PRE-PRIMARY Room #2
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Summer Recap: This has been such a memorable summer and I am thrilled to have shared it with you all! To begin with, we started with a huge party in the U.S.A celebration and we discussed the importance and significance of our beautiful country and flag. We also celebrated with a “Wear Red, White and Blue” day and the children had ice cream popsicles out on the grass area. This was a special day and we all had lots of fun. In July, we focused on a variety of topics that were summer related, such as underwater themed arts and crafts and waterslide days. Our ocean in an egg carton and Ocean in a bag activity were tons of fun and the children really enjoyed making slime with Ms. Jazmine. Pertaining to the water theme, we also had under water adventures lessons about jellyfish! That was so much fun!The children enjoyed the Bubble Show and stayed entertained throughout the whole day making their own bubbles. The children learned to make ice cream from scratch and got to eat it! August has been a whirlwind of events, from creating our own sculptures, to movies day and learning how to shuck corn. Our Farm theme was a huge success and the children enjoyed washing farm animals in stations, learning farm songs, and having a cow milking project! Spirit week was a blast and the children really enjoyed our yoga classes every morning for our last week or the summer.
September Recap: In September we learned about the seven continents and discussed the importance of each one. This also included fun activities such as visually mapping directly from the globe and sang the continent song! We learned about the numbers one through four and even built them. Following that lesson, we matched those using cards and even counted with control. The children also learned the first four letters of the alphabet a, b, c, and d and what sounds they make. We also, talked about, what we do at school? Who is in my family? How do I make friends? How to take care of myself? We read, “The Kissing Hand” to give comfort to the children who missed their parents, especially our new children and that methodworked great. The families shared a family photo in which the children talked about who is in my family? I marveled at how all the children who had the opportunity to bring their family photo shared very proudly with their classmates. They learned how to make friends and we practiced with “The Peace Rose” table. The best part was talking about how to take care of themselves by washing their hands, making their own beds, and cleaning up after they eat. I am very proud of everyone in the class.Our Montessori lessons entailed practical life and learning how to scoop apples, spoon beans, spoon balls, and all about tongs and pompoms. For language, we used sandpaper letters a, b, c, and d. For math, we utilized number puzzles, number matching, cards and counters with control and number review, to grow in math knowledge. For sensorial we used knobbed Cylinder blocks 2 and 4, knob Cylinder Red, and yellow. For Science/ cultural: continent puzzle, continent map, and Globe. Our special project was the bus painting and family project about handprints and fingerprints! We also made a book that is called All about me.” This one was extra exciting because the children took the books home and completed them with the family. We will continue to share an object that begins with the letter of each week, let’s share every Friday and thanks for sharing the snacks with the class. Also, thank you for joining me for back to school night, it was great to see how many parents participated. September was great month full of new adventures and knowledge about our world’s seven continents and all about us.
October Recap: In October, we learned about North America and we talked about the people who live there, where it is located, and what color we were going to use to distinguish it from the rest (Orange). What mostly caught the attention of the children was locating North America on the Continent puzzle. We also focused on our five senses and we discussed what our hands, eyes, noses, ears, and mouth help us do. It was very interesting to hear the children give their own opinion in the discussion and apply it to what they knew. This discussion was accompanied with music and movement, “Head and Shoulders”, “I Spy with my Little Eyes”, “I Like to Eat” and “If you are Happy and You Know it” songs. We also conversated about our feelings; this discussion was perfect, especially for our new children in the class. Do you remember the kissing hand activity? Our children surely do, and this is the anecdote to when one of our new children are crying, the other children start talking about that story and for me that is so rewarding. Another subject we learned about was four letters of the alphabet e, f, g and h and what sounds they make. We are still collecting the family photos so if you haven’t yet brought one in, please do so! The children are doing a wonderful job at washing their dishes and I’ve noticed that each day they are becoming more and more independent! I have good news for all of you, now they are also helping not only by taking their blankets from their baskets but making their own beds. That fills me with excitement, I am so proud of them! Our Montessori lessons entailed practical life. We learned about scooping apples, spooning beans, spooning balls, and all about tongs and pompoms. For language we used sandpaper letters e, f, g and h. For math, used number puzzles, number matching, cards, counters with control and number review, to grow in math knowledge. For sensorial we used knobbed Cylinder block 2 and 4, knobbles Cylinder Red and yellow. For Science/ cultural: continent puzzle, continent map, and Globe. Our special project was our 5 senses pumpkin! We also shared objects that began with the letters of the month each week. I would like to remind parents if they could bring an object that begins with the letter of the week for Share Day Friday! Enrichment for this month was based on Spanish, Music, and Art. It was a great month full of great adventures about five senses and feelings. Thank you for all the support you give to your children and all the teachers in Pre-Primary we appreciate you!
November Recap: November, we learned about “Harvest and Healthy Bodies”. We discussed the types of vegetation that grows in the fall and how to maintain healthy bodies. We talked about the USA, where it is located on the continent map and what color to paint the continent (orange). We also had so much fun working with the continent puzzle. We talked about Thanksgiving by discussing how Thanksgiving was celebrated and the history behind the celebration. We asked each child what they are thankful for. The children found this discussion interesting, so everyone participated. The children gave thanks for their moms, dads, brothers, and sisters, but the conversation turned into concern when we started talking about how some children don’t have food, clothes or a house. We talked about the ways we can give back to those children, like donating clothes or food. If your child mentions giving back this can become a beautiful experience by allowing them to donate something they no longer use. This discussion was followed by some music and movement with the songs “The Leaves are Falling Down”, “Five Little Pumpkins”, “We are Thankful” and the Continent song. We also learned about three letters of the alphabet “i”, “j” and “k”, and the sounds they make. As a reminder, we are still collecting family photos. The children enjoy looking at their photos in the family tree and we would like everyone to participate.Our Montessori lessons entailed practical life. We learned about scooping apples, spooning beans, spooning balls, and all about tongs and pompoms. For Language, we used sandpaper letters “i”, “j” and “k” and for math, we used number puzzles, number matching, cards & counters with control and number review. For Sensorial, we used knobbed Cylinder block 2 and 4, knobbles Cylinder red, and yellow. For Science/Cultural: a continent puzzle, continent map, and Globe. Our special project for November was a leaf collage and a vegetable print. We colored our map of the USA. We also colored our Thanksgiving cards and we hope you liked them! For share day we shared an object that begins with the letter of the week. Share day will be every Friday. Thank you for bringing in snacks to share with the class! November’s Enrichments were based on Spanish, Music, and Art. We want to give a warm welcome to our new classmate Ried. We are so happy to have him join us.
December Recap: During December we learned about Seasons and Holidays and discussed what the weather is like in winter. We talked about the clothes we wear in cold weather and the different way’s our families celebrate the holidays. We had the opportunity to share our favorite holiday and many of us expressed excitement when telling others that their favorite holiday is Christmas (they were probably thinking about all the presents under the Christmas tree). We made Christmas trees and snow art as a special project. We talked with excitement when sharing our experience in the snow. We also enjoyed making the gift that we gave you with much love. All the themes were accompanied with music and movement such as the weather song, Santa shark song, and all the snowflakes. We also learned three letters of the alphabet: l, m, and n and the sounds they make. We also shared an object from home that began with the letter of the week on each Friday.Our Montessori lessons entailed Practical Life: We used nuts and bolts, chain link, stringing beads. Sensorial: Pink tower, broad stair, rectangle box, sorting by colors and shapes. Language: sandpaper l, m, and n. Math: numbers rods, cards, and counters w/o control. Science/ Cultural: season cards, weather cards, ice, and snow. Enrichment for this month was based on Spanish, Music, and Art.
January Recap: January we learned about Winter Animals and Hibernation. We discussed the habitats of animals that live in a cold climate. We also discussed which animals hibernate and how they prepare for Hibernation. For art we colored different pictures of Hibernation habitats and painted winter Animals including a bear. We also made a project referencing the book, The Mitten. In January we focused on the sounds of the letters, o, p, q and r. For our Montessori Jobs we worked with practical Life by putting snow (cotton balls) on the tree, spooning blue pebbles and folding napkins. For sensorial, we worked with the sound cylinders, knobbed cylinders, matching fabrics, and the pink tower. In language we worked with sandpaper letters: O, P, Q, R. In math, we practiced counting, doing number puzzles, numbers with counters, and sandpaper numbers. Science and culture, we learned about parts of the frog, parts of the ladybug, and parts of butterfly. We also distinguished land versus water on the globe and studied the continents.
February Recap: In February we studied cultural awareness and asked the questions “What is a culture?” “What is a friend?” “How do we make & keep friends?” Another interesting question we asked was “Who are your best friends?” When we presented this question most of the children said, “My mom is my best friend” and “My dad is my friend.” We also talked about our presidents, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. We discussed how we can make a difference in our world by making good choices. For art we colored the map of Asia, made a best friend project, created a friendship tree, made little blue and little yellow art and painted the Asian elephant. We enjoyed our book of the month Little Blue Little Yellow. The letters we focused on were s, t, u, and v.
Our Montessori lessons entailed practical life: Carrying a rug, frame pinning, and water pouring. Sensorial: Pink Tower, Knobbed cylinders, Broad stairs and color table # 2. Language: Sandpaper letters s, t, u and v. Math: Spindle box 1-5, Counting friends, Calendar numbers, Number rods 1-5. Science/Cultural: Map of Asia, Water cycle, and mixing the colors blue and yellow. Enrichment for this month was Spanish, Music, and Art. Thank you to all our parents who joined our Open House! We really enjoyed having you in the classroom. We hope you enjoyed it as well. This was a great opportunity for parents to engage in a circle time that their children are exposed to daily. Our Valentine’s day party was a success. We would like to thank all the parents who helped!
March News: In March we are studying Rainforests & South America. Some of our discussions will include who lives in the rainforest, why animals in the rainforest are special, what makes a rainbow and the food and music of South America. Our letters of the month are w, x, y, and z. Our Montessori lessons will include pouring, sandpaper letters, reviewing 1-5 number rods, the Rainforest and the map of South America. We will also be celebrating Dr. Seuss and all the great books he wrote. As a reminder, please give your child the opportunity to participate in share day. The children enjoy bringing in items from home and sharing them with their friends.
Curriculum for March:
- Geography- South America
- Read Across America month
- Science- Magnets and the Equator
- Plants and Animals of the rainforest
- Beginning of Spring
Extra Curricular Activities:
- Tuesday – Play Sports
- Wednesday – Webby Gym
- Thursday – Webby Dance
- Please make sure you are bringing in extra potty training supplies and extra-clothes for your child’s bin in the classroom. Also, please make sure the clothes are appropriate for winter and that you bring at least 2 full sets.
- The mornings have become very crisp, so we ask you bring your child in a jacket for morning play. Remember to label everything!