Dear Parents and Caregivers,
March went by quickly with the Harmony Day and Easter festivities. Thank you to those families who shared their culture with us; it’s on these special occasions that we realise how small and well connected our world actually is!
Monet Class: The first week we focused on introducing new materials to our children. The materials were slightly more complex than before. Most of the activities consisted in transferring objects or grains from bowl to bowl, jug to jug and other similar containers. They learned to work with tongs, ladles, spoons and practised their pouring skills. We then worked on self-care skills, teaching children how to wash their hands, blow their nose and wipe their face. Throughout that week we had a lot of practical experiences where children learned by doing the actual activities. We also encouraged self-care by singing songs, reading books, looking at photos and discussing the theme. The third week we celebrated Harmony Day: some of the children came with traditional clothes and brought food to share with peers. One child brought Chilean Sopapilla and children tried Brazilian fruit açaí brought in by Ms Aline. In the end of the month we celebrated Easter. Throughout the week children crafted their Easter baskets to be used for the Easter egg hunt. We also had Easter themed activities to involve children in the Australian Easter tradition.
Michelangelo Class: We learnt about the shapes by placing beads on the line of a triangle, circle and square, by putting the shapes into the sensorial bin, letting the children pick and say the name of the shapes, and by threading and tracing the shapes into the sand tray. The following week we focused on practical life exercises such as the pegging activity, opening and closing the lid, rolling the mat and threading. The week after was Harmony Day, so we spoke about how we come from different countries and live in Australia together and united. We also introduced our cultural food, cultural dresses, the sign of world peace and much more. During the last week of March we had various Easter activities and crafts where children made bunnies, eggs and baskets. Needless to say that everyone loved the Easter Egg Hunt!
Mozart Class: The children continued learning about insects and focused on bees, butterflies and ladybugs. This topic was initiated by the children during the class discussion and their outdoor play observation. They learnt new songs including The Bumble Bee Song, The Butterfly Song, Ladybug Song and the corresponding finger-play. During the unit about insects we had a cooking class – making honey lemonade. It was a great learning experience for the children during Harmony Week where they learnt about different cultures, tried new traditional food from India, Chile, Romania and China, and wore their traditional outfits. They also decorated the Harmony Tree and learnt songs that support respect for diversity and their identity, such as My Friends Are Different and The More We Get Together.
It’s been a very international and cultural month. April will see a focus on our planet and how we can care for our environment.
- Montessori Early Education Taringa Team