Weekly Theme: This week we looked at the Amphibian. We talked about how the Amphibians are vertebrates, cold blooded, their skin is soft and moist, and they are born from jelly eggs. Some examples of Amphibians are toads, frogs, and salamanders. We learned that the term amphibian means of two worlds. Amphibians are born in the water but live their life on land. The children enjoyed getting a closer look at our toads, Stiv and Darby and the Pac Man Frog, En Esch.
Our students can count to ten in 10 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian)
Sneak Peek Into Next Week: We will be learning about Fish, the characteristics and examples of.
The first week of October found us discovering where we live. Not only our street address but even bigger things. We started out with one of the biggest things, our galaxy called the Milky Way and dwindled down to our street address and ALL things in between. Here is a breakdown of “where we live”…
Galaxy: Milky Way
Cluster Of Planets: Our Solar System
Continent: North America
Country: United States of America (U.S.A.)
City, Address, Phone Number…
The kindergartners continued with the subject of Geography by studying land forms. We looked at Island/Lake, Cape/Bay, Peninsula/Gulf(not the sport), Isthmus(not Christmas)/Straight, Archipelago/Chain Of Lakes.
The kindergarten students can count to ten in 12 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Arabic w/Lebanese Dialect, Italian, and Russian)
Sneak Peek Into The Next Few Weeks: We are going to learn how to tell time (old school). Clock faces, hands, and such.
This week we learned about reptiles and what makes a reptile a reptile. Reptile are vertebrates, cold blooded (body temperature changes to the temperature around them), they are born from hard shelled eggs and their skin is dry and with scales. The children loved touching Elise (my Corn Snake) and Oliver (Ms. Kristen’s turtle).
The students can count to ten in 9 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect).
Sneak peek to next Week: We will be learning about Amphibians and the characteristics of.
This past week we learned about Mammals. Mammals are vertebrates (have a spine or backbone), warm blooded(their body temperature does not change), have hair or fur, live bearers, and eat/drink mother’s milk when young. Some mammals live in the water such as dolphins and whales. The only mammal that can fly is the bat! Oh and people are mammals!
Cultural Subjects: During line time we can count to ten in 7 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, and Japanese).
Peek into next week: Reptiles! Their characteristics and example of reptiles.
Letter The Week: G g
Rhyming Word Of The Week: bid
Parent Education Night Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30pm You can register to attend and for childcare by clicking this link
This week we talked about living and nonliving things. Your children now know what makes a living thing a living thing! All living things reproduce, grow, eat or take in nutrients, breathe or exchange gas, and need water. We are all in agreement that plants, animals, trees, grass, are living things!
Peek At Next Week:
Mammals: Characteristics: Warm Blooded, have hair or fur, vertebrates, born alive!
This week we had fun learning about the food groups in our class. Grains and Cereals, Fruit and Vegetables, Dairy (my favorite), meats and proteins, fats and sugars and how many servings we should have per day. Next week we will be identifying and learning the characteristics are of living things and non living things(non-living thing: me at 5 am in the morning). Notable events of this week was the death of guitarist Grant Hart from the band Husker Du and actor Harry Dean Stanton (Cool Hand Luke, Repo Man, Pretty In Pink,Wild At Heart).
Sneak Peek for Next Week: Living and Non-Living
Together we will spend time over the week learning about the characteristics of Living Things
(take in nourishment, breathe or exchange gases, grow, reproduce,etc)
Letter of the Week: Ee
Rhyming Word of the Week: bad
Such is what brings me to our classroom topic this week; Healthy Habits! We discussed how important our personal hygiene is. How we wash hands, brush teeth, eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of sleep and next week we will visit the Food Pyramid and healthy eating habits, you can even find nutrition systems online, which sometimes are low cost, and easy to follow, so after you select it, you just need to figure out the nutrisystem cost.
A Peek into Next Week… All about the Food Pyramid!
Grains and cereals
Vegetables and fruits
Dairy (my favorite)
Meats and proteins.
Sweets and fats
Ramseyer Farm Field Trip Friday, September 22. Please make sure your child is in tennis shoes and is dressed for the weather. Please send lunches in a disposable container with disposable items. We will be unable to warm up leftovers at the farm.
Did you ever have that feeling of impending doom? These past two weeks have gone sooooooo well in the classroom. Almost “too” well, like the calm before the storm…waiting for that proverbial shoe to drop. We will let you know of further developments! We are done going over ground rules and will be going over healthy habits next week.
We had a great first week back to school! This week our class had so much fun getting to know each other and learning about the rules of our classroom (grace and courtesy lessons). The children became familiar with our schedule, classroom, animals, the building and how to be respectful to one another. We are looking forward to a great year ahead!
Working with beginning Language material (matching).
Discovering g the similarities between the Continent Puzzle Map and Continent Globe from the Cultural Subjects area.
From our Sensorial area matching the correct place for the Knobless Cylinder.
Creating words with the Movable Alphabet from the Language area.
A Peek into Next Week: Next week will continue to focus on familiarizing ourselves with the classroom materials and how to work on them, learning ground rules, introducing classroom chores and more!
REMINDER: There is NO SCHOOL on Monday for Labor Day!
Another school year is under my belt and another wave of students rolled through my classroom. Insert <<heavy sigh>>. I could be the gruff, grumpy old man and say “Ahhhh, I am so used to having students come into my life and then leave my life. It happens!” Never shed a tear. Never feel sad. When I started teaching I thought it would be easier as time went on. Actually, it is just the opposite. It does gets more difficult saying good bye to my students and their families. I include families because the Absorbent Minds Montessori School experience is truly a family experience. Not only is it important to get to know the child but getting to know the family. Not only is it important its really fun. I love talking to parents, grandparents, babysitters, nannies, au pairs; I don’t think this is a big secret. So, in about three months I will teach a whole new wave of students and talk to my new chatting victims(aka parents), hehehe!
Line Time Lessons:
We started out May by learning about food chains. The animal doing the hunting is the predator and the animal being eaten is the prey. The animal doing the eating is higher on the food chain. This was a fun and interesting unit for our students. We talked about many different examples together.
We blew into learning the characteristics of the four seasons. Winter is cold, Spring it rains a lot, Summer is hot, and fall it gets cooler.
Our little astronauts rocketed through our solar system. We learned about our planets, solar system, astronauts, our sun and moon. We revisited our lessons a few months ago and discovered many of the planets were named after Roman Gods.
I told my students I wanted them to have a fun Summer but I want them to be safe. We spent our last week reviewing safety. We went over wearing a helmet when riding a bike, stay by their safe side adult when in public, and always wear a life jacket when on the water.
Mila reading to our class!
A parent in Ms. Kristen’s classroom playing bag pipes for our students!
The beginning of May we looked at the preposition. I explained the the preposition is a “where word” not a “werewolf”. The we got really excited about the Interjection. Interjections added a bit more to the sentence by showing excitement. Either this excitement is a little or a lot of emotion. We came to the end of the sentence and learned about the period, question mark, and explanation mark. Then we learned when to capitalize words. “I” not eye, proper nouns, and words at the beginning of a sentence.
This past month during Science class the Kids enjoyed about 4 different experiments but their favorite one was on the last day of school!
This is done by using 1 bottle of Diet Coke and 1 pack of Mentos.
When Mr. John dropped candy Mentos into a bottle of Diet Coke the Coke shot up into the air and dropped down the side of the bottle. Why? because a bottle of soda is filled with Carbon Dioxide.
The Mentos fall to the bottom, forming lots of bubbles. When this gas is released it forces the liquid up and out in a GIANT exploding geyser of sticky soda. The Children loved watching this and screeched with delight.
In music class during the month of May, Ms. Lisa reviewed many of the concepts that she taught throughout the year. This month the please and thank you song was played and our students love it and the movements to the song. The bells were used and much fun was had! We also sang the forgiveness song. The children talked about the meaning of forgiveness and sign language was introduced as part of the song. The instruments used were the rhythm sticks. The life lessons learned were so terrific. She reviewed what staccato and legato mean, sang about having a choice for your behavior, sang about being kind, sang about telling the truth. Ms. Lisa also taught us a new song this month called Let the Sun Shine In! Diligence was also a characteristic talked about through music and movement. The instruments used were the triangles, tambourines and the maracas. Music and the important values taught is so much fun at AMMS!
This past month in art was inspired by spring. Ms. Michele had the students make paper flower sculptures. The students made a circle out of a strip of paper for the middle, and then made tear drop shapes for the petals. They could use a pattern with the colors, use warm colors, or cool colors. The flowers turned out beautiful with all the different patterns and colors the students used. The next spring inspired artwork came from butterflies. The students learned about symmetry and how to paint a butterfly with symmetry since butterflies are identical on each side. Ms. Michele had them paint with watercolors. The third week we painted Vincent Van Gogh inspired flowers in a vase. The students learned about his painting technique. Vincent painted with short squiggly paint strokes because he wanted it to seem like is art was moving and alive. Ms. Michele placed vases with flowers in the middle of the table, and had the students draw on paper first, and then she showed them how to paint like Van Gough, and had them return to their seats to paint. The paintings turned out looking just like Van Gogh’s painting called Sunflowers.
To end a wonderful year filled with art, Ms. Michele had a Claude Monet inspired artwork planned for the young artists. They looked at his painting called Bridge Over Pond of Water Lilies. They learned about Impressionism, which is what style Claude Monet used. Impressionism is the use of dabs or small brush strokes of unmixed colors to simulate the actual reflection of light. The students did a wonderful job of recreating the outdoor scene, and I can say I was quite “impressed”, pun intended. Thank you Ms. Michele for all of your hard work this year, and we hope you have a wonderful summer!