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: November 1 - 30, 2021
We cannot believe it’s already November!
November is a busy month: Election Day, Veteran’s Day, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Thanksgiving, and Diwali (Hindu New Year)
Over the past two weeks we had such a great time singing Halloween songs, making fun and spooky activities, learning new songs with Ms. Melissa, and celebrating Ethan’s birthday.
For our art activity we used watercolors and playdough to mix primary colors to make secondary colors. The children were fascinated by the artwork of Wassily Kandinsky. Our next artist is going to be Piet Mondrian who used squares and rectangles in his work.
Throughout November we will learn about Thanksgiving, North America (our Continent), Native Americans, and Families (different cultures, traditions, food, etc.). We will also talk about the people and things we are thankful for.
We are going to have “Election Day” in our classroom where we are all going to vote on our favorite snack!
The children are practicing how to independently put on/take off their jackets and we will continue to learn about the human body and nocturnal animals.
Our Parent - Teacher Conferences will be virtual on Friday, November 19th. Parents should call Barbara in the front office to sign up, 914-693-4443. Please let us know ahead of time if there are any specific topics you would like to discuss. We look forward to “seeing” you then and sharing information. Please make sure your child is not in the same room as you during your conference as these are adult meetings.
School will be closed on the following days in November:
Nov 2: Staff Professional Development Day
Nov 11: Veteran’s Day
Nov 19: Parent - Teacher Conferences
Nov 24 - 26: Thanksgiving Recess
Stay healthy and safe.
Eva, Helene and Liana
Our theme is: Fall - Thanksgiving
Leaf punch out
Leaf rubbing and printing /using leaves that we collected from our playground and pressed
Negative leaf monoprint
Fall tree /painting with cotton swabs
North America puzzle map
Animals that live in North America
Talk about Native American
Sand painting/to make Native American designs
Election Day/ vote to choose our favorite snack
American flag for Veteran’s Day
Start Unit about Families
Sounds of the month “L-l” - “T-t” Sandpaper letter/object box
Sequence story: how to grow a pumpkin
Learn parts of a turkey with Montessori Three Part Cards
Parts of a pumpkin/three part cards
Fruit/Vegetable Classification: cards with matching objects
Metal Inset: square and rectangle
What we are thankful for…
November Calendar/tracing and magnetic
Introduction of Number Rods (red-blue rods): Ten wooden rods varying in length from 1decimetre to 1metre, the decimetre colored alternately red and blue. The first rod is red, the second, which is two decimetres long, is divide into one red and one blue section, and so on
Number stepboard/children trace numbers 1 to 25 on a imprinted board
Pumpkins and numbers cards
We will begin to use liquid for our pouring and transferring activities
Transferring with baster
Pouring water with medium size pitchers
Folding napkins and put them in napkins rings
Hammering a pumpkin/using golf pegs and little hammer
Nocturnal animals/facts about bats and owls
Parts of a leaf using three part cards
Experiment: Sink/Float using popped - not popped kernels
Matching cards with models of human organs
Geometric Cabinet: Drawer of rectangles
Red Rods: 10 red rods varying length from one decimetre to one metre. Each rod increases by one decimetre from the one before. Children have visual and muscular perception of dimension and an understanding of the differences in dimension.
3D Leaf puzzle
Montessori Binomial Cube
The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
Feeling Thankful by Shelley Rotner and Sheila Kelly
It’s Thanksgiving Day by Mary Packard
In a Pumpkin Shell by Jennifer Storey
Festival of Colors by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal