March, 2017

Courtney Owens

 What I will learn this Month in Ms. Courtney’s class:

 Themes of the week | Classroom group lesson time (in addition to individual Montessori Work time)

 3/06:    Insects

  • The children will identify animals that belong in the insect category and those that do not.
  • The children will learn there are over five million different kinds of insects in the world.
  • The children will identify the main parts of an insect.
  • The children will learn ways insects can be helpful and ways insects can be harmful.
  • March 8th DINO-LIGHT field trip Playhouse Square
  • March 10th Pre-Kindergarten and Pre-Elementary Conferences

Afternoon Group Time:

  • Watch Visual Phonics video to learn letters and letter sounds with Sign Language, and complete a letter U craft.
  • Learn about lady bugs and complete a lady bug craft.
  • Diagram of an Insect- We will watch a video clip about insects and create a diagram labeling the parts of an insect.
  • Insects Can, Have, and Are Chart- We will fill in a chart about insects using verbs, nouns, and adjectives.
  • Shape Insects- We will use our imagination and pre-cut shapes to create our own insects.

 

3/13:    Plants and Flowers

  • The children will discuss the four elements needed to grow a plant. Soil, seeds, sun and water.
  • The children will observe and describe similarities and differences in the appearance and behavior of plants and flowers.
  • The children will identify major structures of plants (seeds, roots, stems, leaves).
  • The children will understand the life cycle of plants and flowers and what they need to grow.
  • The children will discover that plants provide resources for clothing, food, and oxygen.
  • Saturday, March 18th Mother/Son, Father/Daughter Dance 2-4

Afternoon Group Time:

  • Watch Visual Phonics video to learn letters and letter sounds with Sign Language, and complete a letter V craft.
  • Observe a Venus Fly Trap and learn about where they live, what they eat, and how to take care of one.
  • All About Plants Chart- We will discuss different characteristics of plants and create a chart explaining the characteristics.
  • Jack and the Beanstalk- We will read Jack and the Beanstalk and then grow our own beanstalk in a plastic bag.
  • Diagram of a Flower- We will discuss the parts of a flower and what a flower needs in order to survive then create a diagram explaining the topic.

 

3/20:    Butterflies and Caterpillars

  • The children will discover that butterflies go through stages of growth & changes called life cycles.
  • The children will design a butterfly of their own using shapes and creativity.
  • The children will create a mobile to represent each stage of the Life Cycle of the Butterfly.
  • March 24th Pajama and Show-N-Tell Day

Afternoon Group Time:

  • Watch Visual Phonics video to learn letters and letter sounds with Sign Language, and complete a letter W craft
  • Act out the life cycle of a butterfly and create a butterfly craft.
  • Butterfly Life Cycle- We will learn a song about the life cycle of a butterfly and then create a diagram about it.
  • Symmetry- We will discuss what symmetry is and create a butterfly with symmetrical wings.
  • Puffy Caterpillars- We will create caterpillars out of popsicle sticks and pompoms.

 

3/27-3/31: SPRING BREAK

 

Letters of the Week: Try to find objects that begin with each letter wherever you go with your child.

3/06: Uu

3/13: Vv

3/20: Ww

 

Sight Words of the Week: Try to find each word in books as you read to your child.

3/06: go

3/13: we

3/20: in

 

Synonym Words of the Week: Try to find each word in books as you read to your child.

3/06: HEALTHY, hearty, athletic, sound, strong, fit

3/13: SICK, weak, unhealthy, ailing, infected, frail

3/20: MEAN, selfish, unkind, malicious, hurtful

 

Things to do at home this month to reinforce our themes:

  • Take a walk and see how many insects you can spot.
  • Plant a flower or garden.
  • Visit the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.
  • Take a walk and see how many butterflies and caterpillars you can spot
  • Make dinner with foods that start with the letter of the week.

 

 

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