It is very quickly going to be time to get back to school and begin the new year. I like to take a calendar and tear off each month. During a lesson on the new year, I place all the months out on the floor and discus with the children how each block on the calendar represents one day (See picture below). We talk about how many days there are in the year and go over the names of the months.Continue reading “New Year and the Four Seasons”
Winter is soon to be here in the Northern hemisphere. Many schools do close for a winter break so some of these ideas can be presented for that last week before school closes, or have them ready to go when you return from break, highlighting the new season. Either way, it is important for us to prepare the materials in advance. I find most of my prep work is doen weeks in advance. That is the benefit of having the 40-week curriculum PDFs, so that you can see wha’s upcoming, the examples I provide, and how to accomplish everything needed. Here’s some ideas for the Winter…Continue reading “Winter Activities”
Practical Life – Spring
Spring is fast approaching! Now is a good time to think about your shelves for the Practical life area of the classroom. It is often filled with bright colors and brings a freshness to the classroom. Exercises such as chair scrubbing is a fun way to include a bit of ‘spring cleaning’ for the children to help out in.Continue reading “Practical Life – Spring”
Activities for Autumn
Autumn is such a fun time for a variety of activities found throughout the different areas of the classroom. The shelves in the Practical Life area are often filled with the orange, red, and yellow colored materials. Many art activities involve leaves, acorns, pumpkins, and scarecrows.Continue reading “Activities for Autumn”
Getting Ready for Spring
In just a few short weeks it will be the season of Spring in the northern hemisphere. There are so many things one can choose to do for springtime activities and lessons. I will share a few and perhaps you can began to prepare some now to share with the children at home or in the classroom.Continue reading “Getting Ready for Spring”
January is a great time to enjoy a variety of art activities that involve snow. Have a review of words that are related to winter. Cutting snowflake designs out of a coffee filter is always popular and making a snowflake magnet is fun too. Older children can make a winter word list, draw a winter picture and write about it, or make a booklet about winter.Continue reading “Winter Activities”
Mexico and Transportation in Week 9
During Week 9 we read about Mexico and North America. We have jicama and orange slices with cinnamon as a snack choice. We also sing some Spanish songs and practice animal and color names in Spanish. We include discussions about travel and transportation.
People travel many different ways and to many different locations around the world. The children learn new ways to get around, how to use passports to travel to other countries, and even signs they may encounter traveling domestically.Continue reading “Mexico and Transportation in Week 9”
Fall Is Here!
During the season of fall, the classroom is filled with activities involving pumpkins, deciduous leaves, acorns, harvest time, and even squirrels! The Northern Hemisphere is beginning in the season of fall while the southern hemisphere begins the season of spring. As you discuss the season of fall be sure to use a globe and highlight this point with the children. Continue reading “Fall Is Here!”