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 5 – 16, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a fun and safe weekend. The morning drop off and the afternoon pick up are going well.

Thanks for your cooperation. The children are good at following the classroom routine during work time, lunch

and rest (keeping social distancing, using activities from their own shelf, washing hands, lying down quietly at rest.)

The children are very excited to have our circle outside where we read books and eat snacks together. They really enjoy our Enrichment Programs: Music, Nature and Spanish. Our work is to provide fun, meaningful and empowering learning experiences. The children were fascinated by the art of Wassily Kandinsky so this coming week we are going

to learn about Piet Mondrian, a Dutch artist who uses squares and rectangles in his work.

Reminder: Back To School Night is on October 7th at 7PM via Zoom, we look forward to seeing you all then.

 

Best Regards,

Eva Grande - Helene Wiener

 

Our Daily Schedule

 

9:00 Arrival and Screening

9:30 Playground and Academic Enrichment

10:50 Calendar/Weather/Worktime

11:45 Lunch

12:30 Rest

1:10 Worktime

2:45 Playground

3:15 Dismissal

 

 

Our theme is: Fall

 

We’re continuing on learning more about the Fall Season. In the fall the air gets

colder. Trees lose their leaves. The fall is time for harvest. Fruits and vegetables that farmers planted

in the spring are ready to be picked up and eaten. Apples, corn and pumpkins are some foods that

are harvested in the fall. Animals gather food for the winter. What do you like about Fall?

 

Art: How to use glue bottles for collage - Painting cut out paper apples using paint, toothbrushes

and forks. - Piet Mondrian. -

 

Cultural Arts/Geography: Sandpaper Globe for sensory impression of Land and Water on the Earth.

Talk about Christopher Columbus. Introduce North America and Europe on the globe

 

Language: Introduction of Montessori Sandpaper Letters (Each letter of the alphabet cut out in

fine sandpaper and mounted on strong cardboard to gain muscular memory of the form of the

letters through touch). - Metal Inset: square and rectangle. - We’re going to start “The sound of the

week” - This week is [a] for apple - [f] for fall. - Read: The Little Red House with No Doors and No

Windows and a Star Inside by Caroline Sherwin Bailey

 

Math: Tracing October Calendar. Spindle Box (A wooden box with ten compartments marked

with numerals 0 to 9 in order at the back and 45 spindles in a small box). The purpose is to make

association between the numerals 0 to 9 and their corresponding quantities. The first introduction to

“zero “. Apple game for counting.

 

Practical Life: Stringing beads to make bracelets. - Transferring with big tongs. - Lacing paper cut

out apples. All these activities help the child to develop concentration, eye-hand coordination,

perfection of movement and order.

 

Science: Learn parts of an apple. - Take a nature walk to collect leaves, press them and use them

for some art, math and language activities. - Experiment about germs.

 

Sensorial: Rubbing and tracing Square and Rectangles. - Geometric Cabinets: Drawer of

rectangles. - Geometric solids: cube, rectangular prism and rectangular pyramid.

 

Remember to look for the monthly calendar with current reminders being sent home!