2017 has been a busy year thus far exploring new activities in all areas of the classroom. In practical life sock folding, using a spatula for pancake flipping, using the garlic press, and water transfer with eye dropper have been wonderful additions to the classrooms.
In sensorial we’ve been exploring the tactile, auditory and olfactory senses. Fabric matching, sound cylinders, and smelling jars have been introduced to help refine our senses. While, in math, as an introduction to the President’s and President’s Day, we introduced the concept of money while some of our older friends continue learning about time.
In culture, the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement was an enormous focus within our classrooms in January. The importance of equality is a lesson for all. In science, children learned about animal classification including mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians and began the process of sorting these animals into categories including vertebrates and invertebrates. This month has been rich in vocabulary!
We will be observing February as the heart awareness and dental awareness month. We are planning to learn about the human heart, parts of the heart, importance of a balanced diet for a healthy heart, the food pyramid, and the parts of a tooth. We are also planning to focus on Groundhog’s Day, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day.
Our STEAM lab is all set for us to explore this month. The STEAM lab is a platform where our friends will have the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math weekly.
As we prepare for the 2017-18 school year we would like to highlight and share how critical and important is the kindergarten year is in the Montessori environment. Concepts that children have been learning for the past two years start to become internalized and solidified during the Kindergarten year. Our curriculum is cumulative; it slowly builds a solid, meaningful foundation on which further and more abstract learning can take place. In the kindergarten year, the seeds that were planted over the course of the first two years are harvested. All the preparation they had such as practical life and sensorial now guides them in academic subjects. Our friends have a deeper understanding of what they are learning and why they are learning it. The third year in our environment is a time when children mature in their personality traits or character. It’s the time when students become self-possessed learners, confident in their abilities. It’s where they emerge as leaders, benevolently sharing their skills with their younger peers. The benefits of our curriculum are much more effective if your child attends as a full day kindergartner.
Keep watching our website for more information about registration for the upcoming summer camp and the 2017-2018 school year!