A Peek At Handwriting | Week of December 11th

During the past two weeks in Handwriting, we have continued learning the Lower Case Initial Strokes. We focused on the letters r, p, u, w, and s. All of these letters begin with the same initial “swing” stroke of the pencil. I am very proud of our Kindergarten students and how hard they have worked the past couple weeks!

A Peek At Our Week | Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of December 11th

Our week was filled with fun and excitement as we learned about Musical Instruments and The Orchestra! The children learned that an orchestra is made up of several different families: The Brass Family, The Woodwind Family, The Percussion Family, and The String Family. The children also enjoyed preparing for their on musical performance at The Christmas Show! Our class seems to really love music and many of them actually sing while they work! I have a feeling we may have quite a few future musicians in our class!

Tracing the Sandpaper Letters! By tracing the Sandpaper Letters, the child experiences the letter sound and symbol several different ways by seeing, touching, and hearing their teacher say the letter sound. This also helps the child prepare for letter formation later on when they begin to write!
Practicing tracing the Metal Insets! This material helps the child steady their hand for writing and promotes the development of their focus and concentration!
Working on dusting the shelves! In the Montessori Classroom, your child learns to take ownership of their environment!

A Peek Into Next Week:

-All about Christmas.

-Crazy Hair Day on Tuesday!

-Pajama Day and Pizza Party on Wednesday!

A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of December 4th

This week has been a busy and productive week in our classroom! We learned all about Arctic Animals and what kinds of animals live in the Arctic! We also learned that animals in the arctic are white,gray,and black in order to camoflage themeselves. We also learned that many arctic animals, such as Polar Bears and the Walrus have a layer of fat, called blubber, which helps them to stay warm in the icy water as they hunt for fish. Ms. Mel also worked with the children during their afternoon group time on counting in Italian!


Proud of her work writing her letters in the Sand Tray!

Proud of her work writing “t ” on the chalkboard! Also a great predecessor to practicing letter formation before writing on paper!

Helping to take responsibilty for our classroom by preparing snack!

Thank you to Ms. Schnee (Harper’s mom) and Ms. Brandy (London’s mom) for coming to read to us this week!

A Peek Into Next Week:

-Learning about the Parts of the Orchestra.

-Listening to different kinds of Orchestra Music.

-What is the job of the conductor?

A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week Of November 27

It was so nice to be back after a wonderful Thanksgiving Break! Before break, we enjoyed making Pumpkin Peanut Butter Soup and homemade bread together! We also enjoyed learning about the First Thanksgiving!

This week, we learned all about the weather! We learned about how clouds are made up of water vapor and when the droplets become heavy enough gravity pulls them back toward the earth as rain drops. We also made a chart to track the weather this week to see how many sunny, rainy, cloudy, and snowy days we had this week. As a wonderful surprise for the end of November, we had more sunny days! We also discussed what kinds of clothes we wear during different kinds of weather.

Enjoying working on the Basting Work in the Practical Life area! This material helps indirectly prepare the child for reading, by moving the water from left to right and also helps to develop their pincer grip. It also helps to develop their sense of order, concentration, coordination, and independence!
Working on the Five Square Chain from the Math area! This material is a concrete way of introducing the child to squares and square roots!
Working on tracing the puzzles from the Science area! Puzzles are a great Pre-Reading material and tracing them helps to steady the hand for Handwriting!


A Peek Into Next Week:

-Learning about Arctic Animals.

-Learning how Arctic Animals stay warm.

-Why do many Arctic Animals have white fur, skin, or feathers?

A Peek At Handwriting | Week of November 27th

During the past couple of weeks in Handwriting, we have been working on Lower Case and the common initial strokes used to form those letters. We have been carefully working forming the lower case letters i, t, and j in cursive. Our Kindergarten students have been working hard on carefully forming each letter and I’m so proud of their progress!

A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class | Week Of November 13th

This week we have been learning all about Turkeys and how Turkeys are a part of the bird family! The children also enjoyed discussing what they are thankful for! Please take time to check out our bulletin board and check out what your child is thankful for!


Proud of her work on the Lacing Cards! by lacing the string through the holes in the board, the child in indirectly working on increasing their sense of organization, concentration, coordination, and independence!
Smiling after working hard on the Geometric Solids! By working on this material, the child learns new vocabulary by learning the names of three dimensional shapes and they are also indirectly prepared for Geometry!


Our class enjoyed a special visit by an AMMS alum who came to read them a story!


A Peek Into Next Week:

-Discussing the first Thanksgiving

-Making Pumpkin Soup

-Making Homemade Bread

-Continuing our discussion about Turkeys

A Peek at Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of November 6th

This has been a wonderful week in our classroom! This week we have learned all about Kindness! We discussed how being kind means we treat others the way we would like to be treated. The children also filled up our Kindness Jar, so we were able to do something kind for another class and go visit them! So much fun!

Proud of her work using the Metal Insets! By tracing the shapes and practicing drawing straight lines accross, the child is preparing their hand for Handwriting!
Working together to match colors in the Sensorial Area!
Proud of her work on the Rhyming Cards in the Language Area!
Our class filled up our Kindess Jar, so we were able to do something kind for another classroom and go visit them! We decided to share our favorite work from the Practical Life area, Corn Tweezing, with Ms. Kate’s class!


A Peek Into Next Week:

-Learning the parts of the Turkey

-What do Turkey’s Eat?

-Singing Turkey and Thanksgiving Songs.


A Peek at Handwriting| Ms. Kristen | Week of November 6th

The past two weeks in Handwriting, we have been working on answering a question of the day and writing our answer in cursive. Some of our questions have been, ” What will you be for Halloween?” and ” What did you have for lunch today?” and ” What is your middle name?”. The children are also working on spelling their answer phonetically.

Something to practice with your child at home is writing their first name in cursive! I’m so proud of how our Kindergarten student’s handwriting has come along so far this year!

A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of October 30th

This week, we learned all about Families! We learned ASL signs for Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Grandma, and Grandpa. We also read about how families come in differents sizes and can be made up of different types of people!


Working on the Corn Tweezing work together! This has been a very popular work in our classroom! By using the tweezer to pluck the corn, the child is developing their pincer grip, which is great preparation for Handwriting! In addition, the child is developing their focus and concentration!


Ms. Mel practiced counting using Chinese numerical characters with our students during Afternoon Group Time this week! We also learned the words for members of our family in several languages!
Working on tracing the Bird Puzzle! Puzzles are a great pre-reading material!

A Peek Into Next Week:

-What does Kindness mean?

-How can we be kind to others?

-Doing something kind for another class, now that our Kindness Jar is full!



A Peek Into Handwriting | Week of October 23rd

The past two weeks have taken us all the way to the letter Z in Handwriting! We also started answering a couple of journal questions, putting into practice what we have learned thus far. Our two journal questions so far have been “What is your favorite color?” and “What will you be for Halloween?” The goal is to have the children begin to expressively write on their own and to practice their letter formation on paper. I’m so proud of their progress so far!

I would encourage you to help your child practice their handwriting at home by phonetically spelling words on their own. Why not have them help you write the grocery list this week?