January 2021 News:
In January, our theme of the month is Winter, Snow, and Ice. We are reviewing winter clothing, animals and their hibernation cycles, winter activities, and exploring Ice.
It has been festive here at Montessori School of San Clemente, from all the Fall decorations within our lobby to all the leaves down the halls. When walking by each classroom, you would see unique artworks and projects such as handprint ghosts, bedazzled spiders, Paper Mache Planets, and much more.
In October, the theme of the month was The Solar System and Space; our classroom learned and discussed how many planets there are, the layers of the Earth, the Sun & Moon, Astronauts, and Space shuttles. Our focus letters of the month were e, f, g, and h, which we reviewed in songs, Montessori work, and shared something that started with those letters. Our classrooms completed incredible artwork that centered around Fall, Fire Safety, and Halloween. We cannot wait to send all masterpieces home to display. The book of the month was Going on A Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger; it was about three friends that went on an adventure collecting different kinds and colors of leaves to jump and play in.
The air is crisper, and the leaves are dropping welcome all to Fall! We are so excited for the cooler weather and new season to bring us joy with fun upcoming projects and experiences. In September, the students learned all about themselves and each other. Our students all worked on activities that helped them define what is unique about themselves and embrace all their similarities and differences! It was so rewarded learning about each student and their families and learning what makes them who they are as individuals. They also studied the seven continents and did a few colorful activities to help them remember new things about each one. The book of the month "The kissing hand" by Audrey Penn was a big hit with so many of our students returning from a prolonged period at home with family into a school routine; it reminded them of family love and how it is always with you.
So long summer we will miss you! Wow, this summer went by fast, but we created many memorable moments that are sure to last. We had five fun-packed weeks that let us camp out in the classroom, learn about Independence Day, become astronauts in outer space, explore farm life, have adventures under the sea, and watch volcanoes erupt! During our camping week, we did many activities like use homemade binoculars to explore our play yards, painted some campfires using our handprints, and even had some campfire snacks like Smores. We also celebrated our Fourth of July in style during our Independence week by making the American Flag out of Strawberries, blueberries, and whip cream for a festive snack. We also got to make firework artworks and learn about the meaning of our independence. Outer Space week was a massive hit; we learned about our solar system, stars, and astronauts. We got to lift off into space with our instructional videos on rocket ships, and we all loved counting down from ten, then shouting out, "Blast off!" During our farm animal week, we got to explore farm life and see what it takes to manage a farm and the different types of animals you would find there. We got creative and made some fun artwork of sheep, pigs, and barn houses. The popcorn on the cob was a huge favorite in the classrooms. Under the Sea week was filled with many wonders to explore. We studied different types of sea creatures, shells, and made colorful jellyfishes. We also got to see some incredible virtual aquariums and all the unusual, different sea creatures that all peacefully coexist. Lastly was our volcano week, it was a hot topic in all the classes and filled with lots of excitement. We all made volcanoes together as a class with papier mache, paint, and had a fun science experiment to watch them erupt using baking soda and vinegar. We also got to learn about all the different types of magma and watched some videos of active volcanoes.
This summer, we implemented some new policies and procedures to keep all our families and staff healthy and safe. We have families drop off and pick up at the front door to minimize contact within our school; during these times, we are taking temperatures to ensure our students’ health and teachers’ health. We are also having our students bring two pairs of shoes to change into when going inside and outside to limit germs coming back into class. Our staff is doing their best to keep the school clean, the children safe, and our families healthy to be able to focus on the education of our children.
During March, the children will be learning all about the Rainforest and South America. On March 2nd, the children will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday by reading Dr. Seuss books and creating a special craft. It is also Read Across America month, which is a great reminder that children should be read to daily by multiple people to expose them to language, story progression, and to instill a love of reading! Be sure to wear green on Tuesday, March 17th to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Also, please mark your calendars for March 2, 2020 as Re-Enrollment packets will be due. We are also collecting Spring Recess tuition and paperwork for the week of April 6th – April 10th all due by Monday, March 23rd, 2020.
In February, we hosted a successful Open House. We invited current families and prospective families to visit our school and learn more about our Montessori curriculum. It was a great opportunity to showcase to our current families, specific jobs their child(ren) have been working on. Each scholar had the chance to share with their families a specific activity from finish to end and explain to their parents what was expected of them during each activity.
February was filled with learning about different cultures and family traditions. Our scholars enjoyed learning about the continent of Asia and the Winter Olympics. Additionally, our classrooms learned about the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, and the Chinese Terracotta Army. Lunar New Year was celebrated in the classrooms. Our scholars learned it is the Year of The Rat from the Lunar Calendar and what makes this celebration special to so many people around the world. We also celebrated Valentine’s Day. This is a fun celebration of friendships with others. It gives each child another opportunity to learn the gift of friendship and the gift of sharing.
February enrichments, in art, the children will be learning about Yayoi Kusama. In music, the children will be introduced to different music from the continent of Asia introducing music from china, japan, India and Russia. In cooking, the children made "friendship" snacks. The children will continue working on ABCMOUSE.COM In computer class. As for Spanish, we learned vocabulary for familiar friendship greetings.
January was a great start to the new year! The students have settled back after the holiday break and are learning and growing every day! Our classrooms had fun exploring Antarctica and colder weather climates. The infants explored with ice and our Pre-Primary and Primary classrooms focused on Arctic animals. We have added Webby Dance to our list of extra-curricular activities. Classes take place on Thursday’s. Purple flyers are up at the front desk if you would like to sign up! School will be closed on Monday January 20th for Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday.
Our book of focus for January was The Mitten by Jan Brett. It’s about a young boy named Nicki, who loses his mitten in the snow and his lost mitten becomes a host to a lot of different forest animals, eventually becoming a warm home for the winter animals. Our scholars love reading this book. Each class created fun artwork that represented the mitten. Our classroom curriculum also focused on Winter Animals and Hibernation. The children enjoyed learning about why animals hibernate, and which animals prefer cold weather.
In December, our scholars learned about Seasons and Holidays. While learning about Seasons and Holidays; we also integrated a few cherished events. Each class from the youngest Toddlers through Kindergarten aged children performed a series of our favorite holiday songs in front of their families. The smiles were infectious and very proud parents enjoyed the show.
Progress reports were distributed to each child. Progress reports are meticulously completed by our lead teachers to show each scholar’s progress and what the focus will be moving forward for each child’s individual progress. To implement the virtue of giving; we adopted a local family in need through FAM, Adopt-A-Family program in San Clemente. Our generous families donated many gifts and gift cards to the family in need. The children really enjoyed seeing the Christmas gifts below our "Giving Tree" grow daily.
We partnered with See’s Candies to fundraise money for our school. It was a ‘sweet’ success! We also planned a fun event for families to get a couple of hours of ‘alone’ Christmas shopping. Families were able to drop off their child(ren) on a Saturday before Christmas to enjoy Pancakes and Pajamas with their friends at school. We had a special visitor…Santa Claus was in town and visited Montessori School of San Clemente! We provided Santa with a very long list of "NICE" children. Santa gave children high-five’s and brought a smile to each child.
In November we scheduled Parent-Teacher Conferences and they were a success. Our staff enjoys getting one-on-one time with our families to establish a great rapport. It’s also a great opportunity to further communicate each child’s success related to academics and individual progress. We also hosted a "Parents -Date-Night-Out" for our San Clemente Montessori families. The staff and children had so much fun craft-making, playing with other friends, and enjoying pizza! It’s such a fun environment to play with children and their siblings.
Our curriculum focused on Virtues and Values. We learned about friendships, kindness, and being helpful. November’s curriculum was a great focus in tandem with the holiday season. It allows our scholars to focus on truly understanding the virtue of kindness and sharing. In addition to what we are all thankful for each day. Our Literature focus was reading Fill a Bucket – Empathy Program by Carol McCloud and Katherine Martin. Our Thanksgiving Harvest Feast consisted of delicious food, sharing great times with our families and classroom friends. It’s such a great time to reconnect with our families. Each child was eager to share our turkey feast and all the fixings in a family style setting.
Enrichments had a great variety of introducing new ideas to our daily routine. In music we learned about the world renown Beethoven. And how some of his greatest works were composed while he was going deaf. We enjoyed creating many art projects related to Thanksgiving and the Fall season. The children were also introduced to Jackson Pollock’s splatter technique, also known as his "drip" technique. Our little chefs prepared from scratch yummy sliced cinnamon apple chips, mini pumpkin pies, and delicious pumpkin pie smoothies. In Spanish, they were introduced to the months of the year, parts of the body, and Harvest food groups vocabulary. Computer class is always fun. The children continued working on ABCMOUSE.com and continue to learn areas of Math, Language, and Reading.
Fall has officially arrived, and with it, comes cool and warm weather. It also allows for great art projects and fun events.
In October, the students had so much fun learning about the Fall season, our Five Senses, and Exploring Feelings. The children were able to have hands on experiences related to the five senses with smelling different aromas, fruits, and veggies. As well as understanding sense of touch, sight, listening, and taste.
As we focused on exploring feelings, children were able to firsthand see and label feelings. Different projects such as reading books about feelings and art projects related to feelings allowed children to understand and vividly see emotions. The students were able to learn empathy and a genuine compassion for others.
The Literacy focus was on the book Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson.
Our Enrichment classes have been so much fun to witness a different perspective on the way children learn. We offered children different areas to enhance the learning process. We explored areas in Art, Music, Cooking, Spanish, and Computers. Each child gets to experience something different every single day. This makes for a fun interaction. Our scholars have been continuing to work on mastering the art of music, producing playdough from scratch, fine-tuning their technology skills, learning introductory Spanish vocabulary, and creating watercolor masterpieces!
Our Scholastic Book Fair was a success! Thank you to our generous families for buying and donating books to your child’s classroom!
As we roll into fall, we want to thank all of our families for coming out to Back to School Night! We loved seeing everyone and their families explore the classrooms and all of their children’s work they have done thus far!
In September, the students learned all about themselves! Our students all worked on activities that help them define what is unique about themselves and embrace all their similarities and differences!
Enrichments have started! We have begun to introduce Cooking, Art, Spanish, Computers, and Music! Our scholars have been working hard making music, making playdoh from scratch, working on technology skills, learning introductory Spanish vocabulary, and creating watercolor masterpieces!
What a fun summer it has been! Lots of changes, fun visitors, and themed activities for the students.
Throughout the summer we have had lots of fun new changes! In our front office, you should have noticed a new face!
Ms. Lexie joined our administration team! If you haven’t stopped by the front desk yet, come say hello! Ms. Lexie will be with us until the end of fall, as she is moving due to military arrangements. But she is here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. If you need to get in touch, please email her at SanClementeMontessori@gmail.com
We kicked off the summer fun with weekly themes (and some new décor around the school!) You may have noticed some fish, planets, and farm animals that took over our front lobby and hallways. Our students and teachers worked diligently on new classroom artwork, themed sensory tables, and new fun songs for the students to enjoy.
We had Ranger Jack, Magic Joe, and our friend Mr. R from the Discovery Cube join us for fun presentations that included bubbles, magic, and puppets!
We also had water days and bubbles that did not disappoint! The students had a splashing good time!
As the year comes to a close, we want to thank you for being a part of our SC Montessori Family. We have loved every minute with your children and look forward to many more memories ahead. Thank you for choosing SC Montessori as your child’s first school. We value each and every one of you and we will continue to provide your children a happy, clean, and safe environment for them to continue to grow and thrive.
Our school’s Dads-n-Donuts event was a hit! Many dad’s celebrated with their children by eating donuts and playing together in their classrooms. We wrapped up the year by having our graduation ceremony for all the students who will be going into Kindergarten and 1st Grade next year! The students put on a wonderful dance and it was great to see many family members come out to support graduation!
Students and staff had a blast in the month of May at our school. We kicked off the month with our Scholastic Book Fair and Staff Appreciation Week. We appreciate all of our families that participated in purchasing books and spoiling our staff! Our school took a moment to celebrate mom’s on May 10th with the Mother’s Day Breakfast Buffet. Mom’s and their children enjoyed a waffle and oatmeal buffet before receiving their Mother’s Day gifts. Our curriculum focused on animal life cycles. The month of May brought chickens to our school! We incubated 12 eggs at the beginning of the month to showcase the life cycle of a chicken. Classrooms also kept caterpillars to showcase the life cycle of a butterfly. Students enjoyed being a part of this process. At the end of May, our school took time off on the 27th to observe Memorial Day.
April welcomed our Spring weather and our return to school from our week-long break! Students participated in the Week of the Young Child where each day was a different theme. Of course, the most popular day was Pajama Day! We also had Sports Day, Crazy Hair Day, Class Picnic Day, and Superhero/Princess Day. Thank you to all the parents who brought in eggs for our egg hunt! Our students and staff had a great time hunting for eggs on our playgrounds! Another event that happened in April was our Open House. This was a great opportunity for current families to see all the work their children have produced throughout the school year.
March was a fun month celebrating Dr. Seuss and St. Patrick’s Day! We had a great time dressing up for Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Mustache Day and PJ Day were our biggest hits at the school. Students wore green to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and had many surprises in their classrooms left behind by those little leprechauns. Ms. Lucy’s Ukulele class had their concert and it was a Hula-Good Time! Laugh Out Loud pictures came and took our Spring photos which were a blast!
The month of February brought so much love to our school! Our school was ready to celebrate friendship and love as our front office and hallways were decorated with dancing hearts! We celebrated Valentine’s Day with our morning parties and the children enjoyed passing around their cards to all of their classmates. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to bring in yummy Valentine’s snacks!
January was a great start to the new year! The students have settled back after the holiday break and are learning and growing every day! Our classrooms had fun exploring Antarctica and colder weather climates. The infants explored with ice and our Pre-Primary and Primary classrooms focused on Arctic animals. Soccer Shots started with us this month and come on Tuesday’s. Flyers are up at the front desk if you would like to sign up! We had a successful Information Night with prospective and current parents learning more in depth about our Montessori curriculum.
In December, the children learned about Celebrations around the world. We discussed the holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. The children even enjoyed a visit from Santa! It was so nice to see all of our families at our Holiday Performances. The children practiced for weeks and sang their hearts out. We thank you for supporting our programs and making our events such a huge success!
November has been a very eventful month for our school. Classes have spent time discussing what they are thankful for and how to be helpful towards others. We learned to be "Bucket fillers" and how to build each other’s self-esteem. Our children enjoyed sharing a meal together at our Harvest Feast. Thank you to all our families that helped to make this special event successful.
October was busy with many fall activities. It is so exciting to see the children building new friendships and enjoying their Montessori work. Thank you to all the families that were able to attend our Fall Carnival and Halloween Parade! We had a great time seeing the children and our families having so much fun. Please take note of the dates below for all upcoming holiday events and closures. Daylight Savings Time ends on November 4th, which means clocks go back an hour and it will begin to get dark earlier. Please remember as the weather gets cooler to send a long-sleeved jacket/sweatshirt daily with your child.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be on November 7th and 8th. School will close early at 3pm on both dates. Conferences are a great opportunity for us to discuss how your child is progressing in class and goals for the remainder of the school year. A sign-up sheet will be posted on your child’s classroom door. Please schedule accordingly as daycare will be provided during your scheduled conference only. Conferences are 20 minutes each.
The classrooms will have a Harvest Feast to celebrate Thanksgiving on November 21st from 11:00am-12:00pm. Please help by signing up to bring a dish for the class to enjoy. The event is only for the children. Items may be brought the day before or the morning of the 21st.
Our See’s Candy Fundraiser is a great way to get a jump start of your holiday shopping! See’s Candy makes a great stocking stuffer and corporate gifts. As a bonus, the proceeds help improve our playground. Orders are due on December 3rd to the front desk. Candy will be ready to pick up on December 11th!
September was a great month! We celebrated the start to our second school year! A big thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Back to School Night. It was so nice to see you there and be able to share with you, in more detail, the philosophy and approach as well interworking of our classrooms and programs! If your child is in a Primary or Kindergarten class and enrolled for an extended day schedule, they will be attending daily enrichment classes from 3:15-3:45. Enrichment classes include instruction in music, art, cooking, Spanish and computers! We also have our extracurricular classes for our Pre-Primary and Primary aged students. On Tuesday’s, we offer Tiny Tikes Soccer. Wednesday’s, we offer a Ukulele class (for children ages 4 and older). Thursday’s, we offer Twinkle Toes Dance and Friday’s we offer Amazing Athletes. Please see the office for more information on registration. Be sure to check out your classroom Teacher Page. It is filled with monthly news, our curriculum, events, and pictures!
What a wonderful summer we had at the Montessori School of San Clemente! We kicked off our summer activities with water days and bubble days every other Friday! The infants had fun on their splash mat and the Pre-Primary and Primary classes enjoyed wacky sprayers on their yards. We had an in-house field trip on the 20th of July. The Best Bubble Party came to our school and preformed some captivating and bubble-tastic moves with her special bubble wands and bubble solution. The children had the choice of stepping inside of a giant bubble, even some of the teacher’s joined in on the fun! We finished out the month of July with our family picnic which had an amazing turn out! Thank you for all the families who came and ate lunch with their children! It was a beautiful day filled with music, yummy food, sunshine, and lots of laughter. We enjoyed seeing our families connecting with one another. We strive to create a close community for our families.
We kicked off August with Pirate Day! Many of our children came to school in pirate wear which was arr-real blast! We had our spirit week on the 20th which included sports day, crazy sock day, mix up day, crazy hair day, and PJ day! The petting zoo came by on the 21st for our second in-house field trip of the summer. Many animals came including goats, chickens, and our pony for the pony rides! Our "Fun Fridays" ended on the 17th with our last water day. We cannot wait for next summer to continue our water and bubble days! We already have some ideas for more in-house field trips for next summer as well. Thank you for a wonderful summer here at the Montessori School of San Clemente.
As the year comes to a close, we want to thank you for being a part of our first school year. We have loved every minute with your children and look forward too many more memories ahead. Thank you for choosing SC Montessori as your child’s first school. We value each and everyone of you and will continue to provide your children a happy, clean, and safe environment for them to continue to grow. Help us increase our online presence by leaving us a positive YELP, Facebook, or Google review!
As this school year comes to an end, we want to take this time to say thank you to all our families for allowing the Montessori School of San Clemente to be your child’s school where they come to learn and grow each day! On behalf of our faculty and staff, we are grateful and honored to be a part of your child’s development. For those of our students who will be continuing with us for the summer and fall, we have a fun filled and exciting summer curriculum planned for all of our classrooms. For those students who will be graduating and moving on to the new schools, we wish you all the nest and please don’t hesitate to stop by and visit! July and August will be filled with ocean animals, pirates, fitness, and even water play. We will have special in-house field trips as well for hands-on learning. As the weather begins to warm up, please check your child’s cubby to make sure they have extra clothes that are weather appropriate. Please apply their first coat of sunscreen at home. We will apply at 11am and again for PM care. Please check with your child’s teacher to make sure they are supplied with your child’s preferred sunblock.
What an exciting month March was. The children loved learning about dinosaurs, Spring and Africa! It was fun to visit each of the classrooms and see what they were learning. I loved seeing the primary students try and see just how big the dinosaurs were by having the children lay down side-by-side and our teachers trace around them! The children were amazed at just HOW BIG those animals really were. The children also enjoyed making African art by paining savannah pictures and designing African masks.
We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and wore green! The children learned about Leprechauns and Irish traditions and culture. At the end of the month, we had our first spring egg hunt. What a blast! The children could barely contain their excitement as they ran across the playground hunting for hidden eggs. The Walkers class was especially intrigued. With each egg they found, they would stop, open it, and explore its contents. It was so cute to watch them explore and discover.
April was an exciting month here at the Montessori School of San Clemente! Our picture days were a big success! Thank you to Laugh Out Loud who came in and took such amazing pictures. Thank you to the parents who purchased pictures of their little movie stars. Our children explored characteristics of planet Earth! Each classroom discussed the importance of recycling and learned how trash can be turned into something new!
Our February Info Night was a success! We had many prospecting parents come by to meet the teacher’s and learn more about our Montessori curriculum. February was filled with learning about different cultures and family traditions. Valentine’s Day was a fun celebration of our friendships. We even made some treats to take home! Children spent time learning about the continent of Asia and the Winter Olympics. Lunar New Year was celebrated in the classrooms. They learned it is the Year of The Dog from the Lunar Calendar and what makes this celebration special to so many people around the world. The Sandbox was completed, and the children have had fun digging and playing in the new space. Thank you to all the parents and families that contributed to our fundraiser to make it possible!
January was a great month of setting into old routines after returning from the Winter Break. We have welcomed new families and staff and will continue to do so as the months continue. In the classrooms, we learned about Winter Animals and Hibernation. Hopefully, many came home talking about all they have learned about the process and animals who sleep the winter away. We learned about the continent of Antarctica and who works there, what animals live there and what the climate is like. Children learned the difference of what the continent looks like on a globe vs. a map and why it is so cold!
The year is coming to an end and at Montessori School of San Clemente, December was filled with learning about different holidays, adopting a family for our ‘Giving Tree’ and days leading up to winter break filled with holiday fun. We decorated cookies, made ornaments, gifts for our families, a visit from Santa and PJ Day! Thank you everyone who attending our holiday performances and family time. We also want to express our gratitude from all the staff for the lunch provided by our school families. The teachers enjoyed bite! It was quite touching to give all the donated gifts to our family in need on Thursday. They were very appreciative and thankful. Every donation, large and small was amazing and we look forward to continuing this tradition as our school grows. We wish everyone safe and happy holidays and we will see you when school resumes on January 2nd.
The children have adjusted so well and are enjoying the work and lessons. Our school is continuing to grow. Thank you to all of you for being part of this journey and for recommending your friends and neighbors! We would still love to hear from you on our Parent Survey. If you have not had a chance to turn yours in, it’s not too late…we would love to hear what you think
This month we celebrated Fire Safety Week (with all the fires going on the timing was perfect to teach the child what they can do in an emergency). We even had the local Fire Department stop by with a Fire Truck. We took lots of pictures and some even were brave enough to sit in the truck!
We had a visit from our neighborhood Dentist that taught us all about keeping our teeth clean for Dental Awareness Month. The children all got to practice proper teeth brushing and were given tips to help keep their teeth healthy and strong.
October has also brought wonderful changes on our playground. If you have not had a chance to see the beautiful tree stepping stones, balance beams or amazing garden beds—-step outside to see all the beauty that is taking place. It has been very exciting as we water and watch the carrots, celery, radishes, beans, peas and beets sprout and grow. This has been an activity that the children are excited about daily. We encourage you to grow something at home with your child
Thank you to all the families that were able to attend our Halloween celebration. This will be a great tradition we will look forward to each year. We had a great time seeing all the children and teachers in their Halloween Costumes.
It was a busy month at our school! Children learned all about healthy eating and taking care of their bodies. They studied North America; the countries, flags, animals and plants of the continent. Children in Primary have started creating maps in the classroom and are very busy during Montessori work time. While outside, they are working hard to care for the vegetables in the garden, as well as the flowers that are still in bloom. The little ones have been working on moving, walking, talking and exploring the world around them. Thank you to all our families who contributed to our Harvest Feast. There was a great turn out and the children all loved the food. It was a great way to gather just the children and talk about what we are thankful for and have a nice meal together before the holiday.
Our fundraising this month was incredible for such a small school. Thank you to each and everyone who helped us reach our goals! We raised $375 in Scholastic purchases to give the school $185 to purchase additional books for the classrooms. The See’s Candy fundraiser was such a huge success!! Thank you so much for those that collected candy orders and those that just gave from their hearts. We are so appreciative and excited for our new sandbox.
Our new website is finally up. We’ve worked hard to get a beautiful new site ready and we’re proud to show it off. Thanks for reading our blog. We have lots of great blog posts in the works. Please check back or contact us now to find out how we can help you.