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Hello Mulberry families.....

Time is running fast; can’t believe it’s already end of the September and we are welcoming a new month –October.

How planets orbit around the Sun?

The gravity of the Sun keeps the planets in their orbits. They stay in their orbits because there is no other force in the Solar System which can stop them. Newton realized that the reason the planets orbit the Sun is related to why objects fall to Earth when we drop them. The Sun's gravity pulls on the planets, just as Earth's gravity pulls down anything that is not held up by some other force and keeps you and me on the ground.
Gravity: - The children know things fall to the ground unless something holds them up. We talked about how the Earth’s gravity is and what holds us and other things to the ground. We experimented with gravity by jumping, sliding and tossing a ball and paper.

Spring, summer, fall and winter. Many places on the Earth have seasons. Others do not. What causes the seasons? Well, it is caused by the movement of the Earth around the sun, the tilt of the Earth, and how high the sun will get in the sky.

The tilted Earth

Seasons are caused because of the Earth's changing relationship to the Sun. The Earth travels around the Sun, called an orbit, once a year or every 365 days. As the Earth orbits the Sun, the amount of sunlight each location on the planet gets every day changes slightly. This change causes the seasons.

The reason we have seasons is because, during it's journey around the Sun, the Earth is tilted. The Earth's tilt affects the amount of daylight each hemisphere gets, which in turn makes the temperature hotter or colder.
Day and night are due to the Earth rotating on its axis, not its orbiting around the sun. The term 'one day' is determined by the time the Earth takes to rotate once on its axis and includes both day time and night time.

Pushpin (or pin poking) activity is one of the popular fine motor activities in the Montessori classroom. The benefits of push pinning can be amazing. That activity alone helped children increase their concentration and self-discipline. And it’s wonderful for strengthening the hand for writing along with developing the necessary pincer grip.

Push Pins: The Perfect Activity to strengthen the correct pencil grip. It helps develop deeper concentration, prepare for writing, exercise patience and attention to detail, help perfect fine motor, strengthen finger muscles and MOST IMPORTANT enjoyed by children

It's HARVEST time!!! Our garden is tiny, but we still have herbs and vegetables to harvest. I want my Mulberry friends to understand what it means to harvest the food that we planted from seed. When a crop has grown and is ready to eat, the farmer must collect it from the fields. What a perfect time to visit an apple orchard!!!!!!!!

Colorful harvest basket!
Children are amazed to find out about the variety of the types of apples and how they taste different. It also reflects in the art category by making their own apple either by gluing or push pinning.

Continuing our study about apple, we are learning about parts of the apple and how they grow.

We are working on parts of the apple and sequencing, making our own life cycle of an apple tree .
Seasons and apple tree

Knob-less cylinder: Each set is of a different color and varies ½ centimeter between any two in succession. They vary in height and diameter or both. The direct aim of this work is to develop the judgement of size through discrimination of graduation of thickness and height. Indirectly, it prepares for letter recognition and mathematics.

My cylinder tower!

Primary colors – Red, Yellow and blue. They are familiar with these colors but are also learning that one cannot make these colors by mixing any other color. Artists create all the colors of rainbow by mixing together the primary colors.

My Primary colors!

These rods may seem familiar to you, and they should if you’ve ever seen the Red Rods. They are exactly the same except for one feature: alternating blue and red segments. The Number Rods are a great way for the child to gain a concrete understanding of the differences of quantity. This foundation will serve them in every math activity they attempt moving forward!

Laid them all out parallel to each other but in random order, arranged them in order and now counting and associating numbers.

Montessori took this idea that the human has a mathematical mind from the French philosopher Pascal. Maria Montessori said that a mathematical mind was “a sort of mind which is built up with exactify.” The mathematical mind tends to estimate, needs to quantify, to see identity, similarity, difference, and patterns, to make order and sequence and to control error.

The infant and young child observes and experiences the world sensorial. From this experience the child abstracts concepts and qualities of the things in the environment. These concepts allow the child to create mental order. The child establishes a mental map, which supports adaptation to the environment and the changes which may occur in it.

Math in action - red and blue table-top rods, counting and associating quantity, numbers with quantity. formation of numbers, odd and even with quantity, 100 board and short chain (square) skip counting !
Language - formation, sound - picture association and blending - building words.

Please practice with your child at home, how to wear a mask correctly.

CDC recommends that people wear masks in public and when around people who don’t live in your household.

Wash your hands before putting on your mask.

Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.

Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.

Make sure you can breathe easily.

CDC does not recommend use of masks or cloth masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

Wear a Mask to Protect Others!


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