Early Childhood West

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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...
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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...
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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 hand...
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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 our...
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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 Childhood...
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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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The West classroom also introduced Slicing Mini-Cucumbers and Straight Pins in a Strainer in Practical Life. Bell Matching was also introduced, allowing children to hear tonal differences and subsequently match the sounds. In celebration of Earth day, Earth finger paint was added to the Art Shelf. Color Box 5 Grading was added to the Sensorial shelf...
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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 wood and covered eggs with tissue paper. Additionally, we studied and explored birds...
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What an exciting week at MSBG as we welcomed so many grandparents and special visitors! The Early Childhood classrooms were a buzz and the children had the opportunity to demonstrate their lessons and share their work. Thank you to all our guests that shared in our special week. The Early Childhood West classroom introduced Food Prep and...
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