We have enjoyed a busy week with various activities. The class celebrated Earth Day on Monday and learned about recycling plastics, papers, The children worked on an activity sorting recycling into two blue bins (plastic and paper).
“There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness.” Maria Montessori
I feel privileged to work in an environment that allows children of mixed ages to work together in a positive ways. This sense of community in the Montessori environment allows for the following:
- younger children to become more independent and not to always rely on adults
- the younger children strive to challenge themselves and look forward to future activities
- older children learn to be patient and tolerant of others
- older children learn leadership
Thanks for a wonderful week! Where do spring rolls, paper lanterns, and panda bears come from? They are all from Asia. The children welcomed Conie from Indonesia into our classroom this week. She introduced us to spring rolls, and showed us how to make sushi and paper lanterns. It was an exciting afternoon, full of food and art!
Enjoy making a paper lantern at home with your child: http://www.families.com/blog/craft-paper-lantern
We continued with new lessons using the Montessori materials. As well, the chidlren are working with the materials of choice, during the three-hour uninterrupted work period. This work period takes place in the morning. In a Montessori prepared environment, children are able to work for long periods of time in unbroken time. The children are getting the full benefit of one of the cornerstones of an authentic Montessori experience; the three-hour work cycle. Thank you to parents for arriving on time, and allowing your child to settle in, adjust and transition into the environment.
We continued our study of Africa this week. Thanks to Kim Haxton for coming to talk to the children about Africa. Kim is off to work in Africa in the next few weeks.
The children enjoyed learning more about Amphibians with the Parts of the Frog work and the the Lifecycle of the Frog.
The Casa class visited Amber at the Huntsville Public Library on Wednesday afternoon. The children spent time listening to stories, and worked on library rules. And even though playing in the library is fun, safety issues are a concern for both library staff and visitors. In order to insure that everyone visiting the library enjoys their time here safely, the following are rules for library behaviour: 1.- Please walk in the library.
2.- Respect books and use carefully.
3.- Respect the bookshelves, please do not climb.
4.- Please do not bring food into the library.
5.- Use your inside voice at all times.
We are finally seeing some signs of Spring! I’m sure you have noticed your children with wet and muddy clothing. Thanks to the parents for supporting us during this Spring weather.
We continued to explore Montessori materials from all areas of the classroom this week. The children’s interest was sparked this week by the broad stair/pink tower work. As an extension, the broad stairs are often used with the pink tower to allow the child to make many designs. http://www.lapappadolce.net/scala-marrone-e-torre-rosa-estensioni/ They are enjoying working together cooperatively with these materials. It’s wonderful to observe as the children are feeling more comfortable with the Montessori materials.
The children were so excited to discover ice!! With this latest Spring/Winter weather there are various patches of ice around the building and in the woods. The children played “skating” on the large ice patch behind the building, and “explorers” on the ice in the forest.
“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” Maria Montessori
Enjoy your weekend,