Fifteen of our Montessori children from the ages of 3-10 are participating in soccer practice every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Mr. Hormazabal, Mr. Hugo, and Mr. Ocampo are coaching the children after school from 3:00-4:15 P.M.
After only six weeks, the children are now familiar with the concepts of the game, how to pass the ball to each other, and how to aim their passes. Each practice begins with a 10-minute warm up routine. The younger children just practice, while the older children play actual games with three children playing against three other children with a referee.
Every Tuesday, the Primary and Elementary children have Art Class with Ms. Candy. All month, they have been exploring with their five senses through Art. Most are long-term projects. Ms. Candy introduced this unit by teaching about the primary colors. The children got to create secondary colors by mixing red, blue, and yellow. They got to do a finger painting, too,—using just their fingertips. The children did a whole-punch art project, creating their own designs. The children learned about the natural pigment of colors by painting with spices. Ms. Candy is doing a fine job with the children. They enjoy their time with her each week.
The children are preparing for the Spring Play on Monday, May 12th. Ms. Kelly, the Directress of Carousel Productions, has been coaching the Primary and Elementary children all year long. The Holiday’s Around the World play in December was spectacular. There was a great turnout for this event.
For this performance, the primary children are practicing their parts for ”Farmer in the Dell”, “Old McDonald”, “Five Little Ducks”, and “Flowers”. The elementary children will be reading poems and singing songs while being accompanied by Mr. Hormazabal on the guitar.
Ms. Candy does Physical Education with the Primary and Elementary children three days a week. The Primary children are learning how to throw and catch in a variety of games and activities. This is helping them to develop their fine motor skills. The children are having a great time kicking, hitting, skipping, jumping, and hopping. The Lower Elementary children have been playing basketball, 4-Square, and other classic playground games. The Upper Elementary children have been playing basketball, doing relay races, and completing agility courses. There are a variety of games and activities that they participate in, as well. Both elementary groups do warm-up and cool-down exercises with Ms. Candy. This helps them to maintain a healthy physical lifestyle.
Since February, the Educare environment has taken on a new look.
Ms. Candy was hired as our Educare Directress. We removed all damages, out-dated books, incomplete materials, file cabinets, and classroom shelves from the room. Educare has been painted, curtains have been sewn, new rugs have been brought in, and the shelves have been set up with age-appropriate games and activities for the children.
The children attending Educare have been preparing for Spring.On average 15-20 children attend Educare daily.They have been learning about nutrition and consuming healthy snacks. They have made smoothies, had strawberry shortcake, and plenty of fresh fruit. Every afternoon, Ms. Candy takes the children out onto the playground for 1 hour. They have been enjoying the incredible Spring time weather. There are always prepared activities for the children to do while inside that are theme-related. This month, Ms. Candy is focusing on Spring.The children have been making Spring Boxes to be displayed on their interactive bulletin board. Coloring sheets are also available. The children enjoy listening to Ms. Candy read aloud to them, as well. We are very happy to see the incredible changes in Educare since Februry.
Camp Montessori will offer exploration of every sort!
We will have sports, games, crafts, team building activities, archery, pony rides, and afternoon water fun. At the end of each week, is Family Friday from 2:00-4:00 P.M. This is when families are invited to come and experience our camp spirit and sing camp songs with the children.
We will have an Open House on May 19th at 6:00 P.M. The families will learn about the program and meet the camp directress, Ms. Candy. A fun activity will be planned for all to enjoy and refreshments will be provided. Children from other schools may attend the camp. We are accepting applications of children who are between the ages of 2-12 years old.