Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Before introducing the "quarter to" and "quarter past" clock faces, I like to use this material that Mrs. T, designed. It is perfect for garnering an understanding of all the numbers and minute notations on a clock. All this takes time, though. The children are young, and learning to tell time is not easy. We encourage but must never frustrate. The goal of Montessori is to give the children the tools to succeed on their own.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
In November Rob came and spoke to the children about the local native American culture. Ta ta ta ta ta ta ta ta went his drum as we entered the basement room where he had baskets, skins and artifacts waiting for us to see and touch. He told us the story about Rainbow Crow. The children were thrilled to feel the warm winter fur of a deer and the prized softness of a beaver's fur. Later, in the classroom, L.W. practiced weaving and many drew pictures of Rainbow Crow. This one was drawn by E.N. The next school day, L.W. brought in this paper model of a Native American rattle that she had made at home. She remembered Rob's rattle made from a deer's leg bone and hoof nails.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Just had to post this, although it was taken a few weeks ago on a cool day. However, many of the children are still always eager to help when the need arises. If someone drops a little drawer of division beads, there is an immediate patter of feet as numerous children rush to contain them.More recently, we've been reading and talking about the Native Americans and how they once lived. Here, two boys proudly show off the little mat they wove with plant stems.
Friday, November 14, 2008
We strive to have each child practice reading skills every single day.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
On Friday morning a darling alpaca visited the school, then R.M.'s and T.M.'s mothers told us about the Indian holiday, Diwali. They showed how colorful designs called rangolis are made on the sidewalk outside of homes. With the traditional materials of yellow, orange and black lentils and rice flour they led the children in making several rangolis. Here is L.C., H.K., L.K. and E.N. working on a design.
Later, upon seeing leaves covering the playground, the children took their little rakes and made this large, soft pile, then took turns jumping and tumbling into them. This is A.T.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
With velcro so prevalent, I sometimes wonder if we really need to know how to lace. But then, this morning, as I was tying my shoes, the lace suddenly snapped. It doesn't happen often, but I suppose lacing is a handy skill.
Tying, like lacing is learned through practice, usually just a few times, once each day. With tying, though, I tell the child that s/he is really teaching her or his fingers to tie. Each bow helps their fingers learn another step of the procedure. I am just as excited as the child when those little fingers are able to tie a bow all by themselves.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Lucky for us that we had a sunny day to parade around the park. Back inside, we read stories, created art, sang songs, practiced French and shared treats. The children work so hard every day. This was a well-deserved break.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
It's the season for apples. Mrs. T. made this apple matching exercise, then helped the children peel and cut their apples to be cooked for applesauce. As it cooked, the whole school enjoyed the scent. All agreed that the applesauce tasted delicious.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The children made little Parts of Leaves books, labeling a leaf's veins, petiole, midrib, margin and blade. Last week we took advantage of the beautiful weather to hike over to the park in search of specimens for leaf books.
Here they are at the base of an oak tree, discovering the acorns hanging above and even more on the ground around it.
Upon returning to the classroom the leaves were pressed in books. Today we worked together to identify, label, create covers and bind them. The finished products brought many sweet smiles.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
With great concern, these children spent part of their playground time searching for food to nourish our classroom guest.
Then R.D. found this young cricket. All who came to look at it saw the long delicate antennae that distinguish crickets from grasshoppers, who have short thick antennae.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The bank game, pictured above, shows the relationships between the units, tens, hundreds and thousands. Eventually many of the children will use the thousand cubes, hundred squares, ten bars and units of the bank game to solve simple and long math problems. When I was a child, I learned to do long addition through memorizing the trick of working from right to left, placing the right digit of a 2 digit answer under the problem's line and carrying the left digit into the next line of numbers to add. It worked, but children do much better when, through the use of the Montessori materials, they discover and understand why.
I'll follow this, soon, showing you the division board and the Seguin boards.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
View this blog together, discussing the pictures and who might be in them.
Ask any or a few of these and your own questions:
Was anything funny today?
Did you help anyone today? Who? How?
Did anyone help you?
Who did you work with today?
Who did you play with?
Did you learn something new today?
What choices did you make today?
Did anything surprise you today?
Was anything challenging for you today?
Did you discover anything today?
What questions were you asked today? How did you answer?
What problems did you solve today?
Can you draw a picture or make up a song about something you did in school today?
If you have any other good ideas to share with fellow parents please share them in a comment.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Today is our School Spring Picnic with each class providing entertainment. We had our last rehearsal this morning. Everyone is giving it their best. They'll be giving a great performance!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The school year is coming to a close but the class is still a group of eager learners. Today, one of our little students wore this Hindi quote on her shirt: The deeper you dig in the sand the more water will flow. The deeper you learn the more your knowledge will grow.