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We introduced one of our final culminating practical life lessons, Making Cinnamon Bread! This work integrates many of the practical life skills we have worked on all year, including measuring, transferring solids and liquids, pouring, stirring, and scooping; in addition to concentration, coordination, confidence, independence and order. In science we began studying birds, and in...
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We began the week with the Kindergarten field trip to Wintergarden Park. This is a wonderful time exploring prairie and wooded trails and looking for tadpoles in the wetlands! Classroom work included butterfly symmetry dropper art and in practical life we added washing a baby doll geoboards.   On the movement shelf, we added using...
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Our new science unit this week was learning about life cycles!  We explored many hands-on works including models of life cycles of a butterfly, ladybug, chicken, and a sea turtle.  We investigated how tadpoles turn into frogs, made booklets of different animals, and made play dough models of life cycle stages.  Sensorially, we explored puzzles...
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Thank you to all the grandparents and special guests that visited, what a special week! We began our new Science unit Recycling, exposing students to different ways to reuse material and how we can all be good studards to our Earth. We also explored fingerprint earth painting in Art. The Estimation Jar was added to...
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This week in the classroom, we began a new science unit on the human body.  Students explored many hands-on works learning about the body systems.  We also added water transfer works to our practical life shelves, and also new sensorial unit-sink and float. This work is exciting for the students as they predict and discover how...
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We began the week discussing the exciting Solar Eclipse and integrated our new Geography Unit, My Universe, into the conversation. This is the capstone of our Early Childhoood Geography curriculum and focuses primarily on the planets, solar system, moon phases and offers a glimpse of our universe as a whole. The ten geography units we studied...
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This week was all about Spring! Children had the opportunity to refine their polishing skills with our new practical life work- polishing a ceramic bunny. This work allows the child to relax, focus on a process with a clear, concrete outcome, and to experience a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. The practical life curriculum also...
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  This week we introduced the new Sensorial Unit – Thermic. This work teaches children how to distinguish between different temperatures using the Montessori Thermic Bottles and takes tactile activities a step further to allow the children to not only feel different textures but also determine if they are hot or cold. We also explored...
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Our class explored a new math unit-Addition.  We added many works to our special math shelf, including tabletop red and blue numerical rods and “ants” to create addition problems.  In practical life, students explored wood polishing and also hair accessories added to our grooming work.  We also added sifting coins in colored water.  In geography,...
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We began our noun study work – the Farm!  Students use this beautiful, engaging work to label different nouns as they set up their own farm. Sensorial brought us two new units!  We introduced bell matching, an excellent way for students to train the ear to recognize matching notes throughout the C scale. Students also had the opportunity...
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