Hello Magnolia Families,
Hope everyone is safe and healthy. We had a great first month of school! I am pleased to see how well the children are adapting to their class room environment. They remember their routine and are following the ground rules. Magnolia room continues to be an active and busy classroom! Much of the focus these past few days have been on helping our students develop consistent work habits, as they learn how to “choose” work, “use” the materials, and then “return” them when they are done. This requires concentration, a sense of order and lots of patience.
In each area our students are busy doing the following works.
In practical life grace and courtesy area, children learned covering their mouth when yawning and coughing. I am impressed to see how nicely children are adopting the habit of wearing masks. In manipulative skills, they also practice dry pouring work. Dry Pouring, helps children refine skills that will help them in every day life. Having a good command over pouring both wet and dry objects will help the child with other work in the classroom. It’s powerful to witness when even one grain of rice spills, how carefully a child will return it to its proper place. In care of self, children are practicing wearing their fall jackets and shoes. Stringing and lacing works are also being introduced. In care of environment they are learning to clean their table and sitting area after being used. Diligent hand washing is also a part of our routine.
In language, children have been introduced to object to object and object to picture matching works. These works have some very important benefits for children. It helps with vocabulary, moving from left to right, and providing order to explore abstraction. In other words, it helps them start to make the connection that what they hold in their hand is the same as what they see on the picture. This sort of abstract thinking is essential for reading and these works easily help children make those connections. Our older friends are learning connecting phonetic sounds and making words. Writing, word building and tracing phonetic sounds are a part of our daily routine work. We are reading many new books in our room. ''Apples and pumpkins'' by Ann Rockwell and ''I see fall'' are kids favorite books this week.
Exposing a child to a second language allows him or her to optimize their learning potential. Children who have learned a foreign language show greater cognitive development in mental flexibility, creativity, reasoning, and problem-solving. In our room, children are learning colors, shapes, numbers and songs in our weekly Spanish lesson. Mrs. Muirhead ( Spanish teacher) makes Spanish lesson very interesting and fun for children!
In Sensorial, the red rods, brown stairs, knobbles cylinders works has been introduced. These works help to develop visual discrimination of sizes shapes and colors. It also helps to develop co-ordination and fine motor control. The additional activity of returning the red rods in order from longest to shortest adds another dimension to this material.
In art, children are practicing cutting on line using scissors. For coloring and drawing, they are using markers, color pencils and crayons. We are also making fall art with fall color paint. we painted with vegetables and children find it so much fun!
Maria Montessori viewed math as a fundamental area for children three to six years old. She felt strongly that the child experiences what is concrete, real and static before being introduced to the abstract. This can happen only when there is absolute clarity in the concrete and when a child possesses a certain level of maturity. In math area our older friends are practicing simple addition and recognizing numbers from 1 to 100. Our younger friends are practicing sand paper numerals and color bead stairs.
Puzzles are among the best types of games for your growing children. They will stimulate child's brain and improve the decision-making process and the deduction skills, plus, they’re also fun. Grab a chair and stay beside your child while he/she tries to figure the puzzle out on her own.
In science, children did sink and float experiment. They learned objects with tightly packed molecules are denser and sink. Objects with more loosely packed molecules are less dense and float. Whether an object sinks or floats depends on its density.