Ms. Rupa's Class : January

 

Dear Parents,

We wish you a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2020! A sincere thanks for your thoughtful gifts and generous donations as a token for teachers’ appreciation. To see all the children in our class beginning to tap into their endless potential is our greatest reward yet we are humbly touched by your kindness. Your donation will be put to a good cause in preparing new and exciting activities for our classroom. Your presence at our end of the year sing along, art show and the ginger bread house decoration gave our children joy and encouragement.

The children worked hard on creating delightful, whimsical snowmen paintings to show how the artist’s imagination can summon magic from a prosaic subject. The children showed their kind actions by making pictures for their family (as part of our ongoing P.B.I.S. curriculum), some of them even collaborated as a team to finish one artwork while learning about different styles and “isms” from the art history. Their artistry showed many art styles such as Roy Lichtenstein’s snow hero saving the day, Georgia O’Keeffe’s flower, Grant Wood’s American gothic snowman, Jackson Pollock’s colorful snowman in thousand splats, Salvador Dali’s snowman dripping like melty cheese, and snowman as they might have been rendered by Turner, Klimt, Paul Klee, Chagall, Seurat, Pablita Velarde, Piet Mondrian, Sonia Delaunay, Jacob Lawrence, and Vincent van Gogh.

With time moving fast, we have jump started the New Year with time, money and measurement units in the Math area. Many new Montessori materials have been added to our shelves across all the subject areas. Below are few select themes that we will be exploring during the month of January. Our Practical Life, Sensorial, Math and Language curriculum will continue to move forward parallel to these activities.

Science:

The children have started looking at evolution, classification, habits of vertebrates as well as how they interact with their ecosystems. This month, we will continue exploring further deep into the different components that make up the human body: muscles, bones and joints, the digestive and circulatory systems, the nervous and endocrine systems, the urinary system, the respiratory system, and finally the immune system. The students have been learning about the different types of muscles in the human body, basic names and types of bones and how digestive system works. We will continue learning about simple machines while building them and testing them with simple experiments. With winter solstice started, it is right time for us to talk about different types of clouds and storms.

 

Geography:

We have been learning about North America, South America and Antarctica and Africa. We will continue studying about maps, different biomes, countries, flags, art, culture, birds and animal life of these regions. We will add biomes of Africa this month and continue exploring all the continents.

 

Art:

We have been exploring line, shape, space, volume, form, texture and color as basic building blocks of art making process. This month, we will study about sculptors. We will also look at different women artists from classical to contemporary era.

 

Music:

We will talk about the orchestra and select famous composers.

 

Dates to remember:

January 6th- Coat Drive Begins

January 8th- Visit from Dental Hygienist

January 15th- Picture Day

January 17th- Coat Drive ends

January 20th-School Closed, Marin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 27th-31st- Spirit Week:

Monday- Pajama Day

Tuesday- Crazy Hat Day

Wednesday – Crazy Sock Day

Thursday- Animal Day

Friday- Red Day

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Rupa, Ms. Patti, Ms. Amanda