A Peek into the Cherry Blossom Classroom – week of 1/2/23

Happy New Year Blossoms! We were very excited to be back at school this week and see our friends. Our days were full of chatting and laughing together.

Focus Lesson:

This week we reviewed our classroom routines and expected behaviors. We settled back into our classroom after our long break. We reviewed how to be respectful of others and our materials within our room. We also took some time to talk all about our winter breaks! What we did, who we saw, what our favorite parts were. We even added a fireworks science experiment to our discussion about New Year’s Eve!

We added warm water, vegetable oil, and food coloring to a jar. We talked about density and molecules!
Check our how our “fireworks in a jar” exploded!

Preschool Lesson:

Ms. Sam reviewed the Geometric Cabinet with our younger Blossoms this week. They discussed polygons and quadrilaterals!

Kindergarten Lesson:

Our older Blossoms were introduced to Multiplication this week with Mr. John in Kindergarten Lesson. In Handwriting, they worked on writing words that connect using a dip connector. Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s Workshop discussed vowels, blends, and writing words and sentences!


A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our newest 5 year old!

Welcome to Our New Friend!

A big welcome to our new friend that joined our classroom community!

A Special Visitor!

The older sibling of one of our students joined us this week to read us a story. We loved having her with us, she was a great reader!

Peek into Work Time: Cultural

We were all about the map puzzles this week! The Montessori map cabinet is an important work in the classroom. Children use this material as an introduction to Geography. We begin with learning the names of the different continents. As a child becomes more comfortable with an individual map puzzle, we then introduce the child to the names of the countries within the continent. Children are encouraged to trace and label the countries within the continent, sneaking in more work for those fine motor skills!

We begin our Map Cabinet lessons with the Map of the Continents. This is a puzzle map in which each continent on the Painted Globe becomes an individual puzzle piece. The child learns the name of the continents and oceans, as well as where they are located, through the Three Period Lesson.
This student has mastered the Australia Map Puzzle. A child has mastered a Map Puzzle when they can consistently return all the pieces to the map without help. The child is then introduced to the names of the countries or territories. Then the child can trace and label the map puzzle, creating their own map and reinforcing what they have learned!
This older Kindergarten student is tracing and labeling The United States Map Puzzle. He is learning the names of a few states per day and has had lots of questions about how many hours it would take to get to different states. (We googled these answers for him!)

Peek into Next Week!

Focus Lesson: Healthy Foods

Preschool Lesson: The Food Groups

We’ll be preparing Healthy Foods in class! Sign up here! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CA5A628A3F4CF8-5foodgroups

Important Dates:

Bring Your Parent to Work Dates! We have lots of dates still available! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-cblossom#/

Monday, January 16: No School for MLK Jr. Day

Thursday, January 26: Grandparent’s Day! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-cherry3#/

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