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Hot Topic: Homework

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Homework policies are one of the topics being highlighted at the American Montessori Conference in Philadelphia today.  What are your thoughts about the homework assignments and/or activities that you did as a child?  How are they different or similar to those your child has experienced?  What are your thoughts on homework and its benefits or drawbacks?  We can’t wait for Mrs. Hill to return and share all she has learned.

March 13, 2015 10:15 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off on Hot Topic: Homework

Sure-Fire Ways to Get the Most Out of Sharing Night

We are so excited to have you join us tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10 for Children’s Sharing Night.  Sharing night offers you an opportunity to see the classroom through your child’s eyes.

Rather than focusing on the list of what not to do on sharing night, e.g. don’t prompt your child, avoid generalizing praise, don’t correct mistakes, here’s the recipe for enjoying your sharing night experience and ensuring that you get the best view of what your child is actually learning.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes so you can get into and out of the child size chairs if you have a toddler or primary student.  Praise the effort, not the result.  “You put a lot of work into that”  will take your child farther in life than “You are so smart.”  Give your child your quiet, undivided attention.  Listen, watch and relax.  Here are a few questions to ask your child to get the most of our sharing night.

  1. How do you choose a work?
  2. What is your favorite (math, language, sensorial) work?
  3. Does your room have a peace corner?  Can you show me?
  4. What is your favorite area of the classroom?  Why do you like this area?
  5. What is the most challenging work you have completed recently?
  6. Which work did you have a lesson on recently?

And best of all, before you leave sharing night please ask your child, “Will you give me a lesson?” The confidence your child will gain from sharing her own expertise will be immeasurable. We look forward to seeing you!

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March 9, 2015 7:03 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off on Sure-Fire Ways to Get the Most Out of Sharing Night

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
February 27, 2015 6:45 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off on What Does Snow Turn Into When It Melts?

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 on Primary 3 Blog

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 on Ms. Kathy’s Music Class