Diary of a First Year Montessori Kindergarten Teacher - Week 24

multicolored learning toys
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Good afternoon Montessori Kindergarten Families,
February brings new opportunities to learn more about the world around us.  This month's main themes are the Solar System and Black History Month.  We are exploring these topics with our art and writing components and well as our language and sorting work.  We continue to discover the main components of a good sentence: capitalization, spacing between words and punctuation at the end of the sentence.  We expand these ideas in our writing by asking ourselves: does the sentence make sense and does the illustration I create contribute to the words I have written.  We have the pledge of Allegiance about 90% memorized and we started learning the National Anthem.  We learned about Ruby Bridges and we talked about Mercury and Venus.  We rounded out the week with a quick review of compound words and (action) verbs.
-American Landmarks review: Empire State Building, Grand Canyon, Betsy Ross, Mount Rushmore, Statue of Liberty
-Write your numbers: how high can you go? 20? 40? 60?
-introduce blends through rhyming words
-what is a paragraph
-read/spell/draw activity
-missing addends
Length and measurement - longer/shorter
-National Anthem
-Create the cover of your book: You are a Writer!
-5 rules of writing
-black history month
-Lesson: map a section of a room
-Introduce Barak Obama, Nelson Mandela, Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman
-Forces of motion: push/pull/both
-verbs review
-Introduction to the Solar System - learn song "We are the planets" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbei3VZjZ48
-sewing lesson
-bald eagle line drawing and graphing - write informational text
-Ruby Bridges art project
-Complete the Sentence worksheet using sight words; does the sentence make sense?
-missing addend review
-what comes before/after
-informational text writing - come up with your own topic
Did I forget to send the video link last week on The White House? Here it is! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnBcUJ7duDY
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Norgren