A Peek At Our Week: Week of August 23 , 2021, Welcome Back!!!

Hello and welcome to the Aspen Room!  Even though this was not a full week of school it has been one busy and amazing week in the Aspen Room.  It has been so great seeing familiar faces and the smiles of returning students and families from last year. It has been an absolute pleasure meeting all of the students and families new to the Aspen Room!  Each week Sandy and I will be sharing information, pictures, events, and news of  what has happened or what will happen in the Aspen Room.   Here is our very first 2021-2022 Aspen Room Blog!!!

This week we have been focusing on the daily/weekly routines of the classroom as well as the general How To’s of a Montessori classroom.  The children have been learning how to sit properly on the line for group lessons while being respectful of others when they are talking and sharing  their thoughts, opinions, ideas and stories.  Therefore, we all practiced raising our hands and speaking one at a time.  We sure have some respectful and kind students in the Aspen Room!  All the children modeled super respectful behavior and even raised their hands to ask questions.  We also learned how to unroll and roll our rugs when working with materials/activities on the floor and practiced how to walk around the rugs safely during the work period.

The Aspen Room children are very curious and very eager to learn.  As a result, the work period was busy with presentations showing all of our new students many of the exciting activities the classroom has to offer.  Your children were working very hard and I am sure they were super tired when you picked them up from school.  They have worked so hard in a short amount of time and are becoming familiar with both the routine and general rules of the classroom.  Returning students have been amazing showing our new friends around the room!   They have helped present materials, teach rules, and provided moral support when a new student needed a friend or had a question.  All of the Aspen Room children are amazingly excited to learn.  It is going to be a great year!

Next week, the Aspen Room will be continuing to learn Procedural Lessons and will recieve lots of new presentations during our work period. I am sure your children have shared so much with you about their work and activities throughout their day.  Unsure about an activity?  Want to know more?  Check out Transparent Classroom it has an amazing section that you can select and read all about a work.  It will explain the procedure and what the intention or skill it teaches. Of course, you can also ask us!!  We love sharing the Montessori method with students and parents.  Have a great weekend!!


Showing a new friend how to use our playdoh activitiy and the utensils.
Learning how to use the Sand Tray to trace and write sounds with the Sandpaper Letters!
Working on Phonograms with the Phonogram Tree!


Comparrison of height with the Pink Tower and The Broad Stair!


Introducing our classroom Peace Table. This table is for moments of reflection, calming the mind, or some time alone. Activities at this table will change from time to time and will promote relaxation, calming the mind, and centering oneself before returning to the classroom activities. Friends choosing to work at the Peace Table may not be interrupted or distracted thus giving them the alone time they choose or needed.

Aspen: A Peek At Our Week 03/08/21- 03/12/21 North America!!!!

This week the Aspen Room is learning all about North America.  We discussed the various land regions of North America , characteristics of these regions, learned about the Native Americans and their their way of life within the different regions, then we learned the names of the countries in North America.  As we discussed the Native Americans of the Southwest, we learned about the Pueblo, Navajo, Apache, and Zuni tribes.  As we researched we discovered that they were very resourceful and created many amazing things such as; Pueblos (apartment like structures made of adobe, bricks of clay and water, Hogans (housing structures of the Navajo), beautiful jewelry, detailed clothing garments, and pictographs (pictures that represent words) for  writtten communication.

The Aspen class then tried our hand at some of the Native American techniques of weaving making bowls and painting with sand.  While creating these works of art we discovered that they were significant to different regions of our country.  We also learned how draw a few pictographs as well.

Copy Writing Pictographs!

North America Puzzle Map Tracing!!


Sand Painting a Zia sun symbol.

Next Week:  We will continue with the North America art projects.  The Aspen class will also discuss weather, types of weather,  and what determines the type of weather we have.  The class will also track the weather for the week while engaging in fun activities and experiments!  The kindergarten students have been learning about money this week and will continue their exploration of money next week!

A Peek At Our Week: Aspen Room, 03/01/21 -03/05/21

This week in the Aspen Room our topic is all about our planets, space, and our solar system!  We learned the names of the planets, fun facts about them, and where they are located within our solar system. We also discussed space related vocabulary and watched lots of fun Solar System videos from Kids Learning Tube on Youtube!  We also got to watch a video that demonstrated the sizes of planets, stars, and galaxies!  The Aspen class also worked on Solar System science experiments!  One experiment demonstrated the concept of how a planet orbits around the sun and the other experiment was How/Why craters are formed. Your child is now an expert when it comes to planets, stars, and space! They had a lot of information to share during group lessons and class discussions!  We have many amateur Astronomers  in the Aspen Room !

It also happened to be Seuss Week! The Aspen room had lots of fun exploring language, sound, and alliteration with the Dr. Seuss books. We discussed rhyming, engaged in word play rhyming our own words, and got to create fun crafts!  All the children demonstrated such creativity with their Seuss related outfits and shared their favorite Dr. Seuss books!



Rolling Dice then combining their quantities to explore addition facts!


It’s a new month!  Using our creativity to color our March paper.


Rescuing the letters and    matching them to Dr. Suess themed letter cards.



Crater experiment!  Dropping different sized spheres into flour and cocoa to observe what happens based on their size and weight!


Space Bingo!!


I “Moustache” you a question! Fun with our Lorax moustaches!
What an accomplishment!! A completed one thousand bead chain! These kiddos counted to a thousand by tens!

For the Week of 03/08/21:  Our topic is North America!  We will be focusing on learning about the various climates, regions, and will look at pictures about life on our continent!  The kindergarten students will begin their country research projects!

Aspen Room: A Peek At Our Week 02/15/21-02/19/21 All About Presidents and American History

Welcome back!! We all had a nice extended weekend with President’s Day and then a snow day! I hope everyone got to relax, have some snowy fun, and drank lots of hot cocoa.  We are back to learning  this week and are working hard in the Aspen Room.  This week we learned about President’s Day, what it means to be a president, names of our presidents, fun trivia facts about presidents, and important  American symbols.  After learning about the American flag the Aspen Room students had many questions and wanted to learn more about flags. As a result, we talked about and learned about flags from other countries in North America. Then we matched North American flags with the flag matching activity. The class also watched, What Does The President Do and Presidential Trivia by Kids Academy.

The Kindergarten students are continuing their work with geometric vocabulary and concepts with the Geometric Solids and the Geometric Cabinet during work time.  For kindergarten lesson this week, Kindergarten students traced their body, then colored, labeled, and glued the internal organs to their traced outline of their body. It was a lot of fun learning about our internal organs and great practice following directions on the organ papers.

Next week we are discussing Musical Instruments.  We will focus on instrument classifications (groups/families ) , what different  instruments sound like, and how they are used/played. The Kindergarten students will finish their internal organ projects and discuss other important systems within our bodies.

Presidential Fun! Placing the president cards in numerical order and reading fun facts about them!


Learning about the states with the U.S.A. puzzle map!


Writing to 100 on the dry erase board!



Game Time!!!   Indoor recess fun!



Learning about the internal organs!



A Peek At Our Week: Aspen Room 01/25/21- 01/29/21 Migration, Hibernation, and Adaptation

This week it is all about animals!! The Aspen class learned all about animals, animal behavior, and what animals do in the winter. As the class researched animals we found that they would migrate to warmer climates, hibernate and sleep through the winter months, or adapt to their environment by growing thicker coats and finding warm places to call home. We then labeled and classified many animals into these categories with a fun sorting activity!  We also read the book Animals In Winter , by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard Van Gelder and watched Sci kids videos about Hibernation and Adaptation.  Did you know that there are three types of hibernation?  Some animals experience Dormancy and others engage in partial hibernation called Brumation or Torpor.  Ask your child about these terms and what they learned from our lessons and videos this week! We learned some amazing things!

After we researched the above, the class then took a look at the characteristics of animals. We observed that some have fur, feathers, or scales. That animals can be found in many habitats on all continents and their characteristics have adapted based on the environments they call home. We then matched animals with their footprints with our animal classification footprint work.

Kindergarten students explored the world of shapes by manipulating and studying two dimensional and three dimensional shapes with  in class activities that allowed them to manipulate and create their own shapes. Next week the kindergarteners will further explore shapes with the Geometric Cabinet.

Next Week it is all about groundhogs and shadows!  We will learn about Groundhog’s Day, the habitats groundhog’s call home, and behaviors of the groundhog.  We will then take a look at shadows by researching how and why they occur while experimenting with some in class science activities.


Matching animals to their footprints.


Sensorial fun with the Pink Tower and Brown Stair!


Labeling the South America continent map!






Aspen: 01/18/21- 01/22/21 Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the Civil Rights Movement

This week the Aspen room learned about the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr, and Rosa Parks! We discussed what life was like before the Civil Rights Movement and all about those who helped to change the laws, and those who helped to create a better world striving towards liberty and justice for all.  We read the book, This Is The Dream by, Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander that allowed the class to see the unfairness and inequality while learning about steps that have been taken to change various laws, rules, and modes of thought.  The Aspen class also re-enacted the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the story of Rosa Parks during morning meeting (line time).  Children volunteered to play the different characters in order to reanact and experience what it must have felt like to be Rosa Parks.  Many of the children used words like; “that’s unfair”, “that is mean”, “that is rude”, and “Rosa was there first!”.  As a class, we discussed these feelings and what it must have been like to experience unfairness like this, and the importance of what being peaceful and kind means.

The book we read had many illustrations demonstrating kindness and peacefulness.   As we discussed this topic, the class read and thought about  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

I realize that this can be a heavy topic for the Preschool and Kindergarten room, it was kept general and light. By spreading kindness and being compassionate towards others we can change the world!

The Kindergarten students continued their exploration of Multiplication this week through work with the Skip Counting Chains, and revisited multiplication through the Stamp Game, and  The Golden Beads (Decimal System) .

Next week we will be learning about adaptation, hibernation, and migration.  We will research these topics and learn what they are and what they mean. We will classify which animals adapt, hibernate, or migrate while learning fun and interesting animal facts.  At the same time, we will also use visual discrimination skills to observe and explore animal footprints.


Skip counting and multiplication with the bead chains.

Exploring addition facts with the Addition Stripboard.



The Aspen class during line time re-enacting the story of Rosa Parks and  what lead to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.


Aspen: A Peek At Our Week, Brrrr!!!! The Arctic and Antarctic Biomes! 01/11/21- 01/15/21

Brrr….it’s cold!  This week the Aspen Room took a trip to the Arctic and Antarctic.  We learned the terms North and South Pole, where these areas are located on our Earth, the climates of these areas, what kind of wildlife has adaptated to living in these enviroments and similarities and differences between the two regions. The Aspen class also researched penguins , how they have adapted to living in Antarctica, their life cycle, and how to classify different species of penguins.  Did you know….there are penguins living in warmer climates too? Did you know that some species of penguins lay two eggs?  Ask your child, he/she can tell you where penguins can be found. Your child is now a penguin expert! While discussing the Arctic we learned about the types of animals found in the most Northern areas of our Earth, how they have adapted to a frigid environment, and watched videos about Arctic wildlife.

This week the Kindergarten students continued to explore the mathematical operation of Subtraction by learning how to borrow with Dynamic Subtraction.  Next week we will be revisiting Multiplication through our Skip Counting Chains!

Up Next:

Next week the Aspen class will learn all about Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, and the Civil Rights movement!  We will discuss why having a day off to honor individuals that have changed our world for the better! See you next Tuesday!


Working on the Life Cycle of a Penguin!


Classifying different species of penguins and labeling them!


Labeling the United States Of America puzzle map with a friend!
Creating a State Book in alphabetical order while learning the abbreivations for each state!


Exploring Sensorial Extensions with the Pink Tower and Brown Stair!


Practicing handwriting and spelling skills with the dry erase board!

Aspen Room: A Peek At Our Week 01/04/21 – 01/ 09/21 All About Snow! The Aspen Room is Snow Cool this week!!

Welcome back Aspen Room families! This week the Aspen Room has been “Snow” Cool! The Aspen Room has been discussing Snow and all things related to cold winter days.  We learned why it snows, what snow is made of, how snow forms, and the amazing designs ice crystals make to form snowflakes.  We watched a video, How Snowflakes Form, and a video showing  magnified examples of different types of snowflakes and their crystal designs.  Did you know….that different types of snowflakes (crystal combinations) form depending on the temperature of our atmospheric conditions.  Therefore, the type of crystals that form are dependent on temperature and the path a snowflake takes as it falls.  This is what makes  each snowflake unique!

After discussing snowflakes, we shared what we like to do outdoors during the winter months.  After sharing all of our thoughts, stories, and ideas on all the fun we have with snow, we explored our winter themed practical life shelf and enrichment activities! Ask your child about the foam bead snowball spooning activity!

The Kindergarten students explored subtraction with the decimal system and learned the terms Minuend , Subtrahend, and Difference. Next week we will continue to explore this mathematic operation with Dynamic Subtraction!

For the week of January 11, we will explore the Antarctic and the Arctic!  The Aspen Group will look at these Biomes and will explore their similarities and their differences, and what kind of wildlife can be found in these habitats.


Snowman button color matching!
A snack break and good conversations with friends!
Playing Zingo! Our new sight word game.


A Peek At Our Week! 11/30/20 -12/04/20 Table manners and How to set a table

This week we dicussed table manners and learned how to set a table.  The children helped lead the group meetings by sharing how one should behave while sitting at the table.  They all had very good ideas of what classified as having “Good Table Manners” and shared many scenarios indicating what “Bad Table Manners” are.  We had a lot of fun sharing our thoughts and ideas on this subject!  You all have very polite and well mannered children! During our discussions we also talked about how to try (taste) foods that we don’t care for and to try new foods when they are presented to us.  At the same time, we role played how to react when we discover that we don’t like a particular food using “Good Manners”.  We then read How Do Dinosars Eat Their Food which reinforced all the great manners they shared during our group meeting time.

After discussing manners, we learned how to set a table with our place setting activity from the practical life shelf.  Then during afternoon meeting time, we learned the names of the place setting objects in Spanish. Your children now know plate, fork, spoon, knife, napkin, and placemat in Spanish.

Kindergarten students are continuing their work with telling time, and have reviewed some of our previous lessons for reinforcement. Next week the kindergarten students will learn about the layers of our Earth and will research and explore each part.

Our theme for next week will be all about Conifers.  We talked a lot about decidous trees and identified various types of leaves during the months of October and November. Therefore, we will learn what a Conifer is while learning to identify different types of Conifers.  Conifers are special and are found all over this time of year.


Setting the table! Fun with our place setting practical life activity.


Working on the Binomial Cube!


Team U.S.A!! Working together as a team to complete the U.S.A puzzle map.


A variation of our practical life tonging activity! Tonging christmas bulbs and bells. The bells are very tricky, it is challenging to keep them quiet.

A Peek At Our Week: 11/16/20 – 11/20/20 All About Turkey’s

This week we are talking Turkey!  Where do turkeys live?  What do they eat? Can they fly?  We learned the answers to these questions and more!  In fact,  we also learned what a group of turkey’s is called, then we labeled the parts of a turkey, and listened to turkey calls. Did you know that a group of turkeys is called a flock or a rafter?  Ms.  Taylor also found an amazing video called Turkey Facts on youtube for us to watch during afternoon line time!  Ask your child about what they learned about turkeys this week. They are now turkey experts!   The class also watched/listened to read aloud books called Turkey Trouble and How To Catch A Turkey. They were hilarious books full of Thanksgiving fun!

Kindergartners have been working on their addition and multiplication skills as well as learning to tell time on an Analog Clock and also observed the differences between an analog clock and a digital clock.

Next week we will be talking about Table Manners and will also talk about the Pilgrims and why we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States.


Exploring media from our art shelf! Concentrating on creating a turkey using pieces of construction paper, googly eyes, and tracing our hand for the tail feathers.


Transfering water using a baster! We have been learning the names of kitchen utensils that you see during the Thanksgiving holiday. We then use these utensils to create practical life activities like this one.


Labeling the parts of a turkey!