News & Lessons From Ms. Kaltrina & Ms. Diane's Class
September 8 - October 15, 2021
Welcome to the new school year! We hope everyone had a great summer. We also want to thank you all for your cooperation and support as we navigate through the new school year.
We are so excited and happy that we have successfully ended the first month of school, filled with many fun and exciting activities and the most important we are all healthy and safe.
Past few weeks we have been trying to spend as much as possible time outdoors. Besides, playing and having fun outside, we are back to having our Montessori circle time indoors when we get to sit on the circle and do our daily routine circle activities, like attendance, calendar, weather, 100 days of school, letter of the week, Mystery box, read books, share ideas, experiences and thoughts. Students are having a blast every day in school and for us the teachers it is so rewarding to see them grow socially, emotionally and cognitively. Past few weeks we have been learning and practicing the new school procedures, rules, classroom routines, getting to know each other, and adjusting to the new classroom Montessori set up.
Our theme for the upcoming two weeks is “Fall Season- Pumpkins, Apples and Scarecrows”
We are beginning this month by talking/learning about the Fall Season, about “Pumpkin, apples and scarecrows.” We will continue to read different books sing songs, and learn stories about Fall, the letter of the week, and the number of the week.
Also, we will continue to review and practice the classroom basic rules and routine. We will continue to practice carrying a tray properly, setting up our lunch, setting up and cleaning up the Montessori work, how to walk the line, how to walk around the rug, how to push the chair in, and how to sit on the rug during work time and circle time.
Two friendly reminders:
Back to School Night is Thursday, October 7th, 7 - 7:30pm via zoom; link coming soon
School is closed on Monday, October 11th for Columbus Day
Thank you for sharing your children with us!
Kaltrina, Diane, Ruby and Marie
Letter A cutting and pasting activity
The geography Montessori materials teach the students about the world around them, people around the world, continents, landforms, planets, animals of the continents and many more engaging and interactive activities.
Language materials in the Montessori classroom offer the child a rich oral experience. Montessori materials help students strengthen the pincer grasp in preparation for writing. Also, in the Montessori classrooms when teaching letters, our focus is on the sound of the letter, since when students learn how to read, they will first sound out the letters, blend and read the word.
Introduction to Sandpaper letters
Beginning sound with objects
Sand tray tracing of the letter of the week
In Montessori classrooms the math is taught by working with numbers, shapes, and quantities as objects and not only as symbols. Students are introduced first to the manipulative quantity (concrete) like red and blue rods, sandpaper numbers with the objects, spindle box. Once the child is comfortable with the concrete materials, he/she will move the work further to the abstract- the numerals/symbols like the stamp game, the bead frame and the operations.
Numerals and counters
Apple tree counting activity
Practical life activities help the students develop their independence, eye hand coordination, social skills, fine motor skills as well as concentration.
Carry a tray
Push in the chair
Carrying a chair
Walking around the rug
Setting up their lunch
Walking the line
Science is an area of the classroom, when students can explore, experiment, compare and construct.
Pumpkin volcano- fall science experiment
The sensorial activities prepare the child for math. The foundation for geometry and algebra is introduced by the sensorial materials, such as the browns stairs, pink cubes, red and blue rods, knobbed and knobbles cylinders when the students compare the different shapes and sizes, categorize, sort and place the materials in order.
Introduction to geometric solids
8:45-9:10 Back Playground
9:45-10:10 Wash Hands/Bathroom/Snack
10:10-11:00 Montessori Work Time
11:00-11:25 Front Playground
11:30-11:45 Wash Hands/Bathroom
11:45-12:30 Lunch Time
12:45-1:30 Rest Time
1:35-1:45 Bathroom/Clean up from Rest
1:45-2:30 Montessori Work Time
2:30-3:00 Bike yard/Dismissal