This week our “Peek” was written by two of our students! These students read our previous blogs, took pictures around the room, and filled in a blog template. The students did some editing together and with a teacher so what you will read below is their final product. There are still some misspelled words in their final product, but in a Montessori classroom we focus on the process, instead of the end result. Dr. Montessori believed when we put all of the emphasis on the final product, we devalue everything leading up to that point. This can discourage repetition which will make mastery of a skill difficult. The purpose of the students writing the blog is to provide you with a glimpse into the room through their eyes, to provide them with practice of real world skills, and to give them a deeper understanding of the materials in the room. We hope you enjoy their work!
“A Peek at Our Week” by Ainsley (Third Grade) and Tyler (Fourth Grade)
This week the first year students learned the artical. The second year students learned AM/PM. The fourth year student learned the noun folder. He also learned Estimation. This week the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years learned the yarn timelein.
A Peek into Next Week
by Ms. Ashley
Next week, Lower Elementary students will be taking a deeper look at the Timeline of Life. First year students will discuss capitalization and the Dance of the Molecules. Second year students will edit sentences, measure angles, and discuss how animals satisfy their needs. Third years will discuss types of sentences and the main characteristics of Porifera. Fourth years will work with direct objects and will begin studying multiples. All students will study the compass and map keys. Some students will travel to Tallmadge Circle to complete their compass work!
REMINDERS: Picture Day is Tuesday, October 3. There will be no gym Friday, October 6.
This week our classroom was very busy and full of fun! We learned all about community helpers. The children enjoyed learning what a community helper is and the different jobs they can have. We learned that police keep us safe. We also learned that without construction workers we wouldn’t have our school building. We also enjoyed having parents come and speak to our class about how they help our community! The children also enjoyed learning some words in French with Ms. Mel during afternoon group time.
A Peek At Next Week: All about Farms! Students will learn all about what it takes to run a farm, what animals are on the farm and we will even make butter together. We will also learning ASL farm vocabulary.
This past week the children learned how our five senses help us understand and explore the world around us. Our five senses help us collect information about ourselves and our surroundings. They also learned to identify the five senses: hearing, tasting, smelling, touching and seeing. We discovered that sometimes we use two or more senses at once; and how important it is for our senses to work together. The children had the opportunity to practice using their senses to determine properties of objects and distinguish them from one another.
Taste testing sweet, salty, bitter and sour foods.
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Picture Day Tuesday, October 3, 2017
A Look into Next Week: Leaves
The students will observe the differences in leaf shape.
The students will observe the different Fall colors and the fun we can have with leaves.
The students will sort a variety of fall objects.
The students will learn different textures leaves have and identify them.
This week in our classroom, we learned All About Apples! The students enjoyed learning about the life cycle of the apple. We discovered apples are ripe in the Fall, and apple trees sprout beautiful flowers in the Spring! We also discussed different things that can be made from apples and the names of the different parts of the apple.
A Peek Into Next Week:All About Community Helpers
-What do community helpers do for us?
-Hearing from guest speakers who are Community Helpers
-How do we call 911?
-Learning French with Ms. Mel!
This week we had fun learning about the food groups in our class. Grains and Cereals, Fruit and Vegetables, Dairy (my favorite), meats and proteins, fats and sugars and how many servings we should have per day. Next week we will be identifying and learning the characteristics are of living things and non living things(non-living thing: me at 5 am in the morning). Notable events of this week was the death of guitarist Grant Hart from the band Husker Du and actor Harry Dean Stanton (Cool Hand Luke, Repo Man, Pretty In Pink,Wild At Heart).
Sneak Peek for Next Week: Living and Non-Living
Together we will spend time over the week learning about the characteristics of Living Things
(take in nourishment, breathe or exchange gases, grow, reproduce,etc)
Letter of the Week: Ee
Rhyming Word of the Week: bad
This week the children learned what they can do when they are angry, happy, sad, frustrated, excited etc. They learned how to manage their feelings and emotions. The children practiced how to process, identify and appropriately express their emotions in different scenarios throughout the week. Towards the end of the week we started seeing them express their feelings and emotions to their friends on their own!
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Friday, September 29th: Bring Your Parent to Work Time
A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | Week of September 18
This was an exciting week in our classroom. We tie dyed shirts, had our first Latin class, and are going on our first field trip! This week first year students began adding to their research skills by learning to alphabetize, discussing how to use a table of contents and index, and practicing how to paraphrase words to avoid plagiarism. Second year students practiced reading numbers on the Large Bead Frame, reviewed common and proper nouns, and looked at consecutive and adjacent line segments. These students discovered there are consecutive and adjacent line segments in many of the letters of the alphabet! The third year students reviewed rules for plurals of nouns, practiced greater than, less than, and equal to with fractions, looked at types of corolla, and explored similarity in geometry. Fourth year students discussed words coined by famous authors, looked at the history of the English language, created their own Multiplication Checkerboard, and discussed evolution of life theorists.
A Peek into Next Week
Next week Kids Bop begins! Lower Elementary students will make bar graphs, continue studying nouns, look at parts of a fruit, and experiment with an overflow basin. Upper Elementary students will work on word problems about money, practice note-taking, draw angles with a protractor, and will discuss ions and electron shells.
Next week the blog will be written by two students! Don’t miss a look into our room through their eyes!
We had so much fun this week learning about our families! All week long we had a variety of activities which gave a better understanding of what a family is. We had many discussions about who is in our family, brothers and sisters, special traditions families celebrate together, and how all families are different. We also shared our family trees.
A Peek into Next Week: We are learning about Respect!
– Learn how how we can respect others
-What does respect look like?
-How manners tie into respect
This week we had so much fun learning about ourselves. We made different graphs that focused on the letters of our name, eye and hair color. We also lead discussions about what makes us so unique and special!
A Peek into Next Week: Next week we will be focusing about our family. Throughout next week your child will be able to share their family tree to their classmates, create different charts about who lives in their home, and what a family is. We will also be discussing our different family tradition, and creating a family portrait.
Ramseyer Farm Field Trip Friday, September 22. Please make sure your child is in tennis shoes and is dressed for the weather. Please send lunches in a disposable container with disposable items. We will be unable to warm up leftovers at the farm.