Ladybug Classroom

March Madness

Sunday, March 18th, 2018
Category: Blog, Ladybug Classroom, Lafayette Campus

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:



working on pincer grip trying to get the straw in the hole



February fun

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Category: Blog, Ladybug Classroom, Lafayette Campus

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.

Working on putting the sticks in the hole

Working on the knobless cylinders 

Pouring beans

Whole hand transfer

         Matching the object to the pictures

Giving hugs to comfort our friends

Being silly riding the toy garbage truck

Catching a fish

Practicing our yoga meditating

Practicing our yoga moves: Downward Dog


Working on our table pose during KinderDance

Playing with Kinetic Sand

Making silly faces in the mirror

Spooning beans

Celebrating William’s Birthday

Ladybugs: January 2018

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
Category: Ladybug Classroom, Lafayette Campus

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.

Playing with a puzzle.

Rolling a rug.

Working on a puzzle.

Having a good day.

Jumping with Ms. Kira at Kinder Dance.

Kinder Dance.

Learning parts of the penguin.

Working on the pink tower.

Working on the cylinder blocks.

Matching colors.

Circle time.

Marching with Ms. Kira.

Ladybugs: December 2017

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017
Category: Ladybug Classroom

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:

I am from the beautiful island of Sri Lanka located in Southeast Asia.  We have been living in the Bay Area for about 14 years and we love this community.  We have two children, a nine-year-old daughter, and a two-year-old son.  I speak three languages and have some experience with sign language.  I used to be an on-stage cultural dancing performer and dancing teacher.  Also, I have experience in the areas of oil painting, cake decorating, yoga, mindfulness meditation, and clothing design.  I love spending time with my family, traveling, dancing, watching movies and cooking for friends and family.  I also love preparing and sharing food for the needy communities in the Bay Area.  I am truly excited to join Growing Light Montessori School and share my experience and love with all the beautiful children and their families.
Thank you very much,


The First Few Weeks of School!

Friday, September 15th, 2017
Category: Bumblebee Classroom, Ladybug Classroom, Lafayette Campus

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”!