Archive for the ‘Elementary’ category

Art with Bluebonnets

April 4th, 2019

   Art with Bluebonnets

Since spring has arrived here in Texas, bluebonnets will be popping around everywhere. To celebrate their arrival, we will be making these cute bluebonnet finger art. It is as simple as drawing a green line and dotting the line with blue finger dots. It’s simple, but we love this hands on craft! If your child does not like the feeling of paint on his or her fingers, q-tips can be used. Happy spring and happy crafting!

 

Spring Cleaning

March 1st, 2019

     Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a great time to have your child help with indoor and outdoor cleaning!  Have your child help get the garden ready for spring planting. Children love to get their hands dirty! Invite your child to dig up the weeds and rake the garden beds! It’s such a great way to get your child outdoors for some fresh air and for fun while learning about plant life! ☘️

Notable Dates in History

February 1st, 2019

February blog – Mrs. Smith’s Elementary Class

 

Notable Dates In History

We’re in for a full month of learning and we just can’t wait to get started, as February brings several holidays, celebrations and notable dates in history.

The first day of February is ”National Freedom Day,” when the first meeting of the U.S. Supreme Court was held. February 2nd is “Ground Hog Day.”  If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, that means we are in for six more weeks of Winter.  If Phil does not see his shadow, we will have an early Spring.

Several important people were born in the month of February: Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor; Rosa Parks, a woman who was arrested and fined for not giving up her seat on the bus to a white passenger; author Charles Dickens, who once mentioned that memories from his childhood helped him create his fictional stories; Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was against slavery and believed that all people should be free; George Washington, our first President of the United States.

Fostering Independence at Home

January 15th, 2019

January Blog

 

Fostering Independence at Home

           Teaching children to be independent is one of the great aspects of a Montessori school. Children are able to do so much more than we often expect of them. This new year, consider setting up your home in a way that fosters independence. In the kitchen, place the cups and plates that your child uses on low shelves. Ask your child to take on the responsibility of setting the table for family meals. In their playroom or living space, put toys and materials on low shelves that that they can reach. Remind them that they have several choices of toys on that shelf that they can get out whenever they choose. Help remind them to put the toys and books back on the shelf when they are finished.  Positive reinforcement goes a long way with helping a child become more independent. Praise your child for their efforts and point out the successful moments of independence.

Follow the Child

December 17th, 2018

 

 

 Follow the child

 During this busy time of year or any time it is important to take the time to just follow your child. You can do this through your own neighborhood, a park, anywhere is a good place. Let your child lead the way, let them stop, sit, look, ask questions, and learn. It can be hard as a parent to slow down and let them lead the way, so make sure you make the time to let them wonder and explore. This can be a very rewarding time for your child and yourself.

Holiday Celebrations (December Blog)

December 3rd, 2018

 December Blog – Mrs. Smith

Christmas to many, is the greatest festival of the year! The world seems to take on a magic glow, people seem merrier and even winter somehow feels cozy.Whether you’re celebrating a religious festival, like Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, you’re sure to have your own selection of rituals or customs that make the holiday season so special.While students may know about some of these celebrations, there are several holiday traditions around the world that they may not be aware of. Following are just a few:

*Giant Lantern Festival in the Philippines

*Kentucky Fried Christmas Dinner in Japan

*Yule Lads (troll-like characters) in Iceland that visit children the 13 days leading up to Christmas

*St. Nicholas’ Day in Germany

*In Norway, people hide their brooms on Christmas Eve

*In Venezuela, the residents roller skate to church on Christmas Eve

This month, we will take a virtual trip around the globe, and learn about these interesting traditions and those of other countries as well! We hope that you and your families have a wonderful holiday and wish you all of the beauty & joy that this magical season brings.

Happy Holidays!

Pumpkin Zentangles

November 15th, 2018

 

 

 

Pumpkin Zentangles

The holiday season is creeping up on us! Soon Thanksgiving will pass and Christmas will sneak up on us once again. But lets soak up every bit of fall this November, and partake in this calming art project. I have attached a link for a printable of a pumpkin zentangle. Zentangles are so easy to prepare, all you have to do is print it out and color! Adults have crazed over the trend of zentangles, but I have found that our students also find calmness or zen in these projects. I like to offer only warm fall colors for these zentangles to enhance the fall feel of the project. If you want to make your zentangle snazzer, we like to cut out the zentangle and paste it onto a gold foil scrapbook paper.

Plenty of Pumpkins

October 12th, 2018

 October is the perfect month to teach your children about  pumpkins! There is so much you can learn with pumpkins!

 

Practical Life: Exercise their fine motor skills by pin pricking a pumpkin or snipping and gluing orange construction strips on a paper plate.

 

Sensorial: Make a pumpkin sensory bag! Cut open a pumpkin. Fill a large ziplock bag with the insides of the pumpkin. Let the children feel and see the seeds and the pulp!

 

Language: Read a favorite pumpkin story to the kids and let them take turns acting out the story.

 

Cultural/Science:

  1. Does a pumpkin sink or float?
  2. What is the life cycle of a pumpkin. How does a pumpkin grow?

 

Math:  

  1. Weigh a pumpkin.
  2. Measure around the pumpkin using a piece of yarn.

 

Art: Finally, have your child paint a silly face on a pumpkin and display it in your house!

 

A Blog by Anne Orcutt

 

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Fall in Love With Fall

October 5th, 2018

 Fall is the perfect time to explore the five senses with young children. Take your child for a nature walk and look for the signs of Fall. Look for leaves changing colors or squirrels collecting acorns. Encourage your child to collect Fall specimens like leaves, pine cones, acorns and make a journal. Take your child to an apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Try to cook some Fall foods with your child like applesauce or pumpkin pie. Enjoy the beautiful Fall weather with your child and make some everlasting memories.

A Blog by Manisha Shah

Snowy Tree Art

February 6th, 2018

This week in art at Montessori Country Day, we will be making snow trees. Hopefully making snow art will bring snow to Texas this month! It is important to show our students that we can make art in many ways. We can even paint with bubble wrap! Not only is this project simple, but also gorgeous!

Reference: http://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2016/01/bubble-wrap-snowy-tree-kid-craft.html

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