Posts Categorized: Elementary I
Happy Thanksgiving Montessori Community,
I hope you had a restful and joyful holiday this Thanksgiving. This time of year, I can’t help but be filled with gratitude for you, our Montessori Community.
Gratitude to our current families. Thank you for choosing MSH as partners in your child’s education. Thank you to our volunteers supporting our classrooms, strategic planning, and campus beautification. Our mission to instill a lifelong love of learning wouldn’t be possible without you. Thank you.
Deep gratitude to our donors. Alumni and current families who accept the call to sponsor Montessori strategic growth and sharing a vision of Montessori for every child. Thank you for your financial sacrifice.
Finally, thank you to our teachers and administration. You wow us with your devotion to Montessori and our children on a daily basis. Thank you for your sacrifices and professional dedication.
With Deep Gratitude,
Montessori School of Huntsville
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It has been a pleasure working with the kindergarten, upper and lower elementary art students at MSH. The Montessori-method proves to encourage creative exploration and divergent thinking skills. This assertion has never been more apparent to me, than when facilitating the art classes here at MSH. Witnessing student’s degree of creative focus and aesthetic awareness has been greatly inspiring.
It is bittersweet to announce that at this juncture, I have accepted a full-time educational research role and will have to cut my time with the art students at MSH short. I am truly grateful for the time I was able to spend, and would like to thank parents and teachers for sharing your children.
It has been a lovely artful experience, and the students have accomplished much in the areas of visual representation. Some of the concepts implemented include, but are not limited to; conceptualizing artistic design, organizing and formatting various forms of media, analyzing and interpreting art, responding to and evaluating art. For more information on visual art standards you can visit the National Art Education Association website.
I will still be collecting art work from students that wish to submit work for the Endangered Species Youth Art Contest sponsored by The Endangered Species Coalition (ESC). I will need any completed work as well as a signed permission slips by March 1st in order to submit art to be considered for the contest. Thank you to all the teachers for helping with research of the many endangered species currently on the list. For more information on the ESC or the Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, you can visit their website.
Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions.
Dr. Laticia Hequembourg
As a brief introduction for those parents who do not know me: my name is Laticia Hequembourg, my daughter Harper attends kindergarten at MSH (she is in Shree and Leela’s class). Teaching and creating art are among my greatest passions in life. I hold a PhD in adult education from Auburn University. My dissertation explored creativity generation and the creative process in adult learners. I also hold a master’s of art education from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, and a BA in studio art with a concentration in sculpture from The State University of New York in Potsdam, New York. I have taught for the last few years as an adjunct professor in the fine art departments at both Alabama A and M University and Calhoun Community College.
This year at MSH I teach two kindergarten art classes, and both the lower and upper elementary art classes. The kindergarten art curriculum explores the basics of creating art through the inspiration of a variety of art forms and disciplines. Thus far we have found inspiration for our paper cut outs through the literary work of Shel Silverstein. We have also concentrated on learning about the elements of art with the construction of a visual chart that highlights both color and texture. This week we will be weaving paper to create work mats and then moving along to watercolor.
Both lower and upper elementary have been concentrating on the fundamentals and basic compositional components of drawing. They are currently working on self- portraits in oil pastel. In the next few weeks to come we will be transitioning into painting and focusing on color theory.
Also, as a note to all parents: I wanted to take a moment to inform parents that I will be utilizing a website called Artsonia (www.artsonia.com). Artsonia is a free online digital portfolio and student art gallery dedicated to promoting the visual arts curriculum in schools worldwide. I will e-mail parents individually with a password so that you can log on and view your child’s work throughout the year (you can also upload artwork yourself). This is a great way to share work with friends and family, keep a digital record of creative development, and the website offers fun keepsakes (these make excellent personalized gifts) with your child’s work, with 20% of sales going directly to the participating school’s art program. Keep a look out for more information regarding log-in details.
Thanks in advance for all of your support, if you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime.
Dr. Laticia Hequembourg
August 10, 2015
We have had an amazing first week of school! The children have such a wonderful energy and drive to get right into their work. The older children are being leaders and helping the younger ones adjust to the elementary classroom. We have a really sweet group of students this year, and I can already tell their personalities are going to compliment each other.
This week, we will start the Montessori Cosmic Curriculum with the First Great Lesson: The Beginning of the Universe and Earth. This lesson will involve several extensions over the next few weeks, including experiments with volcanoes, states of matter, and the water cycle. This main lesson will flow into all subjects, including math and language.
We are all excited for a fantastic year!
We have some really exciting news about the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF project. We raised $498.30! We surpassed our goal of raising enough to purchase a school-in-a-box and a bicycle to deliver medicine. Through talking with my students and a primary student, we have decided to also donate the money toward vaccinations to protect 500 children from the measles and also give 5 soccer balls to children in refugee camps. This is such a wonderful project, and we have had amazing results. Thank you to each student and parent who helped out!
In class, the children have been learning about the Solar System this month. The second year students made amazing clay models of the solar system, while the first year students made a large solar system that we now have hanging in our classroom. The children have also been learning about the changing weather with the fall season and about the reasons behind leaves changing colors and falling from the trees. They are working on pointing out deciduous and evergreen trees, and also learning about the changes animals go through for cooler weather.
I absolutely love the fall, and Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday. Our class made a ‘Thankful Tree’ to decorate our door for the season. The children used the leaf cabinet to trace various leaves. They then cut out the leaves and wrote what they are thankful for on each leaf. I was amazed at how quickly our branches filled up! We have been reading books this week about the first Thanksgiving. I almost put lobster and oysters on our Thanksgiving lunch menu! We can’t wait to have a feast with our Elementary 2 friends next door!
Angela Harber McCollum