Posts Tagged ‘montessori learning’

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.

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!

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

Engage Students in the Learning Process

February 1st, 2018

 Getting back into the swing of things after the holiday break may be a bit challenging. We’re used to sleeping in, eating and doing whatever and whenever we choose. So, it’s not surprising that the school day routine may be somewhat hard to get adjusted to again.

Celebrating the beginning of the new year is a perfect opportunity to “jumpstart” and engage students in the learning process.  As with the classroom promises we compiled at the beginning of the school year, students can reflect on the memories of the previous year and define the things that they wish to change in the year that just started.

As a class, and at home, we can brainstorm together about resolutions and help the student to make the best ones that reflect their interests and improve them. The resolutions generally start with “my goals for the new year are…” and “In the new year, I want to get better at…”

Winter break was a time for rest and relaxation, so it’s important to remember to ease students back into the school routine slowly and carefully. This will ensure that everyone will be motivated and ready to learn in no time.

 

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Holiday Traditions

November 23rd, 2017

 The upcoming months bring excitement for children and adults alike, for it is the season of traditions and holidays. A great way to encourage understanding in children and to help them connect with the world around them is to promote “universality” of beliefs and traditions. Many festivals, traditions and holidays have parallels elsewhere. Thanksgiving can be compared to many Harvest Festivals throughout Europe and to the Indian festival known as Diwali.

In America, we remember the first Thanksgiving Meal that took place between the Native Americans and the arriving Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth Rock in modern Massachusetts. Many towns and cities will have a Thanksgiving Day Parade and mark it as the opening of the festive season that will lead us all the way to Christmas.

We teach the history of the first Thanksgiving through reading, creating maps and timelines. These are all activities you can also do at home. This is also an excellent opportunity to also explore and understand the meaning behind this traditional holiday as we share stories and experiences within our own families. Consider discussing:

  • When and where did your family immigrate from?

  • What family traditions do you continue to practice?

  • Do you have religious or faith-based beliefs that tie into this holiday?

  • What other holidays are you aware of that friends and neighbors celebrate that reflect the thanksgiving spirit?

Being intentional to set aside time from the hustle and bustle of the festivities to help your child connect to the holiday in a meaningful and personal way, will not only make the season educational, but create long-lasting memories as well.

 

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It’s Thanksgiving Time!!

October 31st, 2017

   November is a great month to have your little ones exercise their practical life skills  just in time for Thanksgiving!

 

  1. Make a special table setting work. Set out special china, utensils,  candles, cornucopia filled with fruit, etc…and let your child set the table.
  2.  Make a fun spooning work using candy corn instead of beans.
  3. Make a tong work using assorted orange, red, yellow and green pompoms, 2 plastic bowls and a set of tongs or tweezers!

 

All these works can be made at home and are a great way to strengthen your child’s pincer grasp while having fun!

 

Gobble Gobble!!!

 

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Science with your child!

August 10th, 2017
 Montessori methods use a lot of hands on material for science. Just a fun summer activity you can do with your family is a sink or float game. This could be in a pool, a plastic bin, anything you can fit objects into to find out if they sink or float. This is a good experiment to open up other discussions. Some you can bring up, for example water retention, then some ideas your child will come up with on their own. Doing open ended experiments with your child is the best way to open their mind to creative thinking.
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