Weekly Summary

Summer Camp Week 3

July 19 – 23, 2021

The pirate says, Arr!!

Pre-Casa pirates explored singing pirate song and listening to pirate stories. We learned about the deep blue sea through art and craft and the movement of the ship going this way, that way, forward, backward, up and down through action song. Children enjoyed dressing up as pirates with a pirate hat, eyepatch and a craft parrot. 

Children attentively listened to stories – Hands are not for hitting and Teeth are not for biting to understand emotions and enhance their social/emotional skills. We learned to count sea creatures with sand letter number cards. We played along the number game to identify numbers, children were fully engaged in this activity. Group learning with alphabet puzzle to encourage turn taking and friendly use of material. We finished the week with bubble water play, scooping and pouring bubbles with friends.

Casa

This week, Casa children attended two virtual PE workshops which enhanced their balancing and breathing skills as well as two art workshops drawing a sailboat and an ice-cream.  Children learned about pirate ships, treasure map and treasure chest through stories, movies and physical activities.  Children enjoyed a ‘Treasure Hunt’ game after making their own jewels to put in the treasure chest.     


Summer Camp Week 2

July 12 – 16, 2021

Pre-Casa

In under the sea theme, we learned and observed about sea animals through pictures, song and stories. Children have learned to identify and names sea creatures by making under the sea craft, shark and jellyfish.

Sensory play with colored slime to find and clean seashells. Loose parts like crystals and seashells were provided for free expression. Scuba diver set were tried on by children while we were outdoors. 

We read books about under the sea:  Rainbow fish and coral reef pictures.  The children enjoyed singing Slippery Fish and Down Under the Sea

Casa 

2nd week of summer camp, children enjoyed learning about sea creatures, sand, and seashells from Under the Sea.  They learned about the three zones of ocean and about coral reefs. Children created paper plate jellyfish, whale, sponge octopus, and the song “Waves on the Beach”.  We celebrated the ocean with a Disney Movie – Luca. 


Summer Camp Week 1

July 5 – 9, 2021

Pre-Casa

Children were given an overview of what we do and need for a camping trip. We walked as a group in the playground to learn why it is important to stay together as a group. Simple craft to make a campfire and camping scene. Dramatic play with wooden and coloured blocks to build fire and prepare a meal with friends. Camping songs and stories in a pretend tent.

Vocabulary : Tent, flashlight, camp fire, marshmallow and s’mores.

Leaf printing activity – natural things as tools for printing. 

Casa

Week 1 of summer camp the children got to be “Happy Campers”.  They learned about camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, flashlights, etc.)  As well as where to go camping and woodland wildlife.  We made a “campfire” and sang camp songs and “roasted” marshmallows and hotdogs.  The highlight of the week was trying the camping treat s’mores which the children loved.  Everyone asked for seconds!


June 21 – 25, 2021

It has been a busy week as we wrapped up a successful school year this week.  Children had a wonderful time on Thursday’s year-end fun day with an indoor movie and an afternoon of outdoor activities including bubbles and water play.  A great thanks go out to the parents who contributed their time to plan and organize the day’s event.       

We would like to wish all our graduates a great summer and a wonderful year ahead as they move on to elementary school in the Fall.  We would also like to thank all families for your support, patience, and cooperation in keeping our students and staff safe and healthy during this year with the pandemic.  The school will be closed the week of July 28 and the first week of summer camp will begin on July 5.

A new self-screening requirement will be in place for all families starting this summer.  Please complete the Ontario COVID-19 School Screening each morning prior to drop-off at the school.  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

COVID-19 school screening You can go to school/child care if you or anyone in your household got a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 48 hours and is experiencing any of these symptoms that are mild and only began after vaccination:. headache; fatigue (extreme tiredness) muscle aches; joint pain; You and everyone in your household must stay home if anyone has COVID-19 symptoms (not related to a COVID-19 vaccine, as noted …covid-19.ontario.ca
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Have a nice Canada Day.  See you soon in July and August!


June 14 – 18, 2021

Pre Casa

Cognitive : Match the picture cards, children identified daily food items and matched it independently. 

Music :  Introduced triangle to children as they played and sang abc to it. 

Circle time:  Naming and identifying fruits and vegetables with pointers. Children were encouraged to repeat the names. 

Story:  Peppa pig and George’s balloon. Children were asked question to answer with teacher’s prompts to count and name colours. Retell the story.

Happy Father’s Day to all dads, children made a special craft for you.

Casa A 

This week we have been busy making our special Father’s Day gifts.  As well we have been completing any unfinished work – tying up loose ends so that we can enjoy the last week of school! 

Casa B

This week Casa B talked about the 5 oceans in the world and Father’s Day. We are thankful for everything daddy has done for us – buying pizza, driving me to school, giving me hugs.  We want to say – Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, and with lots of hugs and kisses.

Casa C

Casa C continued doing their practical life, sensorial, culture, language and Math activities according to their level. They continued with recognizing and blending sounds, counting to 100, sequencing and writing missing numbers. They are working on graphs and shapes. They did summer crafts and did crafts for Father’s Day.


June 7 – 11, 2021

Pre Casa

Social/emotional – children were encouraged to use gentle hands with props and be gentle with their peers. Sensory integration with finger puppets reinforced children to be gentle with their hands.

Cognitive- spatial exploration as they connected tubes to make letter T and L, we also made telephone and table. Design frames to place shapes on them. Small wooden block play to make coloured patterns. 

Communication and language: Goldilocks and the Three Bears Story.

Outdoor math activity: counting 2 similar objects and understanding number 2.

Casa A 

Casa A has been learning all about teeth!  We learned about how many teeth we have; what we use our teeth for; who helps us take care of our teeth.  We identified foods that are bad for teeth, the tools and steps for proper cleaning and brushing of our teeth. 

Casa B 

This week, we talked about the elements on Earth – Land, Air, Water.  We sorted pictures of land, air, and water.  We learned about objects that sink and float in water, observed and predicted their outcomes. 

Casa C

Casa C continued learning size /shape discrimination, length, height. Casa C learned about Canadian coins and their value. Casa C continued learning about sequencing of number, missing numbers, skip counting.They did summer craft making grapes, pineapple and flamingo.


May 31 – June 3, 2021

Pre Casa

Flowers have a language of their own – children learned practical life skills by arranging them and enhanced their social/emotional skills by giving flowers to their peers. We reinforced this by learning- F is for flower and make a flower with play dough. 

Cause and effect exploration – dropping pom poms through paper rolls and extending the learning experience by making patterns and counting them on fingers.

In Science, we experimented and discussed why objects sink or float. 

Song of the week – Sing a Song of flowers, flowers all around. 

Casa A 

Circle Time:  Health and Hygiene  – 5 food groups (fruits, vegetables, protein, grains and dairy) 

                     Students sorted healthy and unhealthy food. 

Art: Life Cycle of Chicken; Salad Bowl

Math: Simple word problems using addition   

Language: Word puzzle of fruits; storytelling 

Socio-Emotional: Why should we keep our hands to ourselves? What qualities make a good friend? 

Casa B 

This week, Casa B learned about different modes of transportation, compared their speed and seating capacity.  Air transportation – airplane, helicopter, jet; Land transportation – car, van, bus; Water transportation – boat, ship, submarine.  Children created their impression of transportation with colourful paper shapes. 

Casa C

Casa C continued learning about names of common flowers and birds. Casa C children reinforced comparison and discrimination of shapes and sizes. Casa C reinforced opposites, blending sounds, missing numbers, counting in 5s and 10.


May 25-28, 2021

Pre Casa

We learned about transportation by road as children drove around cars and taxi during indoor play. To reinforce this learning, children moved cars on black strips of paper tracks. They also enhanced they fine motor skills by painting with cars. 

Social stories – Voices are not for yelling and Hands are not for hitting.

Letter of the week – C is for colors.

Craft – Make a school bus, children were provided with black squares and circles to identify and place them on the spots for shape recognition. 

Casa A 

To extend the children’s understanding of living things, we have been exploring the life cycles of several different creatures (frog, butterfly, human) and plants (flower, pumpkin).  The children got to see how these things grew and change with time and how life is a cycle which repeats.

Casa B 

This week Casa B talked about the largest animal family – insects.  We can see ants, bees, butterflies and ladybugs everywhere in summer.  We also sorted vegetable and fruit groups.  We see that some vegetables grow above ground – peas, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Some vegetables grow underground – potatoes, onions, and radishes.  On National Paper Airplane Day, we folded origami airplanes. 

Casa C

Casa C is learning names of different flowers. They learned about parts of birds.  Casa C children learned to count different objects to know about Census. They learned to make paper airplanes on International Paper Airplane Day. They learned how to love God and make Him happy in “Godly play”.


May 17 – 21, 2021

Pre-Casa

Color week – 

We learned about colours through exploring and observing the objects setup in the playground every day. Art and crafts to reinforce learning about the colours. 

Children have been introduced to color song, they have been encouraged to spell the colours as they sing along with their peers. 

Letter B and O have been introduced through art and craft. Children thoroughly enjoyed buying and drinking lemonade from the ASMS store, encourages social interaction and cooperative play.

Montessori activity -enhancing practical life skills with geoboard and rubber bands and various puzzles.

Casa A 

The children created their own pop art by using lines, colour and shapes in specific ways.  We explored how colours can be used to express certain feelings and moods, how to use black and white to create shades of colour and did a science experiment with colour mixing.  They all enjoyed seeing how much of the daily colour their friends were wearing. 

Casa B

For colour week, children dressed in a different colour each day.  We learned about complementary colours, lines and patterns, warm and cool colours in art.  We also painted an impression of the blue ocean, inspired by French artist Claude Monet. 

Casa C

Casa C celebrated colour week by doing activities, crafts and colouring according to primary / secondary colours and learned how to write them. They learned about best colour contrast, warm/cool colours and different colouring techniques. Casa C carried on with Montessori activities, mental math and gross motor skills while playing outdoors.


May 10 – 14, 2021

Pre-Casa

Circle Time: We focused on identifying our emotions using happy, sad, scared and angry face. We followed up the discussion with the song- “If you’re happy and you know it.” We inculcated the emotions through out to indicate how’s Ms. Simran and Ms. Bonny feeling.

Physical: We had a fun activities session with props to enhance our gross motor skills and we enjoyed outdoor play this week. 

Art: As Spring is here, we decided to talk about trees, butterflies and lady bugs. We enjoyed singing “butterfly”song. We used different techniques including painting, ripping paper into bits and gluing.

Language: We continued to learn our magic words- please, sorry and thank you. 

Self Help Skills- We tried to get dress, remove and put on our shoes and tidying up after each task. 

Casa A 

Casa A learned all about Birds.  What is a bird? How can birds fly and what do they eat?  What is the largest bird and smallest bird? How can parrots “talk”? The most interesting for us was watching how birds construct their nest. 

Casa B

This week, we talked about the flowers in our backyard – Cherry blossom, lavender, dandelion, tulip, lily – we learn about the flower parts as well. 

Casa C

This week Casa C learned about primary colours and how to mix them to make secondary colours. Continuing with Spring and nature theme, Casa C learned about different shapes of leaves, revised names of bugs, life cycles of frog, turtle, bee, animals and their babies. Casa C did worksheets to count and spot different objects, recognizing sounds and blending 3 letter words in addition to doing addition, place value, time and skip counting according to their individual level.


May 3 – 7, 2021

Pre-Casa

Children enjoyed exploring nature during outdoor recess.  They were encouraged to touch and feel different types of leaves which enhance their sensorial development.  Our children enjoyed having circle time in the playground and playing on the slide and riding bikes.  Children were encouraged to trace their hands or scribble on mural paper to reinforce their fine motor skills.  Our little artists admired their artworks, and they proudly “present” their masterpiece to their friends and teachers.  Bravo, Pre-Casa!

Casa A 

This week, Casa A has continued the animal classification theme; Birds and Arachnids.  We also learned how warm blooded animals can regulate their body temperature and cold blooded animals’ body temperature changes with the environment.  So interesting to see the cold-blooded lizards falling out of the trees because they are frozen.  

Casa B

This week, we learned numbers and alphabets during morning Montessori time.  We talked about “Mother’s Day” and what we need to be thankful for; we made cards, bouquets for mothers and grandmothers.  Our class also celebrated 2 birthdays this week.  

Casa C

Children continue to learn the names of bugs and insects this week.  We are matching animal babies with their adult forms.  


April 26 – 30, 2021

Pre Casa

Language: We discussed about rainy season and how should we dress up appropriately according to the weather. We held an actual umbrella and enjoyed singing “Rain Rain go away” 

Art: We did some amazing spring crafts, made flowers, umbrella, etc. 

Fine motor: cutting, pasting. 

Gross motor: We enjoyed riding scooters outdoor in playground. 

Casa A

This week, children started learning animal classification – mammals, reptiles and insects. We sorted and classified a variety of animal realia based on their characteristics. Did you know that mammals have fur or hair and are warm blooded?  Reptiles have scales and are cold blooded.    Insects have 3 body segments, 6 legs and lay eggs.  Next week, children will be learning about birds, fish and amphibians. 

Casa B

This week, Casa B talked about Ontario Backyard Birds – robin, woodpecker, warbler, cardinal and blue jay.  We made handprint robins and Blue Jays out of felt and feather.  We continued with learning the life cycle of animals.  This week, we learned about a bird’s life cycle – Robin.  

Casa C

We continued with Earth Day theme by learning to sort garbage into recycling, waste and compost.  We continued to identify different bugs and learned their names.  Casa C learned about evergreen and deciduous trees and matching trees with their fruits.  Individual children are progressing with their language, math and other Montessori skills.  


April 19 – 23, 2021

Pre Casa

Children have been introduced to say please, thank you, excuse me, may I and sorry. Craft – garden of good manners with these magic words as flowers. During circle time we discussed about making healthy eating habits with picture charts. abc pictorial charts review to identify and label objects. Children took a closer look at the sprouted bean seeds with a magnifying glass. We reinforced the learning by watching time lapse video of a bean seed and blooming flowers. Earth day was observed on April 21 children enjoyed watching video about recycling as a group. 

Casa A 

Celebrating Earth Day! – Children learned to love and respect our special planet – Earth; learned about ways in which we could conserve some of earth’s resources (electricity, water) as well as the 3 R’s ( reduce, reuse, recycle).   

Casa B

This week, Casa B learned ways to protect the Earth such as recycling garbage, planting trees and riding bicycle instead of driving a car as part of our theme for Earth week.  We studied the life cycle of a frog, reviewed numbers 1 to 50, and built words.  

Casa C

This week, Casa C celebrated Earth Day with activities on how to save the Earth and the environment.  We planted seeds, learned how a seed grows into a plant and 3 things (sunlight, water and air) they need in order to grow. We also learned about different bugs and insects we can see in Spring.   


April 12 – 16, 2021

Pre Casa

This week we explored seeds of different fruits (mango, apple, lemon). We did bean seed germination experiment. Pre Casa students went for a walk in the neighbors observed goose and giant fire trucks. We further our learning by understanding and discussing life cycle of a goose by a cut and paste sequence activity and making a “G” is for goose craft. 

Casa A

This week we were learning about Spring.  Spring is about planting.  We talked about parts of a plant and needs of a plant.  Casa A planted beans and will be making observations next week.  

Casa B

This week we continue to talk about animal life cycle, especially the life cycle of butterfly. We made a book of Butterfly life cycle. Casa B students planted flower seeds and observe the seeds grow up.

Casa C

Casa C students did experiment of germination and are observing daily, how a seed grows into a plant.  We are also learning about different types of insects and their body parts, and life cycle of honey bee.

This week was virtual visit week for the Casa classes.  The students enjoyed a gym class, art classes, and a virtual visit with the Markham Fire Department.   Our students are getting more familiar with virtual activities and they had so much fun. 


April 6 – 9, 2021

Pre-Casa

This week we learned about the life cycle of a butterfly. We reinforced our learning through art and craft. The children painted with filled water bottles (sensory integration) to create spring scene with butterfly props. Teacher created caterpillars to manipulate, play and enact movements. We also observed different kinds of bugs and insects during outdoor play time.
The children constructed their knowledge by observing diverse materials found in the classroom through magnifying square blocks. They extended their learning by going in front and behind the lenses to observe. This activity promotes social interaction, engagement and builds communications skills as children explored and described what they observed. 

Casa A

We learnt about spring season, how plants grow? What do they eat, parts of plants (stem, roots, leaves, fruits and flowers.) We also observed bugs and insects outside on the playground. Where were these bugs and insects all winters? Why shouldn’t we bother the insects?

We used our creative skills to make ladybugs, butterflies and parts of plants using paper cutting, pasting and painting. We practiced a lot on beginning sounds, long vowels and short vowels, short comprehensions. Besides language, we work on counting and time concept. Pretend play activity “Welcome to Casa A’s Salon”, yoga and dancing were also the highlights of this week.

Casa B

This week Casa B continue to talk about the life cycle of ladybug. We create a book and a circle of ladybug life cycle.

Casa C

Casa C learned about what plants need to grow, how a plant grows from a seed, parts of a plant and tree, what happens to leaves in different seasons, how bees collect nectar and make honey. We also made colorful spring crafts to celebrate this season.


March 29 – April 1, 2021
Pre-Casa

For the last two weeks, we have been focusing on enhancing practical life skills and helping in the classroom – Making beds, setting up and tidying up after lunch, dressing independently with decreasing assistance. We observed a flower blooming video, and did a craft to show what we learned about spring.

Casa A

Last week, we learned about our bodies and organs – the brain, heart and lungs.

This week, we celebrated the arrival of a new season – Spring. We can feel it in the air but can we see it? What are the first signs of Spring?

Casa B

We talked about Spring – weather, plants and animals. We painted a tree using cotton swabs. We learned about the life cycle of plants through reading a booklet. We made a book of Spring words. With Easter, we made numerous Easter crafts – Bunny Mask, Easter basket, a hatching egg.

Casa C

Aside from preparing Easter crafts, we learned about 3 letter rhyming words, to tell time to the hour and the life cycle of a frog.