “Celebrations Around the World.” We will have our class parties and holiday performances on December 20th from 4:00 to 5:30. The book we are focusing on this month is the Giving Tree. We look forward to the adventures ahead.
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