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

Dear Parents,

 

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.

 

Regards,

Eva, Helene and Liana

 

 

Our theme is: Fall - Thanksgiving

 

Art:

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

Piet Mondrian

 

Cultural Arts/Geography:

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

Diwali

 

Language:

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…

 

Math:

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

 

Practical Life:

We will begin to use liquid for our pouring and transferring activities

Transferring with baster

Pouring water with medium size pitchers

Table setting

Folding napkins and put them in napkins rings

Hammering a pumpkin/using golf pegs and little hammer

Science:

Nocturnal animals/facts about bats and owls

Parts of a leaf using three part cards

Experiment: Sink/Float using popped - not popped kernels

Anatomy Cards/Matching

Matching cards with models of human organs

 

Sensorial:

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

 

Books

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