"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