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Welcome to the Olive classroom The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn. Maria Montessori

Highlights weeks ending October 2, 2020

We would like to send a warm Welcome to Advit Choudhary we are glad you joined our class.

Harvest time and Apples were the focus of the past weeks.

We discussed that harvest time is when the fruit and vegetables are ready to be picked by the farmers.

The children enjoyed sorting plastic fruits and vegetables by colors. We had several conversations about eating the healthy colors of the rainbow. Parents you are doing great including those rainbow colors in your child’s lunch. All week the children were excited to share what foods and their colors that each child had for lunch. More importantly they are eating them!!

Language:

We used the plastic fruits and vegetables to arrange them by beginning sounds.

This activity builds vocabulary by naming the variety of foods and also phonetic awareness.

Here in Michigan you just naturally associate apples with Autumn. We had many activities involving apples in our classroom.

Practical Life:

Push pinning is a favorite activity for many children.

Push Pin poking develops concentration, coordination and the pincer grip for writing. When the children first start exploring this work, they will punch outside or inside the outline. It is part of the process and there is no need to worry about it. As the child gains more experience and self-discipline, they will learn to place the holes very close together on the line to make it easier to punch out their completed shape.

Left: Hyunwoo is holding his paper up to the light. This enables him to see where he still needs to place more holes.
Julia is showing off her finished push pin apple.
Left: Hyunwoo is push pinning three separate pieces {parts of the apple}. Right: The finished apple!

Math:

The Apples theme was used in counting works. One work was counting how many seeds are in the apple and matching the quantities with the number symbol as well as the Montessori colored bead.

Left: Oscar, Middle: Hyunwoo, Right: Reid
Left: Benjamin, Middle: Zeke, Right: Advit

Our Kindergarteners used wooden apples and apple shape buttons for addition problems with the sum of ten or less. They also arranged paper apples in numerical order from 0 – 30.

Mariana and Oscar
Alexander

Science:

To help the children to focus on details. We focused mainly on four types of apples. During our line/group time the children made the following observations:

One apple has little black dots.

Apples have stems.

Apples have stickers {the price scan sticker}.

They do not have leaves.

One is red, one is yellow, one is green, one apple has two colors red and green.

When the children color, they need to match the control chart to color the apples more realistically.

Left: Julia, Middle: Hyunwoo Right: Mariana

We were scientists. We tasted the apples Umm were they good!

Our Kindergarteners picked one apple to further investigate.

Left to Right: Oscar, Mariana and Alexander testing to see if apples sink or float in water.

They measured the height and width of their apples. Also, a balancing scale was used to determine how many blocks an apple weighs.

We learned the parts of an Apple.

The Life Cycle of an Apple activity gave the children practice with sequencing.

Art:

To finish our apple study the children could make apple prints using paint and real apples.

Also, they enjoyed using oil pastels and watercolor paint to create beautiful resist paintings!

Artist: Albert
Artist: Benjamin
Look at the vibrant result!

Hopefully you and your family get a chance to sample some donuts and apple cider!

Moore next time!

Mrs. Moore

Credits:

Created with an image by Stepan Babanin - "untitled image"