Lower Elementary North

 

LOWER ELEMENTARY NORTH HOMEROOM TEACHERS

Liz Resler and Megan Prybylski

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November 17, 2017

 
Each year to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday we prepare a feast for lunch.  Our third year students will be shopping at Krogerson Monday and purchasing the items needed.  Our luncheon is a good opportunity for community building and to practice the practical life skill of preparing a meal. 
Here is our menu: turkey hot dogs, potato chips, carrots, celery, vegetable dip, pickles, pumpkin muffins, school milk, and apple juice boxes.
 We are so grateful for our students and parents and want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

November 10, 2017

At this time of the year, we see that the majority of the students are normalized and working well independently.  They have been taught to  make good choices to meet their weekly expectations and are becoming used to time managing.  During our Great Period it is common to see most on task and working diligently.  

The new unit in our classroom is our Music Unit which is on a 3 year cycle.  This unit may not coincide with the hour music that the students have weekly because we want to expose them to a variety of music expressions, music history, musical notation, and musical instruments. It will introduce them  to all this and allows them to explore what they find interesting.  We have invited the students to bring in any music that they enjoy listening to with their families to play during our lunch time.  The children have shown great interest in this unit.  

 

November 3, 2017

Conferences were held last week and we were grateful to meet with everyone to discuss the students’ progress.  We are very appreciative of parents that support all that we do.  Please remember that you are welcome to come visit and see your child (and his or her peers) in action.  Just let us know.  

 

Our new math unit is on story problems, also known as word problems. Word problems require the students to read a problem and decide which math operation to use to get the answer.  Word problems develop students’ logical and abstract thinking.  

 

For geography, our focus is on map skills.  Students are learning to understand cardinal directions, how to use a compass, and practicing using various types of maps.  

 

The weather is getting colder!  It is important that your child comes to school prepared to go outdoors for recess.  Please remind your child to bring a hat, gloves and a warm coat.

 

October 27, 2017

We were fortunate last week to visit the Toledo Art Museum in Toledo, Ohio.  When we entered the museum, we were greeted by our docents who divided us into two different groups.  Each group followed their docent through the museum to a gallery where they focused on a painting.

We were shown landscapes and still-life.  We were shown portraits and structures. We saw a mummy cat and Japanese treasures called Netsukes.  It was a worthwhile experience although it was much too short.  The docents encouraged the students to return with their families and spend time looking through their favorite galleries.  
One group wrote this cinquain poem which describes Monet's painting Water Lilies:
pond
moist, violet
moving, flowing, jumping
fish and grass are moving
water

 

October 20, 2017

 

Our new word study unit is on Syllables.  It is important for students to recognize syllables in words.  A word might have one, two, or more syllables.  Understanding syllables can help students learn to spell words correctly.  At the lesson, each student got to “clap out” how many syllables were in their name.  They also got to “Clap it Out” on Go Noodle.  Go Noodle is a free, interactive video, that gets students up and moving.  If you want to check it out at home, go to GoNoodle.com.  This unit has been a popular choice off the shelf.

 

 

Backpack Alert:  We sent home your conference confirmation time in your child’s backpack on Thursday, October. 19.  We are looking forward to sitting down and discussing your child’s progress with you.  Please plan to arrive a few minutes ahead of your scheduled time to view your child’s progress report.  Thank you!

 

October 13, 2017

   

 

The cool weather has us running on a carpet of leaves on the playground.  This has prompted us, as teachers, to organize and prepare our Leaf Unit for our students.  The leaf nomenclature teaches the children the parts of the leaf, including the margin, blade, and petiole.  Identification of different leaves in our area is another work the students will be exploring.  

 
Following our Time Line of Life, we have introduced the Zoology Unit on Amphibians.  We invited Kermit the Frog from the Upper West classroom to visit for our initial lesson.  He is a very active African Clawed Frog and put on quite a show for the students.  Together, students can learn facts about the parts of the frog, the life cycle of amphibians, and the names of some from around the world. 

October 6, 2017

 

 

Our new history focus is on art and artists. Students are learning the four styles of art, matching famous paintings, and reading biographies on various artists. We are amazed at how much knowledge our students have in art already.  

 

Our third year students started keyboarding using a program called Typing.com.  Each student received a username and password.  They have an opportunity to improve their skills once a week for 20 minutes in the classroom, but can also log in from home to practice.  We encourage students to learn the proper hand placements on the keyboard to prepare them for the future. 

 

Bowling Green Rotary Club member Kory Iott presented personal dictionaries to our third year students.  These paperback dictionaries are for the students to keep and encourage literacy.  This is a project the club does each year for each third grader in the area.  Thank you! 

September 29, 2017

  

We have come to the end of listening to the 5 Great Lessons.  Our final lesson, How Numbers Began, was told by Miss Megan with the help of the Lower Elementary Team.  This lesson sparked the unit of Roman Numerals on the Math Shelf.  The students are surprised with learning of all the places Roman Numerals are used.  They also enjoy building and writing these numbers.  

 
Our Geography focus has turned to learning about the flag.  Students will learn the parts of a flag, and will also learn about our United States Flag.  This study will include work on the Pledge of Allegiance, which we say each morning during our morning meeting.  Students will have an opportunity to learn what the words in this poem mean and how they might pertain to each of us individually.  

 

September 22, 2017

 

 

This week has been busy!  We extended our geography unit by introducing a special mat that students can label land forms, water forms, or both land and water forms. This work coincides with our third year students starting Imaginary Island.  Their first lesson was on islands and volcanoes. They located islands on a map and did an underwater volcano experiment.

 

For language we introduced the article to our grammar shelf and continue to work on compound words on the word study shelf.

 

If you haven't had an opportunity to listen to one of the Five Great Lessons, join us for the final story on How Numbers Began.

 

September 15, 2017

   

As the weeks of school go by we take time to observe how each student is working and evaluate how they may be responding to their responsibilities.  We are pleased with how well the majority of the students are taking their 'job' of learning seriously.  Each week we will send home their checksheet or planner for parents to review all the work that their child has done.  This is a great tool for communication between school and home.  New work this week includes work on:

  • the Time Line of Life
  • Fish
  • Stems and Roots
  • Expanded Notation

 

September 8, 2017

 

On Wednesday, the elementary classes enjoyed the presentation of the Second Great Lesson- The Coming of Life.  Our Lower Elementary teaching team told a story that revolves around the Timeline of Life, a long chart with pictures and information about microorganisms, plants, and animals that have lived (or now live) on the earth.  The great diversity of life was emphasized, and special care was paid to the “jobs” that each living thing does to contribute to life on earth. 

 

Next week we will enjoy The Story of Humans. Please feel free to join us.  These stories take place on Wednesdays at 9:00am in Oberheu.

 

September 1, 2017 

     The upcoming three day weekend will be well deserved for both students and teachers.  It has been a very busy week!  In order to reach normalization in the classroom there is much orientation going on.  Students have been taking in an immense amount of information regarding the routine in the classroom as well as expectations and responsibilities with academics.  Many small group and individual lessons have taken place.

     The First Great Lesson was presented on Wednesday by the Lower Elementary teachers.  It is the beginning of the series of the Five Great Lessons that Maria Montessori compiled to give students an overall impression of the grand topics on the universe, the earth, and life on earth.  We invite everyone to come and listen to the lessons which will be presented on Wednesdays at 9 am.

     We're off to a great start this school year.  Have a restful and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.

August 25, 2017

  

 

We hope you had a relaxed, fun-filled summer! We would like to welcome back both new and returning families as we begin an enriching and exciting school year. The children came in ready to work! 

The first week was a week of review and many lessons. Older students have taken written assessments in Math and Language and all students will review or move on in the curriculum as needed. Lessons were given in Zoology, Geography and Botany. Students will distinguish between living and non-living, learn different land and water forms and identify parts of the plant. Students will continue to explore the work on the shelves next week.
If you haven't had a chance, please consider volunteering your time and/or efforts as a volunteer reader or help with classroom parties. Sign up sheets are outside our classroom door.

June 2, 2017

  
 
 It is hard to believe that the 2016-2017 school year is almost over.  Right now we are focusing on not counting the days of school we have left, but making each day count.  Some of our exciting highlights this week included: our second year students presenting their western state research projects on Talent Day, our third year students presenting their Imaginary Island reports on Island Day, and on Lego day we had some pretty amazing structures come into school.

We still have a couple of special activities planned before we say goodbye to our friends for the summer. On Monday, June 5, students may bring in their favorite board or card game to play with friends. On Tuesday, June 6, students need to be dropped off at The Carter Historic Farm at 9:00am.  They need to bring a completely disposable lunch and drink.  Students also need to be picked up by 2:30pm at the farm.  On Wednesday, June 7, students will help close their classroom community by cleaning the classroom, distributing our stick bundle and enjoying a picnic lunch. Please make sure your child brings a completely disposable lunch and drink.  In the afternoon, CAPE is providing inflatables, carnival games, and a scavenger hunt. 

Thank you again for sharing your children with us. It has been a wonderful year!

 

May 26, 2017

 

Traditionally, the last few days of school we plan special activities to say goodbye to our friends for the summer and to bring closure to our community.  Here are the plans for the last days of school.  

 

Monday, May 29, 2017 – Memorial Day, No School

 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 – Talent Day

    • Students may show off a talent.  (piano, violin, dance sing a solo, etc.)

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – Lego Day

    • Students may bring a small structure of Lego’s to share.  Structure MUST fit in a shoebox.

    • Students may bring a Lego Game to share.  

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Thursday, June 1, 2017 – Island Day

    • Third Year students will present their Imaginary Island reports.  

    • Students may wear a favorite Hawaiian or beach shirt.  

    • Bring a beach towel for leisurely reading.  

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Friday, June 2, 2017

  • Year End Progress Reports sent home.

  • This is the last day for Subway Subs.  

 

Monday, June 5, 2017 – Game Day

  • Children may bring their favorite board or card game to play with friends.  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – The Carter Historic Farm

  • 9:00 am-Drop off your child at the farm.

  • 2:30 pm-Pick up your child at the farm.  

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – Last Full Day of School

    • Students will help close their classroom community for the summer.  

    • Picnic lunch – bring a completely disposable lunch and drink.

    • CAPE is providing inflatables, carnival games, and a scavenger hunt.  

 

Thank you for sharing your children this year!  See you in the fall!

 

Sincerely,

 

Lower Elementary Teachers

 

May 19, 2017

  

 

Our third year students have been receiving lessons on estimation all week.  Because a lot of the Montessori materials spiral throughout each level, we introduced estimation using the Spindle Boxes and the 1000 cubing chain which are early childhood materials.  A phrase that they learn to help remember how to round is, “Five or more, let it soar.  Four or less, let it rest.” 

 

For word study, students are working on nomenclature cards.  With this work, they put scrambled sentences in order to make a sentence.  Younger students are focusing on capitalization and punctuation. The older students are putting the sentences together to make a paragraph.  Their focus is on indenting, capitalization and punctuation.

May 12, 2017

  

The poem reads "April showers bring May flowers".  It seems that the May showers will help with bringing blooms and seedlings also.  The month of May has brought in our flower unit on the Science shelf.  Flowers were included with the seeds that were introduced last week.  Students will learn the parts of a flower and hopefully learn the names of annual flowers they might want to plant in their home gardens. 
After a quick review of the Five Classifications of Vertebrates, we are introducing the Zoology Animal Stories.  The animal stories give the students information on all animals in the Animal Kingdom.  They are a series of picture cards with invertebrate and vertebrate animals.  After matching, if the children are interested in learning more, they look for information in books. This is always a favorite at the end of our Zoology studies.

May 5, 2017

Many students in our class attended our 8th annual Earth Day celebration. They enjoyed different activities like archery, riding a power-generated bicycle, taking a nature walk, creating art projects, and listening to stories. It was a great event and students seemed to enjoy the activities.

Now that spring is here, we’re back to focusing on Botany, and more specifically seeds!  Students are learning the parts of a seed, what their functions are, and the different types.  In celebration of Earth Day, last Thursday, students planted seeds in the garden, picked up trash and twigs on the playground, took a nature walk, and enjoyed a special dessert, Dirt Pudding.    

Our new word study unit is on letter writing. Students will learn to define the five parts of a friendly letter along with writing a letter. They will also learn how to properly address an envelope, write a postcard and a thank you card. This is a great unit with summer approaching. If you are looking for an activity for your child to do, have them write a letter and mail it to a friend.

April 28, 2017

   
Last week The BG Fire Department came to talk to the children about being safe over the summer months.  One safety note has reminded us of our own safety at MSBG.  That being the use of bug spray and sunscreen.  Once the weather begins to get warmer we encourage parents to send in bug spray/and or sunscreen.  Please label the container and we will make it available to the children when we go outdoors.
 
As we enter into the last month of the school year, older students will be completing on-going projects.  Second year students will complete their state research project.  Third year students will complete the imaginary island project.  We are pleased with the knowledge that the third year have retained from all the lessons given throughout the year.  All projects will be displayed in the hallway as they are completed.  
 
 

April 21, 2017

  

In zoology, we have concluded our study on mammals and are now reviewing all 5 classifications of vertebrates: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.  The students can choose to review the external parts of these animals, the internal parts of these animals, or research a particular animal from a classification.

Our second year students are excited to start a research on one of the western states we have been studying.  They each got to randomly choose a state.  They will first read a book about their state and then start finding out when their state was admitted into the union and when it became a state.  They will also research exciting attractions, famous people, and places they would like to visit.  

 

April 14, 2017

  

We hope that our visitors for Grandparent's Week enjoyed their visit. Students showed them how to use the checkerboard, and the stamps. Others shared the grammar work and phonics. Tours of the classroom were given as well as tours of the school.  

Our new unit this week was in Math. Younger students were given lessons on graphs, including the pictograph, bar graph, and the circle graph.  Older students were shown how to plot a coordinate. Activities on the shelf will allow them to explore this concept further.  

April 7, 2017

   

One of the anticipated lessons in the Montessori Elementary is the presentation of the Decanomial .  The third year students have been introduced to it this week.  It is a giant square (literally and figuratively) and is laid out in bead bars.  This lesson has the students building the math facts from 1x1 to 10x10.  These facts form squares with the materials which will exchange into cubes.  With a final result being the Pink Tower! 

We will be welcoming grandparents and special adults to our classroom next week.  If you haven't signed up, look for the sign up sheet in the foyer.  The students are excited to give them a tour of the classroom, visit the book fair and show them the work they are doing in the classroom.  

 

March 31, 2017

  

We're ending the month of March busy as ever.  Students continue working on the western states for Geography, dictionary work for Word Study and mammals for Zoology.  Our focus for Zoology,  the next couple of weeks, will be on whales and dolphins.

New units include Famous Americans for History and simple machines for Science.  We are asking students to explore all work and extend their work in whatever creative way they can.  An example would be to do the work on the shelf on the simple machine the lever, and taking a walk around the classroom or school to make a list of all the levers in the building.  We use so many simple machines daily that we hope the children become aware of how they simplify our lives.

 

March 24, 2017

Our new language unit is on the Dictionary. The Common Core State Standards require that students learn how to use reference materials to help them fully understand words through definitions and sample sentences.  Some students are learning the parts of the dictionary, while others are looking up entry words, using guide words, and determining their part of speech, pronunciation, and definition.  These features of the dictionary will help students to learn new words and recognize them when they read and also use them when they speak and write.

 

In geography, the students are learning about the 13 Western States, including Alaska and Hawaii. They are learning the flags of these states, doing research, and looking for interesting facts and special features specific to each.  Our second year students will be getting one of these states to begin an in depth research. They have been looking forward to this project and can't wait to get started.

March 17, 2017

Welcome back from Spring Break!  It was nice to see so much sunshine which fills us all with energy.  The children shared some fun-filled family activities.  It was nice to hear that they enjoyed their week off.  

 
Upon our return, we had a lesson on measurement.  At their introductory lesson, younger students measured with non-standard units and were introduced to the ruler, which has inches and centimeters.  Older students, will be working with story problems that have metric and standard measure.  We will also learn and review measurements that include weight and liquid volume.  This is a good time to place their height measurement on your wall if you haven't already this year!!

March 3, 2017

Dr. Montessori believed that developing children needed to learn from activities outside the classroom. They need real life experience in the natural world, society and culture. Field trips are extremely important. 

The elementary students traveled to the Mazza Museum located at the University of Findlay this past Tuesday. It is home to the most diverse collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world. The museum currently owns 8,163 original works of art and represents 586 artists. On this trip, we received a tour, completed an art activity, and rode down a curly slide to end this fun and informative trip. If you would like more information about the Mazza Museum, the website is www.mazzamuseum.org

February 24, 2017

  
We want to thank all of our parents for meeting with us last week.  It is good to know that we are supported and that we all have the children's best interest in mind.  
This week is the week that the eldest children in each level "Move Up". Kindergartners are visiting Lower Elementary and third year children are visiting Upper Elementary.  Each visiting student is paired up with someone from the classroom and gets a glimpse of what it will be like when, and if, they join our classroom community.  This is an exciting time.  
We introduced the last classification of vertebrates this week.  The unit is on mammals and we were able to use Yeti, from the Early Childhood classroom, to help with the introductory lesson.  This unit allows the students to discover and learn many interesting facts on mammals in the world.  

February 17, 2017

  

Our new Science unit for the month is on the Skeletal System.  Every person has a skeleton made up of many bones.  Did you know the adult human body has 206 bones?

Students are learning that our bones have three main jobs: to move, to protect delicate vital organs and to produce blood cells in bone marrow.  Other activities on the shelf include learning the common and scientific names of bones, where they are located and what their function is in the body.  Students can also label bones on a skeleton.  

We had a wonderful time celebrating Valentine’s Day on Tuesday with lower south.  We can’t thank our parents enough for volunteering their time to make our party a success.  The children enjoyed a snack, a craft, and two games. 

February 10, 2017

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Thursday, February 2, 2017 was MSBG’s 100th Day of School.  We encouraged students to wear 100 of something.  It was neat to see all of the different ideas they came up with.  There were several activities that the students took part in during the school day.  In math, the students rolled dice and colored squares all the way to 100.  In language, using movable letters, they tried to see how many words they could make from the letters in one hundred.  To burn extra energy, we did 100 exercises throughout the day.  It was a fun-filled day and, most importantly, we can say that we are 100 days smarter. 

 

This week we brought out a popular item for the grammar shelf: The Farm. With this material, students build models with objects, label their designs with word cards, and diagram the parts of speech using the grammar symbols. We also introduced the adverb.

In word study, we introduced our alphabetizing unit.  Alphabetizing is an essential skill that will help students in many day-to-day tasks at home and at school.  Knowing how to alphabetize will make it easier for children to locate and use commonly sought information (i.e. dictionary, phone books, directories, library skills such as finding a book listed by the author’s last name, etc.).  Students will also be alphabetizing their Valentine’s next week, in class, on Tuesday.   

The third year students continue to delve deeper into their Imaginary Island work. This week, they worked with partners to complete a world map by locating corresponding coordinates.

February 3, 2017

Who were the 45 presidents of the United States? This is the History
Unit the students are working on in our classroom.  They are creating
timelines, learning facts, writing research papers, and more. With
President's Day coming up, this has been a popular choice from the
culture shelf.

Third year students learned about latitude and longitude lines at
their last Imaginary Island lesson. The Imaginary Island Unit allows
students to visualize, draw, and write about a make-believe island.
Lessons include learning about land forms, water forms, latitude
lines, and longitude lines. They also discussed the equator, the prime
meridian, the hemispheres, and how to find the coordinates of
different places.

January 27, 2017

  

The new week has some new units on the shelf to explore.  We have completed our study of Australia and have moved northward to the continent of Europe.  The new study has the children tracing and learning the countries of Europe. The European flags are available to the students to draw and learn. They also have the option to do a research on one of the European countries.  Another new unit has to do with fractions.  The fact that a fraction is part of a whole will be explored.  New materials are available to compare fractions, add and subtract fractions, and do story problems with fractions.  Finally, on our word study shelf, teachers gave a lesson on prefixes.  Prefixes will change the meaning of a root word and learning this will add to our vocabulary.  

January 20, 2017

     

Last week we had a special guest speaker from the Wood County Hospital
presenting a program called, “Veggiecation.”   Veggiecation is a
culinary-nutrition program that introduces children to the wonderfully
delicious and nutritious world of vegetables.  Did you know that your
son/daughter likes spinach?  During class, our students got to help
make “Sweetheart Smoothies!  These smoothies consisted of spinach,
strawberries, honey and yogurt.  If your child doesn’t like
vegetables, try putting them into a blender and add whatever
ingredients you want to make a smoothie.  They were delicious!

Our new Science unit for the month is on the Muscular System. The
muscular system is responsible for the strength and movement of the
human body.  Did you know you have more than 600 muscles in your body?

Students are learning that we have three different types of muscles:
involuntary, voluntary and cardiac.  Other activities on the shelf
include parts of an eye, labeling the different muscles, and learning
the jobs of different muscles.

January 13, 2017

It is that time of year, when we wish for those days of warmth and sunshine. Or at least a nice blanket of fluffy snow that represents the beauty of winter. Winter is so unpredictable that we may get all of that, sooner or later.  A unit that we often do during the winter months is our Zoology unit on birds.  We offer the students a pair of binoculars to look out the window and observe nature outdoors focusing on any winter bird.  

Other activities include learning the Parts of the Egg, Parts of the Bird, Types of Bird Beaks and Types of Bird Feet.  We send out an invitation to any of our parents who are into ornithology to come in and present a brief presentation.  

January 4, 2017

     
 
We hope you had a restful and enjoyable break!  We begin our new year with a few new activities.
 
On the word study shelf, we introduced suffix work. Suffixes are affixes that appear after the root.  We can compare a root word to a tractor, that has power on its own, and a suffix to a trailer, that can move, but only if it's attached to the tractor. Have fun breaking down words into roots and suffixes with your children.  
 
In grammar, we are learning about prepositions.  Prepositions are words that show the relationship between two words in a sentence.  
With the work on the shelf, students will become familiar with prepositions and to understand their function. 
 
In history, students will learn the names of the months and their origins.  They will also divide a year into parts.  With this work, students will discover that a year's time can be thought of in fractions.  

December 16, 2016

  

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The students are well into the end of the semester and working to their full potential. Most students are aware of their work responsibilities and of the teachers expectations. It is a time when, as teachers, we have the opportunity to step back and observe the "magic" that is going on in the classroom.

Our wish for all of our families is to have a peaceful and joyful time these next few weeks. Take time to read, play and enjoy each other's company. Happy New Year to everyone! We look forward to a productive 2017. 

December 9, 2016

  

Curriculum Night at MSBG has always been a big success.  We were happy to see so many of our families take time to attend. If, for any reason, you could not attend please make an attempt to visit the classroom so your child can show you the work they enjoy most.

We have several new units in the classroom for the students to explore. We have started our first continent study of Australia.  Students are able to  learn the names of the states and territories, the biomes, animals, and other cultural information.  Another unit is our Literature Unit on Fairy Tales.
 
With our introduction lesson, we learned that there are several elements a fairy tale has in order to be considered a fairy tale.  We will be looking for these elements as we read and do the activities.  In our classroom, the weeks before the holidays, remains constant and normal for the students. The new units help keep the students happy and busy. 

December 2, 2016

    

 

Our next class of vertebrates we are studying in Zoology is reptiles.  Edwina, our pet turtle, was a willing participant in the lesson.  Students are learning the parts of a reptile and their functions.  Once mastered they will use their research skills to answer questions about a particular reptile, write a report and present what they learned to the class.

In geography, we started a unit on the continent of Australia.  Students will work with the classic Montessori puzzle map and biome map.  They can choose nomenclature (matching work) of the animals, homes, clothing, and famous places in Australia.  We would like to invite anyone who has lived in or visited Australia to come into the classroom and share any information with us.  Please let us know! 

 

 November 19, 2016 

On Tuesday we went to the BGSU Planetarium to further our sun, stars and constellations science unit.  We experienced a lesson called, "Storybook Sky!" This lesson included the mythology and stories of a few prominent constellations.  The tales of the ancient Greeks, Native Americans, and many other cultures used the sky as a storyboard.  A variety of these tales were told under the planetarium sky and the students also created their own constellations and stories.  

We would like to thank Heather Orth, Jim Ploeger, Karen Krueger, Andy Gross, Julie Cripps and Mary Cleland for making this trip possible and driving our students to the Planetarium.

Each year to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday we prepare a feast for lunch. Our luncheon is a good opportunity for community building and to practice the practical life skill of preparing a meal. Here is our menu: turkey hot dogs, potato chips, carrots, celery, vegetable dip, pickles, pilgrim hat cookies, school milk, and apple juice boxes. This year to help defray the cost of the lunch we would like each student to bring in $2.00. We will have our luncheon on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Please send in your child's $2.00 by Friday, November 18.  We are also looking forward to the 3rd year going shopping on Monday for our Thanksgiving feast.

November 11, 2016 

 

Students in the Lower Elementary have been introduced to geometry lessons for several weeks now.  The Montessori geometry lessons are introduced in the early childhood classes as exploration of figures with the Geometry Cabinet, the Constructive Triangles, and The Geometric Solids.  In the elementary classes, lessons are introduced as the consciousness of figures. They are trying to explore the relationship between figures.  Students began by reviewing solids, and the plane shapes.   Presently, lessons include the Nomenclature of the Basic Concepts and The Initial Study of Line.  

November 4, 2016 

   

Thank you to all of the parents who took the time to meet us for conferences.  It is important for us to work together and make the best academic/social choices for the children.  Please remember that you are welcome to come visit and see your child in action.

We have money work out on our shelves! Students can learn how much coins are worth and find the value of a small collection of coins. As they progress, they will be counting money and making change using coins and dollar bills.

Our history focus this month is on the concept of The Fundamental Needs of Humans.  Dr. Maria Montessori believed that all humans share common basic needs which, when met, help open the doors for human freedom, respect, cooperation and environmental accountability; all of which are crucial for creating civilizations and establishing peace.  The Fundamental Needs of Humans are divided into two categories: Material Needs and Spiritual Needs.  Materials Needs include: sufficient food, appropriate clothing, shelter, defense and transportation.  Spiritual Needs include: love, art/music, religion and vanity.

In geography, we are learning about different biomes of the world.  Each biome can be described as an area on our earth that shares the same species, climate, animals, and plants.  Biomes are different according to the continent on which they occur.  Students can explore the puzzle maps or nomenclature that coincides with each biome. 

October 28, 2016 

 

We have a visitor in our classroom for a few days while Upper Elementary is at camp.  We are "frog-sitting" their African Clawed Toad, Kermit.  It was perfect timing too since this week we introduced our next unit of study in Zoology.  Following the story of The Second Great Lesson, we are studying Amphibians.  These slimy creatures are of much interest to the students and having Kermit available makes it so much more fun.  

In language, our new word study unit is on syllables.  We have a video the students move to called "Clap it Out"  that helped explain this new unit. Learning that words can be broken down help early readers stretch out words for better understanding and reading.  For advanced readers, it is beneficial for better spelling.  

October 21, 2016

  

We celebrated the harvest with a Harvest party in the north and south classrooms on Wednesday, Oct. 18.  Thank you to our party coordinator, Leah Nietz, and all the parents that made this party a success.  The children enjoyed a snack, story, and two crafts.  We all had a great time!

On Thursday, Oct. 20, we sent home your conference time confirmation in your child’s mailbox.  Please check with your child if you did not receive this paper.  We are looking forward to sitting down with you to discuss your child’s progress.  

October 14, 2016

  

Each month we will introduce one or two of the parts of speech of grammar. "Dr. Montessori says it is a mistake to give grammar to the ten year old.  He has no interest in grammar: He is out of that period of development.  Instead, we must give grammar to the six and seven year olds.  Children of this age are interested in grammar, and it will be a help to them in the development of their language." - Language Volume I, Columbus Montessori Center.  There will be the classic Montessori materials as well as supplemental work for the students to explore the nine parts of speech.  This week we introduced the adjective.

Our new History Unit is covering information on the flag and elections. Scholastic News has offered a student presidential election poll since 1940. The amazing fact is that the poll has been accurate since 1960.  Our deadline to vote was October 12 and we will get results in the future.    

October 7, 2016

 

Our new unit of study, in zoology, is on Fish. Miss Liz shared a mounted Walleye to introduce the unit.  Our younger students are learning the parts of a fish and their functions. Older students are using their research skills to answer questions about a particular fish, writing a report and presenting what they learned to the class.

The Fifth Great Lesson, How Numbers Began, has prompted our new math unit on Roman Numerals.  With this unit, students will match and learn to write the Roman Numerals into the millions.  This unit has always been a favorite of the students.

Why do leaves change colors in the Fall?  It’s the perfect time of year to explore these changes with our new, leaf study, on the Botany shelf.  Each student selected a leaf at recess to investigate.  They will learn to identify leaf margins, veins, and parts of a leaf.    

September 30, 2016

   

 
The Five Great Lessons came to an end on Wednesday, with the telling of The Fifth Great Lesson - How Numbers Began.  Throughout the year, as we present new units, we will refer to what we heard in the lessons.  For example, when we present the unit of Roman Numerals, we will refer to the Fifth Great Lesson and how the Romans developed these numbers.
 
Our Fourth Great Lesson on How Writing Began helped introduce our word study unit of compound words.  A compound word is a word made up of two or more smaller words.  For early readers this work breaks down words for building reading skills. For the more fluent readers it builds vocabulary and sentence writing.  It is encouraging to hear the students recognize these words in their reading and point them out to teachers and friends. 

September 23, 2016

  

The 2nd Great Lesson, Life Comes to Earth, has inspired the class to explore the Timeline of Life.  Students will be investigating the eras, periods, and different ages of the Timeline.  As teachers, we enjoy the excitement and comments the students express when doing this "fun" work.

On Monday, our first year students got a check sheet to track the work that they do throughout the week. The goal for your child is to be able to plan a day’s worth of work  and complete it during our Great Period from 9:00am-11:30am. Typically, these will get sent home on Fridays.  This is a great tool you can use to find out what he/she is learning in school. Look for it in your child’s mailbox each week.  Our second and third year students will continue the use of their student planners.

September 16, 2016

   

It amazes us how quickly time goes by.  Perhaps, it is because time flies when we're having fun.  Or is it that time flies when we are busy, or both?

This week has been a week of many new unit lessons.  Here is a list of the new work our students have been exploring:  In Math, they have been doing activities on greater than, less than, and equal to of numbers into the thousands.  Language has an extension of the Rhyming Unit with the addition of Nursery Rhymes.  If you have good nursery rhyme books at home, take some time and read them together.  Our Botany Unit on the study of plants continues with a focus on roots and stems.  Zoology activities refer to the beginning of the 2nd Great Lesson with information on Ocean Life. Finally, Geography has the students studying land and water forms found on the Earth.  Wow!  By the sound of things, yes, time is flying by because we are having fun and are busy.  Have a great week!

September 9, 2016

 

In Lower North, we continue to give small and large group lessons to help the students make choices with their daily work cycle.  Each day they are required to make a choice in Math, Language, and Culture.  We are pleased with the activities and choices they have been making.

We also started our special area classes.  This year all of our specials are on Fridays except for Spanish which is on Tuesday afternoons.  We are fortunate to have a great group of teachers who work with the students in the areas of music, art, physical education, and Spanish.  Our specials schedule is posted outside the classroom door.   

September 2, 2016

 

This week the elementary students were introduced to the Five Great Lessons of Maria Montessori, on her birth date, August 31st!  The First Great Lesson is the story of The Beginning of the Universe and the Earth.  This lesson opened up our unit of the sun, stars and constellations for History.  The students in lower north will be able to explore and learn fun facts such as Are stars colored? and Are stars really star shaped?  Students may also choose to learn the background and myths of the constellations.  There is a vastness of knowledge to be learned with this unit and it is always a favorite with the students.  

August 26, 2016

 

We hope that you had a relaxed, fun-filled summer! We would like to welcome back both new and returning families to our school year. The children came in excited and ready to work! The first week was a week of review and many lessons. Older students have taken written assessments, in math and grammar, and will review or move on in the curriculum as needed. Lessons were given in Zoology, Geography and Botany. Students will distinguish between vertebrates and invertebrates, review continents and oceans, and identify parts of the plant. Students will continue to explore the work on the shelves next week.

If you haven't had a chance, please consider volunteering your time and/or efforts as a volunteer reader, a volunteer for math facts, or help with classroom parties.  Sign up sheets are on our classroom door.

 

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