This month we loved having Hat Day, Pajama Day and Beach Day! We enjoyed Yoga and Music in our Classroom with Rasika and Nasrin. We missed Ingela but loved having Lauren as our Teacher. We visited Bumblebee Classroom in the mornings to work with the older children. We enjoyed playing on the yard, especially on Beach Day!
It has been a busy month in the Ladybug Classroom. We practiced our songs for the beautiful graduation celebration! Ladybugs and Bumblebees had so much fun practicing and performing together.
I, Ingela, was house sitting for a friend who has 30 different species of ducks. It just happened to coincide with the farm unit in our classroom. I asked him if he could come and do a show and tell for our school. He did and he loved it almost as much as the children. He brought in different types of duck eggs and ducks. Some of the ducks were only 24-48 hours old. The children got to hold them and were very gentle with the young ducks. It was a great day for everyone and we are hoping he will bring them again.
Finally we celebrated Emi’s 2 year-old birthday! She had so much fun celebrating with her classmates.
Wow!!! It’s hard to believe it’s already May! It seems like just yesterday we were starting the school year and the children were getting used to school. Now the children come in with smiles on their faces, ready to go!
The children have been practicing with the Bumblebee Class getting ready for the big celebration coming up next Wednesday. They can’t wait for the big day!
This month the children were busy watching their seedlings grow into plants. The children enjoyed seeing the life cycle of the butterfly, watching the tiny caterpillars grow bigger and bigger, forming their chrysalis and changing into butterflies that we released into our garden.
Watching our Caterpillars grow into butterflies and planting our seedlings.
Welcome Spring!!!! We hope everyone had a great Spring Break and enjoyed the time off. This month we studied all things Bugs. The children enjoyed learning the different bugs that fly and the ones that crawl, the ones with six legs and the ones with four or eight. They also learned the parts and lifecycle of the ladybug and the butterfly.
This month we had Kiele’s Dad (from Bumblebee Classroom), who is a firefighter, visit us and talk to us about how to be safe around fires and what to do if our clothing was on fire which would be to Stop, Drop and Roll. He dressed up in his firefighter outfit to show us that he is the same person under the mask and clothing and for us not to be scared.
We also have been moving our Yoga classes outdoors on nice days and the children are enjoying the meditation part where they close their eyes and listen for the animals around them.
Next month we will move into our unit on Flowers and Plants. We will be learning the different parts of the flower, tree, leaf and plant. We will also be starting our garden by planting different types of flowers and learning about all different types of seeds.
Please remember to check your child’s extra clothing to make sure they have 2 sets of clothing in case of accidents or if they get wet from playing in the water. We will be in the dirt a lot this month and with the warmer weather we will be playing in water.
Yoga fun outdoors and learning to meditate and working on our different poses.
Working on sounds, Color matching, Puzzles and Life Cycle of a Butterfly:
Watching the deer eat the leaves from the trees.
March was very busy for us. A lot of our toddlers turned two this month, including Graham, Luca, Noa, Aiden and Charlize.
The children had fun creating their art masterpieces for the first annual GLMS-Lafayette Art Gallery & Show.
This month the children worked on learning all the different types of vehicles and the beginning sound of each as well as which vehicle belongs in the air, road or sea.
They learned some new sounds “w -William, b-boat, h-helicopter”, and enjoyed matching the objects to the old ones they already knew.
We are also working on sorting and counting from 1-5, trying to recognize the symbol and eventually learning the quantity.
Next month we will be working on bugs, insects and moving into Spring .
Art projects for the Art Show:
This month we started our new unit on Transportation. The children are enjoying matching the vehicles to the cards and sorting the different vehicles by which ones travel on land, in water or in the air.
We’ve also been working on our pouring skills, whole hand transfer and our pincer grasp in Practical Life.
In Language the children are learning the new sounds (L for Luca, H for Helicopter, and B for Baby) and we have also started matching objects to the letters. We are learning some new songs that tie into our vehicle unit and learning what the traffic lights mean.
We celebrated Valentines Day by passing out our Valentines Day cards to our friends and decorating our bags, it was also William’s birthday and we sang him Happy Birthday during our circle time. We also visited with the Bumble Bees and got a lesson on Chinese New Year.
The children are also enjoying yoga with Rasika. She is working with them on meditating at the end to calm themselves down and also some transportation poses such as airplane, boat, and bicycle.
Matching the object to the pictures
Playing with Kinetic Sand
Welcome back! We hope everyone had a great winter break.
As we start the new year we welcome three new students Lucas, Sydney, and Emi (who has an older brother in the Bumblebee class).
This month we are working on learning about penguins and the letters “n” (noa), “i” (igloo) & “p” (paige). We also have a few children going through potty training and they are doing a great job with very few accidents.
Next month we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day please bring 15 Valentine’s Day cards with just your child’s name in the from section and we will make little bags for everyone to distribute to their friends.
We are happy to add a new member to our Ladybug team! Rasika Senanayake has been teaching pre-school for six years and will be providing additional support to the Ladybug team. In addition, she will be leading the Ladybugs in a morning yoga class (called “Morning Magic”) as well as drumming with the children.
Rasika lives close-by and her 22-month-old son (who currently attends Lamorinda Montessori) will join us in the Fall. She is completing her AA in Early Childhood Education and starting her Montessori Training. Below is a short note from her:
Thank you very much,
The first few weeks of school have been filled with new routines and new friendships! In both classrooms, Ladybugs and Bumblebees are busy learning the new works. We also started KinderDance with our favorite teacher, Kira! We loved learning to dance and move to Kira’s great music! One of our favorite dance steps was the “Scottish Walk”!