May, 2017

Courtney Owens

Ms. Courtney’s May/June 2017 Monthly Overview

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)

5/01:    Solar System

  • The children will learn the positions of the Planets and their relative sizes and distances.
  • The children will discover why and how Earth is distinctive.
  • The children will learn the role of the Sun.
  • The children will learn the terms rotation, revolution, and orbit.
  • The children will be able to name the planets in the Solar System and the order they are in.

Afternoon Group Time:

  • Read a book about constellations and discuss how constellations have been used. Trace different constellations.
  • Read about astronauts, create a space helmet, and try astronaut food (freeze dried ice cream)

5/08:    Dinosaurs

  • The children will be able to identify dinosaurs by name.
  • The children will recognize the different physical attributes of dinosaurs.
  • The children will demonstrate understanding of herbivores and carnivores.
  • The children will compare and contrast dinosaurs to modern animals.
  • The children will demonstrate understanding of fossils.
  • The children will identify that museums are places in communities where artifacts can be viewed.
  • Grandparent’s Day May 10th
  • Mom’s and Muffins May 12th 7:00am-8:00am

Afternoon Group Time:

  • Read about different types of dinosaurs and make a dinosaur book.
  • Make dinosaur soap.


5/15:    Transportation

  • The children will become familiar with what transportation is: to carry things from one place to another.
  • The children will learn the different methods of travel.
  • The children will learn the safety rules for all methods of transportation.

Afternoon Group Time:

  • Play Red Light Green Light.
  • Read and discuss about different types of transportation, then create a traffic light craft.


5/22: Sports

  • The children will work on gross motor skills by marching, skipping, galloping etc.
  • The children will gain the skills needed to engage in imaginative and creative play indoors and outdoors, involving others.
  • The children will develop team work with peers.
  • Akron Zoo Field Trip May 26th

Afternoon Group Time:

  • Read and discuss about different sports and play Wall Football
  • Read and discuss what teamwork means, and participate in a hula hoop team game.


5/29: Welcome Summer and Camping

  • The children will learn some outside summer games and activities.
  • The children will experiment with water.
  • The children will learn about summer safety.
  • Memorial Day | NO SCHOOL May 29th
  • Last day of school / Field Day | NO Aftercare June 1st
  • Kindergarten Graduation June 2nd 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Progress Reports June 5th

Afternoon Group Time:

  • Sing Going on a Bear Hunt and make a binocular craft.
  • Make trail mix together and read stories under a “blanket tent”


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

Vowels A E I O U

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

5/01: Some

5/08:  Time

5/15: Write

5/22: People

5/29: Many

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

5/01: UNDER, below, beneath, underneath

5/08: QUICK, fast, swift, rapid, speedy, hasty

5/15: NEAT, tidy, clean, arranged, well-ordered

5/22: LOOK, see, glance, stare, gaze

5/29: FUNNY, silly, playful, crazy, foolish

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

  • Visit a local museum.
  • Take a walk and see how many different forms of transportation you can spot.
  • Go to a baseball game.
  • Look at the sky with a telescope at night.


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