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.
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.
- How do you choose a work?
- What is your favorite (math, language, sensorial) work?
- Does your room have a peace corner? Can you show me?
- What is your favorite area of the classroom? Why do you like this area?
- What is the most challenging work you have completed recently?
- 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!
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