Early Childhood West Classroom News
The Early Childhood West teachers are Sarah Current and Brenda Rider. The education aide is Amy Nalepka.
March 16, 2018
Welcome back from Spring Break! We hope everyone had a restful break. The children were eager to share where they went or activities they did! With St. Patrick's Day approaching, both classrooms did a lot of shamrock work. This included painting a shamrock at the easel, painting shamrock prints using peppers, doing a shamrock chalk blend, and cutting a shamrock. Both classrooms learned about a different continent as well. East is exploring Europe and West is discovering Asia.
March 2, 2018
Happy Montessori Education Week! We had so much fun kicking this week off in spirit of Maria Montessori and her philosophy! Thank you for your participation in our activity-filled week! The Early Childhood classrooms also made peaceful people sticks to represent themselves in our community and put in our peace corner. Our classroom wordle's can be found hanging up outside our doors. It displays the words the children thought of when thinking about our school and community.
February 23, 2018
East and West early childhood students prepared bananas to enjoy this week in practical life! Students used a banana slicer to prepare and serve themselves this delicious snack. Thank you to the families who so generously donated bananas! Also in practical life, the East students explored grooming while the West were given lessons on nuts and bolts.
In math, students in East explored the memory game using objects and numbers. This exciting game engages memory, number recognition, and one to one correspondence all with social experiences. Sensorial lessons on the trinomial cube were given and in writing students were shown how to use the inset portion of the metal insets.
The light table was added to the West classroom and students explored color, light, and dimension using transparent objects. On the movement shelf, the sit and tilt saucer work was added. The small hexagon box was demonstrated in sensorial as well.
Next week is Montessori Education Week! Please check the handout for fun activities each day!
February 16, 2018
We are spreading the love this week with a lot of Valentine themed works! Early Childhood students painted hearts at the easel, colored and delivered a valentine to a friend, laced hearts, and made a thumbprint tree. We discussed how Valentines day is about showing those special people in our lives how much we care and appreciate them. We all shared a special treat together to celebrate too!
Both classrooms introduced new science units. The West classroom learned about animals and their tracks and the East classroom learned about different kinds of transportation.
In honor of Chinese New Year beginning this week, we had a special presentation from Luna and Lillian's Mother. Children got to learn about the Chinese calendar, cards, felt the clothes they wear, and ate fortune cookies! Then together the Early Childhood students went on a parade around the school in pairs with the dragon masks and lanterns that they worked on. It was so exciting to share in this cultural experience!
Thank you for taking the time to meet with us during your child's conference this week!
February 9, 2018
Happy 100 days of school! What an exciting week in Early Childhood. We began our week by bringing in 100 items from our homes. Children chose to bring in various objects such as noodles, legos, cereal, beans, or even created art projects. So many different ways to represent 100! As students brought their items we enjoyed counting as high as we could, and even grouping by 10.
Additionally, we continued our geography units in Asia and Europe. In the East class, students experienced a Chinese noodle recipe as a food preparation. A special thank you to Lillian and Luna Tam's family for donating the noodles! Also this week, students in East created Chinese lanterns and painted a heart at the easel. The light table is now available as a choice in the classroom as well as the geometric cabinet. Transportation is the new unit on our science shelf.
While studying Europe, students in the West class could choose to spread honey or jelly onto biscuits. This food preparation work allows for independence, coordination, confidence, and refinement of fine motor skills. Students also created dragon masks and tails in celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year. In art, painting a heart at the easel was demonstrated and students could also choose metal polishing from practical life. The kindergartners were given lessons on odd and even numbers as well.
February 2, 2018
We can't believe its already February! This week was filled with a lot of new activities! West students did a snowflake experiment to form a crystallized snowflake. They also added the "Memory Game" to math, keeping numbers in your memory to retrieve the counters. In Practical Life, West added a care of oneself work about brushing and grooming hair. East focused on twisting nuts and bolts. The balance board was introduced in West to the movement shelf to engage all of our bodies muscles and core!
January 26, 2018
Our work of food preparation continued this week with another activity, pulling string cheese. The children learned to serve themselves, open the plastic wrap, pull each strand, and enjoy! Food preparation is a real-world work in our early childhood classrooms. Also in practical life this week, students learned the skills of water transfer using a sponge or a baster. The East classroom added the peace rug to our peace corner and the hexagon box to the sensorial shelf. In movement, students were given lessons on using the orange stepper. This movement work provides students with a safe space to exercise their bodies. In West, students learned to polish wood in practical life. In the math area, students received lessons on the cubing chains. In movement, walking on the line with a bell was introduced. Additionally, in art, raised salt paintings were created.
January 19, 2018
We started the week talking about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he was a peacemaker. Both classrooms introduced new math and Sensorial units this week. West used their sense of smell to match different scents together or to pictures. East students practiced using their sense of hearing to explore sound and no sound. They also introduced the cube of the trinomial. For math, West talked about money and identified a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar and how much each coin is worth. They also explored ways to make a dollar. Thank you for sending in your ten pennies, we will be doing a special activity soon so if you haven't brought them to school yet, please remember as soon as possible! East's new math unit was on time. Students learned about digital clocks and analog clocks and how to read time on the hour and half hour.
In Practical Life, both classrooms added lacing cards to the shelf. East learned how to polish wood and west practiced putting on snow pants. In Art, children were able to paint a snowflake at the Easel and trace a snowflake. West also added the image captor to their peace corner and yoga cards to their movement shelf.
Thank you for the donations of string cheese for our next food preparation work! we appreciate it!
January 12, 2018
January 5, 2018
Happy New Year and Welcome back! We hope everyone had a wonderful winter break. The children were each excited to share one thing they enjoyed doing over break! We started 2018 by reviewing our classroom rules and responsibilities. Both classrooms welcomed two new students, twin brothers, James and Owen to our community. James is in the East Classroom and Owen is in the West Classroom. For Art, cutting a snowflake out of a coffee filter was introduced and then hung on our windows for a winter decoration! Positive/Negative Snowman and making a snowman out of chalk was also explored. In Practical Life, we demonstrating how to use a baster to prepare for another water transfer work. West also added Color Box 3 to their Sensorial shelf.
December 15, 2017
We continued learning about different cultures and customs this week with our study of Christmas. In practical life, we decorated a Christmas tree and created candy canes with beads. In sensorial, we used our red rods and knobless cylinders to create a sensorial Christmas tree! We explored the nativity story as well. Also this week, early childhood students enjoyed a Hanukka presentation from Nadia's family in the West classroom.
In the East class, students explored the geography shelf by creating maps of where our postcards have come from so far. It is exciting to name and count all of different cities, states, countries and even continents! Also in East the students could choose crawling on the movement mat as a new work.
In West, students explored Christmas art projects including creating a wreath and painting a Christmas tree at the easel. Students also could create paper chains on the art shelf.
Thank you for enjoying our music program with us this week! We are very proud of all the hard work our students put forth in music class.
December 8, 2017
Happy December! This month we will be learning about different holidays. We started learning about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa this week. For Hanukkah, we discussed what a Menorah was and how to play the dreidel game. The East classroom made the Star of David with the metal insets as well. For Kwanzaa, we learned about the Kinara and weaving a mat. Many books were read about each holiday as well.
December 1, 2017
It was a very busy week in early childhood! We've added pouring water into our practical life activities. On our art shelf, we introduced work using our family pictures. We are adding pictures to creatively decorated paper and will add them all together to create a class book. In science and culture, East students worked on works from the continent of North America. Also in East, the new science unit is magnets. In West, the U.S.A. is being explored as well as a new unit on nutrition.
In the East class, we made homemade play dough! We took turns measuring ingredients, mixing, and kneading the dough. We've sent this recipe home in case you'd like to try this. Also in East, we've added rolling a medicine ball to the movement shelf.
West classroom students explored the sensorial work of the geometric cabinet. Also, students practiced changing a toilet paper roll. On the movement shelf, we've added the balance beam to work choices.
November 24, 2017
With our short week this week we focused on preparing for our Thanksgiving feast. The children made pumpkin pudding, rolled their turkey slices, and rolled and backed their crescent rolls. We then met as an Early Childhood Community and both classrooms, together, enjoyed eating the feast and giving thanks. We are so thankful for our students, teachers, and MSBG families. Enjoy the holiday and safe travels!
November 17, 2017
We continue care of oneself as fingernail scrubbing was added by our classroom sinks to reach those extra dirty spots! With our feast approaching next week, children are being introduced to silverware sorting, setting a place at the table, and napkin rolling. All essential practical life skills for sharing in a meal together! Both classrooms are also exploring cornucopias, by filling one with fruit and vegetables, and making one in art. West is also doing turkey art and East is putting feathers to make a turkey. We are also continuing the joy of water work by demonstrating how to squeeze water from a sponge to get ready for water transfer work! You might smell the aroma of apples as both classrooms make applesauce for our Thanksgiving feast. Thank you so much to all the families who have signed up and donated food for our feast and thank you for bringing in all the apples this week! We appreciate it and are thankful we can make this special gathering a success! As a reminder our Holiday Parade is and our feast is next over lunchtime. Children do not need to bring a lunch but will still need drinks and snacks for the day. Morning children are invited to stay and afternoon children are invited to arrive early! Also remember to send in your family pictures if you haven't already! Thank you!
November 10, 2017
We began our week in Early Childhood with our first food preparation in practical life. Grape plucking lessons were given to children and they learned how to prepare grapes for a delicious snack! Thank you to the families who donated grapes. Also in practical life, we added sock rolling and napkin folding. In math, we've introduced new special units in each room. In East, greater than/less than, or "greedy duck", lessons were demonstrated. In West, the students worked with a unit on fractions. In sensorial, the color box II was put out as well as the binomial cube. Both of these works allow for discovery of skills such as volume, order, and concentration.
In the East class, students could choose new work on the writing shelf. Creative writing stories were introduced as well as dictations with pictures. In West, table scrubbing was introduced. This large practical life work integrates many of the works we've been practicing and encourages concentration and community building.
Please remember your family photos for the class art project!
November 3, 2017
Happy Halloween and Happy November! This week children pounded golf tees into a large pumpkin. On Halloween, we participated in special activities that included carving a jack-o-lantern, baking and tasting pumpkin seeds, playing a ghost game, and enjoying halloween coloring pages. Thank you to those families who donated pumpkins, napkins, and a sweet treat for our fun day! Both classrooms introduced a new geography and culture unit this week as well. West explored the continent of North America and East is taking a closer look at the United States of America. In Sensorial, East is discovering the difference between rough and smooth while West differentiates between big, medium, and little. Both classrooms ended the week by introducing table scrubbing! A large work that involves many steps to help take care of our environment and build concentration!
October 27, 2017
Halloween practical life 1-2 activities lined our shelves this week! Pouring, scooping, and tonging works were explored. Pumpkin chalk art was added to the art shelf this week, as well as drawing a face on a pumpkin. Also in art, students could explore white paint with a marble to roll "spiderwebs" onto black paper.
Our kindergarten students attended a fire safety program on Tuesday morning here at school. Thank you to the BGFD for all of the information to help keep us safe.
Thank you for the pumpkin donations. We truly appreciate your support for our classroom activities.
Also a sincere thank you for your participation in parent-teacher conferences. We appreciate your time as we share the wonderful growth of your children with you!
October 20, 2017
This week in Practical Life we explored tray sweeping and tweezing sunflower seeds from beautiful sunflowers! New Sensorial and Science units were also introduced. East is discovering big, medium, and little while West is feeling the difference between rough and smooth. For science, East is looking at geography with the concept of land, air, and water while West is comparing living and non-living. West also introduced the first bell to our bell table and East used paint to make leaves on a tree. In the Peace area, people from around the world were shown. , the Kindergarten children went on their very first field trip to the Pumpkin Peddler! They enjoyed a hayride and picked out their own pumpkin to take home! Meanwhile, the younger children had a surprise Pumpkin Hunt at school! They were able to pick a pumpkin to take home and enjoyed a story with a sweet treat afterwards!
Parent/Teacher Conference times and questionnaire sheets went home. Please return your questionnaire sheet to the classroom teachers next week and we look forward to seeing you at conferences!
October 13, 2017
In early childhood this week, we introduced cutting strips of paper. We added the pieces of strips we cut to our community bowl that will later serve for collage work. In practical life, we added the zipping frame and stringing work. On the writing shelf, writing on a mirror was a work choice. In math, we've given lessons on the blue and red numerical rods. Our grace and courtesy lesson this week was coughing into your elbow.
In the East class, the stretch band was added to the movement shelf. We also introduced the bell table and one beautiful bell to learn to play. In the West class, the sit and spin was demonstrated as an exciting movement work.
Both classes concluded our sensorial color unit with sharing colored objects from home! On Wednesday children brought in red objects, yellow, and finally blue to end the week. It was a great visual representation of the colors in our lives. Thank you for helping your child with this home-school activity!
October 6, 2017
Welcome October! Both classrooms continue studying their science units through the art shelf. East students have been making apple prints and West students have been making leaf rubbings and leaf prints. , the classrooms will switch science units and East will explore leaves and trees while West begins apples! We thank you for all the apple donations we received to help! It is greatly appreciated! We also continued studying colors as the focus has shifted from primary colors to secondary colors (green, purple, and orange). In Practical Life, pounding work was added to the shelf where children explore how to use a hammer. In writing, lessons were given on pin-punching work. This is a fine motor activity that helps strengthen the fingers and hand for handwriting. It also demands a lot of concentration to pin on the line and punch out the shape! The East classroom also showed name tracing. The West classroom begun their community peace activity about positive affirmations. The color is orange and the focus is saying something positive about ourselves starting with something we like about our faces. Children then get to put one scoop of colored sand into a glass jar and over the school year we will add more colors with different positive affirmations!
September 29, 2017
Early Childhood began the week with exciting new writing work! The metal insets were demonstrated with the circle, square, and triangle frames. The children could choose to do one or more of the insets. This work builds fine motor skills needed for handwriting as well as confidence, order, and control of movement.
In sensorial, the triangle box was introduced. Also in sensorial, the monomial cube was added to the shelf. In practical life, floor sweeping lessons were given.
In the East class, the new science and culture unit is apples. The children could sort, match, and label four types of apples. We created booklets exploring the parts of an apple as well. We were also able to have an apple tasting! In the peace area, sand affirmations were introduced using orange sand, the color for zeal! We enthusiastically scoop one scoop of sand into a jar as we affirm ourselves. This week we stated something we like about our faces.
In the West class, leaves and trees unit was introduced. Work included leave rubbings, parts of a leaf, and shapes and types of leaves. This unit is cross-curricular with work on the writing shelf, art shelf, as well as science. On the movement shelf, we added rolling the medicine ball on the movement mat. This is work for two friends as they use their muscles to roll the heavy ball.
Both classrooms are enjoying the postcards being sent! We appreciate you sharing this activity with your family and friends and we can't wait to map more places!
September 22, 2017
The Early Childhood classrooms were busy this week! In Sensorial, we introduced our first special unit; colors. Children also explored the primary colors red, blue, and yellow on the art shelf. The West classroom also brought out the red rods to show long and short as well as the blue contructive triangles.The East classroom added the monomial cube. Cutting clay was also added to begin the use of scissors in the classroom. We added the snapping dressing frame and clipping clothespins to our Practical Life area. The children completed the next step of their peace sticks as they painted them and prepare them for our peace bundle. Pre-writing work was also available as a choice as the pre-writing boards were shown.
September 15, 2017
In Early Childhood this week, we collected our peace sticks for the peace corner. Each person collected one and they will be painted and then beautifully bundled together. This represents how strong we are together as a community. Alone, one stick can break, but together as a group we are much stronger!
September 8, 2017
This week we introduced many new works in the classroom. In the peace corner, worry stones were added as a peace activity. When a child has a worry, he or she can place a beautiful stone into a box as a calming meditation. In practical life, zipping, twisting, and snapping containers were introduced. Also in practical life, tonging activities were demonstrated. These works allow for independence, coordination, confidence, and order to build in the child.
In geography we've added the first puzzle map, the hemisphere map. On the art shelf, children could choose to create a collage from our paper tearing activity from last week.
Thank you to the families who've signed up to donate items for the classroom pets! Your support is very much appreciated.
September 1, 2017
It's been a busy first week this week! We have slowly been opening more classroom shelves full of new work! This includes our pre-language shelf lessons of matching, sorting, rhyming, and sequencing. Both classrooms have also had self-correcting number works 1-5 and 1-10. The peace corner was introduced along with the peace rose. The peace rose is a way children can solve conflicts and problems together by taking turns to talk using "I" messages. In Sensorial, we gave lessons on the knobbed/knobless cyclinders, pink cubes, and brown prisms. In art the children learned how to tear paper that we will later use for collage work. Our movement shelf was also shown with walking on a line. Both classrooms have been introducing grace and courtesy lessons as well which include walking around the line, the polite way to interrupt someone, and using quiet voices in the classroom.
August 25, 2017
June 2, 2017
May 26, 2017
It's hard to believe that we have less than two weeks of school left in the year! We have a lot of upcoming events in the next few days and week ahead. We wanted to send a quick reminder to help streamline the information:
May 19, 2017
This week Early Childhood students began the process of making cinnamon bread! This culminating activity provides the students the opportunity to apply practical life skills learned all year. Each child participated in creating the bread dough from scratch and preparing it to be baked. We hope hope you enjoy this yummy work!
May 5, 2017
In early childhood this week, we've busily been preparing special gifts for Mother's day! The children love putting their love and effort into gifts for their families. We have been studying animal tracks, amphibians, and frogs in science. In practical life, the students explored geo boards and parquetry boards. Mr. Dave helped the kindergarten students from East and West create their own geoboard for each classroom! This was a wonderful, hands-on lesson using real tools.
April 28, 2017
The East and West classrooms had a wonderful last week of April! In the sensorial area, children had the opportunity to transfer and arrange straight pins into a shaker, an advanced fine motor task that extends prior fine motor work. Children worked on symmetry through butterfly dropper art, and they finished the week with a special Arbor Day Party on Friday. As always, thanks to all the volunteers and donations to make our parties so successful.
Children in the East classroom made Cheerio bird feeders, practiced lacing work in the practical life area, and added insect work as a new science unit. Children in the West classroom made string bird feeders, added a balance ball to the movement shelf, and introduced a new unit on land and water forms.
Have a great weekend!
April 21, 2017
Early childhood celebrated Earth Day this week by planting grass! We learned how to care for plants with soil, sunlight, and water. The West classroom also created paper using a special screen and learned about the process of recycling. In East, the children created contact paper Earths using tissue paper and a black frame. In practical Life, shoe polishing work was demonstrated as well as transferring water using a dropper.
In the East classroom, landforms were introduced in science and culture. The children learned about land and water forms such as a straight, bay, island, and penninsula. Using a water pitcher, the children could add water to visually see how these are formed. The new sensorial unit this week was pressure cylinders.
In the West class, insects were introduced. New works included classifying, sorting, and identifying insects. We used this knowledge directly by going on a nature walk on our beautiful school grounds. Also in West, the new sensorial unit included exploring the thermic sense.
April 14, 2017
Thanks to all the grandparents and other visitors for a wonderful week! The children had such fun showing the guests around the classrooms.East and West had an exciting four days. The practical life skill of cucumber slicing began the week in both rooms. Children had the opportunity to paint eggs and go on an egg hunt outside.
Enjoy your weekend!
April 7, 2017
Pouring work continued in the Early Childhood wing this week! Students poured water from one glass pitcher to two, concentrating and using their coordination to complete the task. Also in practical life, students ground egg shells from our egg slicing work. We will use these in our garden beds this Spring! Students also continued spreading jam on crackers, a work that incorporates many practical life skills learned this year.
In the East classroom, students created tulip paintings and cupcake liner flowers. Also on the art shelf, we added paper punching. In sensorial, students explored the Thermic unit using bottles and tablets. The children enjoyed placing the tablets on their cheeks to feel the temperature differences. The children in East also ground coffee beans this week, as well as had a lesson on the snake game in math.
In West, students explored the sensorial unit on pressure using the pressure cylinders. In art, the children created prints using plastic flowers. The children also created water paintings on rocks. In practical life, swaddling and diapering baby dolls were available to choose as a work. The West classroom also celebrated National Poetry Month this week.
**East is in need of pellets for Strawberry, if you'd like to donate please let us know!
March 31, 2017
In the East classroom for practical life, children learned how to swaddle a baby doll and change a baby doll's diaper. They had the opportunity to polish a bunny in preparation for Easter next month. A demonstration was given on spreading jam on a cracker, always a fun work for everyone. Children continued to move their bodies with the sit and spin on the movement shelf. For science and culture, children worked on tonging skills on the continent bead map of North America. The kindergarten children of both East and West went to the bookmobile.
In the West classroom, children worked on the Geo cabinet with the solid cards. The red rods maze was demonstrated sensorially. Here, children use the different lengths of the rods to create a maze before carefully walking through it. Children had the opportunity to grind their own coffee beans. On the movement shelf, the balance board was added, while People Around the World was shown in the peace corner. Children worked on a chalk screen art project, and the kindergarten children finished the chapter book, “My Father’s Dragon.”
March 24, 2017
We celebrated the first day of Spring with a special treat in each classroom! The West classroom made dirt pudding and the East enjoyed gummy worms. We've added spring cutting work and egg slicing to our practical life shelves. In sensorial, color box 3 was added and the classrooms explored with dark, medium, and light color shades. The new science units this week include birds and rocks and minerals.
In the East class, students could choose to work with the table top easel. This work is as much a listening work as it is art. With a partner, students talk to each other about what to draw and give directions to one another. It is interesting to look at the finished pictures! Also in East, the sit and spin was added to the movement shelf and watercolor paint was available on the art shelf.
In the West class, transferring water using a dropper was added to practical life. In sensorial, students could match bell sounds at the bell table. The sit and tilt saucer was introduced in movement. Also, the West class also introduced the table top easel this week.
March 17, 2017
The East and West Classrooms got things started with a demonstration on pouring water from one container to another. This work builds concentration, independence, coordination, and small muscle control, along with estimation with respect to how much liquid should be poured into each container to make them equal (or more or less).
In the East Classroom, children sifted shamrock coins and painted shamrocks in observation of St. Patrick’s Day. A demonstration was given on how to water plants and use a flashlight, including the insertion and removal of batteries in the flashlight. East also began a new science and culture unit on rocks & minerals. Here, children had the opportunity to identify and match various rocks, minerals, and fossils to each other and to written labels. Children learned where they may find certain types of rocks in the world.
In the West Classroom, children blended colors using chalk and worked with finger paint. A demonstration was given on the continent bead map, a small wooden map of the United States where children use tongs to add beads to fill the country. The estimation jar was added to the math shelf, which helps children make a numerical prediction using their observational skills, rather than touching and counting the items themselves. West also began a new science and culture unit on birds. Here, children had the opportunity to observe and draw bird features, explore a feather with a magnifying glass, match birds of the United States, and learn about state birds.
March 3, 2017
February 24, 2017
We hope you all enjoyed President’s Day weekend with your children. The warm, sunny weather was certainly a pleasant surprise!
At school, the children in East began a new science and culture unit on seasons and the calendar. Children explored days, months, weeks, and different kinds of weather. They introduced the mystery number where the children have the opportunity to count a secret number of items and record their data on a sheet of paper to be read by one of the teachers each week. East added the orange stepper to the movement shelf, while transferring water, polishing brass, and using the garlic press were added to the practical life area.
The West began a new science and culture unit on nutrition.The students had the opportunity to choose many works in this unit, including sorting nutritious and non-nutritious foods, completing food puzzles, matching, and sorting pictures of foods. They demonstrated how to grate a cinnamon stick, polish wood, and use a baster in the practical life area. For movement, they added a sit and spin device, while a new set of bells were introduced to assist the child in the discrimination of sound. These bells will later be used to match sounds from Middle C to High C.
The kindergarten children had a chance to spend an hour in one of the lower elementary classrooms in preparation for next year. This "Moving Up Day" was quite successful by all accounts!
February 17, 2017
This week the early childhood classrooms have been busy exploring Valentine's Day! We painted hearts at the easel and created valentines for friends. Thank you to the wonderful parent volunteers who helped the children create bird feeders for our playground. This will turn into a wonderful spring project.
Also this week, students explored cutting work. We also introduced new sensorial work including the small hexagon box.
Thank you for your time during conferences. We are so grateful to share your child's progress with you.
February 10, 2017
The early childhood classrooms had a wonderful first full week of February. The kindergarten children started things off with a Jump Rope for Heart assembly The K’s also had peace pals later in the week. . This is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association and a way to teach about cardiovascular health.
Both the East and West classrooms invited children to decorate Valentine's bags in preparation for Valentine’s Day . They showed how to open and pull apart string cheese, as well as transfer water from one dish to another
The East began a new science and culture unit this on nutrition. The students had the opportunity to choose many works in this unit, including sorting nutritious and non-nutritious foods, completing food puzzles, matching, and sorting pictures of foods. The East classroom also brought out the geometric cabinet and color box 3. They demonstrated writing numerals and how to use wiki sticks letters.
The west classroom, while continuing on their unit on time, began a new science and culture unit on seasons and the calendar. Children explored days, months, weeks, and different kinds of weather. Children in the West classroom also had the opportunity to polish a mirror and work on grooming as part of their practical life skills. The West classroom would like to introduce their new Guinea pig, Yeti, who joins Patches for a dynamic mammalian duo! Please stop by the classroom to say hello.
Please remember that we will be celebration Valentine’s Day in the early childhood classrooms. If your child would like to participate, they should write their names on a card – 26 for the East classroom and 24 for the West classroom. It is not necessary for them to address the cards to anyone.
February 3, 2017
We had a wonderful week in the Early Childhood classrooms! The East classroom began a unit on Asia. Work included the exploration of Asian animals, matching textiles and clothing from several Asian countries, and tracing and pin punching a map of Asia. In addition, the East classroom added baric tablets to their sensorial shelf, which help children compare different weights. The memory game was introduced in the math area, the metal insets with lines was added to the writing shelf, and the stepper was brought out in the movement area.
The West classroom added work related to smelling to the sensorial shelf. Children used their sense of smell to match various scents together, along with matching them to their corresponding pictures. Stemming from the simple machines unit, nuts and bolts were added to the practical life area. A one-person trampoline was introduced to the movement area, while on the art shelf, painting a snowflake and making a snowman was brought out for the children to explore.
Both classrooms introduced dry pouring from a funnel in the sensorial area. In preparation for Chinese new year, all the children from East and West had the opportunity to build a Chinese lantern. They also decorated a dragon mask and tail, then went on a parade around the school!
January 20, 2017
We hope you had a wonderful long weekend! The children were very excited to be back in the classroom. East began their week with a new math unit, measurement. New works included using scale, measuring in inches, and also using "feet" to explore with. Also in East, a new Science unit was introduced. Simple machines such as a lever, gear, and pulley system were explored. In practical life, the children could choose to work with nuts and bolts.
In West, a new Money math unit was demonstrated. Children could explore the values of real coins and gain experience with this concept. In Science, the ocean unit was introduced. New works included matching sea animals, exploring the oceans of the world, and creating ocean scenes with felt pieces. The West classroom also has a new Geography unit on North America.
Also in Early Childhood this week, the students are preparing for a celebration of the Chinese New Year. We have created dragon masks and will be working on dragon tails next week to use in a special parade!
**We will be celebrating the 100th day of school in early February! More information to come soon.
January 13, 2017
Welcome back! We are so excited to see everyone again and begin a fresh new month of school. It was delightful hearing all the stories from our two weeks off. With the holiday and new year, we’d like to offer reminders of a few things:
*Please check the bin on top of your child’s cubby for weather-appropriate change of clothes.
*Please remember to label all your child’s winter items.
*Sign your child in and out daily, either on the sheet outside the classroom doors, or on the ones in the before and after care room.
*We will go outside when the temperature is above 15 degrees with wind chill.
The East classroom began a new math unit on money. Children are learning the names of coins, how much they are worth, different ways to make one dollar, and exploring our currency. They began a new science unit on oceans. Children explored and learned about different sea animals and sea shells. Children in the East classroom also had the opportunity to slice bananas and eat what was sliced, polish a mirror, and explore a light table.
The West classroom began a unit on simple machines. Children learned what simple machines are, how they work, and the names of different kinds of machines, as well as paint with a giant pendulum. The Westclassroom started a math unit on measurement. Children learned about balance, weight, length in inches and feet, and were able to go around the classroom measuring different objects. The East classroom also demonstrated chalkboards, banana slicing, and cutting snowflakes with a coffee filter.
Both classrooms were treated to a wonderful demonstration called the High Five Program on germs and hand washing, with related literature appearing in your child’s cubby. Please let us know if you have any questions.
December 16, 2016
With this being the last full week before winter break, the children were busy rehearsing for the music performance on Friday. We hope you enjoy the finished product! Thanks to Miss Angela for all her hard work putting this together.
In the East and West classrooms, Christmas work was introduced early in the week. The children had the opportunity to assemble a tree out of red rods and knobless cylinders and also use a nativity. They decorated a miniature Christmas tree with ornaments and other decorations. The children had the opportunity to work on the practical life skill of wrapping gifts when they wrapped wooded blocks. In addition, Christmas tree marble painting was added to the art area, as was making paper chains and making bead candy canes.
Please remember that MSBG has school on Monday and Tuesday of next week. We will be on winter break from Wednesday, 12/21 throughTuesday, 1/3. We will reopen again on Wednesday, 1/4.
Enjoy your weekend!
December 9, 2016
First, a warm thank you to everyone who attended curriculum night! We had wonderful attendance and the children were so excited to share their work with their families. We are so grateful for each of you!
We began exploring the December holidays this week. The children could choose to put candles in a Hannukah Menorah, as well as play the Dreidel game with a friend. A beautifully detailed Menorah puzzle was also added to our work. In the East classroom, an art exploration included stamping a Star of David. Also in East, a new peace activity was added to the shelf, the singing bowl. Additionally, a new science unit on the human body was demonstrated on Friday.
In West, the Kindergarten students explored with magnetic slime! This creative experience enhanced the new science unit on magnets. The East Kindergarteners will be exploring this next week! Also in West this week, snow pants and glove work was added to the practical life shelf.
Both classrooms also demonstrated work related to Kwanza. Students could weave colorful paper strips into a mat as well as complete Kinara art.
Our music program is on Friday, December 16th at 9:00. We hope to see you all there!
December 2, 2016
Our week started off wonderfully with a Chinese Flute demonstration by Hongda Chin, Ms. Angela’s friend at music class. Mr. Chin brought in a Chinese bamboo flute, a Chinese egg flute, among others. He used the instruments in a game, which the children loved!
In the West classroom, the large hexagon box was introduced. These triangles when assembled make an equilateral triangle, rhombus, parallelogram, and hexagon in preparation for geometry. Added to the sensorial shelf was work focused on touch, including fabric matching and a mystery bag containing several objects of varying tactile senses.
A new science unit was introduced focusing on the human body. The children had the opportunity to observe x-rays on a light table, construct a large skeleton make up of x-ray slides, and use a stethoscope to examine each other’s heart beats. Other new works for the week include tracking through a make, the quiet rug, the geocabinet, and using a damper with a bell.
In the East classroom, the triangle box was introduced in the sensorial area. These triangles when assembled with other triangles aid in the preparation for geometry. Along with this, demonstrations were given on sound/no sound and the sound cylinders, which focus on refining the child's auditory sense.
A new science unit was introduced focusing on magnets. The children had the opportunity to find items in the room that attract, while exploring several exciting works related to magnets. A peace rug, dressing frames, a putting on gloves and snow pants were also demonstrated.
Have a great weekend!
November 22, 2016
We continued preparing for our feast this week! On Monday we prepared turkey by rolling slices the same way we roll rugs in the classroom. We also prepared pumpkin pudding! On Tuesday, we rolled and baked crescent rolls. We enjoyed executing all of the practical life skills involved in preparing the food.
Also on Tuesday, the kindergarten students from both classrooms worked together to decorate and set up for the feast. They helped set the tables by working to prepare place settings. They also used our cornucopia and turkey decorations from our practical life shelf to create a beautiful setting for our special community celebration.
Thank you to all of the families who donated items for our feast. We couldn't have done this without you. We are very grateful for you all. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 18, 2016
The children of early childhood a fun-filled week, with many of the demonstrations focused on preparing for Thanksgiving. Both the East and West classrooms introduced cornucopia work including adding fruits and vegetables to a cornucopia, as well as cornucopia paintings. The main group project was making applesauce where each child had the opportunity to peel and cut up apples into smaller pieces before mixing them up into a yummy sauce!
The East classroom introduced turkey feathers and turkey art for the children to explore. They matched and rolled socks, practiced napkin rolling, and worked on flag art.
The West classroom introduced sound cylinders, silverware sorting, placement setting, and corn cob art. The children had the opportunity to work on creative writing booklets and “Feed the Pig” (adding pennies to a pig jar).
On Wednesday the kindergarten children were treated to a wonderful fire safety program put on by the City of Bowling Green Fire Division. On Thursday the kindergarten children discussed friendly greetings at Peace Pals.
Please remember the MSBG will be closed next Wednesday through Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy your weekend!
November 11, 2016
We introduced a new area in the classrooms this week, the geography shelf! In the East classroom, our unit explored the continent of North America. Works included the domesticated and wild animals of the United States, exploring landmarks, and matching work. On the writing shelf, children could trace the outline of the continent and then use a pin punch to punch out the shape. We also added the United States map to our map stand. Also in the East class we conducted our own voting on Election Day! We voted for an art project, and between a flag and a star, the flag won 17-5!
In the West classroom, the continent of Asia was introduced! Work included exploring the animals of Asia as well as different cultures. Matching textiles and clothing of some of the countries was also a choice. On the art shelf, students could create a fish representing Japan. Also a large yellow shape of Asia was used as a mat for working with the animals, and this corresponds with our colored continent globe. Students could also choose to complete tracing and pin punching with Asia, or also complete writing work with the countries of Asia.
In Sensorial this week, the East classroom explored textures through games, puzzles, and mystery bags. The West Classroom introduced movement work using the balance beam. The classrooms also switched math units, East working with The Greedy Duck and West working with fractions.
This week both classrooms demonstrated new work in practical life. Sorting silverware and preparing a place setting were works demonstrated. In West students sliced fruit, practiced rolling socks, and learned how to fold towels.
November 4, 2016
The children of Early Childhood began their week with a demonstration on pumpkin carving. The children voted on the shape of pumpkin eyes, mouth, and nose, and everyone had the opportunity to scoop out the seeds and pulp.
The Bead Cabinet was opened in the math area of each room. The squaring chains - a beautiful, colorful work that is first explored and later leading into skip counting and multiplication - were shown sensorially. In addition, the 2nd color box was added to each classroom's sensorial shelf.
In the East Classroom, a new special math unit on fractions was introduced. Children identified one whole, half, third, and fourth. Children in East were also introduced to velcro fruit, the stretchy band on the movement shelf, and numerical rods - a concrete representation of 1-10.
In the West Classroom, a new special math unit on equality and inequality (greater than, less than, and equal to) called Greedy Duck was introduced. Also added was the binomial cube and sound/no sound. The kindergartners had the opportunity to create codes for an Ozobot, a tiny robot that moves according to code drawn by markers.
Enjoy your weekend!
October 28, 2016
Pumpkin works of all kinds were available in early childhood this week! The children in the East and West classrooms explored pounding tees into pumpkins. Also, drawing faces on a large pumpkin was a choice. In practical life, tray sweeping was introduced using a small broom and tiny insects!
In the East classroom, students could sift objects out of beans using a slotted spoon. It was interesting to discover what was hidden! On the writing shelf, new work included writing on a mirror. Additionally this week, we introduced the bell table. Striking a bell was demonstrated. This beautiful work is delicate and engaging for the students' hand-eye coordination as well as their auditory sense.
In the West classroom, the stretch band was added to the movement shelf. In art, the students could create a pumpkin face using a stencil and orange paint. Creating a spider web was also demonstrated using a marble and white paint inside of a box. The students could carefully tip the box to watch the marble roll across the black paper, creating a "web".
Both classrooms' kindergarten students enjoyed their trip to the pumpkin patch! We appreciate all of our parent volunteers that helped with transportation. While the older children enjoyed the pumpkin patch, the younger students enjoyed a pumpkin hunt here at school. A special thank you to the Gleaners for making this experience possible!
Thank you for attending conferences. It is wonderful to have time to discuss your child's progress in depth. Have a wonderful weekend!
October 21, 2016
The Early Childhood classrooms had their Fall Harvest party on Tuesday morning. The children had the opportunity to create and bring home two different crafts and later enjoyed fall-inspired treats brought in by parents. Thanks to all who donated their time.
The West and East classrooms introduced new practical life work focusing on transferring from one container to two. This helps children with focus, concentration, and fine motor skills.
In the West classroom, a new science and culture unit on transportation was introduced this week. Examples of transportation work include matching, choosing the appropriate mode for the environment, stamping, and exploration. The West classroom also worked on pounding and the numerical rods.
The East classroom began a science and culture unit on the solar system. This work includes naming the planets, matching work, and interesting books about space. Additionally, the East classroom introduced stringing, coloring a face on a pumpkin, spider rolling, and stenciling a pumpkin face.
October 14, 2016
The Early Childhood classrooms began their week with food preparation work. Grape plucking was available on the practical life shelf. It is a wonderful fine motor exercise as well as a life skill for preparing food.
In the East classroom, cutting paper with scissors was introduced on the pre-writing shelf. In sensorial, the red rods were demonstrated. Our new science and culture unit this week was transportation. Children could choose transportation work such as matching, choosing the appropriate mode for the environment, and exploration. Also in sensorial, the cube of the trinomial was introduced.
In the West classroom, new practical life work included changing a toilet paper roll and stringing. In sensorial, the cube of the trinomial was introduced. This unique, hands-on material is a direct preparation for exploring and understanding mathematics. The new science and culture unit this week was the solar system. This work included naming the planets, matching work, and interesting books about space. On the writing shelf, a beautiful mirror was added for writing on a mirror.
To close this week, the Early Childhood students participated in our first Peace Pal groups. These groups are multi-age K-8 grade students who work together to learn about the world around them. This year our topic is positivity.
October 7, 2016
With October here, the Early Childhood classrooms began new fall science units for the children to explore! In the East classroom, children explored parts of a leaf, parts of a tree, and identified different kinds of leaves. The West classroom started a unit on apples where children learned about several kinds of apples, including parts of an apple and how apples grow.
Many other new works were demonstrated throughout the week. The East classroom brought out pin punching work, which helps develop children’s concentration, coordination, and pincer grip in preparation for writing. In the sensorial area, big and small items were added, which allow the child to work on comparisons of size. The medicine ball was added to the movement shelf, while floor sweeping was added to the practical life area.
In the West classroom, blue constructive triangles and red rods were added to the sensorial shelves. The constructive triangles help children learn how to slide shapes together to construct new shapes and designs. The red rods help the children experience the idea of ten in preparation for higher level math concepts. Children in the West classroom also had the opportunity to work on name tracings and cutting strips.
We had a great time with the sharing bag this week. Looking forward to next week!
September 30, 2016
This week brought new fall adventures and new science and culture units. In the East classroom, the Apple unit was introduced. The children could match and label varieties of apples, as well as label the parts of an apple. On the art shelf, new apple printing could be explored with painting, as well as using colored doppers to decorate an apple. Also in East this week, the children explored rough and smooth textures on the sensorial shelves. We also added chalkboards to our writing shelves. We also painted our peace sticks we collected last week, and we will be placing these as a beautiful stick bundle in our classroom's peace corner.
In the West classroom, the leaves and trees science unit was introduced. Students could use interesting puzzles to explore the parts of a tree, as well various activities to explore leaves. Tree stamp art was also added to our art shelf. Also this week, we added big and little sensorial work to our shelves as well as the knobless cylinders. Additionally, the peace rose was added to our peace corner. This is used as a tool to solve problems peacefully in the classroom. On the movement shelf, the children could choose the medicine ball. On Wednesday children in the West classroom found a large, bright-green caterpillar under the tree in the playground area. The 6th year children, because they are studying "Insect Island", were brought in to identify and research the insect, now known to be a polyphemus moth. Within hours the caterpillar began assembling its cocoon. Looking forward to the next stage!
Thank you to all of our families who've donated items for our new units. Your help is greatly appreciated!
September 23, 2016
We had a busy week in the Early Childhood Classrooms. Along with Wednesday’s International Day of Peace celebration, where we gathered for an assembly in the school before going on a peaceful walk outside, we added hopping from spot to spot in the movement shelf. The East classroom also added hopping to circles in this area. Both of these activities strengthen gross motor functioning and coordination.
The West classroom began a new science unit on living/nonliving things, highlighted by a surprise visit from Edwina, lower north’s pet turtle. The children enjoyed learning new vocabulary words associated with living things, such as respire and sensitivity, especially while observing Edwina’s behaviors. The West classroom also brought out worry stones, collage work, and the snapping frame.
In honor of Peace Day, the East classroom collected peace sticks outside and added them to the peace corner in the classroom. In addition to this, the West classroom began a new science unit on land, air, and water. The children had the opportunity to observe and sort items belonging to each of these scientific themes. Also added were clipping clothespins, the monomial cube, and the metal insets.
Enjoy a peaceful weekend!
September 16, 2016
In the early childhood classrooms this week, we introduced our first Science and Culture units. In the East classroom, living and non-living was introduced. The children could sort and classify objects as well as explore living and non-living things. In the West classroom, Land, Air and Water works were introduced. There are many interesting works exploring attributes of this topic. The classrooms will switch units next week so that each child can explore the new units.
In the East classroom, the map stand was opened and children could explore the hemisphere map and control. The seven continents were also introduced with a unique song during demonstration. Also, new collage work was added to the art shelf using the paper the children tore from last week. The geometric solids were also added to the sensorial shelves as well as color box one.
In the West classroom, students could choose from new work on the writing shelves. Cutting clay and pre-writing boards were demonstrated. Another new work included tracing the frame of a metal inset. The children were introduced to the square, circular, and triangular metal inset. In PracticalLlife, clipping was introduced. In Sensorial, the monomial cube was introduced. The kindergarteners also experienced a color mixing activity this week.
We ended our week in early childhood with new pre-writing work, tracing in lentils. Using a beautiful wooden box, the children could choose to draw and trace letters in lentils and quickly move the box to erase them. This work is hands-on, interesting, and a great way to strengthen muscles used for writing.
September 9, 2016
We hope everyone had a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend! This week a unit on colors was introduced on the Sensorial shelf. Children matched primary red, blue, and yellow through our color box 1 while having the opportunity to explore many additional color works later in the week. The brown prisms were also added to the Sensorial shelf this week. These help increase visual perception and muscular feel of differences of size.
Added to the Practical Life area was tonging. Children were able to move objects from one container to another, further developing fine motor skills that lay the basis for the pincer grip used in writing. The children also worked on twisting, snapping, and zipping various items as well.
The east classroom added a friendship tree, worry stones, tearing paper, and a community bowl, while the west classroom gathered and painted peace sticks and practiced walking on a line in the Movement area.
Also this week, the kindergarteners began using new creative writing journals after lunch. This new work will allow for more writing experiences as well as a time for them to relax and refresh.
September 2, 2016
Our first full week in the classroom was very busy and full of interesting new works. We began by reviewing everyone's name with a fun song and practicing the safe way to walk in the classroom. The students enjoyed playing the freeze game to practice freezing for a teacher's message. Also this week, we opened the sensorial shelves in our classrooms. The children could choose the knobbed or knobless cylinders as well as the pink tower or brown prisms. These beautiful materials allow children to explore various thicknesses, heights, and sizes as well as build concentration.
In language, we introduced the pre-language shelf. Work included matching, sorting, as well as making associations
In practical life, the students could choose from pouring, grasping, or spooning. These works build confidence as well as coordination. Additionally, they are wonderful for strengthening the muscles needed for writing.
Another area introduced was the movement shelf. The children could choose a movement work, walking on the line, and complete this engaging work anywhere in the classroom. Our grace and courtesy lessons included the polite way to interrupt, as well as using an inside voice.
Also this week, the kindergarteners began using new creative writing journals after lunch. This new work will allow for more writing experiences as well as a time for them to relax and refresh.
August 26, 2016
Welcome new and returning families? Thank you for having your children prepared for their transition back to school. We have enjoyed seeing their smiling faces as they explored the classroom this week.
The children worked on classroom routines and became familiar with the materials. We are working towards become a classroom community as we learn each others names and how to work together as a group.
We look forward to seeing you at the Meet & Greet next week. Feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions or concerns.