Dear Parents and Caregivers,
August was a nice month with the EKKA holiday, Kindy Class excursion to the Riverside Green Playground in South Bank, Maria Montessori week and Father’s Day Afternoon Tea. Our oldest class got split into Mozart (age 3 and 4) and Kindy (children who will go to prep next year). Mozart and Kindy Class also made monster drawings for the local Public Library, as part of our community involvement. Parents are welcome to visit their display at the Library on the 4th floor of the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. Here’s what the classes were learning and doing individually.
Monet Class: The children were finishing their ongoing topic of insects with learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. The children were presented with many activities and resources to help them educate about knowledge of caterpillars and butterflies. They learnt the basic elements of caterpillars to butterflies, such as what they look like, what they eat and of course the life cycle itself. The second week was Carnival! As that Wednesday was EKKA public holiday, we thought why we don’t, ourselves, get into the carnival mood. Children did many fun and different activities than usually. We had popcorn transferring, balloon colour match, clown hat match and even made pancakes. After our action-packed week of fun and games we then went on to have a more of a relaxing week, appreciating our books for ‘book week’. As books and stories play a huge part in the early years development, we spent the week reading children’s favourite stories and talking about how we can respect our books in the classroom and at home. Some of the children from Monet even brought along their own books from home to share. Finally, it was time for our two big celebratory occasions, Father’s Day and Maria Montessori’s birthday. During this week we incorporated Montessori materials into our learning activities besides discussing our dads and what they mean to us. The children also had many opportunities to engage in practical life experiences such as washing tables, chairs and baby dolls in the backyard to help enhance their gross and fine motor muscles.
Michelangelo Class: We followed our children’s interest in trains and cars to learn more about transport. Children explored transportation vehicles that go on the road, water or air. We expanded their vocabulary by learning new words such as bulldozer, submarine and helicopter. Our cooking class was to peel and grate an apple. The next week we worked mostly with recognizing and saying the sound of the letter A. We also did activities inspired by the letters of children’s names. We did collage and painting activities to emphasize the letter A. Our cooking class was to make pancakes. For this week we observed the EKKA festival. We did activities inspired by carnival games. We had a cup knock-down activity, popcorn transferring, clowns’ hat matching and for cooking class we made a caramelised apple on stick. We observed Australia Book Week by learning about book features such as front and back cover, title, page, etc. We also learnt how to take care of books and turn the pages properly. In the end of the month we celebrated Father’s day: throughout the week the children made a card for their dads, we spoke a lot of how much we love our dad and things we like to do with him.
Mozart and Kindy Class: Last month the children continued the topic relating to social and emotional well-being which started during the last two weeks last month. They also had more time to learn how to be good friends and maintain friendship. For the last two weeks they took turns talking about their family, their love to their parents and ways to make parents, especially Dads, happy. They enjoyed making cards and a key chain for their fathers. The children also had time to commemorate Dr Montessori on the occasion of her Birthday Anniversary by listening to her biography, talking about Montessori curriculum areas and their favorite Montessori materials. And of course they had a fun time with Happy Feet and Music Classes every week.
Spring is finally here and with it warmer days, so please ensure your child has enough variety of clothes at our centre on any day. I’d like to take this opportunity to gently remind our returning and new parents that we don’t allow any outside food (except pre-approved birthday cakes) due to many allergies our children have. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
- Montessori Early Education Taringa Team