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What Does Snow Turn Into When It Melts?

Over the past few weeks in Toddler 1 we have been learning about our planet.  We have learned that we find three things on Earth: land, air, and water.  The cold temperatures outside have allowed us to take our study even further.  We have been talking about how water is a liquid, and when it freezes it turns into ice which is a solid.
This week’s snowfall gave us yet another avenue to explore.  During circle time, we discussed that the sun is hot and the snow is cold.  The children were posed with the question, what happens to the cold snow when the hot sun shines on it?  Everyone agreed that the snow would melt.  What they did not agree on was what it would turn into when it melted.  Over half the class suggested that the snow would melt into milk. They immediately understood that ice would melt into water, but ice and water are the same color.  In their minds the snow, since it is white, should melt into milk.
We scooped some snow into a bowl and spent our entire day watching the snow melt.  Will it be water or milk when it melts?
~Ms. Becky and Ms. Lacey
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February 27, 2015 6:45 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Primary 3 Blog

Our class has enjoyed learning about the skeletal system and human body during the month of February.  I hope the children shared with you what they learned!  A big thank you to Jake’s mom, Anu, for an amazing presentation on the heart.  The children had a blast checking their pulse, oxygen, and dressing up like a surgeon.  Also, thank you to Greta, Elijah’s mom, for teaching us the components of blood. 

We enjoyed learning about American Presidents.

The children all eagerly participated in our Valentine exchange and celebration!  

This year, our class will be representing the continent of Africa for the multi-cultural festival, so March will be a fun-filled journey to Africa.  We will be using maps, flags, tasting different types of foods, learning about amazing places and taking a look inside life on the other side of the planet.  Again this year, our class will create a video about Africa to be presented at the Multi-Culti Festival in April.  March will also take us “out of this world” as we study our solar system.  

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we invite the children to wear pajamas to school and bring their favorite book on Wednesday, March 4.   We will spend the day reading and make a special snack.  

This week as we celebrate Montessori education week, we are planting seeds to begin our garden indoors.  We are looking forward to transplanting our seeds in our garden in April.  Please sign up on our bulletin board if you would like to donate a bag of soil for our garden.  

“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.” – Maria Montessori

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February 27, 2015 3:02 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Ms. Kathy’s Music Class

The Music Program is back in full swing following my extensive rotator cuff surgery in December.  I really missed doing the holiday songs all the classes and I had prepared, and I appreciated so much how all the teachers rose to the occasion!  I was deeply touched and uplifted by all your emails, cards, gifts, and FB posts; thank you for your support and encouragement!  Your children have also been tenderly loving and so helpful, bringing tears to my eyes and joy to my heart!  It’s a very slow recovery process, but I am right on target and doing great!
Since my return in January, all the classes have had an exploration of ethnic instruments, and we are working toward theApril 4th Multicultural Festival.  I won’t give away any surprises, but I can tell you this year the music part of the Festival will feature songs, dances, and activities of the country or continent being studied by each class.  You’ll hear music from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Antarctica, and Australia!
Thank you for the honor and privilege of working with your beloved children!
If you have questions or concerns about the MSH Music Program, please feel free to email or call me, come visit your child’s class, or stop me in the hall.  I’m always glad to talk about this favorite subject!  KF
February 23, 2015 5:54 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Elementary II

During the months of January and February, the Elementary II students learned about and honored a variety of civil rights events and activists.  They expressed their own thoughts and feelings about this pivotal time in our nation’s history and had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Sonny Hereford (one of the first children to integrate in the Huntsville City School System).  Below are some of the thoughts and quotes from the children and their journal entries:

“I would help Martin Luther King, Jr.  I would walk and not ride the bus.  I would join the bus boycott.  They were a huge help for Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement.” H.P., 3rd grade

 

“I would be in the marches during the civil rights movement.  In the marches you walk to the city holding signs.  There might be some signs that say ‘freedom’ or ‘This is not fair.’  That is why I want to be in the marches.” E.M., 3rd grade

 

“Prior to 1954, segregation in schools was acceptable in the United States.  In 1954, Brown v. the Board of Education ruled out segregation.  It was illegal to segregate schools.

On November 14, 1960, Ruby Bridges went to William Frantz Elementary.  She did not know how the day would be.  An angry mob met her.  They shouted cruel and horrid things to Ruby as she arrived…” N.R., 5th grade

 

Our studies in class sparked individual interest in several of the children.  They have been checking out books about Rosa Parks, The March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The children’s inquisitiveness has sparked many great classroom discussions.  Educating future generations about peace, positivity, and proactiveness is the best way to extinguish adversity in the future.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Have cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

February 18, 2015 4:56 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Toddler II

Hello friends!

Everyday we share love and care for each other in our classroom. But this is the month of Valentine’s Day. We are celebrating Valentine’s Day throughout this week in a special way. We are having fun cooking classes, making hearts, and working on our Valentine mail bags.

We are celebrating Montessori education week at the end of this month (23-27 February).  We are doing some special projects.

Love is important for life. “Love, like that which we feel for the child, must exist potentially between man and man, because human unity does exist and there is no unity without love.” – Maria Montessori.

With lots of love from Toddler-II teachers.
Happy Valentine’s Day.

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February 11, 2015 5:51 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off