Sea Turtle Classroom

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” – Maria Montessori

Class Wish List:

It is hard to believe we are entering into the last month of the school year! It has been a very busy last couple weeks with so much going on at the Children’s School.

First, a huge congratulations to Thomas for winning overall at the Children’s School for his Earth Day illustration! We are so proud of him! Second, thank you to Harper’s dad and sister for bringing in their four baby chicks to show. The kids enjoyed getting to hold and pet the fluffy little gals.

The Kindergartner’s had such a fun time on their field trip to Airlie Gardens. What a beautiful place to visit. They went on a scavenger hunt to find local animals (stuffed) that are found around our neighborhood areas. They were intrigued by the bottle chapel and learned all about Minnie Evans’ and her artistic influence. The last activity the kids got to enjoy was going into the butterfly house and being the first ones to see the new butterflies of the season released in the butterfly house.

We had some special guests this week come and visit the kids in the afternoon. Thank you to the middle schoolers for coming to read! They really enjoyed the different stories and the conversations “the big kids” had with them.

Next month we will be learning about our last unit studies for the year. We will be focusing on the continent of Australia and ocean life. We also will be having our International Parade! If you have not signed up your little one, please sign up for your child to represent a country for the fun event:

Thank you all for everything you have done to make this such a great school year! Have a nice weekend and remember to get outdoors and enjoy nature! Ms. Avery and Ms. Jen

Happy Spring everyone! This month we have been learning all about the continent of Europe, flowers, plants and insects. This past week the kiddos have been focusing on the many different insects there are, yet they all have three body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen), six legs, compound eyes, antennae, and wings. We also had a lesson on the life cycle of a butterfly and how it undergoes the phenomenon of metamorphosis! Ask them about it! We are eagerly waiting for our class caterpillars to emerge into butterflies! As well as observing our friendly tadpoles. No legs yet!

Thank you to everyone that donated greenhouse kits and seeds! The kids have been observing them daily and noticing their sprouts.  We will plant them in our garden beds once we get back from the Easter holiday. Next week, will have lessons on the parts of the seed and the parts of the flower.

The children had a fun experience when Ms. Jazmynn (Evelyne’s mom from Ms. Sally’s class), visited the school with her two horses. They learned all about the horses’ mannerisms, their body parts, as well as foods they eat.  Ms. Jazmynn shared some interesting facts about horses. Did you know a horse’s tongue can be 11 to 16 inches long? They also can see way behind their bodies but not right in front of them. The kiddos had fun petting them as well.

On Tuesday, April 26th, the Kindergartners will be taking a field trip to Airlie Gardens. They will have the opportunity to see many different plants and flowers that are in bloom and enjoy a nice picnic lunch on the grounds before heading back to school.

We hope that everyone has a wonderful and happy Easter weekend. Enjoy the beauty and surroundings of spring and the songs of many birds chirping these days. In Peace, Ms. Avery and Ms. Jen

Thank you to Lenny’s family for setting up the visit with the adorable baby goat, Cinnamon! The children had a lot of fun learning all about these playful animals and enjoyed running around the playground with the little guy.

The kids have been focusing on lessons of the continent Africa this month and an array of animals that live there. They were shocked to learn that a hippopotamus can hold its breath under water for over 6 minutes!!! Next week Ms. Rakiya will be visiting on Wednesday, March 16th, to talk to our class about her native country, Nigeria. As a reminder too, that day is a half day for students. Dismissal starts at 11:40. No lunch that day. 

Conferences are fast approaching. Thank you to those who have already signed up for a time slot.  If you have not, please do so. Conferences will be held in person. Please reach out if the date or times do not work for you. The link to sign up is below:

Next Thursday, March 17th, we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Please have your child come to school dressed in green. It has always been a fun day in my home when growing up, as my mom’s maiden name is O’Brien, the family of King Brian Boru! We will have a fun snack and craft that day for the kids to enjoy (thank you room moms).

Thank you to everyone who brought in eggs and carrots for our food prep lessons and work. They have had a blast peeling and chopping!

We hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend and thank you for all that you do to make our class so special. In Peace, Ms Avery and Ms Jen

We are finishing up our studies of South America, reptiles, and dinosaurs this month. During the month of March, we will be learning about the content of Africa, mammals, Dr Seuss, and St. Patrick’s Day. Ms. Rakiya will be coming in on March 16th to talk about her native country of Nigeria. How exciting!

The kids have been so excited recently watching our guppies have babies. If you look at the last picture in the slide show you will be able to see 2 of our newest additions to the tank!

On Wednesday we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday! We are asking that the kiddos come in dressed as their favorite book character or in wacky clothes. We will also be doing 2 fun crafts and enjoying a cute snack (thank you room moms)!

For food prep in the month of March, we are asking for hard boiled eggs that the kids can peel and slice, as well as carrots for the kids to peel and chop.

The kindergarten field trip to the Ripley’s Aquarium has been rescheduled to March 24th. The new permission slips will be in your child’s Friday folder (today). Conferences will be held on Friday, March 25th. Be on the lookout in the next week or two to sign up for a time slot.

Lastly, tomorrow Ms. Alyana, who helps in our class during lunch and recess, will be running the half marathon tomorrow in the “Run Wilmington Marathon”. Come on out to cheer her on!

Thank you all for your constant support and help this year. We hope you have a wonderful weekend! It’s so nice to see the children’s smiling faces. Such a bright way to start the day. 

In Peace, Ms Avery and Ms Jen

We are wrapping up our study of South America this week. Thank you to Ms. Samara for the insightful presentation of Brazil. She brought in many beautiful souvenirs that she has collected throughout the years, explained where she grew up in Rio de Janeiro, and even taught the kids how to say hello (Oi!) and bye (tchau). The kiddos also learned about the Amazon Rainforest, some of the animals and plants that live there, and the four layers that make it such a unique place.

The next two weeks we will be focusing our studies on reptiles, amphibians, and dinosaurs. Friday, February 18th, the reptile bus will be coming to school to show and educate the kids about different reptiles.

Monday February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Please have your child bring in valentines signed with their name to hand to everyone in the class. We have 25 students and 2 teachers. We will be having a small snack and craft that day as well.

Thank you to those who have been bringing fruit in for the kids to practice their food prep skills. It has been quite a popular work!

Lastly, our class would welcome some beautiful plants to brighten up the environment and aid in teaching the children how to care for them. If you have any you would like to give or donate it would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you for all that you do for our little ones and classroom. We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

In Peace, Ms. Avery and Ms. Jen

First, I would like to thank all of you for being so patient and understanding these last couple weeks while we have been dealing with the virus.

Next month we will be starting our new unit studies. We will be focusing on the continent of South America. Ms. Samara will be presenting to the class her homeland of Brazil. How exciting!

We also will be learning about reptiles, dinosaurs and amphibians. A mobile reptile bus will be visiting as an in-school field trip to teach us about some unique animals.

Our class is going to start food prep this month. We are asking that parents bring in oranges so the kids can make their own orange juice to drink, and strawberries so the kids can practice their slicing skills.

Valentine’s Day is Monday, February 14th. We ask that each child bring in Valentines for the whole class (26). We also ask that the cards NOT be specifically named but just signed by your child to give to his/her peers. Homemade Valentines are encouraged!

For those that are applying for the kindergarten lottery, if you have not already, please be sure to get your application in with all the required signatures, phone numbers and identification. The deadline to get your applications in is Thursday, February 3rd, at 4:00pm. The lottery itself will be held on Thursday, February 24th.

Stay safe, Stay healthy, Stay warm!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday break and a happy new year! We are excited to have the kids back in class for the second half of the school year. This month, we will be learning all about the continent of Asia, and diving into the different animals that live there, and different landmarks that can be found throughout the continent. If you have any treasures, postcards, items from Asia please have your child bring them in a labeled bag to share with the class. Thank you! The children will also be introduced to Martin Luther King Jr. and will learn about his journey for peace. At the end of the month, we will be learning about Chinese New Year and its many traditions. It is the year of the tiger.

Next Friday, January 21, the Kindergartners will be taking a trip to the Myrtle Beach Aquarium. They are very excited!

During the month of January, we are having the warm clothing drive. We will be donating to Vigilant Hope and Good Shepard. Any gently used sweatshirts, jackets, blankets, hats, gloves, and scarves, new or gently used will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for all that you do for our classroom and school. Especially during these difficult times of flu season and covid. Spring couldn’t come any sooner! Enjoy the long weekend. Stay safe and healthy!

In peace, Ms Avery and Ms Jen

This month the kiddos are learning all about the continent of Antarctica, holidays celebrated around the world, and community workers. Ms. Samara came into the classrooms Monday to teach about Hannukah which they learned is the festival of lights, Ms. Sally came and talked about Kwanzaa, and I talked about the story of Christmas.

In our study of Antarctica, we have learned the parts of the humpback whale, parts of a penguin, and parts of an orca. The kids have also been working with living and non-living things that are found on the continent of Antarctica, as well as plants and animals.

Next week we will be talking about different community workers and how they aid others in our Wilmington community.

Next Friday, Dec. 17th, we will be having our festive holiday snack and craft. Please send your child in wearing red or green!

Thank you all for all that you do to help make our classroom so wonderful! Have a great weekend! In Peace, Ms. Avery and Ms. Jen

This month the kids have been learning all about the 50 states and their names. We have been practicing the state song every day in preparation for our states parade that will be held on Friday, Nov 19th. The kiddos are excited to share a fun fact about the state or US territory they have selected! Event details to follow. Be on the lookout! USA!

The past week we have learned about birds and what makes them unique, which is, that all birds have feathers.  We also talked about Veteran’s Day and why that day is so special in the United States. We thank them for their service.

The next 2 weeks our class will continue to learn about birds, learning the parts of the deer and the parts of the turkey. We also will be talking about gratitude and why it is important to be grateful during this time of year and always. In Peace, Ms Avery and Ms Jen

We have had a very exciting 2 weeks to end the month of October. First, a special thank you to Firefighter Andy, and his assistant, for coming and teaching the kiddos all about fire safety. The Kindergartners went on their second field trip for the year to “Mike’s Farm”. They saw many different farm animals that included chickens, goats, turkeys, cows, ponies and guinea hens. They also learned about different tools that people used on farms back in the day, how to make apple cider, and picked out either a pumpkin or gourd from the pumpkin patch after a fun hayride. The weather was perfect, and the children were amazing.

In November we will be starting our new unit studies. We will be focusing on the United States of America, learning the parts of a flag, parts of the deer and the turkey, Veteran’s Day, and about gratitude. We hope to present a state’s parade to our families at the end of the month. Details will be coming home soon.

I look forward to talking to you all on Monday for Parent/teacher conferences.

Lastly, thank you to our room moms for bringing in the Halloween craft, the large pumpkin to carve and fun snack for the kids to enjoy!

We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween weekend!

In Peace, Ms. Avery and Ms. Jen

It has been a very busy week. The children were excited to learn all about apples.  We tasted five different kinds of apples (Red Delicious, Mcintosh, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Fuji), learned about the apple’s lifecycle and the parts of the apple. Next week we will be making applesauce! This month we have begun our continent studies, and our first stop is our very own continent, North America. The children are learning all about the many countries of North America.

Next week we will be learning about farm animals and fire prevention.  Kai’s dad, Andy, will be coming to our school on Friday, October 22nd, to teach all the students a lesson on fire safety. The kindergartners will be visiting Mike’s Farm at the end of the month.

Next Wednesday, October 20th, is Unity Day. Please have your child come to school wearing orange as a symbol of kindness. Speaking of kindness, please take part in our class donation of small bags of trail mix to which will go to NourishNC. Thank you for your support.

Be on the look out for conference sign ups next week:-). Conferences will be held on Monday November 1st, via zoom.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

 In Peace, Ms Avery and Ms Jen

Happy Friday and Happy October! Our past weeks have focused on our earth, sun and oceans. Our kindergartners went on their first fieldtrip to Fort Caswell, learning all about the different shells that are washed up on our shores. Some of our kiddos found the angel wing shell, moon snails, the razor clam, whelks and mermaid money! Thomas even found a tiny ghost crab while venturing on the shore. The kiddos had the opportunity to crab for blue crab along the dock in the salt marsh area. They also learned about the seven types of turtles found around the world and was introduced to a few live turtles and hermit crabs. The staff there were amazing. Such a beautiful place to visit.

October brings on cooler temperatures and lessons about the season of Fall. We will learn all about the parts of a pumpkin and parts of the apple with an apple tasting event. We will also focus on farm animals and fire safety.

We will begin our continent studies with our very own continent of North America. If you have any unique items, books, pictures from North America, please feel free to send it in with your little one. Send a quick email so that we can be on the lookout are be prepared to talk about the item.

Next Friday, October 8, we will begin our show and tell. The first letter is “a” as in apples! Note this is the short “a” sound. Please take the week to find an item that starts with “a”.

Thank you for your constant support and care in making this school year a productive and full of fun year. Happy Fall!!

The past week our focus in the classroom has been on the 5 senses; Sight, smell, taste, hear and touch. Each day the children were introduced to a new sense through books, songs and lessons with the Montessori Sensorial Materials. Through these lessons they became aware of their uniqueness and differences. We completed our senses lessons with a food tasting event, describing the different tastes of sweet, sour, bitter and salty. The kiddos enjoyed this fun activity (especially the salty potato chips). Next week our main topics will be on the different land and water forms (cape/bay, lake/island, etc.), as well as the names of the oceans.

It has taken a little over a month, but our fish tank is finally running smoothly and filled with colorful fish. This morning we even found a new baby guppy that was born!!! Fingers crossed they all stay healthy and happy!

Ms. Jen and I would like to personally thank everyone for your donations towards Drogon’s new and improved tank! The class is very excited for its debut! Also, we want to thank everyone who contributed in purchasing items off of our wish list.

A couple reminders: please remember to check your child’s backpack for their Friday Folder. Important notices may be in the folder, as well as any written work or drawings.

We hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend!

In Peace, Ms. Avery and Ms. Jen

What a great start to the school year! It is a joy having all the kids back in the classroom! Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in making the first weeks of school go by smoothly. The children are eager to enter their classroom environment each morning ready for new lessons and fun!

Earlier this week we celebrated Maria Montessori’s 151st birthday! The kids learned where Italy is located and colored the Italian flag, the country in which Maria was born. We have been focusing on the preliminary lessons in the Practical Life area. These lessons help develop hand and eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, self control, independence, confidence and order. The children have also been focusing on their grace and courtesy lessons, using polite words such as “please” and ‘thank you”, waiting their turn, how to interrupt for help, etc. Some of the older children have begun working on more advanced lessons that are in the Language, Math and Sensorial areas of the room.

The first half of September we will be learning about the sun, the earth, and the moon, the map of the world, land, air, and water and land and water forms.

Thank you to those that have purchased items off of our class wish list to enhance our classroom! The link will be available throughout the year at the top of the website posts.

Just a reminder that Monday is Labor Day and that school will be closed! I hope everyone has a fun and safe extended weekend 🙂 In Peace. Ms,. Avery and Ms. Jen

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