Dear Parents and Caregivers,
December concluded our year on a warm note with children making Christmas decorations and learning about how it’s celebrated in various countries around the world. The three classes merged on most days due to many families taking their holidays in December.
Monet Class focused on improving the children’s fine motor skills by introducing a variety of practical life activities. Children worked on pouring dry grains into bowls, water from jug to jug and scooping grains. We also worked with a table setting where children helped to prepare the tables for lunch time, place the place mats, bowls and spoons on the tables. We had sensorial activities allowing children to touch and feel the texture of various objects. We had the crackers and water activity where children crumbled crackers with their hands, then we put water on them to make it mushy. During the Christmas period children engaged in many activities with a Christmas theme such as Santa’s puzzles and matching cards, Christmas ornament bin (sensory and vocabulary). During the Christmas week children had a cooking class, making chocolates with confetti and sprinkles, and decorated Christmas biscuits.
Michelangelo Class focused on practical life activities: how to empty food-scrap bowls (care of environment), pegging activity (how to pinch a peg open and closed), sweeping activity and introduced the letter M. The following week we learnt about self-help skills: washing hands, going to the toilet, blowing our nose, wiping our face, taking off and putting on pants, etc. Then we did Christmas activities along with a cooking class (Christmas chocolates, biscuits, iced and decorated biscuits). During art and craft time the children made a Christmas tree, snowman, played Christmas bingo, etc. Fun!
Mozart Class: In the beginning of December the children had great time learning about Africa (Ms Ellie’s home continent), its geography, weather and animals. They also listened to Ms Ellie talking about African cultural artifacts brought by Ms Julija from the Republic of South Africa (a bracelet made from an elephant’s tail hair, a hand-carved wooden mask from the Zulu tribe and a traditional drinking gourd decorated with small beads). Then they discussed what sickness mosquito bites can cause and how to avoid them. We learnt the life cycle of a mosquito by using pictures (from an egg/pupa/larva to an adult mosquito). Most Kindy children worked with Blue reading boxes and advanced Practical life skills using water. In the end, most Kindy children graduated and went on holidays. We had lots of fun learning about Christmas and preparing art work for the Christmas/ New Year celebrations.
The new year has begun with many new children; we’d like to formally welcome the new families to our centre, let this be an amazing year!
- Montessori Early Education Taringa Team