Dear Parents,

The month of July has whizzed past and our three teachers,
Miss Becky, Miss Tina, and Miss Clarke have now all worked and spent time with the children. Our teachers work together as a team in all programs as follows:

Miss Becky : Preschool program

Miss Tina: Preschool and Full day program

Miss Clarke : Program Coordinator and Pre K teacher

Farewell
We are very sad to bid farewell to Shirley. We will miss you and your family and wish you all the best in the future. Thank you so much for choosing Granville House Montessori.

Happy Birthday 🎉
Birthday greetings to Kayleigh on her fourth birthday. We celebrated with cool watermelon 🍉 slices in keeping with our healthy eating policy.

Volunteers
GHM welcomes and hosts volunteers throughout the year.  We were pleased to have Miss Kelly join us again this summer to spend some time with the children. We must thank her for her continued interest and assistance with our program.

Field trip to Science 🌎 world in keeping with the STEM curriculum. Thank you to those in attendance. The wonder of Science 🔬 continues to amaze and educate us.

What is STEM?
According to Dr. Sherri Killins, Dr. Sherri Killins, Commissioner, Department of Early Education and Care VP, Education and Family Learning, Boston Children’s Museum,

“What STEM does is give a label to what you are already doing… helping children to explore, observe, ask questions, predict, integrate their learning…  its what we’ve always done in early childhood education.”
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

In preparation for our field trip, we prepped our students with the following STEM activities: Dinosaurs Sink and float.  Triceratops veggies Cooking. Capturing photos of dinosaurs with the iPad. Dinosaur environment cup. Dinosaur montage. Dinosaur construction. Dinosaur fractions, counting, and matching.

Literature ( featured books) and Language

Dinosnores
Tyrannosaurus king of the Dinosaurs
Three horned Triceratops
Dinosaurs on my street
Find A Saurus
How do dinosaurs eat their food
Spiky Stegasuarus
Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs

Dinosaur Action Verbs were explored such as roar, stomp, sleep, have babies, protect babies and eat.

K-W-L Charts at work
Rationale 

K-W-L charts are graphic organizers that help students organize information before, during, and after a unit or a lesson. They can be used to engage students in a new topic, activate prior knowledge, share unit objectives, and monitor students’ learning.

Movement
Triceratops Yoga pose
Dino sand digging
Hoop activity
Dinosaur songs and Dancing individually and with a partner
Dinosaur bones connection movement game