"Winning does not mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before."
We started the month of March with the theme of “Roots.” It was an opportunity for our little friends to learn and explore about plants and their roots. They discovered that the roots of a plant are different from leaves and stem. Plants need their roots especially for three reasons: the roots absorb water and nutrients from the soil, they often store the food and help plants stay firm to the ground. To understand these facts, we learnt about the roots, what they need, their parts and different types of roots. Children learnt about root vegetables and made carrot craft and soaked celery in red colored water to visualize how root absorbs water to grow.
Following, our children learnt about Biomes. A biome is a large region of Earth that has a certain climate and have certain types of living things. Some of the major biomes include tundra, desert, grasslands, savanna and rain forest. The plants and animals of each biome have traits that help them to survive in their habitat. Our little angels learnt about the animals that are found in different biomes.
We learnt about the continent of Europe. Europe is the second smallest continent in size and the third largest in population. There are 50 countries in Europe. Children learnt about flags and some landmarks of European countries such as Eiffel Tower in Paris, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Colosseum in Rome. They enjoyed making London bus and a Dutch windmill.
In conclusion, BMS family would like to wish everyone to stay safe and healthy.
FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER
“February – the month of love! No wonder the shortest one in the calendar.”
The first week of the month of February was about feelings and emotions. This is the best opportunity to teach our friends about how to control and express your feelings and emotions. During this week our little friends did some worksheets and some craft work about the different kinds of feelings and emotions. They did a worksheet of emotion wheel, a worksheet of “This is how I feel today,” Gottman repair checklist, 5 steps to managing big emotions, and “when I feel mad, sad, worried, or unfocused at school, I can….” and the most important thing they learned were calming strategies. Feelings and emotions theme can also help children identify and name their emotions. This theme also teaches the children how to control their emotions as well. Our little angels enjoyed learning how to express their emotions and how to control their big emotions.
The second week of the month of February was full of fun learning. The theme of the week was friendship. What is the meaning of friendship? Friendships are helpful in developing social and emotional skills, increasing a sense of belonging and decreasing stress. Both boys and girls form strong attachments to others and both need social and emotional support. We did some worksheets and craft work to learn about the friendship. During this week we also learned about love and kindness. We also learned about love by celebrating Valentine's Day. Valentine’s Day brings the perfect opportunity to teach our students about the importance of being kind. And Clifford, everyone’s favorite Big Red Dog, is the perfect pup that helps us in getting the job done! With his lovable face and his amusing antics, he is a great way to bring lots of kindness and lots of laughs into our classroom; we read a story book of Clifford to celebrate the Valentine's day. During this week, we also did Valentine's culinary. We made the heart shaped Jell-O. Our little angels enjoyed the Valentine's party. They made Valentine's Cards, they played pick a pal game, they ate heart-shaped cookies, they exchanged the gifts and they enjoyed the friendship songs.
For the third week of February, our theme was spring flowers. Spring is the perfect time of the year to fill your homes and gardens with beautiful flowers. With so many choices, it can be difficult to decide what to get, that is why we have selected some of the most popular ones for their colors, beauty and fragrance. Our little angels learned about the Tulips, Hyacinth, Azalea, Peony, Daffodil, Freesias, Pansy, Crocus, Anemones, Iris, Snowdrops, Allium, Lilac, Bluebell and Primrose. They also did some informative worksheets about some flowers. Our friends made coffee filter flowers, Paper straw flowers, Finger painting flowers, and crafts for Bluebell, Daisy, Snowdrops, Daffodil and Tulip flowers. They also did ABC’s of flowers by Andrew Frenkel. It was a great amusement for our friends to learn about the flowers.
The Fourth week of the month of February, was about Garden insects. We learned about some insect species referred to as beneficial insects that may provide a long-term sustainable pest control solution by preying on the bugs that do a great deal of damage to your garden and backyard plants. Beneficial insects are considered a biological control solution, which refers to methods of controlling pests using other living organisms. Below is a list of beneficial insects to consider:
Minute Pirate Bugs
To learn about all these insects, our little ones did some worksheets. They also created a craft of a Lady Bug and its life cycle. They did a life cycle of a Spider and its craft. They also did a Ground Beetles' life cycle and its craft. On the last day of this month, they learned about the Green Lacewing and Hoverfly; they learned the anatomy of Hoverfly and life cycle of a Green Lacewing. Our friends also made a craft of a hoover fly.
This month, we want to say take care of your friends and family from BMS family.
JANUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER
If you want to achieve your potential, have your children achieve their potential, or have your students achieve their potential, growth mindset is a necessity. Quote of the month We started our new year studying about, ‘Hibernation and Animals that hibernate.’ We learned that Hibernation is a way in which some animals deal with the harshness of winter when they curl up in a safe place and stay there until the winter ends. The hibernating animals seem almost dead as they barely breathe, and their body temperature is near the freezing point. Children enjoyed activity of hibernating puppet pals’ and the crafts and worksheets related to hibernating animals.
Following week, we learned about winter sports, winter fruits and berries. It was the most interesting week as our children enjoyed learning about winter animals, especially the largest species of bears - the Polar bears. They learned that Polar bears live in the Arctic and the reason their transparent fur appears white, how they hunt seals, which is the biggest portion of their diet, and how they are considered to be the largest carnivore that lives on land. We watched an informative video clip about polar bears and created a pin wheel of life cycle of a polar bear.
During our third week, we learned about the map, the flags and the instruments of Asia. Children learned that the continent of Asia, with 48 countries, is the largest continent both in size and population. The continent is located mainly in the eastern hemisphere and in the northern hemisphere. Children learned about the highest peak, the largest lake, the longest river and the smallest and largest country in the continent. Our children enjoyed the lessons about the Flags of Asian countries.
Followed by this was the week of celebration of ‘Chinese new year.’ Children made dragon masks, Chinese lanterns and rat as a symbol of this Chinese New Year. In Chinese culture, rats are seen as a sign of wealth and surplus because of their reproduction rate. Now our little geniuses know why rat is a symbol of this Chinese New Year. We did a special informative and interesting presentation about China. Our friends were very excited for this presentation. They learned about history, geography, landmarks and the culture of China. They enjoyed listening to the story of Dragon Dance and enjoyed the Dragon parade.
During the last week of January, our little friends learned facts about Russia, India, Pakistan, Philippines and Maldives. We made multicultural art for Russia, Rangoli craft for India, Philippines craft, Pakistani flag with craft sticks and a beach craft for Maldives. A special presentation about India and Pakistan was given to the children in which children tasted a common dessert shared by both the countries called ‘Kheer’ (Rice pudding). We also made beautiful designs with ‘Henna’ on our little friends’ hands. Henna is a dye prepared from a plant which is used as a tattoo on hands, making it a very special tradition in India and Pakistan for weddings and other cultural festivals.
During the last week of this month, our friends learned a lot of new things about different countries. We are happy that our little friends enjoyed their journey of learning new things.
We wish you a happy and blessed new month from BMS Family.
DeCEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER
Chill December brings the sleet, blazing fire, and Christmas treat. First of all, BMS Family would like to say all of you “Happy HOLIDAYs”.
December was the month of joy, love, excitement and festivities. In this month our BMS students worked hard for Christmas and winter. During the first week of December our little friends learnt about the holidays and festivals celebrated around the world- Las Posadas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, St. Lucia’s Day and Three Kings Day. Children did activities like coloring sheets and mini books of Las Posadas and Hanukkah. Our children learnt about symbols and items related to Hanukkah and created Hanukkah candles with paper plates and a Star of David craft with craft sticks. We read a book of Clifford celebrates Hanukah and watched a very informative video clip about how Hanukkah is celebrated. Next, we learnt about Kwanza, St. Lucia’s and Three Kings Day. Children made Kwanza candle craft and St. Lucia’s crown. We also watched an informative video of Three Kings Day.
During the second week of December, our little friends learnt about Christmas celebrations in Netherlands, Portuguese, Venezuela, Egypt and USA. They learnt about Netherlands and Portuguese flags. Children did craft of tulip flowers, Portuguese turkey and Egypt collar. The most exciting thing was the decoration of our classroom Christmas tree and singing Christmas songs. We made teardrop Christmas ornaments and Santa’s stocking with red and white construction paper. We also read a story “How to catch Santa?”. This week was full of excitement for our little friends as they did wonderful job of decorating their classrooms for Christmas. We are so proud of our little helpers.
The following weekstarted with winter theme. Children learnt about winter clothing, food that we enjoy in winter and they also made a craft of snowman. Finally the day arrived for which our little ones were very excited for two weeks. It was the Christmas party. Our little angels were looking cute in their pajamas and Santa hats. They sang Christmas songs, did ornament decoration on Christmas tree, decoration on sugar cookies and enjoyed warm chocolate drink. They did exchange of books with their friends as Christmas presents. We watched a story of Santa Clause and Olaf’s Night before Christmas. At the end of the exciting day our friends watched a Christmas parade. After the Christmas, our friends were ready for New year They made new year hats and new year masks.
So now BMS friends are ready to say Welcome 2020 and Happy New Year to all of you!
November 2019 Newsletter
"The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn". Maria Montessori
The month of November is the month to say thanks to everyone. BMS Family would like to thank all our parents and children for being a part of Blossoms Montessori School.
In the First week of November,our children learned about countries, capitals, and flags of North America – Canada, Mexico, Central America and Caribbean. They learned that North America is the third largest continent in size and the fourth largest in population. The North American continent houses 23 countries. The continent is located in the Northern and the Western Hemisphere. Our friends made Uncle Sam’s craft with the paper plate. They then watched a three-minute video clip about the flags of North America.
They worked with Montessori nomenclature cards of Flags of North America. Our children colored flags of North America and did some worksheets. We also learned about Canada, its climate, the languages spoken, its major cities, natural resources, coastline, border and much more. Our children then made an ice hockey craft for Canada’s national game and colored Canadian national flag. During the week, we learned about the highest mountain in Mexico, its national symbol, population, tourism, language, cuisine, sporting culture and much more. We arranged a presentation about Mexico and made sugar skulls on craft sticks. Central America is generally considered part of the continent of North America, but is often referred to as its own region. Central America was the home to many Native Americans prior to Europe colonizing the region. The majority of the area was colonized by Spain. Spanish is still the most common language.
Children enjoyed learning about another region that is considered part of North America – the Caribbean Islands. We arranged a presentation for Central America and the Caribbean; children discovered that the largest four Caribbean Islands are Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico.
During the Second week of November,we did United States' (Flags & symbols,) States & Capitals, Native American Tribes, and Native American Instruments. We shared a list of United States' capitalcities with our little geniuses. We learned that each capital city is the center of government for the state, usually in the capital building. The capital city with the fewest people is Montpelier, Vermont, while the capital city with the most people is Phoenix, Arizona. They made craft of Liberty Bell and did worksheet of clue match up of United States symbols. Our little friends enjoyed the most when they learned more about Texas, the state we live in, its flag, capital, state flower and state bird. The children watched a video clip of Native Americans and made Native American Women craft.
The Third week of November,was full of great fun and excitement for BMS children. It was a week of gratitude, grace, courtesy and a Thanksgiving party. Our friends talked about gratitude and courtesy. We shared some information about gratitude with our angels. We told them that Gratitude is one of many positive emotions. It's about focusing on what's good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have. Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, such as having a place to live, food, clean water, friends, family, even good education and having access to technology such as computers. Our friends played gratitude scavenger hunt, did 7 days gratitude challenge and made their gratitude pinwheel. On the last day of the week, we had our Thanksgiving party. It was great fun. Children dressed up like Indians for the party. They made Native Indian crowns for themselves and paper plate turkey to hang on the wall. They also finger painted a turkey to thank their parents for everything they do for them. Our little angels enjoyed the culinary when they prepared pie for themselves. They performed a turkey dance, crown race, sang thanksgiving songs and enjoyed the food. We showed them a video clip on the history of thanksgiving. It was a great fun.
We thank all our BMS parents and faculty members who made this event so special for our children. Happy Thanksgiving!
October 2019 Newsletter
“It is surprising to notice that even from the earliest age, man finds the greatest satisfaction in feeling independent. The exalting feeling of being sufficient to oneself comes as a revelation.” Maria Montessori
First, we would like to say Happy Fall to our BMS Parents. The First week of October, our primary children learned all about fall. It was a week of exploring and observing the change of weather. Our children went outside and collected twigs, fall leaves and flowers. They noticed how leaves and trees are changing colors and learned about the four seasons. They enjoyed the weather song and specifically learned a fall song. Now our young friends know when fall starts and when it ends. Our primary children made their fall tree with finger painting and depicted a fall picture with the twigs collected by them. We also made a fall tree with sight words in one of our primary classrooms. The activity which was most enjoyed by our children was leaf shaped bread activity. They used brown, yellow and red colored whipped cream on leaf shaped bread and ate their yummy treat. It was super fun for our children. We read a book about fall, named “Hello Fall” and showed a three-minute video clip about why leaves change color in the fall.
The Second week of October, was about Human Anatomy. The children learned about the vital organs and systems that are responsible for maintaining proper functions of the human body. During this week, our children learned that the human body is divided into several main structures. The head houses the brain which controls the body. The neck and trunk houses many of the important organs that keep our body alive and healthy. The limbs help our body to move and function in the world. We used a model of human body in order to give a clear understanding to the children about brain – its parts and its function. Stomach, heart, lungs, liver and their vital functions were also discussed. The children did worksheets and several crafts related to body parts – a craft of human skeleton with cotton buds, lungs with balloons and straws and kidney model with kidney beans.
The Third week of October, children learned about nocturnal, diurnal and crepuscular animals. Now our little friends know that nocturnal animals stay up and active at night and spend their days resting while diurnals are active during the days as they hunt and feed, and sleep during the nights. The crepuscular animals are active during both dawn and dusk and the children also learned about the different species that belong to these groups.
Following week of October, was about Zoo & Forest animals. We discussed why animals live in a zoo and talked about a safe environment for animals who are being threatened by the changes in the environment.Often zoos will work to breed and maintain endangered animal populations. Sometimes animals are nearly extinct in the wild and the only place they survive is in the zoos. We also talked about Forests which are full of living and nonliving things that depend on each other. Trees, ferns, and shrubs grow in the forest for the animals that survive on these plants. It is an all-time favorite theme for our young friends as they enjoy learning about the animals. Children also enjoyed making the craft work related to animals such as elephant, zebra, mouse and a monkey puppet.
The Last week of October, was full of fun and our friends enjoyed a lot. In this week, we made Halloween crafts – spooky ghosts, bats and monster mask. Children loved making paper plate ghosts and painting their pumpkins. On 31st of October, we celebrated during our Fall party. Children did apple bobbing in the morning and decorated their pumpkins. Parents were invited for our fall party. The children performed on songs while dressed up in their Halloween costumes. They did a costume parade, enjoyed trick or treat and had face painting. Our parents and children loved fall decoration. We are very grateful to all our BMS Parents who joined us in the fall party, contributed for the snacks and participated in Trick-or-Treat. This contribution really made the event special for our children. We are thankful to all our parents for appreciating the efforts of our faculty and giving us positive feedback. Thank you, parents, for being part of Blossoms Family.
“The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.” Maria Montessori
September 2019 Newsletter
September was the start of the new educational year. So, it was full of energy and excitement. In September, our children learned about Geography. In Montessori System, Geography helps children place themselves on Earth, fostering care for the rivers, forests, oceans, and people. Physical geography focuses on the features of Earth's environment. "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder... he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering withhim the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." —Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder
First week of September
In the first week of September, we did Sandpaper (Brown and Blue) Globe and Land, Air and Water project. We colored the globe naming the continents and learnt the difference between sandpaper and colored globe. In this week, our children did worksheets as well as some craft work. They made a globe with coffee filters and washable markers. They also did continents’ worksheets. They colored worksheets for brown and blue globes so they could understand the difference between land and water on the globe.
Second week of September
During the second week of September, we did parts of the Earth and introduction to mapping. They did mapping of their classroom shelves, the classroom itself and the school. Our children did very well. They learned about the layers of Earth. They then made those layers on craft paper. Later, they made a play dough earth and cut it into two pieces so they could observe the layers of earth. Now our children are ready to tell about crust, mantle, inner core and outer core. It was a great experience to learn about all these things. We watched a video about parts of the Earth on YouTube by learning Junction. It was 3 minutes of a clip which was very informative.
Third week of September
During the third week of September, we did a Hemisphere Map – Western and Eastern hemisphere. We learnt the names of the continents in each hemisphere and also learnt about what an ocean is and what a sea is. We did different worksheets to understand about oceans, seas and hemispheres. We watched 4 minutes of a video clip to explore about the oceans and seas. Our little friends learned that a hemisphere is formed by dividing the earth into the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the equator, or into the Eastern and Western Hemispheres at Prime Meridian. If you cut that ball in half, you will have two hemispheres. They also learned that the continents of North and South America are entirely in the Western Hemisphere.
Last week of September
During the last week of September, our children learned about the different oceans and seas and the difference between an ocean and a sea. They also labeled different oceans and seas. They also learned that the difference between oceans and seas is that oceans are massive saline water bodies that exist on the Earth's surface while seas are vast saline water bodies that are either connected or not connected to the ocean. They also made crafts of sea animals and ocean animals. They did worksheets about the sea and ocean animals. They also enjoyed learning about The Seven Seas which include the Arctic, Antarctic, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific and Indian Oceans. The exact origin of the phrase 'Seven Seas' is uncertain, although there are references in ancient literature that date back thousands of years. In conclusion, this was the month to discover the geographic world for our little explorers.
August 2019 Newsletter
First of all, we would like to say happy new educational year to you. First week of August was our 2nd last week of summer program and the theme was community helpers. Our children enjoyed that week so much because it was a time for them to pretend to be doctors, firefighters, a handy man, a nurse, a policeman, a baker or a teacher. Our children made their doctor’s bag, handyman’s bag, a firefighter’s hat, a police car; they made some donuts and hot dogs with craft paper and they gave a presentation about their favorite profession. All the children of primary classroom participated and discussed something about their favorite profession. During this week, our little friends came to know what a doctor, a handyman, a policeman, a teacher, a firefighter and a baker does as a community helper. Our children also did a fire prevention worksheet. Now they know how to prevent a fire. Our friends did an activity about the Best Firefighter Award. They made their own certificates as if they themselves were the best firefighters. They did “I am a doctor” worksheet. They also learned about how a policeman protects us and made a police car with paper plate. It was a very informative week that was full of excitement for BMS children.
Second week of August was the last week of our summer program and the theme was “Circus.” Our children made clowns on a paper plate. They made clown masks too. It was fun for them to create and wear clown masks. They also made a movable paper clown and used that as a puppet. Our children did some worksheets about circus. They watched a two-minute video clip called “A Day at the Circus for Kids.” It was an informative video clip. Children learned about circus animals as well as clowns. Our young friends made caramel apple crafts with puffy paint and created clown’s hat with paper crafts and then finally enjoyed a walk wearing the clown’s hat.
The third week, we had so much fun learning about apples. We learned about the life cycle of an apple and different parts of an apple. The children saw different parts of a real apple as well. We made an apple core craft on paper plate with paints and apple worms with red paper plates. The children tasted 8 different kinds of apples and we learned that there are about 7,500 varieties of apples that are grown throughout the world.
The fourth week, we learned about directions. We played a game where children would go North, South, East, and West part of the classroom; it was a fun movement activity. Later, we learned about the compass and how it shows directions. They enjoyed following where the compass guided them.
During the last week of August, BMS organized a presentation about the dental health for our children. Dental hygiene for preschoolers should be a priority, even though baby teeth do not stick around for long. After all, children can develop cavities and teeth can decay if they are eating sugary foods and not following a proper oral care routine. Keeping all these things in mind, during the last week of August, BMS arranged a presentation about the dental health of our children. With the help of Dr. Dai, we provided a lot of information about dental hygiene. Our children were very excited to see a big molar. They got some goody bags too. Hopefully now our little friends know how to take care of their teeth and what kind of snacks they should eat and what to avoid.
We are very thankful to our parents who always encourage us and appreciate our efforts. Please always be with us to paint a better future for our BMS children. Thank you, Blossoms Montessori School Team