Lower El: Who am I?

An exciting part of our week was creating the class “Who Am I” material together. “Who Am I” is a collection of Montessori biology materials used to learn about the different kingdoms of life; specifically, animals, plants, fungi, protists, and prokaryotes. As a fun beginning of the year activity, we made this material with a focus on the children in the classroom. This process started with the children answering questions about themselves. Next, it was typed up, and turned into a material the students can use during work cycle. Not only is the “Who Am I” material a fabulous and popular classification work, it also provides work in comprehension and fluency while helping the children get to know each other!

On Wednesday, we celebrated International Day of Peace by singing “Sing Peace Around The World.” For 24 hours, this special song is sung by Montessori children all around the world. We gathered together as a whole school community from toddler to middle school students.  It was a powerful moment and reminder of the importance of teaching and modeling peace to our children.

Wishing everyone a peaceful weekend!

Lower El: Building Community

“There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of different ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community.”  -Maria Montessori

We had a great second full week of school!  This week we got to branch out and grow stronger with our school community. We felt fortunate to have our first community service day where the Middle School students came to help us with our work. Our students love this time with their older peers and take so much pride and ownership in the process of working with them. Not only is it a benefit to us, but the Middle School students get to experience the wonderful feeling of giving help where needed. We love the days our older friends visit!

Each Wednesday afternoon we have intentional community building time. This is a time when the children socialize with each other and build our Lower Elementary community, making bonds and creating memories. Whenever possible, during this time we enjoy going to our outdoor classroom and playing in the woods. Spending time in nature is incredibly valuable and it is wonderful to watch the children be creative and play, no equipment needed!

Lower El: Our Class is a Family

Happy start of the school year! A new school year means new adventures, friendships, and challenges. A fresh beginning with so much ahead. Our Lower Elementary class is filled with a group of kind, energetic, and helpful peers. This week we learned new classroom routines, rekindled old friendships, formed new ones, and played a lot of community building games and activities. Some of the games we played  are called, “change your seat if..” “would you rather,” and “coyote.”

It is important to intentionally build community at the beginning of the school year. This year, one of our community building activities was reading “Our Class is Family” and then each child drew a self portrait. They are placed on a wall for the rest of the year to help set a sense of community in our classroom. In addition, ask your child about the class bingo, scavenger hunt, and peace dove activity they participated in this week. 

We are ready for a spectacular school year, I cannot wait for more learning and exploring to come!

Lower El: Hello Summer!!!!

In a blink of an eye this year has come to an end! The end of the school year is always filled with many emotions, looking back at all we accomplished and seeing how much each child has grown. Each year I feel humbled with so much gratitude to experience each child’s development throughout the  year.

I will miss the children moving on and up and wish them nothing but the best. Each child holds a very special place in my heart. I hope you have a wonderful summer!!!

Lower El: 100 Mile Celebration

The 100 mile club program has been used by schools all over the nation since 1993 in an effort to prevent childhood inactivity. The 100 Mile Club program improves the health and well-being of children at school through daily physical activity in a noncompetitive, supportive, and fully-inclusive environment. Children can choose to run, walk, skip, or roll 100 miles over the course of the school year.

Congratulations to our Lower Elementary students for working towards and achieving one common goal!

Lower El: History Lessons

The year is winding down, but Lower Elementary isn’t! This week the children were engaged in History lessons. The first year children had the lesson of The Long Black Line. This lesson is meant to strike the imagination of the children and create a humbling feeling of the appearance of humans on Earth in the perspective of the vast amount of time that Earth has existed. The second year children had lessons on the Clock of Eons. These lessons introduce the sequence of events that resulted in the evolution of life on Earth, give the history of life on Earth, and introduce the interrelatedness of all organisms and the fragile balance that maintains life. Specifically, the second graders explored the Hadeon eon. The third year students had lessons on the Time Line of Life. These lessons focus on the interrelatedness of Earth to those who live on it and on the evolution of life on Earth. The third graders learned about the Paleozoic and Mesozoic era of time.

Looking ahead, spirit week and field day are the last week of school (6/6-6/10)! Check out my email for details about each day of the week!

Lower El: Moving Up Day

This week we had Moving Up Day!  Third-year students spent the morning in Upper Elementary and Mrs. Doyle’s Kindergarten students spent some time with us in Lower Elementary. Next week Mrs. Lopes’ class will have a chance to visit.

Multi-age groupings are an advantage of a Montessori classroom. They give the children the opportunity to go through a cycle of being mentored, practicing mentoring, and becoming the mentor. This week our third-year students practiced being mentees and our first and second year students practiced being mentors to their Kindergarten friends. It was a joy to see students at both levels completely engaged and happy working with their future classmates. Our first and second year students did a wonderful job planning work that was enjoyable and interesting for the Kindergartners. Some children even made posters to welcome their future classmates to the class!

Lower Elementary’s Week

We had a very productive week!

The first years have been loving their lessons. They heard the “Love Story of Lines” during geometry this week, where they learned about convergent, divergent, and parallel lines. They used the box of sticks Montessori material to explore these concepts. In grammar, first years have learned about adjectives, nouns and articles.  As an extension, they were introduced to a work called the grammar dice, where the children practice the parts of speech they have learned so far this year while making up funny sentences.

The second year group enjoyed learning how to subtract fraction insets using the Montessori protractor; a concept that can be challenging for some, they grasped so quickly! I was impressed. Just like the first year group, the second graders are loving the grammar dice work to practice previously learned grammar such as: nouns, articles, adjectives, verbs, prepositions and adverbs!

Last but not least, the third years have been enjoying their hands-on geometry follow-up. They have been using the box of sticks to explore the diagonals in various polygons and now will use this material for a new unit on circles. As for language, the third year group received the first sentence analysis lesson. They are now learning to look at words not as parts of speech, but rather as how they work as parts of sentences.