Posts Categorized: Primary I
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
In a Montessori classroom, multi-age groupings offer a great range in the social, intellectual and learning needs among the group of children. In traditional classroom settings, where children are grouped according a single age or grade, the environment and curricula often reflect the expectation that children’s developmental and academic needs are progressing at the same pace. For this reason, children are often learning the same skill or lesson at the same time. This apparent similarity among the children can create competition to see who can complete the task fastest or who can make fewest mistakes. In a Montessori classroom, there is a variety and range of work occurring simultaneously by different children at different ages.
The younger children often watch the older children at work. They see the progression in learning as natural and look forward to being shown more complex and challenging tasks just as they have seen the older children doing.
“They are aware of those around them, and one often sees the small ones intently watching the work of others, particularly the older ones. In doing this they absorb much more than it seems, and already preparing themselves for more active social participation in the community of the class.”
(Maria Montessori, Education For Human Development)
Hello parents, I cannot believe it is almost the end of the school year!! We had a great year!! We really enjoyed every moment with your children. Some of you are going to different schools and some of you are graduating and going to first grade. Ms. Alicia, Ms. Carol and I wish them all the best wherever they go. We thank all our parents and children for taking time to make those wonderful cards!! We appreciate the beautiful flowers, chocolate and other goodies!! And also for the delicious lunch!! I know it is hard to take time to do all this at the end of the school year!! We appreciate all our cooking parents and chaperone parents for driving us to field trips!! We could not thank our fabulous room parents enough: Jane and Jenny!!! They did an outstanding job!! We will have a wonderful start next year!! Also, a hearty thank you to our office staff for their incredible support throughout the year! If you have any questions during summer break, you are welcome to call me!! We wish all our graduating and returning students a wonderful and safe summer!! We will see our returning students and new students in August!! We love you all!!
Hello everyone! Cold days are here already! Please make sure you check your children’s extra clothes boxes and bring in a warm change of clothes. Please send in jackets, hats, mittens or gloves almost everyday. We are helping your children put their own jackets, hats, and mittens on, but we don’t do it for them. Please give them a chance to learn how to do it at home. Special thanks to all our parents for being so generous buying small hands materials for our class! We appreciate all your support!
November, we are learning about the first Thanksgiving, Indians, and pilgrims. In cooking class we made cornmeal muffins and Teepees with tortillas. Our class is making cranberry relish to share with all our MSH friends. On Tuesday November 25th, we will have small Feast in our class for our children. It is so wonderful to hear what children are thankful for. Ms. Alicia, Ms. Carol, and I are so thankful for the Montessori Method for our children and MSH and all our MSH friends!!
It is hard to believe that the end of school year has arrived! Wow, what a year. To better state that, what a great year! We have learned a lot from each other and participated in many fun and exciting projects. We made many new friends along the way, too. Each of your children has brought such a joy and happiness to our classroom. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of children this year. My friends and family often laugh at me when I refer to your children as ” my kids,” but they are like my own children. They all have touched our lives this school year in very positive and rewarding ways. We hope that the children who are leaving us this year will keep in touch as the years go by. Today’s technology can help us continue the relationships we have built. We encourage and welcome correspondences from you and your children anytime.
We really appreciate all our parents, our staff, administrators, and board members for your help and support all through year! Thank you for your part in making this a successful year. Ms. Carol, Ms. Alicia, and I wish everyone a safe and fun summer! We will see you in August!