This past week we talked about the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, dairy, proteins, and grains. We learned about MyPlate which is a healthy guide that shows how much to eat from each food group every day. As a group the children created a food group pyramid and listed a variety of foods in each group. We also talked about how being active plays a big part of being healthy. They learned that kids should get at least one hour of exercise daily and eat healthy foods, and of the people with skin problems they can find deep scar removal home remedies online.
November 15, 2017 | Bring Your Parent to Work-Time
November 17, 2017 | Parent/Teacher Conferences | NO SCHOOL for students
November 21, 2017 | Harvest Party
A look into next week: Indians/Pilgrims
The children will learn about the items Pilgrims used long ago.
The children will learn that life was difficult for the Pilgrims in America and that everyone including the children had to work hard.
The children will learn where the Pilgrims left from and where they were headed to in America.
The children will be reading and learning about the very first Thanksgiving.
Many of you might be seeing “Checkerboard” written on your child’s work plan and wondering to yourselves, “What is a checkerboard and how is it teaching my child math?” This week, I wanted to share with you one of the most popular materials in any Montessori Elementary Classroom – The Multiplication Checkerboard. This material is used in different stages to multiply whole numbers throughout Lower Elementary and then with decimals in Upper Elementary. Montessori Math can be confusing to many of us because it is not taught the way we have experienced learning mathematic and geometric concepts. In most of our schooling, we were taught the quickest and shortest way to come up with the correct answer, often leading us to be confused about where a number came from and feeling like we’d never use that information again. Imagine if we had all been given the time and opportunity to discover formulas and concepts on our own, instead of solely copying down what we were told!
Dr. Montessori wanted her materials to help children develop a “Mathematical Mind.” This meant the goal of math in Montessori schools is not to come up with the correct answer the quickest, but to learn how to think critically and logically. The focus on math in the classroom is on the process of what they are learning, instead of the product. Brain research from “Math Works” by Michael Duffy, shows that Montessori Math materials engage all four lobes of the cerebrum simultaneously, connect the right and left hemispheres of the brain, and actively engage the prefrontal cortex.
The Multiplication Checkerboard is one of the many materials in our classroom that gives your child the opportunity to learn and grow at their own pace, while being challenged. The concrete materials used in Montessori classrooms give students a deeper understanding and a sense of confidence when they come up with their own formulas or solutions to problems.
A Peek into Next Week
Next week Lower Elementary students will talk about factoring, the fundamental needs of early humans, and bisecting angles. Upper Elementary students will look at the characteristics of cells, commas and apostrophes, and the five kingdoms. All students will work on Text-to-World Connections in Reader’s Workshop and will participate in new States of Matter lessons.
REMINDERS: 11/16 OCC Packing. Information was sent home on a flyer and in email!
11/17 Parent-Teacher Conferences – This is a NO SCHOOL day for students. If you haven’t yet, you can sign up here.
11/21 Harvest Party – Parents are invited to come join us for tea and desserts. Come hear what students have learned about the Mayflower. Please arrive at 1:00 pm. More information to follow by email.
This week our class focused so very hard on respect and what that word truly means. We also worked on grace and courtesy lessons. We spent a lot of time working on a lot of our ground rules for our classroom as well.
Take A Peek Into Next Week:
Next week we will be focusing on manners, sharing, how to talk to friends, ground rules, and grace and courtesy.
This has been a wonderful week in our classroom! This week we have learned all about Kindness! We discussed how being kind means we treat others the way we would like to be treated. The children also filled up our Kindness Jar, so we were able to do something kind for another class and go visit them! So much fun!
The past two weeks in Handwriting, we have been working on answering a question of the day and writing our answer in cursive. Some of our questions have been, ” What will you be for Halloween?” and ” What did you have for lunch today?” and ” What is your middle name?”. The children are also working on spelling their answer phonetically.
Something to practice with your child at home is writing their first name in cursive! I’m so proud of how our Kindergarten student’s handwriting has come along so far this year!
Geeez, I use a lot less shampoo since I got my hair cut. You may have noticed that I hadn’t had my haircut since the third week of the college football season (the loss against Oklahoma). Since that haircut, the Buckeyes went undefeated until the devastating loss to Iowa. Did I jinx The Buckeyes? I was telling people that I played high school football with Phil Parker who is the Defensive Coordinator for Iowa. Hmm, not that I believe in the jinx or anything but why take the chance on angering the universe? See I don’t really believe in the jinx. Like wearing the same jersey or shirt on game day, sitting in the same place while watching the game on TV, or hanging a flag at the same time on game day. My dad seriously believed in the jinx. We were traveling to Chicago on time and my car broke down but we got it fixed. I made some comments how my car was making noises and it was going to blow up. Dad was freaked out, didn’t move, stayed quiet. I asked what he was doing or what was wrong because I thought he was having a stroke. He said DO NOT JINX YOUR CAR! Well, 20 minutes later the engine threw a rod through the engine. For days, I adamantly heard how it was all my fault that my car broke down. In fact, that was the last time my dad ever left Lorain County. So I ask you does the jinx exist? I may have a tiny thought that it may because I was way over due for a haircut and that I endured many comments during this time of having flowing locks such as being called emo boy, hippy chic…? Justin Bieber, the biebs, sheep dog, Ringo, Rapunzel, Shaggy, Fabio. I admit my sides were looking long and funky and I even thought I kind of looked like Grandpa from The Munsters.
Line Time Lesson: This week we creeped and crawled and learned about insects, arachnids, and invertebrates. We first looked at insects. The characteristics of an insect are they have three body parts, head, thorax, abdomen. The also have six legs and two antennae. We sang the song “Head, Thorax, Abdomen” to the tune of Head , Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. Some examples of insects were ants and crickets which can be found, enclosed not free, in the classroom. Also, the mantis, bees, butterflies, and dragonflies. Arachnids are eight legged creatures that have a head and a thorax. Some creatures that are arachnids are spiders (tarantula named Charlotte) that is in the classroom, scorpions, and the tick. Both creepy crawlers are invertebrates which means they do not have a backbone or a spine or a bony skeleton but actually have an exoskeleton. An exoskeleton is is the external skeleton that supports and protects an animal’s body. Other invertebrates are earthworms, jellyfish, and crawfish.
Cultural Subjects: We can now count to ten in 13 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, and Swedish).
Pastor Kirk has several bee hives and talked about bees and brought in his equipment. The children tried on a protective mask, touched (an empty) hive with wax, and saw real live bees (in an enclosed hive).
A Peek In The Classroom:
A Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time Lesson: Dinosaurs and the unique things of select dinos.
The kindergarten students have been working hard on learning both static and dynamic addition using the golden beads. They have even started working on more abstract materials like the stamp game and dot board to solve problems.
A Look Into Next Week: Continue Dynamic Addition (exchanging)
Introduction of exchanging 1s, 10s, 100s and 1000s
Using single units, 10 bars, 100 squares and 1000 cubes
This week, we learned all about Families! We learned ASL signs for Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Grandma, and Grandpa. We also read about how families come in differents sizes and can be made up of different types of people!
A Peek Into Next Week:
-What does Kindness mean?
-How can we be kind to others?
-Doing something kind for another class, now that our Kindness Jar is full!
Color changing flower:We took white roses and placed them in water with food coloring. The next day the children discovered that the flowers had taken on the color of the food coloring they were placed in: yellow, blue and red. The reason the petals of the roses changed colors was because the food colored water had traveled up the stem and into the petals.
Tabletop hovercraft: We hot glued a bottle cap to an old CD and then blew up a balloon and attached it to the bottle cap. When we slowly opened the bottle cap air flowed out of the balloon creating a cushion of moving air between the CD and the table. This reduced the friction allowing the CD to hover freely over the table.