Autumn is here

Autumn has arrived, and the children are excited to see the leaves changing colors. They have been bringing leaves to school, and realised that there are so many different leaf shapes. Some children were introduced to the Leaf Cabinet, a child’s introduction to the world of botany, and a great exercise in visual discriminations regarding forms. They learned also how different shapes have different names.  Some children poked out the outline of leaves using a push pin and made a Leaf Book and a mobile.

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Making a Book on the “Parts of a Spider.”

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For Halloween, each child made a basket of treats and a bat mask.

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Our class went to watch and cheer on the older children at the Elementary School Sports Day on the field of Futaba Gakuen, our Japanese sister school. We share the same school badge.

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On October 28th, Friday, the two and three year olds enjoyed a special Teddy Bear Tea Party with Ms. Catherine and Mrs. Almoula.  The children brought their teddy bears and other stuffed animals to school to enjoy a special snack together on the Montessori School rooftop.  Ms. Catherine and Mrs. Almoula wanted to share the following photos of the day.

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That same day the other children went to Seaside Farm in Yokohama to pick mikans (tangerines) off the trees. The group was large enough that the School bus needed to make two round-trips. The first group was comprised of the younger 4 to 6 year olds, followed by the group of older children. Sarah’s mom volunteered to be a chaperone from our class, along with Helena’s mom from Ms. Sallie’s class, and Ryo’s mom from Ms. Catherine’s class. Thank you all!

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We picked a lot of mikans, tasted some, and later gathered more to take home.  The mikans were sweet and juicy, leaving our hands smelling like the fruit.

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Ryo’s mom kindly shared the following photos.

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It was fun to pick the fruit and taste it under the trees, and be out with friends among Nature.

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