Ladybug Classroom

Ladybug Classroom – October 2018

Monday, November 5th, 2018
Category: Ladybug Classroom, Lafayette Campus

This month we celebrated Georgie’s second birthday! Happy Birthday Georgie!!

Our studies this month included learning about different animals in each continent and this is leading us to learn about animals with backbones or vertebrate animals (birds and mammals). In our studies of North America, we are learning about the different landmarks, the Statue of Liberty, White House, Hoover Dam, Mount Rushmore, etc. The children love this work as there are miniatures of each landmark and a matching card for them to match.

We are practicing our new letter sound “J”. The children are learning to count 1-10 in different languages and our older Ladybugs are practicing their 1:1 counting (object to symbol) by using the Spindle Boxes (5 spindles have to go to the section with the number 5, for example). We are also learning the life cycle of a pumpkin, doing lots of painting and stamping and working on our Original Artworks masterpieces which will be a surprise to each family!

We had our first Earthquake Safety Practice and the children did great practicing Drop, Cover and Hold. We love the new play equipment in the Courtyard and our new Play-yard in the back of the school!

In November we will be working on Halloween and Leaf art work as well as studying Trees and Leaves, talking about being thankful and Thanksgiving works.

Ladybug Classroom – Aug. & Sept. 2018

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
Category: Ladybug Classroom, Lafayette Campus

The Ladybugs have been busy getting to know one another, making new friendships and finding their way with the classroom routines and rules. Our returning Ladybugs have been very helpful with the new Ladybugs, showing them how we sit in circle time, where we line up, how the outside materials work and being wonderful role models!

We are learning about Grace and Courtesy, saying “please” and “thank-you” and playing with friends. We are having fun in KinderDance, learning how to use our words and sharing.

We will be learning about Fall and the Seasons and about the continents, including learning the Continents Song, as well as learning our alphabet, counting and doing lots of art projects!

Ladybug Classroom – July 2018

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
Category: Ladybug Classroom, Lafayette Campus

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!

Ladybug Classroom – June 2018

Friday, June 29th, 2018
Category: Ladybug Classroom, Lafayette Campus

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.

Ladybug Class – May 2018

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
Category: Blog, Ladybug Classroom, Lafayette Campus

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.

Ladybugs: April Fun 2018

Friday, April 13th, 2018
Category: Ladybug Classroom, Lafayette Campus

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.





































Lucy’s Birthday








Working on sounds, Color matching, Puzzles and Life Cycle of a Butterfly:











Watching the deer eat the leaves from the trees.








Ladybugs: March Madness

Sunday, March 18th, 2018
Category: 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



Ladybugs: February Fun

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Category: 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,