Posts Categorized: Elementary
Wow, the weather has been nice this week! Spring is an amazing time of year. Monday morning, we went on a nature walk to listen to the birds and check out the plants that are coming up in our gardens. The Outdoor Classroom is looking great. At the moment, we have several stations for animal habitats: a decomposition area, a salamander rock pyramid, brush piles, a rock pile, pollinator gardens, and also the entire forested area. In the classroom, we have really worked on nurturing our little herb seedlings for the vegetable and herb garden, and we’ll plant them soon. Also, we are excited about the chicken coop. It is really coming together. Thank you to the good folks working on it.
In March, we celebrated Mardi Gras by making masks, getting throws (toys thrown from floats), and catching beads. The children also learned about the history of Mardi Gras and its significance in Mobile, AL.
The children have been working very diligently studying about South America by making little books, researching animals, painting maps, and making flags for the Multicultural Festival. Ms. Carmen also teaches them so much about Peru and all the countries in South America. We are in the process of making a life-size green anaconda which can reach 29 feet! Aaahhhh! The Elementary I class will be performing a music program with Ms. Kathy at 1:30. They will also sing a song with Ms. Carmen about the countries and capitals of South America. I hope everyone can make it to the festival!
I can’t believe that Spring Break is almost upon us! We’re still very busy preparing for the Multicultural Festival. If you have anything from or about Europe that you would like to share with the class, that would be great!
Our science/geography studies have also expanded to include biomes. We’ve been discussing the interdependent relationships in biomes and the different types of biomes found all over the world. Also, a teacher from Sci-Quest is now coming twice a month to conduct science experiments with the children. Yesterday was the first class, and I’m sure that all of the children came home talking about dry ice!
Last, but not least, we have two field trips planned for April. On the 10th we will be visiting Burritt on the Mountain. We will be learning about life in Alabama during the 1800s, and the settlers who moved here from Georgia as they searched for gold. At the end of April (date to be announced) will are planning to attend Panoply School Days. So, be on the look out for more information and permission slips!
We are so grateful to have the kindergarten students visiting our classroom! They are all so sweet! I cannot wait to have both first and second graders in our class next year. We also enjoy having parents come and observe. Please let us know if you have not had a chance to come visit this month, and we can set up a time in March.
Thank you to everyone who helped collect dog and cat food for the King’s Community Kitchen project through the Huntsville Humane Society. Service projects are so enriching for the children.
Our class also participated in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. We are an official participant in research through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society! Very exciting!
We will soon begin studying all about South America for the Multicultural Festival.
We are continuing to read the Junior Great Books Series. We just got a new environmental education book,Growing Up Wild, and have started using it today!
It’s hard to believe that this is the last week of January – this month has flown by! The children have re-adjusted to the routine well and have enjoyed reuniting with each other. We are so excited about the new additions to our classroom – a new fourth grade student and Ms. Dola. It is wonderful to have an extra pair of hands to help everyone learn.
We are currently preparing for our exploration of Europe (for the Multicultural Festival) by studying maps and the globe. So far, our studies have included a review of the continents and major oceans, and the lines of latitude and longitude. We’ve also used our outdoor classroom to learn about coniferous and deciduous trees. Everyone is working at their own pace in language arts and math, but some of the topics being covered are: types of graphs, word problem clue words, estimation, possessive nouns, and pronouns.
We have a few parent work hours available right now. There are 3 of our classroom chairs that are in need of simple repairs. (The chairs could most likely be repaired with wood glue.) Please let me know if you are willing to help out.
- Keep reading with your child for at least 20 minutes each night and help him/her record it in the reading log in his/her yellow folder. This is very important to help build a sense of responsibility, plus it’s the only regular “homework” that they have.
- It is also important for the children to build responsibility by bringing their yellow folders to school each day. I check their reading logs regularly, and use their yellow folders as a key source of communication.
- Scholastic Book Orders are due Friday, January 31st. The children are already looking forward to getting their books! Plus, every book you order gives our class bonus points that help build our classroom library.
Thank you for everything you do. It is a joy to work with your children and watch them grow every day!
We have had a really exciting start to the new year! Happy 2014!
I would like to thank Mr. Sonnie Hereford for his presentation. His story is so very inspiring, and he has a wonderful way of teaching the children about equality.
The elementary classes are leading a service project at MSH called King’s Community Kitchen, and we would love for the whole school to participate. King’s Community Kitchen is a Pet Food Assistance Program through the Greater Huntsville Humane Society that allows families with economic difficulties to keep their pets healthy and home. Look for our poster and collection boxes in the lobby. We are collecting dog food, cat food, and treats through January 30th.
Kindergarten and Elementary families, please join us for dinner on January 23rd. Everyone, please join us for The Journey on January 25th. Also, get ready for Observation Month in February. These are all wonderful opportunities to learn about the Montessori experience!
Thinking about the cold weather this month and next, the children will be learning about the geography, biology, and ecology of the Arctic and Antarctica. We will continue having new lessons in math, including the checkerboard and bead frames. We will be starting a new unit with measurement, also. The children are learning about verbs with lots of action-packed lessons. Everyday is a learning experience by all!