Learning about Volcanoes
After studying the parts of the volcano and creating their own models, the children enjoyed making their volcanoes erupt. Every one clapped and cheered as the "lava" bubbled up out of the vent and ran down the sides of the volcanic cone. We made it erupt again and again, until we ran out of vinegar and baking soda.
The largest volcano in the Solar System is on Mars. Olympus Mons rises 24 kilometers high and measures 550 km across. By comparison, Earth's largest volcano, Mauna Loa in Hawaii, rises 9 km high and measures 120 km across.
City Children Montessori
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City Children Montessori is a home-based Montessori program located in Sterling, Va.
Some of the program benefits include:
* authentic Montessori curriculum;
* fully equipped classroom for all learning areas in the primary phase ( 2.9 - 6 years);
* clean, safe and nurturing environment;
* certified Montessori teacher;
* small class size with a teacher-child ratio 1:5;
* affordable monthly tuition rates;
*year round enrollment;
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Learning about Volcanoes
Looking Back on Valentine's Day
"Of all things love is the most potent"
Holidays almost always provide a teachable moment, and Valentine's Day is no exception. What a better time to talk about friendship, kindness, ... ,and love. Yesterday the kids enjoyed giving and receiving from their friends Valentine's cards, gifts, and treats. They drew pictures, participated in a project, and made up a story of a time when they were nice to a friend or a friend was especially nice to them.
WHAT A FUN COSTUME DAY!!!
The children were delighted to share a special day dressed up in their awesome costumes.
Sensorial Activity: A Bowl Full of Fruit
This month we have been exploring different kinds of fruit. Offering children natural fruits is not only interesting but enriching for their sensory development and vocabulary increasing. Many fruit have excellent textures and colors for the kids to explore. We tried kiwi for it’s furry skin, banana for the color and smooth, tough skin, tangerine for the size, color and bumpy skin, tomato for the color and smooth skin, kiwano for it’s prickly skin and pear for it’s bell like shape and smooth skin to name a few. The children learned new names - kiwano, lychee, and lime. They had fun sorted fruit according to their colors and played sound games (beginning and ending sounds).
Did You Know
* Banana is not a fruit in reality, it is a herb.
* A banana ripens quickly (overnight), when you put it into a brown paper bag with an apple or tomato.
* Eating an apple is a more reliable method of staying awake than consuming a cup of coffee. The natural sugar in an apple is more potent than the caffeine in coffee.
* The juiciest, most delicious oranges in the world are grown in Florida.
CELEBRATING FATHER'S DAY IN OUR CLASSROOM
On Friday morning the children and their Dads spent some precious time together. The children enjoyed serving their Dads special breakfast. Later in the morning they were busy making special gifts for the Father's day.
Some Facts about Father's Day:
*On June 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.”
*In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last.
*today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.
*There are more than 70 million fathers in the United States.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL DADS!!!
The Letter Sound for This Week - /U/
/U/, /u/, /u/ is for Up, Under, ..., and Umbrella.
The morning rain brought in many umbrellas - that is what we needed for our sound bag activity. As we had umbrellas in different sizes we added some additional language - the comparative and superlative forms of the adjectives - big, bigger, the biggest/ small, smaller, the smallest. But most of all the kids had a lot of FUN.
June 14 - The National Flag Day
History lessons could start at a very young age. This morning we celebrated the National Flag Day with few simple, age appropriate activities - counting stars and stripes (math), describing the flag (language), and coloring.
Flag Day in the United States is celebrated annually on June 14. It commemorates June 14, 1777, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 that officially declared the Stars and Stripes as the national symbol. Legend has it that in 1776, George Washington asked Betsy Ross, a seamstress in Philadelphia, to make a flag from a sketch that he gave her. The idea of an official day to celebrate the national flag appears to have taken root in the late 1800s.
Did you Know? There is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. It is a ceremony everyone should see. Boy Scout groups know the proper ceremony and perform it on a regular basis.
We are enthusiastic about playing basketball!!! :)
Ball skills not only prepare preschool children for gym class at school and extracurricular activities, but they help to address bilateral skills, hand-eye coordination, timing, sequencing, motor planning, and attention.
We appreciate the good work of our friends!
National Best Friends Day - Always June 8
What better day to review our Montessori grace and courtesy lessons on making friends. We celebrated this unofficial holiday with lots of smiles, playing and learning together, and helping each other. We added a new song to our "repertoire" :) - "The More We Get Together". The boys enjoyed the story about a rainbow fish.
National Best Friends Day was originally promoted by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards in 1930, intended to be 2 August and a day when people celebrated their friendships by sending cards.
Having fun, looking cool in their sunglasses :)
National Chocolate Ice Cream day June 7 – 2016
This morning the kids enjoyed some activities related to the ice cream theme. At lunch each had a scoop of chocolate ice cream.
The people of United States of America, whether chocoholic or not, enjoy “unofficial” holiday on National Chocolate Ice Cream Day on June 7, each year. Exact root of Chocolate Ice Cream Day is still unknown. Well-known chocolate lover, Thomas Jefferson, introduced the frozen chocolate from Europe to the US during the 1780s. Therefore, he has to be credited for National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. It is also known as National Eat Ice Cream For Dinner Day.
If children are surrounded by beautiful and nice things from an early age, they will learn to value and care for them. With a simple activity like flowers arranging children learn more than it might appear:
- it is nice to have a vase of flowers on the table;
- it is worth taking the time to do it properly;
- the flowers must be handled gently because they are delicate;
- one needs to be careful when there is a vase of flowers on the
So much to learn by doing something so simple!!!
Yesterday we had such a wonderful morning learning about flowers!
Wishing All Moms a Wonderful Happy Mother's Day!!!
Mother's day for CCM is much more than making crafts for mom. It's an opportunity to pamper her and serve her for a chance.
This past Friday we celebrated Mother's day in our classroom. The children were very excited and proud to set up the table, prepare and serve the snacks. In the days leading to that day children were busy learning the steps required to set up the table, the proper place of plates and cups, and prepare snacks for mom. After the snack was over, moms and children took part in activities prepared for the day.
"First education of the senses, then, the education of the intellect."
It is necessary to begin the education of the senses in the formative period, if we wish to perfect this sense development with the education which is to follow. The education of the senses should be begun methodically in infancy, and should continue during the entire period of instruction which is to prepare the individual for life in society.” Maria Montessori
"Our sensorial material provides a kind of guide to observation, for it classifies the impressions that each sense can receive: the colours, notes, noises, forms and sizes, touch-sensations, odors and tastes. This undoubtedly is also a form of culture, for it leads us to pay attention both to ourselves and to our surroundings.”
African Drumming in the Classroom! :)
Learning through fun - nothing without joy!
"The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth."
Dr. Maria Montessori
Africa - Our Geography Unit in April
Outdoor time - an extension of the classroom
"There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature.” Maria Montessori
Children have a great time playing in our outdoor, natural-grass playground. Outdoor play is important for developing body strength and gross motor skills, along with developing balance and coordination.
"Children indeed love flowers, but they need to do something more than remain among them and contemplate their colored blossoms. They find their greatest pleasure in acting, in knowing, in exploring, even apart from the attraction of external beauty.”
Dr. Maria Montessori
Gardening activities are part of the CCM curriculum. The children did some planting outside this morning. Each had a turn to plant a flower in the garden bed outside. Then all had a turn to water their flowers. The children will now continue to take care of the flowers and watch them grow. It was a gorgeous morning outside.
“Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.”
Montessori Practical Life Activities
"I'll do it. I can do it by myself!"
Children are eager to learn to do the things they see us doing every day. They want to be participants in their world, not just spectators.
Practical Life hands-on experiences help children develop large and small muscle control and coordination, organization and sequencing skills, and a positive, confident self-image. These activities are the foundation for everything that follows in Montessori school. They build strong brain architecture and a positive self-image.
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Phonemic Awareness - Sound of the Week
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We also love learning the letter sounds through art and crafts.
"The first essential for the child's development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy."
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