Dear Parents and Caregivers,
The month of April was eco-conscious with Earth Day and our three classes paid a tribute to Anzac Day by making red poppies. We hope everyone had a good break during the two public holidays on Easter and Anzac Day.
Monet Class: We followed the children’s interest in sea animals, so we did sea animals themed activities such as matching cards and magnet fishing. We watched and fed our gold fish and read various fish books. The following week we celebrated Earth Day. Our goal this week was to connect children with nature and initiate a sense of nature appreciation. We got a plant for our room and taught the children how to take care of it; we watered it and cleaned its leaves. We also made flower arrangements and explored a nature sensory bin where children could find various nature items such as rocks, leaves, sticks, shells and plastic insects. The following week was about Commonwealth Games. Some children shared their story about going to the gymnastics event and we used this opportunity to engage children in activities that were inspired by some sports. We had ribbon and hula hoop gymnastics play, basketball and netball games where children helped to make their own rackets to hit the balloons. The last week of the month we followed the children’s interest once again. The topic was dinosaurs, so we had a dinosaur sensory bin, played with dinosaur figures and matched cards. We also did a dinosaur painting where children made their artwork with dinosaur footprints.
Michelangelo Class: The children learnt self-help skills by practising wiping their nose, buttoning a frame and learning the proper washing hand procedure. The following week we learnt about the Earth by introducing the world globe, letter “E” for earth, land and sea formations, about animals living on land and in the sea, the 7 continents and pasting them on paper while introducing sea and land. We then continued to learn how we can help our planet everyday by saving water, sharing resources, not wasting anything, turning off the lights when not in use, etc. We also learnt about recycling and helped the children understand the symbol by matching cards activity. In the end of the month we learnt about Anzac Day and words associated with it (medal, army, poppy flower, Australian flag, etc) through many pictures and cards. We also learnt the letter “A” is for Anzac day.
Mozart Class: The first two weeks during school holidays some children were away. We followed the children’s initiative; most wanted to learn about space and our solar system. Many of them were excited and chose to read books and watch educational videos about the solar system. The children learnt about the Earth day, its meaning, the importance of a healthy planet and how to save the environment. The children were engaged in the learning experience relating to sorting the waste into recycling or rubbish. They also observed and helped to take care of the worm farm and the compost bin, which helps to enhance the awareness of sustainability. During the week of Anzac Day the children had a great time making poppy flowers, watching the Anzac parade and participating in a cooking class – baking Anzac biscuits.
The mornings and evenings are getting cooler, but days can still be hot, so we’d like to ask all parents to provide enough variety of clothing for your children. Thank you, hope to see all mothers at our annual Mother’s Day event this Friday!
- Montessori Early Education Taringa Team