Summer Recap: Hello parents of Walkers Room #3! I first want to thank all of you for being so helpful during our summer session. I hope you have had a wonderful summer and as much fun as we did in class! This summer, we welcomed new students, Colton, Kailey, and Dilan, and said goodbye to our other students who moved up to Pre-Primary! Congratulations to our student, Poppy, for moving up into the Pre-Primary classroom! Walkers 3 had so much fun with showing spirit for our country on the 4th of July. All our students wore red, white, and blue! Another big hit for our classroom was studying sea creatures. One of our rooms favorite animal is the shark and we love to growl when we hear the word shark. “Baby Shark” has been a class favorite for a few weeks now. The children had an absolute blast with the Vest Best Bubble Party. We learned how to catch a bubble with soapy hands, and we even got to spend some time in a giant bubble! Walkers 3 really enjoyed our water days especially because of the heat wave that came through our area. Our favorite activity during water play is splashing in the puddles and getting soaked! Some of our students were so happy to be in the water they didn’t want to come inside for snack!For the month of August, our focus was learning all of the amazing animals that live on a farm! We have been singing “Old McDonald Had A Farm” and focusing on each name of the animal and the sounds the animals make. We created some farm animal art including, marble painted tractors, dot-painted cows, and included hay as a painting tool for our class. The petting zoo came by on the 21st and everyone had the chance to see and touch some farm animals including goats, chickens, bunnies, and ponies. Sloane was super excited to see the bunnies and Lily was first to brush a goat! Some of our friend’s, including Pearson, even took a ride on the ponies! We had a blast celebrating Pirate Day and our spirit week as well in the month of August.
September Recap: Welcome to the New school year for Walkers room #3! We are sad to see summer coming to an end but are very excited to start this school year with a bang! I want to thank all our parents who have been on top of everything by helping with snack hosting and making sure their child has fresh diapers and wipes. We truly appreciate your help. A big welcome to Warren and Dilan for joining Walkers 3. We are excited to have you in our class and look forward to watching everyone grow and learn. In September, we focused on each individual child and learned so much about each Walker! We focused on counting with our fingers, learning about each family in our room, and having the children learn about themselves by singing songs like “Heads, shoulders, knees and toes! ” As many parents have pointed out to me, your little ones are catching on fast to counting and showing you where their eyes and ears are. I am so happy to hear they are taking these new and exciting lessons and practicing at home! One of our new favorites songs is also “Good morning, sunshine.” I ask each child how they are feeling every morning during circle and they love saying “yay, “or showing me their many faces of being happy or sometimes sleepy. In September, we also had Back to School Night. I hope everyone was excited to see how much your child will be learning throughout the year. It was so nice to meet all our moms and dads. Thank you to all families that have contributed to our family wall by submitting a family picture. The children love looking at the photos and seeing their loved ones.
October Recap: In October, we learned about the solar system including terrestrial and gas planets. We also had fun getting ready for the spooky holiday of Halloween! The walkers painted with their fingers and made collage art monsters using sponges and paper scraps. Our class likes to explore through touch. Along with learning about space, we worked on many gross motor skills like throwing a ball and dancing along to songs during music and movement like “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!” One classroom favorite is, “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” They love stomping their feet to the rhythm. For Halloween, we practiced rolling on the floor like pumpkins and every student thought it was so funny. We also received new Montessori materials and it was wonderful to watch the children walk around helping clean up after Montessori time, learning to put stuff back on their rugs, clean windows and color match with our new color stacker! This room has a lot of heart and energy. Every day we are learning more sign language such as please, thank you, and more. Many of our little ones have learned to hug and be gentle with one another. Gentle Touches in one way we teach how to respect one another’s bodies. We are so excited for the month of November and learning about Virtues and Values! Wishing all my families here a very exciting and safe new season to come!
November Recap: In November, we had so many exciting things being learned and celebrated. Thank you, to all the parents who signed up for parent teacher conferences. It was so rewarding hearing how many of you have noticed your child picking up things during circle time, and Montessori work time. For virtues and values this month, we focused on things that made our students happy! We asked questions about what made them happy, how their days were going. We have been working hard teaching the toddlers to us their words along with signing the signs of please and thank you. We celebrated two birthdays this month, Dean and Jackson, and are very excited to see them be moved up into the pre-primary class! The children really loved learning about being thankful and making turkey noises as well as the turkey art! We enjoyed feasting with Walkers 4 during our Harvest Feast. We really got into the spirit of Giving Thanks!
December Recap: In December, we learned about different cultures and how holidays are celebrated. We loved learning about Hanukkah how dreidels are used to play games. We also enjoyed learning about Christmas and Kwanzaa. Our class loved all the colors that come with each celebration! We had our own fun playing with a dreidel in class and singing the special dreidel song! We created art with the Star of David and crayons. Our class also had a blast painting a menorah with the colors of Hanukkah. We made ourselves into little gingerbread girls and boys by putting our pictures on the head of gingerbread men. We decorated Christmas trees with green paint. Our class loved singing Christmas songs while using jingle bells. We learned the colors of Kwanza ,an African tradition that means “first fruits” as in the first harvest. We also learned that the seven candles of Kwanza represent seven principles and we used tape and paint to create candle art. Our class used the Kwanza colors black, red and green to create with cookie cutters and paint.Our Montessori lessons included exploring Christmas knobbed puzzles. We used stacking puzzles to practice our fine motor skills. We also had fun sorting vegetables by color and putting them on a tray to practice balance. Our lessons also included reviewing our sandpaper letters and numbers. Our special project this month was creating handprint Christmas tree cards for our lovely parents. We painted our hands green, stamped it on paper, and decorated it with a star on top. Enrichments for this month included having fun with instruments and creating new sounds and rhythms. It was fun to use Christmas music for this activity! Our class loved to mold with green playdough. We tried sculpting Christmas trees, gingerbread cookies, and snowmen. December was fun filled with lots of activities based around celebrations! We had so much fun learning about a variety of cultures through art and Montessori work.
January Recap: In January we learned about Winter, snow, and ice. We discussed how all of these ideas go together as the weather changes around us. We learned about Winter and how cold the weather is in this season. We read a variety of Winter stories that taught us about friendship, what to wear in Winter, and what happens to trees in Winter. We loved learning about snow up in the mountains! Our class learned how water in the sky can turn to snow. We also enjoyed learning how to make a snowman with cotton balls and snowman clothing cutouts. Our class had fun creating art with colored ice! We discussed solids and liquids and how ice is formed. Our students learned that if we make water very cold it makes ice and if ice becomes hot it melts! We also had fun during Montessori time learning all about practical life skills, sensory concepts, and numbers. Our students were taught how to sweep, dust, and wipe windows using a cleaning tote with supplies. The class was very involved in our mystery bag that taught them how to use their sense of touch! We also used our little fingers to help us count. Our special project this month was painting snowflakes! We held paint brushes all by ourselves and painted with blue paint onto popsicle sticks. We had a blast and hung them up to fly in our classroom. Enrichments for this month was based on having fun with instruments and creating new rhythms. We also settled down and worked on our centered breathing while practicing yoga.The month of January was fun filled with lots of activities based around Winter! We had so much fun learning about this cold season and its properties, like snow and ice, through art activities and circle time discussions.
February Recap: In February, our class learned about cultural awareness and what friendship means to us. This month we learned about friendship and how people can all get along with one another even if we are different from each other. We read a variety of friendship stories that taught the class about how to be nice to our friends and people we might not know very well. It was also fun to learn and sing new songs about making new friends around the world. The class loved learning how to wave to our friends and to say hello and goodbye! Our class learned that it is polite to acknowledge people you know and who you don’t know. We practiced hugging our friends and teachers in class. This was adorable! The Walkers class had fun creating art with colored hearts! We discussed Valentine’s Day and how we want to spread love and joy on this special day. Our students learned that if afriend is sad, we can help cheer them up by giving them extra love such as hugs or a pat on the back. We also had fun during Montessori time learning all about the concepts of self-help, sensory skills, and numbers. Our students were taught how to pour, how to match objects, and how to create shapes using play dough. The class was very involved in our treasure bag! We also used our little fingers to help us count and trace the number 5 and 6. Our special project was painting heart-shaped paper plates! Students held paint brushes all by themselves and painted with red paint. Our class had a blast and hung them up to fly in our classroom.Enrichments were based on having fun learning the Spanish words for hello and goodbye. Students also had a blast singing songs such as “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and “The Whole World”. The month of February was fun filled with lots of activities based around Friendship! We had so much fun learning about this theme and putting it into use inside the classroom through discussion, art activities and songs.
March Recap: In March we learned about the African Savanna. We discussed facts about our theme and looked at a lot of pictures to help us learn. We focused on Africa and learned what type of people live there. We read some facts on African life people and learned how children spend their days in Africa! It is really hot there! The Walkers really enjoyed learning about African animals, such as elephants and monkeys. The Walkers enjoyed learning how animals survive in the African Savanna. Our class discussed the importance for animals to survive and keep their young babies alive. The walkers love playing with toy animals and making their sounds!We also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with lots of green activities! We had fun creating art with green handprints on shamrocks! We discussed St. Patrick’s Day and how the four-leaf clover is lucky! Our students used their pinching skills for picking up green tissue paper squares and gluing them onto shamrocks. We also enjoyed Montessori time learning all about the concepts of matching, identifying colors and identifying numbers. Our students were taught how to identify numbers with pictures, how to match objects, and how to create shapes using play dough. The class was very involved in rolling our work mats out and putting them away. We love cleaning our classroom and making it look tidy! Our special project this month was creating our own Mr. Lorax from Dr. Seuss! We used our handprints for his mustache and our fingertips to paint his eyebrows. We had a blast and hung them up in our classroom enrichments for this month were based on having fun learning the signs for “Thank you, Sorry, Animal, and Happy”. We focused on the colors brown, blue, green, and yellow. Our class listened to the Animal Freeze Dance song and acted out the animal moves. It’s like we were in the African Savanna! March was fun filled with lots of activities based around the African Savanna! We had so much fun learning about this theme and putting it into use inside the classroom through discussion, pictures and songs.
April Recap: In April, we learned about Islands and Volcanoes. We discussed what each of these are and where they can be located. We learned about Islands and how the land is surrounded by water. We also talked about the variety of people who live on islands. We looked at pictures of islands and Volcanoes to gain a better understanding of the land. Then, we learned about lava and how it flows out of the Volcanoes and covers the land in rock. We loved learning about lava and how it goes from a liquid to a solid form! We also enjoyed creating our own Volcanoes with painted handprints. One of the islands we talked about was Australia. Our class had fun creating art with egg cut outs, stickers, and Q-tip painting. We also made bunny rabbits and colored them with markers to decorate our class for Spring. We cannot wait for our Egg Hunt! Our students also learned about Australia and how they have kangaroos. We even created a mosaic kangaroo in class! We also had fun during Montessori time learning all about self help, number concepts, and sensory skills. Our students were taught how to use a napkin, count water bottles, and to explore our sensory object of shredded paper. The class was very involved in picking up our trash and putting our plates on the shelf. They love to do things on their own! Our special project this month was a mosaic kangaroo! We glued brown paper squares onto a kangaroo outline. We had a blast and hung it up in our classroom. Enrichments for this month were based on speaking Spanish and recycling. We practiced learning new Spanish words like Face, Hands, and Body. We also loved learning about recycling and we created an Earth painting out of our handprints. The month of April was fun filled with lots of activities based around Islands and Volcanoes! We had so much fun learning about these landforms. We explored through sensory activities, art, and enrichments.
May Recap: In May, we learned about Whales and their migration. We discussed what whales do and where they migrate. We learned that whales live in the ocean and eat various kinds of fish and kelp. We also talked about the variety of whales we can see in the ocean. California is even home to several! We looked at pictures of whales to gain a better understanding of their gigantic size! Then, we learned about how they breathe air through their blowholes. We enjoyed learning that whales can travel up to 3,100 miles. The Walkers also learned that whales travel to warmer water in the Fall and colder water the next Spring. We had fun creating our own whale art with whale cutouts and marble art for creating ocean waves. Our class had fun creating sunflower art using toothbrushes and yellow and green paint. We practiced holding markers and crayons while coloring pretty ocean pictures. Our students also loved playing in our “garden” in the sensory table. We had fun “watering the flowers” and “digging in the dirt”! During Montessori time, we focused our learning on number concepts, helping ourselves, and sensory concepts. Our students were taught how to sort colored feathers, count frogs, and how to wipe their own faces. The class was very involved in dumping their food in the trash this month. They love to do things on their own! Our special project was our Mother’s Day pictures. We used our own fingerprints with lots of colors and printed onto paper around a heart shape. We glued a poem on and wrapped it up all pretty! We had a great Mother’s Day at school with breakfast included! Enrichments for this month were based on sign language and music. We practiced learning new sign words like Water, Mommy, and Hello. We also loved learning new songs like Baby Beluga and practicing our knowledge of rhythms and tempo. The Walkers even found out that whales have their own songs! May was fun filled with lots of activities based around Whales and Migration. We had so much fun learning about these amazing creatures. We explored through sensory activities, art, and enrichments.
June Recap: In June, we learned about community helpers and how they help people in their neighborhoods. We discussed about the jobs of firefighters, police, dentists, and the trash man/woman. We learned about firefighters and how they put fires out and save lives. The Walkers loved learning about the police department and we had fun listening to the siren sound that their car makes. The Walkers know that the police keep our streets and community safe! We looked at pictures of the dentist to gain a better understanding of what they do to help people. We saw that they clean people’s teeth and fix teeth when they break. We learned that brushing our teeth helps keep us away from the dentist, but we don’t need to be afraid! Later on, we talked about the trash man/woman that come by and take our trash away. This keeps our community clean and safe. We love watching the trash truck on trash days. We wave to them and they honk at us. So much fun! The month of June was fun filled with lots of activities based around Community Helpers. We had so much fun learning about these amazing people. We explored through sensory activities, art, and enrichments. We loved learning about firefighters and we got to make firefighter hats with paper plates and red paint! Our class talked about the police and created our own cop cars out of a car cut out and different shapes. The Walkers also learned that dentists clean teeth and we cleaned our own paper teeth with white paint. The Walkers made their teeth sparkle with sparkly glitter. We had fun creating our own trash truck art with paper shapes, scraps of trash and glue! We also had fun during Montessori time learning all about self-help like using a toothbrush and blowing on our hot food. We also learned how to mix colors with shaving cream and explored our Brown Bear sensory bin. Our students were taught how to count, to use sign language and to toss bean bags. The class was very involved in clearing their lunch area this month. They love to do things on their own! Our special project this month was our Father’s Day paintings. We used our own foot prints with paint and colored our own canvas with crayons. We are able to scribble now! Our dad’s nailed fatherhood this year for sure and we had a great Father’s Day celebration at school with sprinkle doughnuts included! Enrichments for this month were based on sign language and music. We practiced learning new sign words like Help, Dad, and Change. We also loved learning new songs like Bingo-DADDY and practicing our knowledge of rhythms and tempo. The Walkers enjoyed the learning enrichment this month!
Summer News: This summer, we will be having some summer fun with themes including Party in the USA, Underwater, and Outer Space. We will be focusing on crafts like shaving cream fireworks, tissue paper seahorses, and painting rocket ships. We will have a blast playing games like the planet memory game and singing Baby Shark! Our class will sing lots of fun songs to create movement in our bodies! We will continue to practice sitting quietly for circle time and lunch time. We will continue to work on the skill of using a spoon and throwing our food away. Finally, we will have so much with water days and in-house field trips! We can’t wait! Summer is here! We cannot wait to do all of the fun activities planned for each month of Summer! We will have a different theme for each week including USA, Underwater, Outer Space, Only One You, Farm, and Spirit week. We will have special bubble and water days with two splash pads for twice the fun in the sun! The children will participate in super fun in-house field trips like magic shows, science shows, a reptile show, Ranger Jack, and a super cool school carnival. There will be planned games and crafts all throughout each week to make sure fun is had by all every second of Summer. We are all super excited and can’t wait for the festivities!