More Winter Happenings
We have explored a lengthy unit on nutrition, including how to distinguish between healthy and un-healthy foods. Work choices on the shelf included food board books, a matching game with pictures of sweets, labeling a book unhealthy foods, and sequencing cupcakes from a to z. We discussed that even though unhealthy foods may really taste good, we should eat them sparingly. The food groups have also been discussed. The children have learned about the foods that belong in each group (such as fruits and vegetables, grains, dairy, etc.) as well as the amount of servings needed daily. Many children chose the food pyramid bingo as well as cutting out pictures of food and sorting them into pages in a food pyramid book. At lunch time, the children have been examining the foods in their lunchboxes and classifying them as healthy and unhealthy. The older friends identified the food groups they belong to. Emphasis is put on eating healthy foods (also known as growing foods) before desserts and special treats. Food is a great topic of conversation. The snack area is visited by many children each day. We try to expose the children to a variety of healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, crackers, etc. Letting your child go grocery shopping with you, helping to choose foods to pack, and then actually helping to pack their lunch often helps to make their lunch more inviting.
We began our journey to the continent of Asia in the geography area. It is the yellow continent on our world puzzle map. Asia is the largest continent in the world. More people live on that continent than any other. The children helped match the pieces of the Asia continent puzzle to a control map. We also researched a couple of the countries specifically (China, Japan, India, and South Korea) by looking up information in books. Topics such as foods eaten in each country, the currency, sports, and clothing were interesting to the children. Work choices included pin punching the continent of Asia and some of the animals found there (pandas, tigers, water buffalo, etc.), coloring a map of Asia, and making their own flags of some of the countries. They also practiced writing some of the Chinese symbols, such as friend, sun, water, etc. A few of the children shared personal stories about their families’ visits to the countries of India and China. We looked at China in great detail because Chinese New Year began on January 31st and lasted 15 days. It is the longest and most important celebration on the Chinese calendar. This year, it is the “Year of the Horse.” Those born in the year of the horse tend to be strong, intelligent, and perceptive people.
New UT Student-
We are pleased to welcome our new UT student, Sydney, to the Maple Room. She will be with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays all day. She is getting to know the children and the routines of the classroom. She is also learning how to organize and use the Montessori materials via lessons from the children. We are so excited to have her with us.
Annual Spring Fundraiser-
This year, our annual spring fundraiser , is called Montessori March Madness. It will take place on Saturday evening, March 8th, at the Fifth Third Center. It helps raise additional funds for campus improvements and the tuition assistance program. As their contribution, the Maple Room children have been working hard on a canvas with a beautiful butterfly on it. To fill the inside of the butterfly outline, each child has made fingerprints of a different color. On the outside edges, the children’s names are written in the color of their painted fingerprints. A lot of time and effort has put into this project. We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event. We also hope one of our parents will be able to take home this masterpiece at the end of the evening. The funds raised go to an amazing cause!!