Posts Tagged ‘prek’

Spring Cleaning

March 1st, 2019

     Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a great time to have your child help with indoor and outdoor cleaning!  Have your child help get the garden ready for spring planting. Children love to get their hands dirty! Invite your child to dig up the weeds and rake the garden beds! It’s such a great way to get your child outdoors for some fresh air and for fun while learning about plant life! ☘️

Notable Dates in History

February 1st, 2019

February blog – Mrs. Smith’s Elementary Class

 

Notable Dates In History

We’re in for a full month of learning and we just can’t wait to get started, as February brings several holidays, celebrations and notable dates in history.

The first day of February is ”National Freedom Day,” when the first meeting of the U.S. Supreme Court was held. February 2nd is “Ground Hog Day.”  If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, that means we are in for six more weeks of Winter.  If Phil does not see his shadow, we will have an early Spring.

Several important people were born in the month of February: Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor; Rosa Parks, a woman who was arrested and fined for not giving up her seat on the bus to a white passenger; author Charles Dickens, who once mentioned that memories from his childhood helped him create his fictional stories; Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was against slavery and believed that all people should be free; George Washington, our first President of the United States.

Follow the Child

December 17th, 2018

 

 

 Follow the child

 During this busy time of year or any time it is important to take the time to just follow your child. You can do this through your own neighborhood, a park, anywhere is a good place. Let your child lead the way, let them stop, sit, look, ask questions, and learn. It can be hard as a parent to slow down and let them lead the way, so make sure you make the time to let them wonder and explore. This can be a very rewarding time for your child and yourself.

Plenty of Pumpkins

October 12th, 2018

 October is the perfect month to teach your children about  pumpkins! There is so much you can learn with pumpkins!

 

Practical Life: Exercise their fine motor skills by pin pricking a pumpkin or snipping and gluing orange construction strips on a paper plate.

 

Sensorial: Make a pumpkin sensory bag! Cut open a pumpkin. Fill a large ziplock bag with the insides of the pumpkin. Let the children feel and see the seeds and the pulp!

 

Language: Read a favorite pumpkin story to the kids and let them take turns acting out the story.

 

Cultural/Science:

  1. Does a pumpkin sink or float?
  2. What is the life cycle of a pumpkin. How does a pumpkin grow?

 

Math:  

  1. Weigh a pumpkin.
  2. Measure around the pumpkin using a piece of yarn.

 

Art: Finally, have your child paint a silly face on a pumpkin and display it in your house!

 

A Blog by Anne Orcutt

 

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Fall in Love With Fall

October 5th, 2018

 Fall is the perfect time to explore the five senses with young children. Take your child for a nature walk and look for the signs of Fall. Look for leaves changing colors or squirrels collecting acorns. Encourage your child to collect Fall specimens like leaves, pine cones, acorns and make a journal. Take your child to an apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Try to cook some Fall foods with your child like applesauce or pumpkin pie. Enjoy the beautiful Fall weather with your child and make some everlasting memories.

A Blog by Manisha Shah

Snowy Tree Art

February 6th, 2018

This week in art at Montessori Country Day, we will be making snow trees. Hopefully making snow art will bring snow to Texas this month! It is important to show our students that we can make art in many ways. We can even paint with bubble wrap! Not only is this project simple, but also gorgeous!

Reference: http://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2016/01/bubble-wrap-snowy-tree-kid-craft.html

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Science with your child!

August 10th, 2017
 Montessori methods use a lot of hands on material for science. Just a fun summer activity you can do with your family is a sink or float game. This could be in a pool, a plastic bin, anything you can fit objects into to find out if they sink or float. This is a good experiment to open up other discussions. Some you can bring up, for example water retention, then some ideas your child will come up with on their own. Doing open ended experiments with your child is the best way to open their mind to creative thinking.
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Let’s Learn To Cook With Kids!

July 27th, 2017
 This summer, have your child learn how to cook  healthy foods while learning some math skills. Kids love to help Mom in the kitchen! Make a yummy fruit pizza. Make cookie dough using flour, sugar, etc…Have your child learn about measurements by using ½ cup, 1 cup, 1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, etc… in the kitchen. Roll out the dough into a large “pizza”. Once the dough is cooked and cooled, spread peanut butter or cookie butter on top of the cookie. Have them brush up on their practical life skills by cutting up their favorite fruit and top your “pizza”.
Now enjoy your yummy, healthy dessert!
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Traveling Buddies

July 19th, 2017
 When you are traveling this summer with your family, encourage your children to exercise their fine motor skills. Have your child bring along their favorite travel buddy. They can bring their favorite stuffed animal, doll or superhero with them on vacation. Have them keep a journal or a diary and write down their “buddy’s” favorite daily activities. (The younger children can have Mom or Dad write in the journal).  Have the kids draw pictures to add in their journal. What a great memory book that they have created while keeping up with learning!
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Family Trips

June 28th, 2017

 Family trips are very important for the children.  If possible try to include grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.  This way they get to know each other more and they establish a bond with each other.  It could be a smaller trip like going to the zoo or a road trip.  These trips create a life long memory.  The children look forward to these trips.  You can encourage them to keep a journal or make a photo memory book out of these trips.

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