“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” – Maria Montessori
Wow what a year it has been! It is hard to believe we only have a week left! Ms. Jen and I would like to thank you for entrusting your children with us and allowing us to teach and care for the kiddos during this pandemic year. It was a challenge at times yet we are so very thankful for being in school each day. We also want to thank our zoom families for the constant support and diligence, working within the Google classroom and joining our zoom lessons each day. We are very excited to be with all our students as we wind the school year down.
We also want to thank you for everything you have contributed to the classroom to make it such an amazing year. The items purchased will stay in our classroom for years to come.
To those who are bridging up to first grade or others who are venturing to another school, we wish you all the best and know in our hearts that you will be successful where ever you go. We are so very proud of you and your accomplishments.
It has been a fun month learning about sea life. We have seen so many amazing stories and pictures drawn by the children expressing their love for the ocean. Friday, May 21, we will be visited by Josh the Otter, who will be educating our little ones on water safety. This is especially important since we live near the water.
Have an amazing summer, get out and enjoy Mother Nature as much as possible and remember a lesson can be taught for just about anything under the sun. I’m sure the kiddos could teach you and thing or two!!!!!
Ms. Jen and I would like to thank all the parents, administration, the board of directors, and the FSA for making this Teacher Appreciation Week very special. We felt the love and the gratitude with all the gifts, snacks, and lunches provided this week. You all know how to make us teachers feel special.
In the past weeks we observed our painted lady caterpillars and ladybug larva complete metamorphosis. The children were overjoyed to release the adult butterflies and ladybugs. What a wonderful concrete experience that was for all of us!
This month we started learning about marine life. Our focus was on parts of the shark and the fish. Some of the kids have been enjoying writing stories and making booklets on different marine life animals. Next week we will observe parts of the humpback whale, types of whales, fish, and dolphins.
It’s been such a delight watching the kiddos create their own stories and booklets about marine life and the weather. We have quite an array of illustrators and writers in our class. Bravo!
On May 21, The Jack Helbig Foundation and Josh the Baby Otter will be coming to our school to talk to the children about water safety. This topic is essential when living so close to the beach.
Kindergarten parents, please mark your calendars for our Bridge Ceremony on May 28, 2021, at 10:45 on our playground. You are welcome to bring a blanket or a beach chair to sit on.
I want to wish all moms a very Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you enjoy the beautiful gift the kiddos made for you.
In Peace, Ms. Avery & Ms. Jen
Happy Friday Everyone! Wow! It’s hard to believe there are only five weeks of school left! As we look back at this school year, it’s amazing how much the children have grown during this uncertain time. We are so proud of all the kiddos.
Yesterday, we celebrated Earth Day, learning about how important it is to love our beautiful world. The children shared in ways to take care for our earth and shared in an art project to celebrate the day.
Our classroom has a few new insect friends that we are observing. Painted lady caterpillars, as well as ladybug larva! We can’t wait to watch all their changes happen right before our eyes!!! So exciting!
Along with lessons on insects, plants and flowers, (our garden is growing like wildfires) we are learning about birds and their habitats. We just look out our class window each day and watch the cardinals, bluebirds and finch nibble at the birdseed in our hanging bird feeder. The question to ask your child is, “What makes a bird, a bird?” ANSWER: Feathers!!!!
Isn’t this a wonderful world?!!!
Europe is this months continent of study. There are so many amazing countries in Europe! The kiddos can’t believe how many languages that are spoken in all of Europe. Too many to count! If your family has anything from Europe, we’d love for you to share. It’s always special to see and feel things from other places around the world. Pictures are super as well.
In May, we will focus on oceans, marine animals, fish, and water safety as we wrap up the 2020-2021 school year.
Ms. Jen and I would like to thank you for allowing us to be a part of your child’s life. In Peace.
Spring brings on such a sense of renewal and energy. The children are noticing the many changes outside from listening to the birds singing, to witnessing the many plants growing in our garden and surrounding the school. We are diving into nature and learning all about the parts of the seed, plant, root, and flower. As well as, learning the many different types of leaves, plants and flowers.
When we return from our spring break we will be learning and talking about the continent of Europe. We also will be learning the difference between an insect and a bug, butterfly and a moth and focus on the many other insects and birds. The classroom is going to purchase painted lady caterpillars and the kiddos will have the opportunity to observe and learn all about the life cycle of the butterfly. This is always an exciting science and nature experience! We will also introduce lessons on weather and recycling.
We recently introduced our greenhouse kits to our little friends. We all look forward to watching the herbs and veggies grow!
We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful spring break. We hope you can get outdoors and enjoy the nice spring weather. It’s always a fun activity to take nature walks and truly notice all the changes going on this time of year. The children can make a list of all the wonderful things they see and maybe draw a picture or make a booklet of what they witnessed such as a Red Cardinal, a Robin’s nest, tiny insects crawling, a turtle near a pond, the many rabbits out and about, the buds on a tree, or flowers growing from the ground;).
Ms. Avery and Ms. Jen
As the days become warmer, the kiddos have been enjoying the time we spend at school outside on the playground.
In March, we have been focusing our studies on the continent of Australia. The children were amazed to learn that it is summer there during our Christmas time on this beautiful continent.
In the second part of the month, we will be talking about parts of the tree and the flower. Logan’s family was kind enough to buy 2 greenhouse kits for our classroom :). The kids are excited to plant and watch the fruits and vegetables grow from small seeds. Beau’s family spent last weekend planting strawberries, broccoli and other plants in one of our playground gardens. The children water them each day, observing their growth and look forward to tasting.
On Thursday, March 18, we will have a remote day for all students. I am one of the several teachers here at school who will be getting the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. I look forward to seeing you all in our Zoom meetings that day. The link for the meetings will be sent to you via SchoolCues next week.
On Friday, March 12, is our Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences. I look forward to sharing with you all the amazing things your children are learning at school.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Thank you all for everything you do to make our classroom amazing!
In Peace, Ms. Avery & Ms. Jen
As February comes to an end, we welcome the warm weather and hope the rain gives us a little break. The children learned so much this month and are excited for the new lessons March will bring us.
On Tuesday, March 2, we will be honoring one of the most incredible children’s books author, Dr. Seuss. We encourage the kiddos to either dress up as one of their favorite Dr. Seuss characters or wear something tacky.
Our next stop in the continent studies is Australia. If you have had the opportunity to visit this beautiful continent and have any artifacts to share, we would appreciate it.
As the weather starts to warm up, we will also learn about the season of Spring, flowers and plants. We would like to plant some vegetables and herbs in our school garden. We are asking for donations of seeds and starter greenhouses so the students can witness how seeds grow with sunlight and water.
On Friday, March 12th, we will hold our Spring Parent-Teacher conferences. You should have received an email with a sign-up genius and a zoom link for the meetings. There will be no school that day. Please find below the link to sign up for conferences:
The FSA is still looking for a treasurer. If you would like to help this wonderful organization, please email email@example.com.
Thank you to those who donated extra snack for our classroom. The kids greatly appreciate it!
In Peace, Ms. Avery & Ms. Jen
This week we have been exploring the supercontinent Pangea to take an in depth look at dinosaurs. The children are currently learning about what period and habitat the dinosaur lived in and what kind of food each one ate. Next week we will venture to Asia and explore the different countries in our largest continent.
I would like to remind you to please send eating utensils with your child’s lunch. Due to the Covid-19 protocols, we are unable to give your children spoons and forks from school.
This morning the children discovered that we had some new additions to the fish tank. One of our guppies had babies!
We are planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day next Friday with a craft and exchange of Valentine’s cards. Please have your child bring in 23 cards signed with their name on the back. We ask that you do not personalize them with classmates names. This is a fun activity to do at home, making your own Valentine’s. For remote children, if you would like to drop yours off at the school we will include you in our celebration.
Thank you to all who bought materials off of the wishlist. We are so grateful for all of you!
In Peace, Ms. Avery and Ms. Jen
Happy 2021! The new year is in full swing! The kiddos are excited to be back with their friends and teachers learning new lessons. We have begun our studies about our beautiful continent of North America. We are learning all about the different countries in North America. The children are focusing on the different animals and their habitats, and the many landmarks that are found throughout the continent.
The kids have been enjoying the food preparation unit that was introduced this week, as well. They have been peeling and carefully slicing bananas using a real knife and also juicing oranges, pouring the liquid into a cup and enjoying the juice. Yum. Yum.
We also introduced the unit study of mammals. The kids have learned that mammals are warm blooded, have fur or hair, give birth to live young and that the young drink milk. They got a kick out of knowing THEY are mammals!
The next couple weeks we will be studying different homes that are around the world. For example circular houses with straw roofs in Uganda, bamboo houses in Thailand and homes made from mangrove and eucalyptus in Ecuador just to name a few.
Progress reports are being sent home today so make sure you check your child’s blue folder for them. Below is the newest addition to our classroom, our beautiful fish tank! I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend!
In Peace, Miss Avery and Miss Jen
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