Lower Elementary North
LOWER ELEMENTARY NORTH HOMEROOM TEACHERS
Liz Resler and Megan Prybylski
September 21, 2018
A few weeks ago, we listened to the First Great Lesson: Beginning of the Universe and the Earth. This story told us how the Solar System came to be. On our history shelf, the students will be exploring the nine planets. This unit is always popular because it allows them to wonder about our universe.
On the Word Study shelf we introduced Syllabication. Dividing words into parts, or “chunks” helps speed the process of decoding. Knowing the rules for syllable division can help students read words more accurately and fluently. Understanding syllables can also help students learn to spell words correctly. We often hear students “clapping” out syllables while doing this work.
We ended the week celebrating International Day of Peace. All across the world, September 21st is recognized as a day to stop all fighting and have a day of peace. Our school plans for this day include an all school assembly, singing, and a school picture. The peace pal groups were also introduced.
September 14, 2018
September 7, 2018
One of the most magical pieces of Montessori education is the Five Great Lessons. This week the elementary students listened to the First Great Lesson: The Beginning of the Universe and the Earth. They were encouraged to think and wonder about our Universe and how it may have formed. This was told through a story that involved several experiments that illustrated the many laws of our universe. In the classroom, the First Great Lesson coincides with our history work which is on the moon.
The lessons are being presented on Tuesdays atPlease join us if you’d like to hear the second story: How Life Began.
Writer’s Workshop has begun! The students are learning to live the “writerly life.” Throughout the school year, they will explore writing: narratives, informative, opinion, poetry, and more. They will also go through the writing process and learn to edit, revise and publish.
Every week we have the opportunity to check out books from the school library. Students keep these books in the classroom and read them during transitions and designated reading times throughout the school day. We love to read!
August 31, 2018
Our classroom is working towards normalization. The most important thing we, as teachers, can do to get to that point is lead the students to what their responsibilities are and teach many lessons. Lessons that will help them make choices in Math, Language, and Culture.
August 24, 2018
Welcome back to MSBG! We hope you all had a relaxing, fun-filled summer! The students were eager to share their adventures with us.
This week we spent time practicing and reviewing classroom responsibilities and procedures as well as acclimating ourselves to the new room and community. We opened up the geography shelf and are exploring land and water forms as well as labeling the continent maps. In zoology, we are discussing living and non living, and the 5 Kingdoms of Life. We also had a botany lesson and are learning the parts of a tree. Children have been busy reviewing geometric solids, the squaring and cubing chains, numeration and nouns. More work will continue to come out next week.
June 1, 2018
It has been a wonderful school year! We are proud of the academic strides our students have made. Also, we have enjoyed the close community we built within our classroom. These final days of sharing have allowed us to appreciate that community.
The summer months should also be a time of academic growth. We encourage you to read daily with your child. Practice math facts with games, flash cards, or educational apps. Take advantage of the different camps with the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation and BGSU.
If you are interested in doing some work over the summer, here are some suggestions.
See you in August!
May 25, 2018
As mentioned last week, students are completing projects this week in the classroom. 2nd year students have completed their state researches and have presented to their classmates. Their work is displayed in the hallway. 3rd year projects are getting the final touches and will be presented on our special days next week.
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.
– Memorial Day, No School
Tuesday, May 29, 2018– Book Day
· Students may bring their favorite book to share with their classmates.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Field Trip to Sylvania Historical Village (Permission Slip attached)
Thursday, May 31, 2018 –Planting Classroom Garden-Morning
Friday, June 1, 2018 – 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.
· This is the last day for Subway Subs.
Monday, June 4, 2018- Talent Day
- Students may show off a talent. (piano, violin, dance, sing a solo, etc.).
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – Game Day/Last Full Day of School/Community Celebration
· Children may bring their favorite board or card games to play with friends.
· Students will help close their classroom community for the summer.
· Picnic lunch - bring a completely disposable lunch and drink.
· MSBG/CAPE are providing inflatables, carnival games, and a scavenger hunt.
May 18, 2018
As we enter into the last few weeks of May, older students will be completing on-going projects. Second year students will finish their state research project. Third year students will complete their “All About Books” they have been working on in Writer’s Workshop and their 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.
Traditionally, the last few days of school, we have planned special activities to end the year. Going home in your child’s mailbox today is an important letter of what’s coming up in lower elementary. Please put this letter in a place where your child can see it each day before coming to school.
May 11, 2018
The first full week of May in lower north has been full of activity. Monday started off with a rambunctious presentation of The Princess and the Pea by the BG Children's Opera. It had the teachers practicing their opera voices.
May 4, 2018
Now that spring is finally here, we’re back to focusing on Botany. This time of year is a perfect time for the students to learn about seeds and flowers. Many of the spring flowers, especially tulips, are perfect specimens to dissect and view the different parts. We are also learning the parts of a seed, what their functions are, and the different types. In the next couple of weeks, here at MSBG, we will be planting seeds and annual flowers in our garden beds.
In Writer’s Workshop, our first and second year students went through the writing process and published a small moment story. They got to read their piece in the Author’s Chair. Our third year students are still working on their “All About” Books. We look forward to hearing their stories once they are complete.
April 27, 2018
What a whirlwind of activities this week. We had a lesson on estimation using our Squaring Chain of 10. We had a lesson on the Pronoun in Grammar, and the introduction of miniature environments to apply our Parts of Speech knowledge. For History, we have revisited the idea of the First Great Lesson-How the Earth Began. We have started learning about the types of rocks that form the Earth. Another Language lesson we had this week was on Prefix, Suffix, and Root words. Tie the shoe. Untie the shoe. Retie the shoe. What great lessons!
Our recycling unit came to close this week with a visit to the Wind Turbines and the Recycling Center. The students have learned a lot on how to care for the Earth from this science unit. We hope that they have a better idea on what they can do to help. Our new science unit will be on the study of flowers. Students will have an opportunity to learn the names of different flowers that may grow this spring and summer.
April 20, 2018
This year in Geography, we have traveled around the globe stopping in Antarctica, the Arctic Circle, Asia and now South America. We are learning about the countries, capitals, flags, animals, and biomes of the continent to our south. South America not only houses some of the driest areas of the world, but some of the wettest, such as the Amazon Rain Forest. Since a large percentage of South America is rain forest, we also put out work that explores this special biome. The Amazon rain forest houses a wide variety of animals and plants to study.
On our History shelf, we are exploring rocks and minerals. The students are really enjoying this exploration as they use magnifying glasses to discover the different minerals contained in the rocks and how they were formed. At the conclusion of our unit, in May, we will be traveling to Fossil Park. We are collecting egg cartons (the kind that hold a dozen) for this field trip. If you have any at home, please drop them off to the classroom.
Our newest math unit is graphing. Students will be exploring pictographs, bar graphs, and pie graphs. Gathering, collecting, and interpreting numerical information is a necessary skill.
We got to visit Upper El on Wednesday to see their presentation of the Ancient Egyptian Wax Museum. It was so much fun to see all the interesting masks and hear stories of the ancient pharaohs, gods, and goddesses. Thanks for inviting us!
April 13, 2018
What a busy week! All the activities going on this week have made our week go faster than usual. We were greeted with the Scholastic Book Fair. This is one of the last opportunities to purchase books for your home library, which will be great for future reading.
April 6, 2018
Our language unit is on the Dictionary. Teaching students to use a reference book, such as a dictionary, is an important skill that we want our students to learn. Students are learning the parts of the dictionary, looking up entry words, using guide words and determining their part of speech, pronunciation, and definition.
Our recycling unit was introduced using a song by Jack Johnson, "Three R's" which stand for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The students enjoyed the song and the activity used during the lesson in which they had to use clues to figure out which items take the longest time to decompose. Other activities on the shelves will teach them more about the environment and ways to keep it clean. At the end of the month, we will travel to the Bowling Green Recycling Center to learn about the equipment and daily operations. A letter will be going home in the next couple of weeks.
March 30, 2018
I think that we can all agree that sometimes mornings come too quickly. With the promise of warm weather and the longer days, we wish to be outdoors more and do more. As teachers, we often see tired eyes and bodies on Mondays in our students. But we feel this time of the year is important to make sure our students have learned what is necessary. We hope you consider some quiet time at the end of your weekend to allow for attentiveness mornings.
March 23, 2018
In zoology, we have introduced the Animal Stories. These are packets of nomenclature that the students will apply what they have learned throughout the year. The stories cover invertebrates and vertebrates and are written in riddle form. The students enjoy this work. It encourages collaboration, research and discovery.
In history, we concluded our unit on Famous African Americans and are now learning about presidents. Each year we focus on a few presidents. This year, we are learning more about presidents #16 - #30. They are creating timelines, learning facts, locating key words in word searches, writing research papers, and more.
We would like to thank Miss Mackenzie, our middle school teacher, for giving our students a presentation on Thailand. This presentation coincides with our Asia unit. Mackenzie lived there for two years and was excited to share her knowledge with us. Her focus was on the needs of man (food, clothing, shelter, transportation, etc.).
March 16, 2018
We were hoping to return from our Spring Break with warmer temperatures, but Mother Nature is still testing our patience with bitter cold. We are grateful for the sun although it can be deceiving. Please help your child be prepared for the outdoor temperatures for recess.
March 2, 2018
This week we are celebrating 111 years of excellence for Montessori Education Week. We had special events planned for the week long observance. We wore our pajamas, MSBG attire, a tie or scarf, a community shirt and a flannel. Our students enjoyed it all! Thank you for being a part of our school community!
February 23, 2018
February 16, 2018
For our math unit, we are exploring fractions. Students are discovering that a fraction is part of a whole. With materials they are able to see equivalencies, add and subtract fractions with like denominators and do story problems with fractions. Our fraction materials help the concepts become more concrete.
Our new author study is on Jean Marzollo. Jean wrote the I SPY series. There are different I SPY books students can choose from. Each book contains an activity which have them searching for certain parts of grammar and/or word study.
Our unit on mammals has begun. It is the last classification of vertebrates that we have in our course of study. We borrowed Patches, a guinea from Early Childhood West, to introduce our unit. Work on the shelf will give the students a chance to research many different mammals. This unit has always been a favorite of the students because of the many possibilities of exploration.
We had a wonderful time celebrating Valentine’s Day! Our students got to eat a delicious treat while listening to a story, play a game and make a craft. We would like to thank all our parents and grandparents for helping with the party. Fun was had by all!
February 9, 2018
Our classroom was gifted a small glass jar labelled "365 Days of Happiness and Inspiration". As teachers, we decided to incorporate it into our Morning Meeting. The Morning Meeting Leader will read one of the sayings, and ask friends to explain what the saying means. It is heart-warming to hear the innocence of their perceptions of a deep thought. These are a few examples of some of the sayings: In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.- Nikos Kazantzakis; Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.-Sam Levenson; Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.-Grandma Moses.
January 26, 2018
How sweet it is! The beauty of the Montessori method is that children can work at their own pace. As teachers, we can give lessons that we might not give as often as we are able with materials that we don't often use. We have several students in the classroom now using materials to find common multiples, and to add and subtract fractions, and to figure out volume. It is exciting to see these students grasping new knowledge.
January 19, 2018
The weather outside hasn’t changed much with the chilly temperatures, but we have new units, in the classroom, that have changed!
In Writer’s workshop, students are writing personal narratives. We call these stories, small moments. Our younger students are focusing on sentence structure while the older students are adding details and writing paragraphs. We have some creative authors in our classroom.
Speaking of authors, we have two author studies available as a work choice, Jan Brett and Cynthia Rylant. This has been a popular choice off the language shelf. Students get to read a story together and then complete an activity that correlates.
In history, our focus is on the months of the year and holidays that are in each month. Do you know how January got its name? It was named after the Roman God Janus, Janus had two faces. One that looked backwards to the past and one that looked forward to the future.
In Imaginary Island, our third year students are designing their island. They each get to construct their island using the land and water form tiles, think about their climate and how big they want their island to be. This is always an exciting project and they were eager to start.
January 12, 2018
The Bird Unit for Zoology was introduced on Wednesday. The initial lesson involves the use of a stuffed duck and each part of the duck is discussed. There is so much to learn with the Bird Unit including the types of nests, types of beaks, types of feet, types of feathers,and, of course, different types of birds. With the white snow, and bare branches, it is fun to observe the birds that do not migrate for winter.
We have also opened the Time Math Unit. The students are used to reading digital clocks, but the work we have out uses an analog clock. These are much harder to read. Luckily, the lesson includes using the bead bars of 5 to help the students understand the 5 minute intervals between each number. The lesson also uses the fraction skittles to understand o'clock, half hour and quarter hour.
January 5, 2018
Happy New Year! We hope you had an enjoyable and restful winter break. Our students came in and were ready to work. We tend to review the week we come back from break to get back into the swing of things. Students are finishing up units on dinosaurs, money, the needs of humans and word study.
December 15, 2017
There is always excitement and anticipation for the Winter Break, therefore the students have been keeping busy with "familiar" work and special presentations. Teachers have been sharing information about some of the holidays celebrated during this time of the year. Celebrations such as Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Hanukkah, and Christmas.
On Wednesday, the Wood County Hospital Wellness Program brought a 7-foot, overstuffed, blue haired doll to our school to kick off our science unit on the circulatory and respiratory systems. Stuffee turns “inside out” to reveal all the major abdominal organs. On the shelf, students are learning how the body works. Some of the activities are: finding your pulse and counting your heartbeats using a stethoscope for one minute, labeling different parts of the Respiratory and Circulatory Systems, and learning about our lungs.
Our new grammar study is on the preposition. Younger students will become familiar with prepositions and understand their function. Older students will review and apply what they know about prepositions using the Montessori grammar boxes and the sentence analysis materials.
The cold weather is here! Please remember to send warm outdoor gear to school everyday with your children, including items such as coats, hats, gloves, snow pants, and snow boots. We have the option of going outside anytime the temperature is above 15 degrees. Teachers will exercise discretion regarding severe wind chill and other weather factors.
We hope everyone has a peaceful holiday break. Our wish for all of our families is to have a 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 2018.
December 8, 2017
December-the most wonderful, and busiest, time of the year! This statement was so obvious this week at MSBG. The school opened the Book Fair , we had curriculum night, was the McDonald's fundraiser, and -8th grade Music Performance. That is on top of a full day of work with each other.
December 1, 2017
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Students came back ready for new units and new work. We were busy giving lessons in all subject areas. The new units include: Biomes of the World, Synonyms, Antonyms & Homonyms, money, and new leaf works. We will definitely be busy learning the next few weeks.
December is a busy month around MSBG. The Scholastic Book Fair will be in the lobby on. We hope to see you at Curriculum night on The McDonald's Fundraiser on South Main is on Our Winter Arts and Music Program for 1st through 8th grade is on and our winter break begins .
November 17, 2017
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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
- Stems and Roots
- Expanded Notation
September 8, 2017
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., the elementary classes enjoyed the presentation of the Second Great Lesson-
Next week we will enjoy The Story of Humans. Please feel free to join us. These stories take place on Wednesdays at 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 presentedby 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 .
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
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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
May 5, 2017
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
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.
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.
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.
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 www.mazzamuseum.org. 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 .
February 24, 2017
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
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,.
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
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
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.
January 4, 2017
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.
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.
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
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?
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.