N E W S  &  L E S S O N S  F R O M  M R S.  G R A N D E  ’ S  C L A S S

Issue: February 22 - March 5, 2021

 

Dear Parents,

We hope you enjoyed the winter break with your children. Over the last two weeks of school we were busy learning about China and celebrating Chinese New Year. The children learned about the twelve animals of the Chinese calendar and Chinese calligraphy.

 

For Groundhog Day we showed pictures of Punxsutawney Phil who unfortunately saw his shadow and we will have six more weeks of winter! We took the opportunity to teach the children about shadows and that they appear when an object blocks the light. We then went outside and looked for our shadows in the snow - we had tons of fun!

 

For Valentine’s Day we had breakfast, read books and discussed ways to be kind to one another. We started learning about the value of our currency. Ms. Melissa joined us over Zoom and played her new drums! We also learned new words in Spanish with Ms. Cristina.

 

Over the next few weeks, we will learn about nutrition and our five senses. We will learn about getting and staying healthy, healthy eating and the importance of exercise. We will also remind the children about proper handwashing and ways to stop germs from spreading. We will create activities, games and experiments on these topics.

 

We are going to celebrate Dr Seuss’s birthday, March 2nd, by reading his books and analyzing the stories and rhymes he’s so famous for. We will also continue practicing the sounds for the letters [v] and [h] and will start building phonetic words with the sounds we’ve learned so far.

 

Kindest regards,

Eva and Helene

 

Our theme is: Nutrition - The five senses

Art:

Mobile inspired by Picasso

Crayons with black papers

Cultural Arts/Geography:

Continent globe labels

North America map tracing

Quill writing using a large feather and natural ink made from beets or berries

Europe map tracing and punching

“March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb”

Language:

“Secret “Montessori box with sight words

Cotton swab letter painting

Start building three letter phonetic words

Opposites using a two piece puzzle

 

Math:

March calendar

Money Work: 5 pennies = one nickel, 10 pennies = one dime, 25 pennies = one quarter,

4 quarters = one dollar

Match pennies with Montessori short bead stair

Counter game using pennies

 

Practical Life:

Sifting salt and rice

Opening and closing activity using containers with different closures

 

Science:

Nutrition: Talk about healthy food and food to avoid

Collage of healthy food - Food Pyramid

The Five Senses: My five senses help me learn about my world

Taste salty and sugary snacks

Make booklet related to this topic

Popcorn Five Senses: I can explore popcorn with my five senses

 

Sensorial:

Montessori activities related to refine our five senses

Touch Tablets for awareness of different textures and for refinement of the tactile sense

Sound Cylinders to train the ear to different sounds

Smelling Bottles to educate the sense of smell

Color boxes (#3): arrange Color Tablets in gradation for refinement of perception of colors

 

Books:

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

Oh, Say Can You Say? by Dr. Seuss

There’s No Place Like Space! by Tish Rabe

The Five Senses