February was full of explorations! In our Geology studies, the children worked with their senses and a magnifying glass to explore and group many different kinds of rocks. We studied volcanoes, watched how they erupt, mapped the major volcanoes of the world, and even built our own. The Solar System lessons were also very popular this month. At any given time during the day, at least one child could be seen working with the large felt planet map- often while singing the planet song “Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars…”. The older students have enjoyed the new reading program, and have been enthusiastically reading to teachers, parents, and each other. In addition, we also began learning about the first of the virtues we will study: Empathy. We began by defining the word, sharing examples of times we have seen or experienced empathy, and then noticing acts of empathy around us.
In March, we will begin our Garden theme. We will learn about seeds, germination, parts of a flower, and animals found in the garden. As we move into Spring, we will be observing and discussing the changes that signal the shift in season.
El Salon Rojo Lead Teacher