Summer Camp at HBMH: USA

Summer Camp at HBMH is always an exciting time of the year. Over the past few weeks, our friends have been enjoying various lessons and art activities focusing on the United States of America. We learned about American history, the USA flag and Pledge of Allegiance, various significant landmarks, the different states and their capitals, studied flags, painted pictures, and so much more. It was fun-filled summer camp, packed-full of exciting activities!

DSC_0706Friends gather around the American and World Peace Flag to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
DSC_0714DSC_0709DSC_0701DSC_0702DSC_0723DSC_0725We colored pictures of significant landmarks in America.DSC_0736DSC_0728We made special hats, adorned with stars and stripes.DSC_0687DSC_0682DSC_0697Some of our older friends drew state flags from memory, using only a study book as a guide. The focus on detail is so amazing!DSC_0693DSC_0698A pin-pricking of the United States of America. A lot of concentration and focus went into making sure each line was carefully poked out.DSC_0731One of our kindergartners got creative and used the moveable alphabet to spell some of her favorite American landmarks.

Our next summer camp theme, “dinosaurs”, is set to be just as exciting as our recent camp. Stay tuned for more pictures and stories to come!

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Primary Art Gallery

Our Annual HBMH Art Gallery is in full swing! Our friends have been preparing for this event for quite some time now. We encourage our families to take the time to look at each piece, allow your child to point out their art works.

This event is hosted annually as part of “National Youth Art Education Month.”

“Creativity is basically an attitude, one that comes easily to young, but must be sustained and strengthened lest it be sacrificed in our too logical world”. (Marzollo and Lloyd, 1972)

In our student community, we encourage creativity through the use of the child’s imagination. Creativity leads to self-exploration and discovery. Art is one way that children can creatively express their emotions, or tell a story. Art comes in several different forms. It can be through painting the “parts of a flower” after tracing the different pieces at the light box, or it can be written in a simple poem. Even pin-pricking an object or shape and gluing it onto another piece of paper is a very detailed and meticulous form of art that the child creates.

Montessori supports the idea of independence, “I can do it for myself, I can think for myself. I can create.” (Miller, J,  2001)

One way that we promote and encourage different forms of art in our classrooms is by providing materials that the children can confidently use on their own, with little adult guidance. They aren’t given a list of instructions on what to create, or a “kit” to complete; the end result being exactly the same as everyone else’s. Instead, they are free to choose their works and materials, creating whatever their heart desires.

When a child is encouraged in the creative process this can also help increase their concentration, it allows them to lose themselves in their work as they engage themselves in the process completely (Miller,J, 2001). Since art and creativity go hand in hand it is then we look at how Montessori encourages art in the classroom. She realizes the need for self-expression and having the means for communicating these ideas. She takes into mind the abilities of the child in this endeavor. (dailymontessori.com)

In our Montessori community, it’s the process of the child’s creation that we emphasize, rather than the end result.

We hope to keep the art on the walls for the remainder of the month. It’s so wonderful to hear the children explain the intricate details of each piece of art to their families. They’re all so proud of their hard work!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Our primary friends made special cookies and Valentines treats for a special cookie exchange. It was fun to see their faces light up when they received a cookie, and how happy and generous they were when sharing their baked goods with their friends.

DSC_0273DSC_0268DSC_0280DSC_0285We incorporated a few Valentines-themed activities to the shelves, for the children to enjoy this holiday. Pin-pricking hearts was very popular. DSC_0272

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali!

Celebrating the “Festival of Lights” in style by decorating lamps and making Rangolis in our primary community.

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For a brief look into the history of Diwali, I would invite you to explore the links provided below:

Here Comes Peter Cottontail…

We celebrated Easter last week by participating in fun, traditional holiday celebrations. Our friends decorated eggs, traced and painted drawings of eggs, pin-pricked paper eggs and decorated them with assorted craft supplies, dyed Easter eggs, and ended the week with our annual HBMH Easter Egg Hunt! 

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Of course, Floppy had to make a photo appearance. Our very own Easter bunny!

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All of the Easter eggs were donated from our families — thank you for making this event special!

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This friend decided to trace an egg at the light box, then painted it his colors of choice.

This friend decided to trace an egg at the light box, then painted it his colors of choice.

These colorful, pin-pricked eggs adorned our walls all throughout the week.

These colorful, pin-pricked eggs adorned our walls all throughout the week.

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Hand dyeing hard boiled eggs for our friends to enjoy for snack.

Busy fingers peel the hard boiled eggs for snack time.

Busy fingers peel the hard boiled eggs for snack time.

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We hope everyone had a wonderful and happy Easter!

 

National Youth Art Month – HBMH Style

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Spread a little Kindness…

Happy World Kindness Day!

Today is World Kindness Day; a day to show kindness and love to your families, friends, neighbors, or those you’ve only just met!

Our HBMH friends show kindness through grace and courtesy every day. Today, we discussed ways in which we can be kind to others. It was interesting to hear the replies from our young friends! We received answers all the way from “giving hugs”, to “giving my teacher a shoulder massage”, or “giving candy to others”. Definitely a fun discussion amongst the room!

Here are a few ways in which we distribute kindness throughout our community:

  1. We show kindness by baking fresh banana bread for our friends.
  2. We show kindness by giving hugs to those who are sad.
  3. We show kindness by listening when our friends talk.
  4. We show kindness to the animals in our room by cleaning their cage and replenishing their food & water.
  5. We show kindness by respecting our work and keeping our environment clean.
  6. We show kindness by helping our friends put on their shoes and jackets before we go outside.
  7. We show kindness by apologizing when we’ve said something bad/mean.
  8. We show kindness by donating to our quarterly charity.
    We made a "kindness poster" describing ways that we can show kindness. Our friends traced their hands and cut, or pin-pricked them out.

    We made a “kindness poster” describing ways that we can show kindness. Our friends traced their hands and cut, or pin-pricked them out.

    Finnegan likes to show kindness by working with his daddy!

    Finnegan likes to show kindness by working with his daddy!

    What are ways that you can show kindness?