“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” – Maria Montessori
It is hard to believe there is only 1 week left of the semester! The children have been learning about the cold continent of Antarctica, the parts of the orca and penguin and listening to stories about the many different holidays that are celebrated around the world. Our remote learners are presenting their arctic animals in a virtual presentation. We are going to hear about the Macaroni Penguin, the Emperor Penguin and Krill. Can’t wait!
Ms. Samara came in yesterday to talk about the story of Hanukkah and shared her menorah and song about the dreidel. The kids enjoyed coloring and making their own dreidels. Next week we will be learning about the story of Christmas and Kwanzaa.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful and restful holiday break. Stay safe and stay healthy. One more week!!!
In Peace Ms. Avery and Ms. Jenn
It has been a busy three weeks in the Sea Turtle classroom. In November, we have been learning about the parts of the horse, the animals of the farm, parts of the toco toucan, layers of the rainforest, South America, and being thankful. To close out the month next week, the children will be learning the parts of the turkey and the parts of a deer.
This week Ms. Samara came into the classroom to talk about her native country of Brazil. She explained what it was like growing up in Rio de Janeiro and the different cultural aspects about her country. They could not believe its summer in Brazil during the Christmas season.
In December, we will explore how other countries celebrate the holidays, learn about the cold continent of Antarctica, as well as the season of winter and how animals either hibernate, adapt, or migrate.
We want to thank Hudson and Juney’s family for taking care of Drogon over the Thanksgiving break. We are still in search of families to help during the Christmas break. Please let me know if you are available to help.
We want to wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
In Peace, Miss Avery and Miss Jenn 🙂
Happy end of October! The kiddos have enjoyed dancing and singing along to many Halloween themed songs and we carved our Jack O Lantern this week; seeing, feeling and smelling the many parts of the pumpkin. The children really enjoyed all the unit studies that were covered this month; Fire Safety, The Continent of Africa, Animals in the Safari, The Season of Autumn and Halloween.
November brings lessons on the continent of South America, Farm Life, Veteran’s Day, and Gratitude. Ms. Samara, who is from Brazil, South America, is going to give the class a presentation about growing up there. We are excited to hear all about her native country!
Since there is not a Veteran’s Day parade downtown this year, our class made a giant card thanking those who have served our country. Cards from all students will be delivered to our Veteran’s. We salute their service.
It was fun to see the kiddos dress up during Spirit Week! We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween. It is going to be a full moon so make sure you take the time to look up and see that giant flashlight in the sky! According to the Old Farmers Almanac, this is called the Hunter’s Moon.
Have a great week end and remember to “Fall Back” an hour on Sunday, November 1. Yay! An extra hour of sleep! Ms. AveryI hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween weekend 🙂
Happy Friday Everyone. The past weeks have been very busy here at IMCS. The children have been introduced to the incredible continent of Africa. We have focused on the many animals in Africa, especially the majestic lion. Many landmarks in Africa were presented through pictures and stories. Ms. Rakiya will be sharing her story next week, of growing up in Nigeria. We can’t wait to hear all about it.
This month is fire prevention month and we are so lucky to have some fire fighters in our children’s school family. Miles Murray’s dad, Mr. Justin, came to share his work with us, while social distancing out on our playground, talking all about fire safety and dressing in his uniform for the children to see. The kiddos had many interesting questions to ask Mr. Justin and were quite impressed by his fire fighter gear. We are so very thankful to him for sharing his community work with us.
Word building, reading, working with the 100 board, building creations with the sensorial apparatus, all are keeping the children motivated and happy. Wow! They’ve learned so much.
Reminder: Friday, October 30 is a noon dismissal. We will be celebrating Halloween in our PJ’s! We will be playing outside so make them movement friendly. Thanks for all the donations to our class. Lilly’s mom made lanyards for our masks for all the kiddos to use. when in school. Thank you Ms. Emelie.
Have a nice week end. Ms. Avery
I can not believe it is October already! The kiddos have been busy learning about reptiles, types of leaves, and many other Montessori lessons in the classroom.
This month we will be starting our continent studies. Our first continent that we are going to learn about and explore is Africa. We will also be learning about different animals that live on the safari, the human body, parts of the pumpkin and Halloween. October is fire safety month, we hope to have a parent who works at the fire department come talk to the kids about being a firefighter.
Thank you to everyone who signed up for parent/teacher conferences. I look forward to talking to each one of you about your child’s progress.
Miss Jen and I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend! In Peace, Miss Avery
What a great couple of weeks we have had with all the kids! The students were engaged learning about the phases of the moon, parts of the sun, the layers of the earth, part of a volcano (which we erupted in class), oceans, land and water formations, rocks and minerals, states of matter, parts of the lizard, and all the additional Montessori lessons presented throughout the school day.
Next week we will start taking a more in depth look at reptiles. On Monday, September 21st, we will be celebrating International Day of Peace. We will be reading books about Peace, learn the Light a Candle for Peace song, and make peace pinwheels. If your child has a book about Peace that he/she would like to share with the class, we would love for them to bring it in for us to read.
Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up on October, 9th. A sign up genius will be sent out next week. Conferences will be done via Zoom or phone calls. If a time does not work for you, please contact me and we can reschedule for a different day and time that is more convenient. Also, a sign up genius will be sent out for families to bring flowers in every week.
Miss Jen and I would like to give a big thank you to the Maynards for getting Monty a new tank! We also are very grateful for everyone who purchased things for the classroom off of our Amazon Wishlist!
Lastly we got a new addition to the classroom this week! We have a new bearded dragon named “Drogon”. He is about 5 weeks old so still a little small for the kids to hold but they have enjoyed petting him and having him in the classroom.
What a great start to the school year! 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 150th birthday! The kids learned where Italy is located and colored the Italian flag, the country in which Maria was born. These first few weeks, the children 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 concentrating 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 month 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. The children had great enthusiasm when illustrating the phases of the moon!
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