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Friday, February 5th ~ Guest Reader

Hello everyone,

We have another Guest Reader today.  Would you like to another guest from the following clues?

  • Until last school year, she worked in the Montessori.
  • This year, she works in the main building.
  • We all see her once a week in the library where she helps us check in and out books.
  • Some of us see her twice a week more in the 4 year old movement class.

Did you guess who she is?   Watch and listen to her story and find out!!

Amazon | Frankie Works the Night Shift | Peters, Lisa Westberg, Taylor, Jennifer | Cats

Click here.

 

Thank you Ms. Hoshi for being our Guest Reader.  Ms. Hoshi is our Assistant Librarian and our Movement teacher for the 4 year old group.  We hope you guessed right and enjoyed the story.

Monday, February 1st ~ Ms. Barbara’s Storytime

 

Hi everyone, today my story is Little Quack’s New Friend – hope you enjoy it.

Ms Barbara

 

Amazon | Little Quack's New Friend (Classic Board Books) | Thompson, Lauren, Anderson, Derek | New Experiences

 Click here to watch and listen to the story.

 

 

Friday, January 29th ~ Guest Reader

We have a Guest Reader today!!  Before you take a look, can you guess who it is?  Here are some clues…

  • We see her once a week on a Thursday.
  • She is in the main building.
  • She loves books and is surrounded by them.
  • She is our school librarian.

Did you guess who it is?  Now listen to the story and find out!!

Amazon | Elmer and the Lost Treasure (Elmer Picture Books) | McKee, David | Friendship    Click here to watch .

 

 

Did you enjoy it?

Thank you Ms. Schumacher for reading to us!!

Monday, January 25th ~ Ms. Sallie’s Storytime

Hello everyone,

I’m going to be reading you a story about a baby bear visiting the moon.  I hope you enjoy it.  It’s called “Whatever Next” by Jill Murphy.

Whatever Next! (JY) : コスモピア・オンラインショップ

Click here to watch.

 

If you were going to the moon, what would you make your rocket out of? What would you wear and what would you take?  It’s fun to use our imagination, isn’t it?

I hope you enjoyed the story!!

 

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Schedule of Online Activities – January 25th~February 5th

Here is the schedule for our online learning for school closure during the next two weeks – January 25 to February 5th.  Please email your child’s teachers if you need the password or link addresses for any online classes or refer to the email sent on Friday, January 22nd.  Kindly do not share this blog address or password with anyone else for safety purposes.

On this blog, your child’s teachers will read a story per day and post it.  On Wednesdays, Mrs. Forbes-Dias will be posting a Principal’s Challenge, which we would like your child to do any time on Wednesdays, perhaps in the afternoons.  Kindly send photos or video clips of your child doing the activities which will be posted to your child’s teachers.

We hope you like the stories your teachers have chosen for you!

 

DAILY/WEEKLY SCHEDULE FOR ALL CLASSES:

Day of Week

Time

What’s Happening?

Link

Daily

(Mon. ~ Fri.)

Published at 10:00 Montessori Story Blog

(Listen to a story a day from different teachers and the Principal’s Challenge on Wednesdays)

   Blog address: https://blogs.saintmaur.ac.jp/mo

   Password: Ask your child’s teacher

                (password protected-do not share)

Mondays 8:30 – 9:00

 

Circle Time by Class 

(Story, Songs, etc.)

   Class Link 

(Refer to the email or ask your child’s teacher.)

10:30 – 11:00 Numeracy Day by Age

(teacher will advise)

   3-4 year olds – use Ms. Sallie’s Class Link

   4-5 year olds (LA 1) – use Ms. Mimi’s Class Link

   5-6 year olds (LA2) – use Ms. Catherine’s Class Link

2:00 – 3:00 Language Arts 

– in various groups

(4-6 year olds)

   Language Arts Link

  (Refer to the email or ask your child’s teacher.)

Tuesdays 8:30 – 9:00

 

Circle Time by Class 

(Story, Songs, etc.)

   Class Link
10:30 – 11:15 Theme Time by Class     Class Link
2:00 – 3:00 Language Arts 

– in various groups

(4-6 year olds)

   Language Arts Link

   

Wednesdays 8:30 – 9:00

  

Circle Time by Class 

(Story, Songs, etc.)

   Class Link 
10:30 – 11:15 Online P.E./Movement Class 

For ALL Children

   P.E./Movement Class Link

(Refer to the email or ask your child’s teacher.)

Updated change:

Principal’s Challenge Afternoon 

   Check the Principal’s Challenge on the blog mentioned      above.       

Mrs. Forbes-Dias will post an activity in the morning and we would like your child to use the afternoon to challenge him/herself with the activity. Please take a photo or video and send it in to your child(s teacher.   

Thursdays 8:30 – 9:00

  

Circle Time by Class 

(Story, Songs, etc.)

   Class Link 
10:30 – 11:15 Theme Time by Class    Class Link
2:00-3:00 Language Arts 

– in various groups

(4-6 year olds)

   Language Arts Link

 

Fridays  8:30 – 9:00

 

Circle Time by Class 

(Story, Songs, etc.)

   Class Link 
10:30 – 11:15 Arts & Craft Time by Class    Class Link
2:00-3:00 Language Arts 

– in various groups

(4-6 year olds)

   Language Arts Link

 

Christmas Crafts and Dance – Ms. Sallie

Hello Children,

Here are some fun activities you can do today that’s related to Christmas!

 

Let’s start with a song/dance:

 

 

 

Here are two craft activities:

29 Best Christmas Crafts For Kids to Make - Ideas for Christmas Decorations for Kids       PAPER PLATE CHRISTMAS TREE

You will need:

  • A paper plate per tree
  • Materials to decorate your tree with – stickers, cut up paper (origami, colored paper, etc.) of any shape, pom poms, beads, anything you have!!
  • Some brown paper for a base, if you want to hang the tree or a toilet paper roll to make it stand!
  • Scissors, Glue and Green paint or crayons.

What to do:

  1. Take your paper plate and ask your mom or dad to draw lines for you to cut it into a smaller triangle, a medium size triangle and a slightly larger triangle.
  2. Something like this: 
  3. Color or paint your triangles green. If you use paint, don’t forget to let it dry before going on.
  4. Paste the three triangles together to make a tree.
  5. Paste the brown base on the tree.
  6. Add any decorations you have to make the tree beautiful!!

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HAND PRINT CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT / CARDS:

   

You can make one, two or all of these!!  Have fun!

You will need:

Santa Claus:

  • White cardstock or construction paper
  • Red crayon, colored pencils or paint for the hat
  • Skin color crayon, colored pencils or paint for the face
  • Cotton balls
  • A small red pom pom
  • Googly eyes
  • A medium-sized white pom pom

Elf:

  • White or Skin color (peach) cardstock or construction paper
  • Green crayon, colored pencils or paint for the hat
  • Skin color crayon, colored pencils or paint for the face if you are using white paper
  • Red crayon for cheeks
  • Cotton balls
  • A Small red pom pom
  • Googly eyes
  • A Medium-sized white pom pom

Reindeer:

  • Light brown or white cardstock or construction paper
  • Light brown crayon, colored pencil or paint, if your cardboard is white.
  • Brown crayon, colored pencil or paint, if you wish to color the antlers brown
  • A larger red pom pom (for the nose)
  • Googly eyes
  • If you want lights, you will need white paper, draw and color them.
  • Magic marker

***Googly eyes and pom poms are optional. If you don’t have them, just draw them or use paper to make them!!

Card: To make the card, fold any color cardstock or construction paper into a size bigger than your hands or which one or ones you want to put on the front. Write a message inside, such as “Merry Christmas!”                  Don’t forget to sign (write) your name!!

What to do:

Look at the picture at the top to see your end product!!

Santa:

  1. Have someone trace your hand and cut it along the lines.  Be careful of the curves!
  2. Place the hand with the wrist up on the table in front of you.
  3. Color/paint the center with the color of the face.  If you’re using paint, remember it needs to dry first.
  4. Color/paint the top part and the thumb with red for the hat.
  5. Glue on small googly eyes.
  6. Take the cotton ball, make a  mustache and glue down and use the rest for the bottom of his hat
  7. Glue the red pom pom for Santa’s nose and the white one for the tip of his hat.

.         

Elf:

  1. Have someone trace your hand and cut it along the lines.  Be careful of the curves!
  2. Place the hand with the fingers up on the table in front of you.
  3. Color/paint the three middle fingers in green.  If you’re using paint, remember it needs to dry first.
  4. If you’re using white paper, color/paint the bottom part of your hand (palm) and the thumb and pinky (poiny elf ears) with skin color.
  5. Spread the cotton ball and glue down to the bottom of the hat (green fingers) to make the brim of the elf’s hat.
  6. Add the googly eyes, pom pom nose, draw the mouth and add two small circles for the cheeks. Finally, glue the white pom poms for his hat and you’re finished!!  (If you don’t have pom poms, don’t worry, just crumple up some tissue paper which will make it look just like pom poms for the hat.)

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Reindeer:

  1. Have someone trace your hand and cut it along the lines.  Be careful of the curves!
  2. Place the hand with the fingers up on the table in front of you.
  3. Color/paint either the whole hand light brown, if you are using white paper.  If you would like to color all of the fingers a darker brown, you may. They will be the antlers. If you’re using paint, remember it needs to dry first.
  4. Glue the googly eyes for the eyes and the red pom pom for the nose.  If you don’t have them, you could draw them.
  5. Take the white paper and draw some Christmas lights and color them (or cut them out from colored paper).
  6. Glue them on to your antlers and draw lines with your magic marker as if the cord is tangled!

           

You can put a string on the hands and hang them up like ornaments or make cards.

 

Happy Making!!  Please post any work that you’ve done!  We’d love to see them. 

 

Mary Maxim - Santa Sleigh and Reindeer Plastic Canvas Kit

 

 

 

 

It’s the Last P.E. / Movement Day! (6/5)

Today is the last day for our P.E./Movement Blog.  We hope you had a good time with us singing, dancing, moving and exercising.  The blog will stay open for the summer, so please look back and keep exercising!!

 

3 Year Olds (in Ms. Barbara and Mrs. Almoula’s group)

It’s almost summer!!  Let’s go swimming and be goldfish!!

 

And here is a Freeze Dance.

 

 

4 Year Olds (in Miss Yuri and Ms. Hoshi’s group)

Congratulations on completing your 30 days challenge!


I hope you enjoyed exercising and drinking water to stay healthy!


As we have been emphasizing the importance of exercising, I would like you to continue moving your body and having fun at the same time! For our last blog entry, I made a video of 7mins exercise you could do over the summer by yourself, with your family or with your friends!


Make sure you watch the video till the very end 🙂

 

Exercise with Miss Yuri!!       Click here to exercise!!

 

I hope you enjoy it

 

 

5 Year Olds ~ Pre-First Graders (in Mr. Dale and Mr. Myk’s group)

Hello Everyone!

 

Today will be the last day of Flashy Feet Fridays in our Montessori Blog. I hope you enjoyed all of our Flashy Feet practice and that it made your legs fast and strong. I will be linking all of our videos here so that you can watch and do them as many times as you want. For today, we will follow the same format as last week where I also write how many times you do each move. Have fun with today’s practice!

 

15 star jumps

15 seconds high knees in place

10 skater jumps

5 moon jumps

5 Frog jumps

 

-quick break-

 

3 times High knees (over obstacles)

3 times Sideways high knees (over obstacles)

3 times Sideways jump (over obstacles)

2 times Hop (over obstacles) left and right foot

1 time sideways hop (over obstacles) left and right foot

 

-water break-

 

take a quick break after each jump

3 Tuck jumps 

3 Pike jumps

3 Straddle jumps

 

The list might look long but I’m sure you’re all ready for it as your legs have grown fast and strong. If you think you need to rest some more or in between the exercises, it is totally fine to do so. Just remember to always do your best in the movements so that your feet learn to do the right things. 

 

Don’t forget to drink water!

 

 

Thanks for exercising today!!  The days are getting warmer.  Remember to have a drink of water in-between and after your exercises to stay safe and healthy.  Also, wash your hands, eat healthy and exercise every day!

 

Have a wonderful summer and keep exercising!!

Guest Reader Day ~ Wednesday, June 3rd

Today is our last Guest Reader Day.  We would like to thank our 4 guest readers for giving the children an opportunity to listen to more stories.  They also experience different types of books, different styles of reading and different voices.  These are all important for a child to develop a love of books, thus a love of reading and learning.

 

As this is our last Guest Reader Day, two teachers wanted to share their stories with you!  They are Miss Yuri and Mr. Dale.  Please enjoy their stories!!

 

Here is Miss Yuri’s Story!

Amazon | There Is a Bird on Your Head! (Elephant and Piggie ...                   Click here to view

 

Here are some activities to enjoy:

 

Elephant and Piggy Activities – click here to open.

 

Here is Mr. Dale’s Story!

 

Amazon | Badger's Parting Gifts | Varley, Susan, Varley, Susan ...               Click here to view.

 

Here is a fun activity for you to do:

 

Making Paper Chains with Mr. Dale

 

        

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed stories by our guest readers–Mr. Dale, Miss Yuri, Mr. Myk and Ms. Schumacher.

Thank you for joining our Blog during the school closure!!

 

My Thank Less task | JASMINE TEA & JIAOZI

It’s P.E. / Movement Day! (6/2)

Here are our P.E. / Movement activities for today.  It’s sad that we don’t have our live class anymore, but you can still exercise with the activities below.  Are you ready?

 

3 Year Olds (in Ms. Barbara and Mrs. Almoula’s group)

Here is an old-time favorite.  Mommies and daddies can join you too!!

 

 

4 Year Olds (in Miss Yuri and Ms. Hoshi’s group)

This is the last week for our blog entries and just a few more days till you end your 30 days challenge! 

For those who have been trying to jog with me last week, the link to the video is now accessible to anyone with the URL so you should be able to see it without any problems! 

If you feel like jogging, you could just go to the park from here–

Explore and jog with Ms.Yuri

 

For today, I will introduce you to “Circus Yoga” which you could do after your daily exercise challenges!
You could check this poster to see how to do some circus themed yoga!

Circus Yoga

Enjoy and see you on Friday! 🙂

 

 

5 Year Olds ~ Pre-First Graders (in Mr. Dale and Mr. Myk’s group)

Hi Everyone!

 

One day, Mr Dale, Ms Yuri, and I went to the Lower Rec Hall to exercise and have a bit of fun. We were very very surprised with what we saw there!

 

What’s going on in the Lower Rec Hall?!

 

There were animals roaming around! We went about playing and exercising and the animals just stayed there with us. If you click on each of the items and animals in the Lower Rec Hall, you will be taken to different activities and songs that you can play along or dance or move to! 

 

It’s getting really warm now so do not forget to drink water when you do these activities. We even have our water bottles there to take a sip in between exercises. I know that these movements can really be a challenge but I’m sure you can all do them with lots and lots of energy!

 

Always be safe when doing these movements and dances, okay? I hope that you enjoy these videos and have fun moving!

 

 

 

Thanks for exercising today!!  The days are getting warmer.  Remember to have a drink of water in-between and after your exercises to stay safe and healthy.  Also, wash your hands, eat healthy and exercise every day!   See you on Friday for our last blog post P.E./Movement Class!!

Tuesday, June 2nd ~ Ms. Sallie’s Storytime

Hello everyone,

 

My story today is called “Inch by Inch”.  It’s another story written by Leo Lionni.  I chose this story for many reasons.  First, it’s about measuring.  Second, it’s about birds.  Third and lastly, in the new version of our alphabet song, “A, a apple”, the letter “i” is now “i”, “i” inchworm!!

I hope you enjoy my story….

Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni: 9781524766146 | PenguinRandomHouse.com ...              Inch by Inch — Click here to watch

 

Here are some questions you may want to think about and find out:

  • Is an inchworm a worm or a caterpillar?
  • How big is an inchworm?  How long do you think an inch is?  (Ask you moms or dads to show you,)
  • There are many birds in the world.  Can you name some that are not in this story?  Which one do you think has the longest neck? beak? legs? tail? wings?  This is something you can investigate over the summer!!
  • What was the idea behind the inchworm measuring the nightingale’s song?

 

Here are some real pictures of the inchworm and the birds you saw in the story:

Identify and Control Inchworms      Inchworm  —  See it moving like it’s measuring?

American robin - Wikipedia     Robin                  Animal/Flamingo (1080x1920) Wallpaper ID: 122379 - Mobile Abyss     Flamingo

EARTH OFFICIAL on Instagram: “Keel-billed Toucan, also known as ...      Toucan                  Grey Heron (Ardea Cinerea)     Heron

 

Ring-necked Pheasant Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab ...     Pheasant              What determines the colour of hummingbirds' feathers? | SciTech Europa     Hummingbird

Nightingales at risk due to shorter wings caused by climate crisis ...     Nightingale

 

Here are some birds singing their songs.  Who has the longest song?

 

If you want to learn more about birds, here is a nice video for you.

 

Craft Activity — You can make your own inch worm.  All you need is a strip of paper, scissors, something to write with (and decorate later if you’d like) and a straw.

Watch how you make it:

 

How can you have fun measuring things?  You can watch first and then try on your own.