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

Issue: January 19 - January 29, 2021

 

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! We started our Antarctica unit by locating Antarctica on our Montessori globe and observed photos of Antarctica. We also reviewed the type of animals that inhabit as well as defined what a habitat is. We discussed that it’s a continent with a freezing climate. Each child was given a set of animals and cotton balls (to represented snow) to create a diorama of the habitat. The children were happy to color, paste and create their own diorama. We also had a science experiment on how animals stay warm in the arctic water. The children were fascinated by how the animals didn’t freeze in the water. For our science experiment, we had each child put on a glove, place their hand into Crisco shortening and then into cold water. The children were intrigued by the fact that they did not feel the cold temperature. We explained this is how animals stay warm in cold water by having a lot of bubbler or fat. We also walked on bubble wrap pretending to walk on ice. The children thoroughly were excited about this activity because they liked hearing the pop of the bubble wrap. We read The Mitten by Jan Brett and focused on the sequence of the characters in the story, which animal came first, next, and last. Everyone had a turn to place an animal inside a mitten as we read the story. The children loved taking part of this interactive story. Finally, the children created their own paper bag mitten and colored animals from the story to place inside the mitten.

 

Warm Regards,

Ms. Victoria, Ms. Francine, and Ms. Nancy

Our theme: Hibernation

Hibernation Celebration Friday, January 22nd

Wear your pajamas to school!

Art:

Hibernation paper plate craft

Picasso

If Picasso made a Snowman

Martin Luther King, Jr. craft

 

Cultural Arts/Geography:

Antarctica 3 part cards

Pin pushing the continent Antarctica

Antarctica discover box

 

Language:

Opposites

Activity Cards-Learning to read written words, developing reading comprehension

Puzzle Words (set 2) - Memorization skills for sight words, learning words that cannot be sounded out

Movable Alphabet (writing phrases)- Associating sound with symbol

Pink Series- Words and Picture Cards

Reading: Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows

 

Math:

Counting mittens 1-10

Number stamp booklet 1-10

Number composition- Understanding the decimal system or place value, preparation for manipulating larger numbers, matching a large composite numeral with its quantity

Addition with number rods- Growth toward abstraction in addition

Practicing the process of addition

 

Practical Life:

Folding-Concentration, coordination, fine motor control

Sewing- Independence and order, preparation for sewing with finer needle and thread

Suds Whipping Station- learning to use an egg beater and developing sequential work patterns

Mitten lacing- concentration, fine motor

 

Science:

Where do animals go in the winter?

(Learning about animals that hibernate)

Hibernation matching cards

Animal Tracks

 

Sensorial:

Tactile Discrimination- Ability to identify different objects through visual and tactile examination, development of the stereognostic sense

Shape mat- learning to place shapes into proper category