Mrs. Lopes’s Class: Our Human Body

Do you remember wondering as a child how things worked in your body? Where does our food go? Why do we blink or sneeze? How do we get the hiccups? The human body is truly a mystery to the child’s mind and having an in-depth human anatomy lesson is a great way to explore these topics. Using Montessori materials is a wonderful tool for reinforcing the learning and expanding on a normally very difficult subject for children to grasp. Providing lessons like these to children is what sows the seeds for future scientists, doctors, and teachers!

This week your children were introduced to the wonders of our human body. We first introduced and named the parts of our body we can see from the outside. We then began to discuss how there are many parts of our body we cannot see from the outside. Your children were introduced to several of the major organs in our body and their purpose. The children enjoyed exploring and engaging in all the human body works on the shelf.

Our four year old children enjoyed learning about recycling this week!  They discussed what can be recycled and what cannot, as well as the Three R’s, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.  Mrs. Sharlene encouraged the children to bring in recycled items that they could reuse to make new things.  The children made a marble run out of toilet paper rolls and a robot turkey out of cans!

Since there will be no blog next week as a result of our short school week, Mrs. Sharlene and I would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving! We are so grateful to be able to spend each day with your children and take part in watching them develop and grow into independent, confident, kind members of our community.

Lots of love and peace,

Amanda and Sharlene


Mrs. Doyle’s Class: Giving Thanks

The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life. 

Maria Montessori

For many, the holiday season is a time for giving. Perhaps more than ever, it is so important for our children to understand that giving does not have to be a materialistic gift. Simple and heartfelt words of love and friendship will last much longer than most anything that can be bought on a shelf. It can be an amazing and powerful gift to our children, if in all the hustle and bustle of the holidays we take time to slow down and model being grateful.

This week we asked each child to share what they are thankful for. While their messages will make you smile and warm your heart, there is beauty in their simplicity.

Anchor– I am thankful for my hot wheels cars that I can race

Carmen–I am thankful for my mommy because she likes to play games with me.

Elliot–I am thankful for Mrs. Doyle teaching me to read all the books in school.

Gregory G.–I am thankful for Mrs. Doyle helping me learn everything.

Gregory L.–I am thankful for Thanksgiving because it means my birthday is close.

Greyson–I am thankful for my robots that I can turn on and off

Harper–I am thankful for having a school and a home and that I am not homeless.

Julianna–I am thankful for my kitty that I love so, so much.

Landon–I am thankful for my Toy Story dolls because they are so fun to play with.

Lily–I am thankful for watching movies with my Mama, Daddy and Annie.

Luca–I am thankful for my puppy even though she gets crazy sometimes.

Marin–I am thankful for my Mommy, my Daddy, Anders, James and my Frozen toys.

Mya–I am thankful for my Mommy, my Daddy, Zara, my friends and my dolls.

Olivia–I am thankful for candy because it tastes so good.

Xander–I am thankful for my brother, Dante.

Miss Lizette and I are grateful for our relationship with each of you as well as your support, time, and effort to help in any way. We are all truly blessed to walk this journey together!  We would also like to wish everyone a very peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving.

Michelle & Lizette


Mrs. Doyle’s Class: Vertebrate or Invertebrate?

This year, we have learned that all things in the world are either living or non-living.  We also learned to classify living things as either an animal or a plant.  Now we are ready to go one step further and begin to study animals.

The children learn that the study of animals is called zoology. All animals can be classified as vertebrates or invertebrates. Vertebrates have a backbone and invertebrates are animals that do not have a backbone. We help the children understand this concept by having them run their fingers along their spine to feel their backbone.

The majority of animals that we think about, such as dogs, cats, birds, fish, alligators, and frogs are vertebrates.  However, there are actually more invertebrates living on our planet. More than 90% of all animals are invertebrates. Vertebrates tend to be larger in size because their backbones allow them to have muscles and a strong body. Invertebrates tend to be small, as no backbone means they can’t support a large body.

Learning about vertebrates and invertebrates is an important lesson. With this knowledge, we are ready to begin classifying vertebrates into five different groups: mammals, amphibians, fish, birds, and reptiles.

Wishing you a week filled with peace and love!

Michelle & Lizette


Mrs. Lopes’s Class: Learning About North America

This week the children have been immersed in exploring the first of seven continents, the continent we live on, North America. At the beginning of the week we introduced the continent of North America with our continent puzzle map. When using this lesson, children are taught to take one country out of the puzzle at a time and match it to the control map. The control map helps the child see where each country is located on the continent and helps the child to independently put the puzzle back together. The children also enjoyed engaging in our other North American themed works on the shelves, which included native animals, traditional clothing, topography, and flags of North America.

The Montessori cultural studies curriculum provides children with an opportunity to explore the whole world, including the continents, countries, people, animals, terrain, music, and arts. Children use didactic Montessori materials to familiarize themselves with the needs of all humans for such things as food, housing, and clothing. This early cultural awareness helps cultivate independent, joyful citizens of our world.

During our study of North America, we have also been discussing the importance of Thanksgiving and the feeling of gratitude. We have enjoyed sharing with each other what we are all thankful for!

Best,

Amanda & Sharlene


Mrs. Doyle’s Class: On To North America!!!

These last few weeks have been a particularly busy and exciting time with your children. We have traveled through space, explored the eight planets, discovered that the sun is a star, and rocketed back to the planet Earth. We are now exploring the first of seven continents, North America.  You may hear your children call it the orange continent. This is because on the Montessori globe and map, North America is indeed orange. We will continue to explore the animals native to our continent, map North America’s countries, examine topography, and study how a continent’s proximity to the equator impacts its climate.

The Montessori cultural studies curriculum provides children with an opportunity to explore the whole world, including the continents, countries, people, animals, terrain, music, and arts. Children use didactic Montessori materials to familiarize themselves with the needs of all humans for such things as food, housing, and clothing. This early cultural awareness helps cultivate independent, joyful citizens of our world.

Being it is 2020, I don’t think anyone was shocked that it rained for our Pumpkin Patch. The important thing is the children didn’t seem to mind at all. We went out in small groups so that each child had a chance to find their pumpkin. There was a lot of laughter and fun to be had!

Wishing everyone a week filled with peace and love!

Michelle & Lizette


Mrs. Lopes’s Class: Discovering Dinosaurs

In our classroom, your children have been exploring the world around them by becoming biologists, astronauts, and now, paleontologists!  This week, your children have been immersed in the land of dinosaurs, learning all about what they looked like, where they lived, and what they ate. On our science shelf, the children have had an array of works that spark their creativity and curiosity about these giant reptiles from the past. They have been able to use crayons to make fossil rubbings, match dinosaurs with their fossils, and even sort dinosaurs according to if they walked on two feet or four feet. We have also been discussing the word “extinct” and possible reasons why the dinosaurs became extinct.

I would like to thank everyone who donated pumpkins to make our pumpkin patch a huge success!  The children were so happy and excited to search the playground for a pumpkin to bring home.  Our hearts were so full, seeing all the smiles and laughter!  The children also enjoyed seeing all the Middle School students dressed up for Halloween on a little parade through the zen garden.

Have a great week,

Amanda & Sharlene


Mrs. Doyle’s Class: Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

Welcome to our pumpkin patch!  There are pumpkins everywhere in our class. Having pumpkins in the classroom provides so many opportunities for the children to observe and to introduce basic science and math concepts.

In Practical Life, we have pumpkin spooning, pumpkin pouring, and pumpkin grasping. In Science, we learned about the parts of a pumpkin and the pumpkin life cycle. We compared pumpkins and categorized them as small, medium, and large. We are using our five senses to determine what pumpkins look, smell, feel, sound, and taste like.  This year we can’t clean and roast the pumpkin seeds so we are relying on our memories of what pumpkin tastes like. In Math, we were faced with the very difficult question of how do you measure the circumference of a pumpkin. We counted the lines/ridges on pumpkins and learned why some pumpkins have more and some have less. We are experimenting to see if a pumpkin will sink or float.

Wishing everyone a week filled with peace and love!

Michelle & Lizette


Mrs. Lopes’s Class: The Three Period Lesson

Maria Montessori described the developmental brain of the young child as the “absorbent mind” because of their ability to retain great deals of information during the early years.  She designed the three period lesson to utilize their brain development and interests to help move children from the introduction of a concept to retention.  When we introduce new concepts or materials to the children in our classroom, we often do so using a three-period lesson.

Period One is the introduction stage. In this stage we are isolating new vocabulary to the children. For example, if we are introducing the color tablets, we say, “This is blue.”  Repeating that statement and allowing the child to manipulate the blue color tablet are crucial during this stage.

Period Two is all about association and recognition. It is often a separate lesson. We do not ask the children to remember the vocabulary or recall the concept. We are simply reinforcing the concept taught in Period One. We use words such as, “Show me the blue tablet,” or, “Can you place the blue tablet on your lap?”

Period Three is the recall stage and the first time we ask the child to remember the concept independently. We ask them, “What is this?” when showing them the blue color tablet. We are careful not to begin Period Three until we know they are ready for success.

Every time a child masters a new concept it paves the way to move towards another one.

We are looking forward to meeting with you virtually next Thursday, October 29 to share all the growing and learning your children have accomplished over these last few months!  If you have any specific questions you would like answered during our meeting please email me before our conference so I can make sure to make the most of our time together.  Thank you in advance!

Best,

Amanda and Sharlene