N E W S  &  L E S S O N S  F R O M  M S.  R O C A F U E R T E  ’ S  C L A S S

Issue: December 14 - December 22, 2020


School will be closed from Dec 22-Jan 3rd, 2021 We wish you a safe and healthy Winter break!


Hello Families,

It is hard to believe we are midway through the month of December and we are at the tail end of 2020. The children are really enjoying their time in school and are busy little bees. They are all engaged in hands-on learning through the use of the Montessori materials and exploration. They have become very accustomed to the school routine and are thriving in a fun, safe and engaging classroom. We truly love their enthusiasm and curiosity for learning new things. The children have been working on their personalized shelves and demonstrating independence, coordination and concentration during their work time. Both the boys and girls enjoy the outdoors and enjoy playing games together such as hide and go-seek or freeze tag.

They are cooperating in play and demonstrating kindness and respect daily towards their teachers and peers. Some of the most endearing moments in class are when we hear a child say “Thank You,” for holding a door, for being served a snack or for a getting a special picture made by a friend. We are so proud of our students because every day they are demonstrating grace and courtesy towards each other.

In the past two weeks we have been preparing for “Holidays around the World” unit by discussing what is needed when we travel, what items are necessary to pack into a suitcase and the children have come up with great answers. They have been exploring Land, Water and Air, through sorting activities, pictures and storybooks. They have also been using the Montessori globes and learning the names of the continents around the world. Each day the children pretend they are boarding a plane to a different country with their suitcases. While quietly seated one of the teachers will read to our “passengers” a storybook related to the country of the day. So far we have explored Sweden, Germany and Israel. Our class has been enjoying the Spanish enrichment program as well, some of the children are really comfortable around Ms. Cristina and are expressing their recently acquired Spanish vocabulary. They love dancing to the songs she introduces during class time and some of them are really having fun showing off their best dance moves. It's so fun to watch how their personalities shine brightly.

During the next two weeks we will continue to explore, make crafts and listen to storybooks about customs in the USA as well as Italy, Mexico, Africa and France. We will be sending the children home with their decorated suitcases and holiday crafts during the last week of school leading up to the holiday recess. We wish all our wonderful families a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season. May your homes be filled with peace, love and joy!


Warmest regards, Mrs. Rocafuerte, Mrs. Cinquina and Ms.Guglielmi


Our theme: Holidays around The World



Cookie cutter stamping

Holiday Keepsakes - class project


Cultural Arts/Geography:

Holiday traditions from around the world (the class will explore festive customs through the use of pictures, music, storybooks, arts and crafts)



Sand Tray

Transportation/ 3-part cards

Metal Insets (rectangle)

How to build a gingerbread house/ Sequence story



Counting Jingle Bells (recognizing numerals 1-10, one to one correspondence)

Sandpaper Numerals (rubbing activity)

Red and Blue Rods


Practical Life:

Lacing stockings, dreidels and trees

Wrapping gifts/ objects



Winter Solstice - December 21

We will discuss the new season of winter and read “The Shortest Day” by Wendy Pfeffer

Animals that hibernate in the winter



Smelling bottles (the child works to distinguish one smell from another)

Sorting buttons by colors



Help us spread some holiday cheer… on December 22nd please send your child to school in his/her most festive holiday sweater.