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 October 18 – 29, 2021

 

Dear Parents,

 

We hope everyone had a fun and safe weekend. The morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups are going well. Thank you for your cooperation. We would like to thank all of you who attended Back to School Night. It was great to display some of the Montessori activities, to give you a better sense of a Montessori classroom and to show you what your little ones are doing during the day. We want to remind you that the importance of these activities and skills are based on the process, not the product.

 

Over the last two weeks we learned all about apples. We learned how to grow an apple tree, the different parts of an apple and we tasted them for snack.

 

For the next few weeks, our discussions, and topics will be on the Human body (anatomy – care of the body), Animals of the night (animals that are active at night), and of course, Halloween (songs, art projects and books). We will also continue to discuss the changes in the weather and the difference in clothing we wear for the fall season. We always like to bring the children outside, so please make sure your child is properly dressed and has extra labeled weather appropriate clothing to keep in his/her locker.

 

Halloween

On Friday, October 29th the children are invited to wear child friendly costumes for the day (no weapons). The costumes should allow for the children to participate in all school activities (inside and outside) and be mindful of toileting needs. There will be a parade, weather permitting the parade will be outside and the families are welcome to attend, the families attending the parade should wear a mask and social distance themselves from others while watching the parade. School will provide a special snack; families cannot send in goodie bags or treats for the children. We look forward to seeing you at the parade!

 

Regards,

Eva, Helene and Liana

 

 

Our themes are: Human Body – Nocturnal Animals - Halloween

Art:

How to use watercolors and easel painting

Torn paper art

Mix yellow + red = orange

Halloween collage

Punch work / ghosts and black cats

 

Cultural Arts/Geography:

Montessori Colored Globe where the continents are painted all different colors and the seas and oceans water are blue

Jig-saw map of the world

 

Language:

The sound of the week (M –m). Sandpaper letter/object box

Triangle Metal Inset

Reading and making special craft project: “The legend of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano - “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle

 

Math:

Apple graphing /after we taste different kind of apples

Montessori Numeral Cards and Counters. It consists of Numerals 1 to 10 and 55 red counters. The child makes the association between the numeral and the corresponding quantities of the numbers. Plus, a visual impression of odd and even.

Halloween games/counting ghosts and bats

 

Practical Life

Transferring with funnel

Lacing puppet ghost puppets

Carving our pumpkin/look what is inside, smell, touch, and collect the seeds

Bake for Halloween

 

Science:

Human Body - What’s inside our body?

Body / Skeleton puzzle

X rays' card

Life cycle of a spider

 

Sensorial:

Montessori Geometric Cabinet/Presentation Tray - First drawer (six assorted sizes of circle)

Straight lines and curvilinear designs using 6” ruler red, yellow. Blue (primary) color pencils