It feels as if January has just flown by! With the shortened weeks due to holidays, and a short day due to ice this month, it's hard to believe that February is already upon us, but here we are! We started the month with getting back into the groove of things, so to speak, after two weeks off for the Holidays. As a group, we practiced how to move in the classroom, how to wait patiently, and how to use words to express ourselves.
This month we explored the continent of South America. We started by learning the names of the countries in South America, and continued our exploration through learning about the type of animals that live there, and exploring the culture of South America through a variety of books. Some children chose to color in an outline map of South America and label each country.
This month, our school was visited by a Guyanese drumming circle! The children were thrilled to listen and interact with the musicians, as they played a variety of drums for the children, and showed them how to make music with their bodies. Some of the children were given an opportunity to play these drums. The look of pure joy on the children's faces was priceless.
For art this month, Miss Michelle spent time with the children working on a variety of Art projects, one of which incorporated the study of Impressionism. Miss Amy has been working with the children on learning a song for the Montessori Celebration event coming up in March.
The children have continued their Spanish with Miss Sonja, learning a variety of words, including colors, animals, and body parts. Miss Sonja has also begun to teach the children the difference between large and small. We were lucky to have a family bring in a Piñata that they had made at home. The children thoroughly enjoyed trying to hit the Piñata to let out stickers that had been put in there!
Coming up in February, we have Parent-Teacher Conferences, and we will be studying the Art of Impressionism!
Ms Sarah & Ms Ilyoun
El Salon Azul Co-Lead Teachers