Upper Elementary: Rewarding Week

 

This week the students completed their science fair display boards in class. They took pride in their design, layout, and choice of coordinating color schemes to produce a pleasing display. As some students finished their boards they became helpers and supporters to their classmates and worked as a team so that everyone was prepared for Thursday. After the morning presentations the students had a brief break and then returned to their work cycle. Choices included literature study, reading responses, and geometry. After lunch they enjoyed a Popsicle treat for all of the hard work over the past month. Our goal is to teach the students that the process is more important than the final product. Thanks for the home support throughout the science fair project! We concluded our week with a Disney Nature movie titled, “Penguins.” It was a beautiful movie centered around the life of penguins in the Antarctic.


Upper Elementary: Botany

We spent a good deal of time this week exploring botany during our cultural lessons. Specifically we explored the importance of roots and how roots seek out water. We set up a few experiments in class to observe root growth using bean and radish seeds. The students enjoyed these lessons and requested to plant their own seeds.  They are now set up outside our classroom and we will be able to observe their growth.  The enthusiasm of the class sparked some ideas that we are really excited about! Once we wrap up the science fair next week we will progress with the ideas we discussed as a class. Be on the lookout for some additions to our botany studies the following week! For those of you who were able to make it to Parent/Child Night, thanks for taking some time to visit the classroom with your child.


Upper Elementary: Angles

We recently spent time during our geometry lessons working with angles. The fifth years learned how to calculate the area of triangles using a formula after they had lessons with the materials for right angle, obtuse angle, and acute angle triangles. Next, they spent time making enormous triangles on chart paper and calculated the area of their own triangle to display in the classroom. The fourth years each used a set of tan grams to create congruent figures based on very specific directions. One set of tan grams consists of two large triangles, one parallelogram, one small square, one medium triangle, and two small triangles. They are looking forward to more future lessons with the tan gram materials!


Upper Elementary: Rehearsals

This week as we increased our rehearsal time together the students were challenged to sing and act without the accompanying lyrics or words. They are doing an excellent job and several students have stepped out of their comfort zones to sing and act. Ultimately this will be a great growth experience for these students and a memorable show for all!

There is some upcoming important information for our level. On Friday April 26 we are going to see the Disney Nature movie, “Penguins” at 10:00am. This is perfect timing as Earth Day is in April and it will be a nice break from routine after the Science Fair on Thursday.

Our overnight trip to Nature’s Classroom in Charlton, MA is scheduled for May 21-23. The deposit for this trip is $80. I will send more information in a separate email, but wanted to make sure it was on your radar if your child is interested in joining us.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for 3 wonderful events on Wednesday, April 17th!

Art Show from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Elementary and Middle School student artwork will be showcased in the Commons!

FWM Family Pizza & Salad Dinner from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Dine with us! Service and hospitality provided by Middle School students in the GYM!

Log in and place your order here:

https://www.myfwm.org/schools/myfwm.org/forms/?id=MTM%3D

Deadline for orders to be submitted by April 12

Parent & Child Night from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Work alongside your child by engaging in the many Montessori works in his or her classroom!


Upper Elementary: Fresh Start

After our long March break it was nice to return to school re-energized to close out the year on a positive note. It did not take much time for the students to get back into the natural rhythm of our work cycle.

Now that each child knows their role for our upcoming play we have spent a little time each morning with the Lower Elementary practicing songs and lines. Based on our first few practices we expect a great show in May!

As we approached the end of the week we celebrated the March birthdays with our monthly birthday breakfast. The students are already looking forward to our next breakfast in April!


Upper Elementary: Spring Happenings

As we wrapped up this final week before March break we peeked ahead to some exciting events in spring! The two most notable events are the Science Fair on April 25th and the Elementary play on May 9th. Our Science Fair theme is “Inventions.” The students started prepping for this by coming up with one or more problems. Then, they will solve the problem by coming up with a solution (invention). Be on the lookout for an information packet that explains the Science Fair and due dates. Have a great March break!


Upper Elementary: Birthdays and Sandwiches

We kicked off the week on Monday with a birthday breakfast to celebrate the February birthdays. The students look forward to celebrating and it brings everyone together to get our week started on a positive note. In music class the students practiced some songs from Seussical The Musical, Jr. They are beginning to think about roles and what part they hope to acquire in the play. On Thursday the students made 390 sandwiches that were delivered to the St. Vincent DePaul Shelter in Waterbury. We were pleased to see that three students volunteered to assist with the delivery.


Upper Elementary: Eli Whitney Museum

Although it was a shorter school week, it was nice to get back to our regular routine after all of the Research Morning preparations. On Wednesday, the students enjoyed decorating Valentine’s bags and sharing Valentines with each other.  Thank you to the families that sent in treats and supplies for our Valentine’s celebration.  Lessons resumed after our long weekend break and we visited the Eli Whitney Museum. The students learned about force and angles as they designed their own pinball machines to take home.  As you can see from the pictures they each came up with a unique design concept. This experience was a good starting point as we will explore inventions for the spring Science Fair.  One final “thank you” to everyone for the thoughtful cards, beautiful flowers, and Red Sox t-shirt for my birthday!  I always enjoy the hand made cards from the children.