Ms. Kaltrina & Ms. Diane's Class : September
Issue September 21 – October 2, 2020
We are so excited to start a new school year with all our amazing students. We have many fun activities planned for this year.
Our first two weeks of preschool have been so enjoyable. During this period of time, we have been focusing on setting the classroom ground rules, adjusting to the new procedures and routines, getting to know each other, and acclimating to the new environment.
We are establishing our classroom rules by explaining good listening skills, the importance of being kind and caring, respecting our friends’ property and personal space.
We are looking forward to having a great school year!
Our September themes are: Back to school and Apples
In language we have been reading books about the first day of school, all the fun we will be having in school, apples, and the beginning sound/letter of the word Apple (A,a). We are having daily classroom discussion about being back in school, adjusting to the new routine, rules and procedures. Also we are learning about apples, their life cycle, worked together to complete different language activities and crafts about the apples and the importance of healthy eating. Some of language Montessori materials that are placed on the shelves are sand paper letters, beginning sound objects with the letters, tracing of the alphabet, tracing of their names, metal insets and the movable alphabet.
In math we have been counting everyday 0-10. We are practicing writing, cutting and pasting, number/symbol recognition of numbers 1 and 2, and matching of the quantity with the right symbol. Some of the math materials that have been put on the shelves for students are numerals and counters, red and blue rods ( to experience the qualities of each number and to learn the respective names, to show that each number is represented by a single object as a whole, separated from others), red and blue strip board (facts of ten), 100 board ( provides the experience and learning in sequence numerals 1 to 100), sand paper numbers and objects ( placing in order numbers 1-10 and matching the objects with the correct number), triangle colored beads ( 1-10 beads used for addition) etc.
Students have been working on different cutting and pasting activities. The letter of the week was “A, a” and the numbers of the week were “1 and 2.” Students enjoyed working on different art activities about the letter and the numbers of the week.
The Practical life area includes care of self, care of environment, life skills, food preparation and social relations. Fine motor skills, independence, and hand eye coordination are some of the important everyday life skills that students will practice and develop while working. We have introduced activities like pouring, spooning, sorting, dressing frames, using tweezers and scissors. The Montessori materials enable the child to refine their fine motor skills, develop focus, build confidence, and learn to care for themselves and their environment.
Montessori sensorial developmental goal is to boost the child’s five senses, enabling them to learn better. This allows children to use their senses to explore and understand the world around them. It includes activities that help them study objects, colors, textures, numbers and situations.
We have introduced the pink towers (building/stacking cubes in order from the largest to the smallest) and the brown stairs (building/stacking wooden prisms according to size). These will help the students to develop a mathematical mind. Also sound cylinders, knobbed cylinders, geometric solids and geometric cabinet are some other sensorial materials that have been introduced to the students during this period of time.
In science students enjoyed the experiment about the Life Cycle of an Apple. They had the opportunity to see and explore parts of an apple (seeds, skin, core, stem and flesh), to learn the science behind the life cycle, to learn literacy skills, to work on different art projects, and apple themed math and language activities.
Warm regards from Mrs. Kaltrina, Mrs. Diane, Mrs. Ruby and Mrs. Marie
Remember to look for the monthly calendar with current reminders being sent home!