Summer Recap: This Summer we learned about: Underwater adventure: The students learned about the names of different oceans. They learned that there are many creatures living in the oceans. And some animals that have the word “fish” in their names are not really fish. Some examples are jellyfish and starfish. Pirates and Ships: The students learned that ocean robbers are called pirates. They learned that pirate flag has sign of a skull and two cross bones. And they read about pirates did have eye patches.Down on the Farm: The students learned about different animals on a farm and the everyday items we get from them. Cows give us the milk we drink every day. We use that milk to make lots of other things we enjoy like ice cream, cheese, butter and cream. They also learned pigs love muddy puddles and dogs in the farm do a great job looking after the sheep. They learned about the life cycle of a chicken and how a chick grows inside an egg. Also, they enjoyed making paper plates cows and the roosters with feathers. School Spirit Week: The children will enjoy the School Spirit Week by participating sports day, crazy socks day, mix-up day, crazy hair day and pajama day. They will learn what they learn from sports and transform it into life skills such as communication, time management, and emotions. They will enjoy coming to school with their favorite pajama suits and showing it to their friends Fitness Fun: The children will learn physical (body) and cognitive (brain) development go hand-in-hand. When kids are active, their brain develops, allowing them to memorize what they learn at school. Also, they will learn frequent physical activity has been associated with improved behavior in the classroom and beyond.Our Montessori lessons entailed Grace and courtesy. The students learned how to greet people and how to shake hands properly. They learned the importance of sharing and taking turns. They also learned about the magic words: “thank you” and “please”. This summer was a very busy month for kids as they learned lots of information about different oceans, tidepools and different ocean animals. Making whales, seahorses with paper cutouts were great fun activities for kids. Also, they learned what are the pirates and how they find their treasures by following maps. They enjoyed so much making their own pirate hats and wearing them.
September Recap: All about Me: Starting a new school year with ‘All About Me” theme was a great way to learn about other students in the classroom, build up friendships, and develop sense of self-worth. The students learned that we all have similarities as well as differences. They learned that we all have different moods and feelings such as happy, sad, mad, and jealous. This theme helped the children to realize that every person is unique and special. They were very happy to share their “All about Me” page with their favorite color, favorite food, favorite sport and the family photo. The special projects we did for this theme were, rainbow handprints, and “All about Me” page. Seven Continents: Students learned that there are seven continents of the world and the names of the continents. They learned the continent that we live in is North America. They learned the largest continent is Asia. They also learned about “Human and Physical Features” and “The Animals” of all seven continents. The special projects that we did for this theme were coloring the continents with their unique Montessori colors. And showing them that there are two hemispheres by cutting an apple into two halves and placing them next to a world map. Enrichment Overview: As I am the teacher for Enrichment – Cooking, I made a poster of food groups that we should include to our diet. They learned a balanced diet is key to healthy eating habits because it provides children with the nutrients they need to grow. Children learned how to make healthy snack choices by making Mashed Avocado and Egg Toasts, Fruit and Cheese Kebobs, Sweet Tartines, and Berry Smoothie.
October Recap: The students highly engaged in class discussions and they understood that there are objects other than our Sun and the planets in our solar system. We discussed about our Solar System is made up of the Sun, eight planets, several moons and a band of rocks called Asteroid Belt. They learned the names of the planets in the solar system and they revolve around the Sun. We talked about the Sun is the most important part of the Solar System and it keeps the planets in their orbits. They learned Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are called Inner Planets and Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are called the Outer Planets. They learned the Asteroid belt probably contains millions of asteroids and it is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Students learned about the Earth and the layers of the Earth. We also talked about the space, milky way, asteroid belt, comets, stars, space shuttles, astronauts too. Special Projects we did on this theme
Enrichment Overview: As I am the teacher for Enrichment – Cooking, we discussed about food groups that we should include to our diet. They learned a balanced diet is key to healthy eating habits because it provides children with the nutrients they need to grow. Children learned how to make healthy snack choices by making Cucumber Boats, Bagels with Cheese and Strawberries, Sun butter Honey Roll ups, and Cantaloupe with Cottage Cheese.
November Recap: In November, we talked about Virtues and Values and how they aspire to develop positive character traits that will serve well all our lives. Reading “To Fill a Bucket” book was a great way to teach the students how to experience the joy of giving and receiving. During November, we talked about much beloved American holiday, the Thanksgiving Day. Children learned about the history of the first thanksgiving and the harvest festival. We discussed how people celebrate their most important or favorite crop across the globe such as in France, they celebrate grape. In Switzerland they give thanks for onions and throughout Asia there are rice festivals. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents that came for Parent – Teacher conferences despite their busy schedules.
December Recap: It is hard to believe that 2018 is over. I am happy that we all worked as a team to make our children’s future bright. I take this opportunity to thank all the parents, teachers and management for the support given to make it a success and to say good bye to 2018 with a big smile. During December we talked about the celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year. We read lots of books about how people celebrate these around the world. We discussed Christmas, and Santa Claus Came to visit us. They also learned that Christmas trees are a popular decoration as are tiny sparkling lights in windows and on walls.Children learned for eight days each November or December, Jewish families light a special candleholder called a menorah. They do it to remember an ancient miracle in which one day’s worth of oil burned for eight days in their temple. On Hanukkah, many Jewish families also eat special potato pancakes called latkes, sing songs, and spin a top called a dreidel to win chocolate coins, nuts, or raisins. We discussed that Kwanzaa is based on ancient African harvest festivals and celebrates ideals such as family life and unity. During this spiritual holiday, celebrated from December 26 to January 1, millions of African Americans dress in special clothes, decorate their homes with fruits and vegetables, and light a candleholder called a kinara. As special projects, we made salt dough ornaments with children’s hand prints and decorated our Christmas tree with them. Children decorated candle holders with red and green tissue papers as gifts for their beloved parents.
January Recap: Happy New Year and welcome back to school! In January we learned about winter, snow and ice. Children learned winter season is a very cold season. We discussed that snow refers to forms of ice crystals that precipitate from the atmosphere and undergo changes on the Earth’s surface. We talked about that every single snowflake that falls goes through a process that makes it spectacular and beautiful. The children observed that ice is solid, transparent, cold and slippery. They also used the sense of taste and determined ice tastes like water. We talked about Antarctica and animals live on Antarctica. Children learned some animals migrate during winter and they stay in warm places until spring. They also learned some animals hibernate and we discussed that polar bears do not hibernate like other bears. We talked about Dr Martin Luther King Jr since the MLK day falls on the third Monday in January. For our special projects, we made homemade butter with whip cream; snowflakes using borax powder and water: and fake snow using baking soda and hair conditioner. Our literary focus was on “The Mitten,” a story about winter friends who were looking for a place to keep warm. The story teaches children about how retell their own version of the story, such as beginning, middle, and end.
February Recap: In February, the children learned about the Asian continent. We talked about animals that live in Asian countries and important places such as the Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal in India and Tokyo Tower in Japan. We also discussed about different costumes that people wear in Asian countries. Children learned about the beautiful flowers that grow in Asia. We talked about how to be a good friend and how we show our friends that we care about them. Our class learned about Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. They learned that President George Washington’s and President Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays are in February. For our botany lesson, we talked about parts of a root and types of roots too. Children learned that some of the vegetables we eat such as carrots, potatoes, are root vegetables. We thank all the parents that supported for our Valentine’s Day party. Our class enjoyed exchanging cards and gifts with their friends. We made hot air balloons with hearts for Valentine’s day cards and the water cycle experiment with zip lock bags as our special projects.
March Recap: In March the children learned that Africa is the second largest of the world’s seven continents. They continued to expand their geographic vocabulary by learning about the human and physical features of this fascinating continent. We also learned that Africa has huge physical diversity: deserts, grassland, mountains and jungle can all be found in certain parts of Africa. We discussed this continent is home to an enormous range of animals, from hippos and hyenas to butterflies and dung beetles. The class learned that Africa is the oldest inhabited continent on Earth and people have lived there for over five million years. We read lots of books written by Dr. Seuss. Children learned that Dr. Seuss was not a real doctor and he used “Dr. Seuss” as his penname. The class discussed about 12 types of clouds and they learned a cloud is a visible mass of liquid droplets or frozen crystals of water and various chemicals suspended in the atmosphere. We talked about Spring, the most beautiful season of the year. The children celebrated St Patrick’s Day on 3/15/19. They learned that Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
April Recap: In April, we learned that Australia (sometimes known as Australasia) is the biggest island in the world although it is the smallest continent from this the children learned more about comparatives and superlatives. We also focused on the food, animals, and instruments that are unique to that region as well the tribal costumes and architecture. The children also learned the concept island, ocean, and archipelago. The children celebrated ‘Drop Everything and Read Day’ on April 12th where teachers read books to the children and one of the children read her first book to her peers. We discussed their favorite stories and the children played a word game. On the 22nd April, the children celebrated Earth day. The children learned a lot about recycling items, food waste and how to conserve water and electricity in order to help the planet. The children also sorted different types of waste products into different categories. April has been filled with so many fun activities from crazy hair and wears to hunting eggs in unusual places. However, the highlight of the month was the Open House where children could share what they have learned over the last year with their parents.
May Recap: In May, the children learned about traditional South American clothing, instruments, art, food, and animals. We talked about the indigenous people of the rainforest and some of the insects and animals they live with. The children got to experience and discuss the life cycle of a butterfly and learned the difference between a chrysalis and a cocoon. They experienced the beauty of change by watching the metamorphosis of a real caterpillar. We further discussed the concept of time and change when we celebrated Carter and Emma’s birthday by looking through their timelines and discussing the changes that have taken place in their lives since they were babies. The children also used their imagination to come up with ways to decorate their Mother’s Day gifts. We talked about why our Mothers’ are so special and what we love most about them. Everyone celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week, thank you so much for all the treats, food ,and gifts we received. We truly love them, especially the hugs and kisses the children gave us.
June Recap: This month the class has been introduced to the state flower and the Californian state flag during Circle Time. The children also discussed their favorite place to go in California, besides Disneyland. The children learned more about how to take care of their own community to benefit everyone in the class by reading the book “The Little Red Hen’. The most exciting part of the month was the children preparing their gifts for Father’s Day. They were so proud to give their gift and card to their Fathers. We also talked about the activities they do with their dads and some of the things their fathers have taught them. We are sure that the Fathers had a great time eating donuts with their children and spending time with them at school too. The children were really interested in the jobs community helpers do. We talked about how to identify the police, medical staff, and firefighters and in what capacity they help us. We even made an emergency vehicle so the children could recognize it when they see it out on the street. As the school year closed the children got excited about the summer and graduation they talked about the next phase in their lives after Primary and they prepared a few songs to perform at graduation too. We hope you’ve had a great school year and a wonderful summer.
Summer News: We have a lot of fun planned for this summer! Weekly themes include party in the USA, underwater adventures, outer space, only one you, down on the farm and wrapping summer up with a school spirit week. We will have water play on July 12, 26 and August 16. Bubble days will be July 19 and August 9. Water slide days will be July 17, 31, August 7 and 21. We have a lot of in-house fun including magic shows, discovery cube, Ranger Jack and a reptile show. We will be having a special summer carnival on August 2nd from 3-6. There will be a petting zoo, pony rides and more. Be sure to save the date!