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Front Class:

The Front class has resumed our study of the seven continents after wonderful Spring Break.  We’re currently learning all about Asia and Mrs. Govindaraj, from the Back class, showed and explained to us all about the sari.  We also had a dancer and a Tabla player.  The kids had fun making Easter baskets and cards and had an egg hunt.  WE also learned about Passover.  Soon we will celebrate Earth Day with things to do to protect our earth, and we’ll plant a flower seed in a toilet paper tube so it can go straight into the ground when it is brought home.  We have received larvae for a Painted Lady Butterfly, and we will learn about its life cycle.  Our class has many May and summer birthdays, and we will celebrate each one during the months of May/June.  The last 3-4 weeks of school we’ll spend time playing musical instruments, scarf dancing, preparing for our walk to St. Edwards State Park and maybe more recess time out in the sun.  The kids have strong friendships with each other at this time of year, and they love spending time together.  It has been a wonderful year with all these great kids!

Back Class:

We started off April with making spring cards and Easter baskets for our egg hunt.  Kids enjoyed having Easter and spring materials on the shelves. The Easter egg hunt was their favorite part.

We are still on our world tour. At present we are in Asia after we visited Africa we learned about their culture Food and biomes. We looked into types of animals that live there. We brought back African necklaces as a souvenir. Visiting Asia kids got henna on their hands. They felt it as a different experience, and they enjoyed getting it. An Indian classical dancer came and showed some beautiful movements. Adding on We had a tabla ( India drum played with our hands not sticks ) artist came and played the tabla for the kids. They were mesmerized by it. Kids will bring back clay lamps as souvenirs. Soon we will be going to Australia.

We are fortunate to have Dean’s mom come and play the keyboard for us.

As we have lots of flowers blooming around us, Kids got to open up a real flower to see and learn the parts.

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Front Class:

This month, we had lots of fun with our Valentine’s Day party and crafts.  We’ve also started learning about the continents of the world, beginning with North America.  We have tasted North American foods such as maple syrup (from Canada) and chips with salsa (from Mexico).  We’ve talked about the culture and geography of North America, and learned about some of the animals that live here.  Some of the children have made maps of North America, showing either the countries or biomes of our continent. We’ve also been singing the song “This Land is Your Land.”  This week, we are moving on to South America!  As the year goes on, we will “visiting” all the continents.  The children are continuing their great work in reading, math, writing, and social skills as well.  It’s really great to see their friendships developing as they learn how to navigate bumps and relate to more of their peers.  So much has happened since fall, and we are looking forward to touching base with parents at our upcoming conferences!

Back Class

At the back class we completed the peace curriculum after which we moved onto some fun Valentine projects, the kids made their Valentine bags and a card for their parents. Now we have moved into geography and studying the continents in depth. We studied North America in which we were privileged to have Mrs. Warsinske share her collection of Native American artifacts. The kids enjoyed looking at them. Kids made salsa and enjoyed eating chips and salsa.  They tried pancakes with maple syrup as some samples of North American cuisine. Now we are studying South America in which we studied their culture and food and also learned about different animals that live in the rainforest. Children made their empanadas with a potato and carrot filling and got to enjoy eating them.  We are currently making panpipes a South American instrument. Soon we will move on to Europe, and then to other continents, kids are enjoying getting their passports stamped as they visit each continent

 

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CLASSROOM REVIEW

Front Building:

We began January in the front class with a conversation about winter. We had to change the month, the year and the season on our calendar after our break. Snow and ice are part of our winter here in the PNW.  In the classroom, we have art and books about cold and snow as well as our parts of a snowman book.  Thank you for sending your children with hats, gloves and warm coats!

We also introduced a model of the earth as a sandpaper globe first to feel the difference between ocean and land and afterwards we introduced our colored globe with continents (in Montessori North America is orange, South America is pink, Europe is red, Africa is green, Asia is yellow, Australia brown and Antarctica is white).  Then that globe was cut into two hemispheres (with the help of colored play dough) and turned into a map of the world.  The children learned about the difference between land, air, and water and we will talk about the different land and water forms as well like lake and island, etc. There will be models for each to explore on the shelf in Practical Life.  All these activities lead us into our unit for this year: Continents of the world (and a little about some countries, too).  It will be exciting to learn about animals, music, living habits, foods, biomes and so much more starting with North America in February. So stay tuned for some fun facts.

Back Building:

Hello, families!  We were happy to see everyone back at school after a relaxing holiday break!  The children came back excited to work in the classroom and to be reunited with their friends.  We began January by filling our classroom with winter-themed works, snowflake math works, snowman art, etc…  We talked about what happens during this season, and we experienced some extra cold weather!  We spent two weeks on a Peace Curriculum, where we focus on a different “Peace Virtue”  for each color of the rainbow.  We have bottles filled with colored water as a visual representation in our classroom as well.  Red represents “truth,” orange is “personal best,” yellow is “peace,” green is “friendship,” blue is “kind words, ” and purple is”joy.”  We practiced role playing these virtues in a circle and introduced a peace basket work where a child can meditate on an individual mat and explore peaceful objects whenever he/she needs to feel more peaceful.  This activity is a nice mid-year reminder that we treat each other and our classroom with respect and kindness!

We also began our geography study that will span the next few months.  We introduced the globe and explored the concept of landforms and water forms through small models that the children can fill with water.  We also have cards that the children can use to make land and water form booklets.  Near the end of the month, we will dive into studying North America, and cover each continent specifically after that.  We will learn about the people, customs, landmarks, food and landscapes that make each continent special.

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Front Building:

Following our Halloween festivities, we began November talking about the parts of a pumpkin, the life cycle of a pumpkin, and even  hammering nails into a pumpkin. We have been talking about the Thanksgiving “story” with the pilgrims and Indians. We included why the pilgrims left, their voyage, and what the pilgrims and Indians  each had to offer to one another in the New World.  We talked about  how and why the Thanksgiving feast became a tradition that we continue to celebrate nearly 400 years later. While some worked on parts of a Mayflower book, others worked on crafts related to Thanksgiving (corn art, etc…). Most recently we began to learn about the parts of a turkey.

Beginning in December we look forward to talking about how people celebrate the holidays in December all around the world. We will likely cover the Hanukkah story, the story of  St. Nicholas (Germany), Christmas in the U.S. and more. We will be making ornaments for our classroom tree, making  a Christmas card and gift for our families, and enjoy a yummy festive holiday party on the 23rd.

We will also have our traditional holiday book exchange. Please have your child bring a new or used book of their choice to be given to another child in class. Each child gets to leave with a new and exciting book to keep!

We would also like to invite you and your child to participate in a holiday gift-giving opportunity. We will soon have a donation box for “Toys for Tots” where you may drop off an unwrapped toy for any age child to be donated to a family in need financially. This is a great opportunity to get your child involved and lay some groundwork on the importance of helping those less fortunate.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Back Building:

This November has been all about Thanksgiving!  We have studied the story of Thanksgiving and learned about the Pilgrims making their long, uncomfortable journey across the ocean to their new home.  We focused on how the Native Americans were so helpful to the struggling settlers and how this cooperation led to the very first Thanksgiving feast!  They taught them how to hunt, fish, build homes and harvest the land; needless to say, the Pilgrims were very thankful for the Native Americans.  We explored many versions of this story and even used little figures to act out the story.  We talked about the ways that modern day people celebrate Thanksgiving, most importantly by spending time with friends and family.  We also read the story Stone Soup and had our own feast of soup filled with vegetables that the children brought and cut themselves, pumpkin pie, olives, cornbread muffins that we made together in circle and butter that the children churned themselves.  We’ve done several special turkey art projects, too.

In December we will focus on several winter Holidays!  Mrs. Dykstra will teach us about Saint Nikolaus and the traditions related to St. Nicholas.  We will also learn about Hanukkah and Christmas.  We will make a special holiday gift, have a holiday party with food and crafts, do holiday artworks all month and read holiday books.  We will also have a toy drive for needy children!  We will do our annual book exchange where the children each bring a new or gently used book to exchange so that each child brings a different book home.

We hope you all have a relaxing and fun holiday season!

 

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Front Building:

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

Back Building:

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.
Chorus:
Finger nails lunch pails, apple cores, too.
Chorus:
Wrinkled prunes, mushrooms, motor oil. too.
Chorus:
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

Sound Cylinders:

Direct Aim- Testing and development of the auditory sense; development of auditory concentration.

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