We began the month of May in Amarillo with child-led visits, which were a delight to observe as the students shared some of their favorite works with their parents.
Outside the classroom on our porch, we all watched with great excitement as a Junco nest hatched and eventually fledged four baby birds. We had an impromptu lesson in the occasional sadness of nature, as well, when a second batch of eggs in the same nest became breakfast for a squirrel.
We enjoyed visits from residents of Aegis, and an in-house field trip with the Reptile Man was a great hit! The kindergarteners participated in the elementary school's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream as forest animals.
Next month we will be observing the growth of ladybug and butterfly larvae and hope to be able to release our adult insects before the end of school. We'll take a closer look at the life cycles of both insects as we enjoy these last three weeks of school before summer.
During the month of April, the Amarillo class went on a journey through Italy with Ms. Federica. We learned about volcanoes, made pizzas, and had great fun with the flags of Italy and Sardinia. The children really enjoyed the puzzles of Italy that Ms. Federica brought in, and learning some words in Italian, too.
The children prepared songs and made art for the Montessori celebration on the 21st. They did a wonderful job of singing their songs with Ms. Amy and Mr. Shawn!
Warmer weather is finally upon us and we are looking forward to learning more about animal habitats as we also explore our outside environments on the campus. We are also looking forward to learning more about insects when we hatch ladybug and butterfly larvae later in the month!
During the month of March in Amarillo, we looked at different types of vehicles: boats, trains, cars, and planes. We welcomed the arrival of Spring and of warmer recesses, too.
We learned about St. Patrick's Day from Niamh and her family. We enjoyed our lessons in music, Spanish, and gardening, and learned about different artists in our art lessons.
Next month, on April 21st, a celebration of all we have learned with our specialist teachers will take place at Rosa Parks school. The children have been preparing songs to sing, and some of their artwork will be on display.
After our return from Spring Break in April, we will enjoy Ms. Federica's introduction to Italy.
During the month of February, the Amarillo children took a look at the provinces, animals, and flowers of Canada.
We enjoyed our Valentine's Day celebration of the exchanging of cards, and lessons in gardening with Ms. Katherine returned as part of our weekly routine.
A surprise snow day at the end of the month pushed our one hundredth day of school to the last day of February. We celebrated the day with a special art activity.
In March, we will be talking about all kinds of transportation, and looking for signs of Spring as the weather slowly improves and buds appear on the campus.
The children of Amarillo began the month of January delighted to renew their friendships, and ready to try new lessons in the classroom.
During our lessons at circle time, we learned about animals of the rainforest and what kind of plants grow there.
We continued to enjoy our lessons in art, music, and Spanish.
We conducted a science experiment with carnations in colored water, observing what happened to the flowers as they sat in the water.
I have volunteer opportunities in the classroom for readers, or for parents willing to listen to our burgeoning readers. Please see Bloomz for the signup opportunities or contact me with any questions.
Thank you for being sure to label your child's items of clothing. With weather changing so frequently in our Pacific Northwest climate, children do tend to remove layers when it warms up and it can be challenging to find owners of stray items. Speaking of strays, please do send back any forks or spoons that wander to home to you.
If other tiny items, like marbles or small cubes, find their way home, they may be a crucial part of a classroom set of a material so please do let us know if you find those among your child's belongings.
Next month, we will begin a look at our own continent of North America, with an emphasis on Canada. We will also spend a little time on Valentine's Day (watch for school emails on how we celebrate) and President's Day, and by the end of the month we expect to celebrate our hundredth day of school!
In the month of November, the Amarillo class began our study of foods and nutrition. We sampled different apple flavors, and chose our favorites. For Thanksgiving, we made a friendship fruit salad from everyone's favorite fruits and enjoyed it together.
We will continue our discussion of healthy foods in December, and hope to do some food preparation together as well. We will also look at the different holidays that people celebrate in the month of December.
We have enjoyed some rather wet recesses lately; the children often choose to change socks or pants after recess. Thank you, parents, for keeping your child's clothing box stocked with changes of clothes to facilitate those changes. Please remember to put your child's name on any garment that comes to school so that we are able to reunite any stray jacket, sweater, or mittens with the correct owner!
At this time of year I take time to reflect on the many blessings in my life. The opportunity to work with your children each day is certainly one of those blessings! Thank you for your support and your trust. I wish you all happiness and peace as we enter what is for many people a very busy time of year.
The month of May started with child-led visits which the children conducted beautifully, and ended with a celebration of our kindergarteners at tea. In between, we have enjoyed a virtual trip to Nagaland, a region of India, with Ms. Sunanda, and a look at insects as well. It has been a busy, productive time!
We brought caterpillars and ladybug larvae into the class and watched with interest as both species went into their pupa phase. When our insects emerged as butterflies and adult ladybugs, we released them on a sunny day. We enjoyed a visit from a dump truck and a digger, and continued to enjoy our lessons in art, gardening, music, and Spanish.
As we move into our last month of school, we will continue to enjoy our look at insects and take more time, as weather permits, to visit the nature trail and be outdoors.
During April in the Amarillo classroom, we learned about oceans and the creatures that live in them. We talked about Easter, and the children were busy with trying new lessons and refining their abilities in all areas of the classroom. The children also helped to prepare an art piece which will be available for auction at the school’s thirtieth anniversary celebration.
We have been hopefully looking for signs of spring, which has felt late coming this year! We appreciate parents sending in hooded, water-resistant jackets each day, as the weather has often changed quickly while we are at play outside.
In May we are looking forward to learning more about insects, but we will also enjoy a week of Ms. Sunanda leading the class with her own special lessons, as she nears the completion of her intern year. We hope to enjoy sunnier days and a little more time outside!
The month of March began in Amarillo with a celebration of our hundredth day of school. The children did an art activity and we counted to one hundred in several ways. During the busy month, we enjoyed a study of dinosaurs, a look at St. Patrick’s Day thanks to Niamh’s parents, and the Montessori Celebration, for which the children prepared a song called Five Days Old.
When spring finally arrived, we looked around for signs of it. Spring has arrived a little late this year, but we have been observing the temperatures rising gradually and flowers beginning to appear around our campus. Through April, please remember that weather can change quickly here in the Pacific Northwest; please be sure to send your child with a hooded jacket that is water resistant each day. As in the fall, layers are always a good idea when your child is dressing in the morning.
In April we will celebrate Easter and take a look at ocean creatures.
February was marked by snow days at the beginning, a delayed start due to snow at the end, and mid-winter break in the middle, yet Amarillo students were busy with their learning and work on all the days in between. We looked at the polar regions of the planet and discussed ways that animals keep warm in their cold climate. One morning, we huddled like penguins, and another, we put our hands into a bag of shortening in ice to understand how blubber works. The children enjoyed the giving and receiving of valentines on Valentine’s Day, and weekly art lessons and gardening sessions have been very popular.
We also had our conference days in February, and it was a pleasure to meet with you all to discuss your child’s progress. It is a privilege to work with each of them and I so appreciated being able to connect with you. We will not have conferences again this year, but I am always available through email should you have any questions or concerns.
In March we will take a look at the world when dinosaurs lived on it. We will also enjoy seasonal celebrations, and a Montessori celebration, for which your child is preparing a song to perform, will be held on the morning of March 18th. It should be a great time! We are busy looking for the first signs of spring as the month begins and we will continue to enjoy them as spring officially begins on March 21st.
El Salon Amarillo Lead Teacher