What a fun and exciting time of year this is! Over the past month, we’ve seen the children really settle in and feel comfortable at school. We are enjoying everyone’s excitement for exploring the classroom, meeting new friends, and getting going with lots of new lessons!
At circle time, we’ve learned about spiders (parts of spiders, spider behavior, and types of spiders), and will be learning about pumpkins and Halloween festivities for the remainder of the month. The children are enjoying all the newly-introduced work on our shelves – seasonal activities, art projects, and more traditional Montessori materials – and we look forward to our holiday party with food and costumes on Halloween day. On Fridays, the children have been learning French vocabulary, including some basic verbs, greetings, vocabulary pertaining to the weather, and colors. We’re continuing our “sound of the week” theme with letter sounds on Tuesdays, and sharing day on Wednesdays.
We enjoyed talking with those who were able to attend Meet and Greet Night and are looking forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming fall conferences!
– Ms. Hendrickson, Ms. Chi, Ms. Dunnington, and Ms. Dykstra
We have been putting away our apple works and bringing out our fall activities. Kids have learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin as well as parts of a pumpkin. We have talked out spiders too. Now we are talking about bats. In the afternoon kids have been enjoying yoga and science experiments. To prepare us for an earthquake we have been practicing what to do if there is an earthquake. As Halloween is around the corner we have been reading Halloween books, doing art projects and singing Halloween songs like 5 little pumpkins and Witches Brew (kids all time favorite)
~Ms. Govindaraj, Ms. Hopper, Ms. Urbach, and Ms. Olisker
Lyrics to 5 Little Pumpkins:
5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said: “Oh my, it’s getting late!”
The second one said: “There are witches in the air.”
The third one said: “But we don’t care.”
The fourth one said: “Let’s have some fun.”
The fifth one said: “Let’s run, run, run.”
The WHOOO went the wind
And out went the lights
And the 5 little pumpkins rolled out of sight
Lyrics to Witches Brew:
Dead leaves, seaweed, rotten eggs, too.
Chorus: Stir them in my witches brew. I’ve got magic, abra, kazam, kazoo
Spider webs, moldy bread, mucky muck, too.
Finger nails lunch pails, apple cores, too.
Wrinkled prunes, mushrooms, motor oil. too.
Floor wax, thumb tacks, purple toes. too.
Chorus; (very soft) Stir them in my witches brew, I’ve got magic, abra, kazam, kazoo….BOO!
Material of the Month
Direct Aim- Testing and development of the auditory sense; development of auditory concentration.