Early Childhood East

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Peace education is a cornerstone of Montessori, and the children experienced lessons this week that explicitly teach these skills.  First, our classrooms collected and decorated Peace Sticks.  We introduce the idea of a community to the children by gathering each individual stick and placing them into a Peace Bundle, wrapping them together as a group. ...
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  We hope everyone had a restful labor day weekend! This week the East and West classrooms showed many demonstrations in practical life including twisting, snapping, and zipping baskets. Dressing frames were also added to practice the self-care of velcro, snapping, and zipping. Tonging from one to one can also be found on the Practical...
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g Welcome to the first full week of classes at MSBG!  We have enjoyed getting to know your children and helping everyone become comfortable in our classrooms.  Our week began with lessons on walking safely in the classroom and practicing rolling and unrolling rugs.  Grace and courtesy lessons were introduced this week,  including raising a...
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  Early childhood has been working on closing our classroom community.  We have been polishing our wooden work, scrubbing tables and chairs, and cleaning our cubbies.  This extension of our practical life work allows the children to practice skills learned all year as well as build a sense of community as we work collaboratively in...
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  Early Childhood began the week with making Friendship Pins for friends and teachers in the classroom. This is a special end-of-the-year work that uses fine motor skills and concentration! This work is also rooted in kindness and courtesy, as the children make then give these memorable tokens of friendship. Additional lessons in the Early...
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Early childhood smelled amazing this week as the classrooms began a culminating food prep:  making cinnamon bread!  This practical life activity entails measuring, scooping, pouring, whisking, kneading, and stirring.  After each child participates in preparing his or her own personal loaf, the bread is left to rise and finally baked to perfection.  East students enjoyed...
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Early childhood has been busy preparing special projects for Mother’s Day!  Each child worked to create a special project, including decorating and wrapping each gift.  We are so excited to share them with families.  Also, this week, both classes prepared bean burritos as a food preparation lesson.  This culminating work allowed students to use tonging,...
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    What a busy and fun week in Early Childhood! The East classroom introduced the Geo-Boards and Slicing Mini-Cucumbers in Practical Life. When using the Geo-Boards, students stretch various rubber bands over pegs creating geometric shapes and strengthening hand and finger muscles. Fine motor skills and focus are demonstrated while slicing our mini-cucumbers. Children...
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We hope you had a wonderful long weekend!  To celebrate Earth Day, each child planted his or her own grass to grow in the classroom.  We will tend to it daily and watch as the seeds grow into grass right before our eyes!  The children also celebrated with Earth Day art exploration. In the East...
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Early childhood continued in the food preparation curriculum this week with egg slicing.  Students used tonging skills to choose an egg, crack and peel it, then use the egg slicer.  Finally, students could enjoy eating!  Also in practical life, students polished a glass bunny and colored Easter eggs. Additionally, East studied and explored reptiles in...
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