This month was all about being grateful, more fall leaves, apples, corn and turkeys. We also studied our unit of North America.
Our circle time was a busy time with reading books on the tradition of Thanksgiving and children sharing their personal stories on how they celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. We also spoke about being grateful for our blessings.
Students enjoyed the special apple tasting and studying parts and life cycle of an apple. In art, the children enjoyed making art work with corn, fall leaves and pin poking turkeys and scarecrows. Our unit study on North America was great fun and informative. Students learned about the major countries of the continent, their iconic landforms and places.
We were graced by a visit from Margaret Read McDonald, who is renowned children's author. She read stories written by her in her own unique and child-friendly way. Our Spanish class with Mr. Shawn was about honing vocabulary of the names of animals, colors and common phrases and greetings. Our art teacher, Ms. Michelle, did some wonderful winter landscapes.
Next month we look forward to enjoying festivities around the world, learning about winter season and studying animal hibernation.
October started off with parent teacher conferences and it gave us a great opportunity to know each other better.
The children got more comfortable with the routines in the classroom. We made a great progress in putting our grace and courtesy lessons learnt last month in to action.
There are many ingredients that go into making a Montessori class successful and one of the more important ones is the attention we pay to grace and courtesy.
This is the term we use to describe manners and learning what it means to be polite. Some of the examples are:
· How to make eye contact before speaking.
· How to ask if you’d like to join or watch someone else’s work.
· How to work together and take turns.
· What to say when you are offering or receiving something.
· How to take care of your surroundings.
· How to be kind to others.
We learnt a lot about community helpers. We had firefighters visit our campus, which gave a good visibility into their profession. They spoke to children about how to respond in case of emergency. Children also got an opportunity to look closely at their uniform, inside the truck and all the other tools and accessories. It was also fun when one of our parent volunteer Ms. Maggie Stewart visited our class and spoke about Scientists. She demonstrated some cool science experiment.
Besides that, the whole month was all about Halloween, pumpkins, fall colors and leaves. There were lots of stories with Ms. Eela, songs with Ms. Amy, crafts with Ms. Michelle, Spanish with Mr. Shawn and it all finally concluded with children flaunting off their Halloween costumes and enjoying fun activities at the harvest fest with families.
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