The Student led visits were the highlight this month. It was so rewarding to watch all the children presenting lessons to their parents and their joy and excitement was unmatched!
May was all about oceans. We talked about the five oceans and their location. We also discussed the plants and animals briefly. We talked about gills and how some animals need to come to the surface of the ocean to breath.
We conducted a saltwater vs. freshwater experiment. We used a raw egg and talked about what would happen to the egg when we put it in fresh water as opposed to saltwater.
We explored the different ocean zones and the animals that live in each zone. We learnt about various invertebrates and vertebrates that live in the ocean and discussed a starfish and whale in some detail. We also learnt about different types of whales and introduced the “whale size” activity. This activity helps them get a visual of how big the whales really are.
As always, the older children in the classroom are helping our new students settle into their new environment :-)
We had visitors from Aegis assisted living in our classroom and the children were wonderful with them! They read stories and talked to them and it looked like our visitors really enjoyed their time with the children.
The Reptile man visited MCH this month and the children had a blast learning the different reptiles. They were thrilled about touching the different animals! They got to see an African turtle, an Iguana, a Savannah Monitor Lizard from Africa, an American Alligator, an Amazon tree boa, a Rattle snake, a King cobra, and a python!
Next month we will learn about different visual art forms focusing on a few famous painters.
April was about Biomes! We travelled through Deserts, tropical and Temperate Rainforests.
We discussed the food chain of a Desert ecosystem and learnt about how cacti survive without water and other animals adapt to the hot and dry climate.
Although there are no Tropical Rainforests in North America, we did learn a little bit about the Amazon Rainforest and discussed the food chain, plants, and animals. We also talked about the layers of the Rainforests and discuss why animals in the Rainforests live on different layers. Then, we travelled closer to home to the temperate Rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. We discussed the forests and talked about conifers and deciduous trees.
We have had a lot of food preparation work on our Practical Life shelves this month. The children have been busy peeling, chopping, and slicing! Their favorite activity easily - juicing oranges! Thank you, wonderful parents, for donating the fruits and vegetables!
Our Spring showcase was so fun! I am glad most of you were able to make it. Your children gave quite a performance! The Children also grooved to Eric Ode’s music at our annual Earth Day concert.
In art, Ms. Michelle did a very exciting project with the children. She talked to them about Michelangelo and then all the children got a chance to experience what painting on the “ceiling” feels like.
Next month we will learn all about our oceans, layers of ocean and animals of the ocean biome.
El Salon Lila Lead Teacher