Summer Recap: We started off our Summer with our Party in the USA theme. We sang the Star-Spangled Banner and Yankee Doodle. We also painted pictures of fireworks and the American Flag. The children enjoyed a Bubble show and their very own Bubble Day. The children loved our Magic show and especially enjoyed when the bunny appeared and disappeared. Our Underwater theme was full of adventure. The children learned about underwater sea creatures and made slime! The children painted their own Jellyfish, octopus, fish and sea snails. We created ocean sensory bottles filled with water and sea creatures for the children to enjoy. To introduce Outer space theme week, we sang “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and painted rocket ships. The crowd favorite was definitely our splash/ waterslide days, the children had a blast and really enjoyed some fun in the sun. During our “Only One You” week the children went out to our new rock riverbed and painted their own rock. The children also enjoyed farm activities like shucking corn, painting farm animals, signing farm nursery rhymes and made their own ice cream from scratch. Our School carnival was so much fun, the children were able to feed the petting zoo animals and ride the pony! They ate yummy carnival food and played games. As the summer came to an end, we welcomed many new faces and are excited to announce the opening of our new toddler room.
September Recap: September was a month full of new and first-time experiences for our children in room 3! Our classroom is growing with many new faces and we are excited for the children to get to know one another and begin to form friendships. Many of our toddlers are now very vocal and it is refreshing to see them explore the classroom and ask for help when they need it. We would like to thank our parents for joining us at our Back to School Night, it was nice to see so many of our parents involved and interested in the upcoming activities for the year. We introduced the color; red and the shape; circle. The children were given objects and flashcards to help distinguish the difference between objects with these characteristics. In practical life they worked with tweezers in order to refine their fine motor skills and finger strength. They did an amazing job at carrying their work on trays from work area to work area and putting them in the correct space. The children really enjoyed singing “Head, shoulders, knees and Toes” which made learning and recognizing their body parts fun! For art we made back to school busses using paint and the children really enjoyed getting their hands messy! We really enjoyed our literature book for the month, “The Kissing Hand”. The children were very entertained and loved to see their faces on the walls and point at the people in their families.
October Recap: We started off October exploring our world using our senses and learned about the changes that happen during the Fall season. To kick things off we smelled different types of scented oils and differentiated between the scent of Lemon, Raspberry, and Eucalyptus. We went for a nature walk and picked real leaves off the ground, painted them with fall colors and used them as stamps to make leaf prints. The children also learned what the inside of a pumpkin feels like when they reached in and pulled out the seeds. Our book of the month was, “We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt“, which inspired our nature walk art activity. We focused on the letter “A” and sang “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” to show us where our body parts are located. Our Halloween costume parade was such a blast the children pranced around in their costumes and enjoyed all the Halloween goodies. The children were so excited to see all the doors decorated down the hallway. They are learning each other’s name by pointing to their pictures on the door. The parents were happy to vote for their favorite one. The classroom did a great job. Mrs. Shelley and I would like to extend a BIG than you to the parents that wished us a Happy Birthday, we really appreciate it! We would also like to thank our parents for all the wonderful books they donated to our classroom from the book fair.
November Recap: November curriculum was about “Harvest and Health Bodies”. We started the month off by exploring the sour taste of lemons and we made instant pudding. Each friend was given an opportunity to stir and pour. We also learned about the food groups by sorting wooden food we have in practical life. In music, and movement, we learned songs relating to food like “I Like to Eat”, “Five Little Turkeys”, “Biscuits in the Oven” and “We are Thankful “. We also had a fun time learning about exercise in our classroom by running in place, jumping up and down and doing stretches. During circle time, we talked about the color’s orange, yellow, and brown. We learned the shapes ellipse and oval by looking for items around the classroom that were the same shape. Our book of the month was “Fill a Bucket” by Carol McCloud. We also talked about how important it is to always say “please” and “thank you” when we ask for something. Our Montessori work focus was learning about the letters “c” and “d” and counting to five. We looked at pictures and named objects that begin with these letters and made the phonetic sounds. In art, we made turkey art, food collages, and explored the texture of celery by painting together and making prints. I would like to thank all our parents for making our Thanksgiving Feast a wonderful time for our toddlers to remember. We started off our celebration by singing our “Thank You” song and then we enjoyed the taste of our awesome feast.
December Recap: During December we learned about Seasons and Holidays. During circle time we discussed what the weather is like in winter. The children responded with words like rain, ice and cold. We also brought in different types of clothing for children to try on like gloves, mittens, beanies, and scarves. We let them know that these are items we wear in the wintertime. We also looked at picture cards showing different types of Winter weather. When we asked the children what their favorite holiday was, they responded with Christmas and Santa clause and presents. Santa clause also came to visit our Toddlers. Some of the children were not so excited about a big man in a red suit and white beard. Spirit week was a super cute experience for the children. We had ugly sweaters and crazy hair along with other fun filled themes. We had so much fun practicing our holiday songs. We hope you enjoyed it as well. In art we made Christmas trees with our hands and reindeer with our hands and feet. Our Montessori lessons in practical life was spooning and tweezing along with sock matching. In sensorial we worked with broad stairs and sandpaper numbers. In language we learned the letters l, m, and n.
January Recap: In the month of January we learned about winter animals and hibernation. During circle time we discussed different winter animals and where they hibernate. Some of the animals that we discussed were bears, turtles, and raccoons. We explained to the children that turtles must hibernate because they can’t produce their own body heat. Then we told the children that a bear’s normal heartbeat of 40-50 beats a minute drops to 8 beats per minute and they can last 100 days without eating or drinking. We also shared picture cards with all the animals that hibernate. When we asked the children, what animals were their favorite, they responded with “bears”, and “turtles”. For art we made penguins using the children’s feet, and snowflakes using their hands. We also made polar bear heads out of paper plates, cotton balls and googly eyes. Our Montessori lessons in practical life were teaching the children how to sweep into a pile and then sweep into a dustpan. Another lesson we worked on was how to pour from one dish to another. For sensorial we introduced ice cubes to allow the children to feel what snow would feel like in their hand. They also felt the difference between ice water and warm water. We enjoyed making bears tracks with our hands! Our book of the month was The Mitten. All the children enjoyed reading it several times throughout the month!
February Recap: In February we learned about Cultural Awareness and Friendship. We discussed friendships and what a friend is. We also discussed how to make a friend and keep one. For the most part children around this age play alongside one another with minimal interaction until they mature to the stage of associative play where they begin to ask questions and have similar interests and goals. At this point is when we’ll notice that they may choose one or two special friends that they look to play with! In art the children decorated hearts with torn pieces of pink and red tissue paper and glued them on to large cutout hearts. They also painted the letter “S” and colored the map of Asia. The letters of the month that we worked on were S, T, U and V. In practical life we practiced carrying and rolling our rugs. They also practiced working with large clothes pins. The children enjoyed working on dry pouring from one bowl to another. In math the children practiced tracing with the sandpaper numbers and counting out loud 1 through 10. Our book of the month was Little Blue and Little Yellow.
March News: In March we are learning about the Rainforest and South America. We are talking about who lives in the Rainforest and why the animals that live in the Rainforest are special. We are also discussing the food, music, and traditions of South America. March is also Dr. Seuss month and we will be reading many books by Dr. Seuss. The letters for the month will be W, X, Y and Z. Our Montessori lessons will include large spooning, dry pouring, and large tonging. We are also discussing the difference between rough and smooth and color matching.