Saturday, January 24, 2015

Week in Review : January 20th -23rd

Lower Elementary students were busy at work during this short week! Students had a great time completing language, math, and cultural jobs!

For language jobs, first grade students were introduced to suffixes, discussed the basic story elements (settings, characters, and plot), and used the grammar symbols to symbolize a sentence.  Second graders wrote sentences with prefixes, reviewed plural possessive nouns, worked with adverbs, and reviewed story elements. Third grade students reviewed homophones/homographs/homonyms, worked with plural possessive nouns, identified pronouns within a sentence, discussed fact vs. opinion, and identified the story elements from their Great Books story - "The Princess and the Beggar".

For math jobs,  first grade students used the stamp game to solve multiplication problems, practiced their multiplication skills, and used rulers to measure objects in inches. The second graders solved subtraction problems, found the missing number in subtraction sentences, and reviewed how to measure the length of objects. Third graders had continued work with the four math operations and practiced how to convert basic measurement units (inches, feet, yards, miles) from one to the other by using multiplication and division.

For cultural jobs, students continued their study of Argentina. Students watched short clips about life and culture in Argentina. Students continued their study of compound machines by participating in four hands-on activities designed to help them label, create, and explore compound machines! Students also learned about the layers of the atmosphere and drew each section on a piece of paper.

Next week, we look forward to continuing our study of measurement, adding/subtracting/multiplying fractions, working with grammar, and much more!

Reminders 
Homework is sent home each Monday and due by Friday. Please have your child read each night for at least 30 minutes and record the title in his or her reading log. 


Dates

January 29th- Parent's Night 6:30-7:30

Come out to Parent's Night where your child is the teacher! Students have worked hard to select and practice their favorite jobs so that they can teach them to you. This a great opportunity to see what your child does at school each day and to become more familiar with the Montessori materials we use in class. We hope to see you there! 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Week in Review: January 12th-16th

We had a fantastic week in Lower Elementary! From binomials to bead boards, students were busy at work!

This week for language jobs, first graders continued working with prefixes, placed words in ABC order by the second letter, worked with verbs, and practiced dictionary skills. Second graders worked with prefixes, sorted adverbs according to their type, wrote sentences containing contractions, and reviewed possessive nouns. Third graders had continued work with homonyms and pronouns, reviewed contractions, and identified possessive nouns.

This week for math jobs, first graders used the bead board to solve multiplication problems, reviewed ordinal numbers, and worked with Roman Numerals through 20. Second graders used the bead bars to create the decanomial work, solved subtraction problems, worked with probability, and wrote Roman Numerals for numbers up to 100. Third graders continued their work with math operations, used the peg board to find common factors of a number, and wrote Roman Numerals for numbers up to 1000.

For cultural studies this week, students reviewed simple machines and were then introduced to the idea of compound machines. Using the Smartboard and videos, students learned that compound machines contain two or more simple machines. Students enjoyed finding and labeling the compound machines in our environment.

Students also enjoyed doing some preliminary research on Argentina in preparation for the JBMA International Day (sponsored by the PTO) on February 28th. Students, working in groups, used the Google Cromebooks to research some basic facts about Argentina. Did you know that Argentina is home to seals and even some penguins?!!







Next week, students will work with suffixes, prefixes, story elements, measurement, and much more! We look forward to another wonderful week!

Reminders 
Homework is sent home each Monday and due by Friday. Please have your child read each night for at least 30 minutes and record the title in his or her reading log. 


Dates

January 19th- No School - MLK Jr. Day 
January 29th- Parent's Night 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Second Graders are busy at work!


Second graders complete the decanomial layout, This job uses beads to show multiplication facts!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Week in Review - January 5th-9th

We had a wonderful first week back from Winter Break! We were all excited to be back together again, despite the cold weather!

This week for language jobs, first graders identified prefixes, sorted phrases from sentences, and were introduced to verbs. Second graders worked to identify common prefixes, were introduced to adverbs, and created contractions from two separate words. Third graders worked with homonyms, were introduced to pronouns, worked with contractions, and reviewed possessive nouns.

This week for math jobs, first graders were introduced to ordinal numbers through 20, practiced rounding numbers to 100, and completed addition problems with three addends. Second graders completed addition problems with multiple addends, subtracted fractions, were introduced to terms used in determining probability, and solved addition and subtraction word problems by estimating. Third graders continued their work with math operations, found the perimeter and area of polygons found in the geometry cabinet, were introduced to probability, and completed multiplication word problems by rounding.

Next week, students will work with prefixes, contractions, probability, Roman Numerals, hone their dictionary skills, and much more! We look forward to another fantastic week!


Reminders 
Homework is sent home each Monday and due by Friday. Please have your child read each night for at least 30 minutes and record the title in his or her reading log. 

Vision screening papers went home this week. If you wish for your child to participate, please return the form and a $9.00 fee to the school before January 9th. The vision screening will take place on January 13th. 

Dates
January 13th- Vision Screening 
January 19th- No School - MLK Jr. Day 
January 29th- Parent's Night 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Week in Review: December 8-12

We had a fantastic week in Lower Elementary! Students are busy rehearsing for our holiday program on Tuesday night!

For language jobs this week, first grade students worked with prefixes, reviewed adding "s" and "es" to make nouns plural, and matched animals to their homes. Second grade students worked with prefixes, wrote their own sentences containing prepositions, and were introduced to some irregular plural words. Third grade students worked with homographs, adverbs, and irregular plural words.

For math jobs this week, first grade students solved multiplication problems using the golden beads, added fractions, and reviewed telling time. Second grade students worked with multiplication, subtracted fractions, and worked with telling time. Third grade students solved division problems, added fractions containing whole numbers, and worked with elapsed time.

For cultural jobs, students began research on a flag from a country of their choice. Students used the internet and atlases to learn facts about the country and their flag. Students also drew a replica of the flag they had chosen. We can't wait to see the finished products!

Next week will be a busy and exciting one for our students! We will go bowling at Oak Mountain Lanes on Wednesday and sing at Shelby Ridge Nursing Home on Thursday! We look forward to a wonderful week!
Reminders
- Homework will not be sent home on Monday, December 15th  due to the Winter Holiday break.

-Please be sure to send in permission slips for our bowling trip as well as our trip to Shelby Ridge. Along with the permission slips, please send $5.00 for the amaryllis bulbs as soon as possible.

Important Dates 

December 16th- Holiday Program (Lower, Upper, and Middle) 7pm
December 17th- Lower Elementary goes bowling 10-11am
December 18th- Lower to Shelby Ridge 10-11am
December 19th- Dismiss at 1pm - No Aftercare
December 22nd - January 2nd - No School (Winter Break)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Week in Review : December 1st-5th

We had another wonderful week in Lower Elementary! We have enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather. From planting bulbs to experimenting with simple machines, students had been busy at work!

For language jobs this week, first graders were introduced to syllables and prefixes, matched animal names with their homes, and continued creating plural words by adding -es. Second graders reviewed syllables, worked with prefixes and prepositions, and created plural words. Third graders worked with syllables, reviewed homophones, explored analogies, and created plural words.

For math jobs this week, first graders counted coins, solved multiplication problems with the golden beads, read tally charts, and explored basic geometry concepts. Second graders rounded amounts of money, read tally charts and pictographs, and explored geometry concepts involving various positions of a straight line (vertical, horizontal, and oblique). Third graders rounded amounts of money to the nearest dollar, practiced math operations, read bar and circle graphs, and explored the relationship between two parallel lines.

For cultural jobs his week, students heard the last Great Lesson. This fifth great lesson was called "The History of Numbers". Students also had an opportunity to complete experiments with simple machines. Students used every day objects to create a lever, screw, and an inclined plane.

Montessori Minute - Golden Bead Multiplication


The child is introduced to the concept of multiplication with the Golden Beads. Multiplication is initially presented as addition, with the same value multiple times. For example, 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 12. The addition of 3, four times, is the same as 3 x 4 = 12. The Golden Beads provide a concrete experience for the child to multiply numbers visually. The student first completes multiplication problems that do not require exchanging, for example: 222 x 4 = 888. They then progress to problems that do require exchanging, such as 222 x 6 = 1332. In the initial lesson students learn the language of multiplication: multiplicand and multiplier, or factors, as well as the term product.


Reminders
- Homework will be sent home on Monday, December 8th but will not be sent home on Monday, December 15th  due to the Winter Holiday break.

-Please be sure to send in permission slips for our bowling trip as well as our trip to Shelby Ridge. Along with the permission slips, please send $5.00 for the amaryllis bulbs as soon as possible.

Important Dates 

December 5th - Middle School Holiday Store (Lower goes from 10-11)
December 16th- Holiday Program (Lower, Upper, and Middle) 7pm
December 17th- Lower Elementary goes bowling 10-11am
December 18th- Lower to Shelby Ridge 10-11am
December 19th- Dismiss at 1pm - No Aftercare
December 22nd - January 2nd - No School (Winter Break)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Week in Review : November 17th-21st

We had another excellent week in Lower Elementary! Students did a wonderful job sharing their thoughts on love and giving during our Peace Ceremony on Friday!

For language jobs this week, first graders had further practice with homonyms, explored adding -es to the end of words to make them plural and wrote their own "noun families". Second graders chose a word study job, created plural words and worked with preposition boxes. Third graders worked with homophones, created plural words and matched adverbs to the correct verb.

For math jobs this week, first graders practiced counting quarters, solved addition and multiplication problems, practiced adding fractions, and told time to the quarter hour. Second graders were introduced to the Bank Game, solved multiplication using the checkerboard, practiced adding fractions, and told time to the minute. Third graders solved subtraction and division problems, multiplied fractions, calculated elapsed time, and rounded numbers to the ten thousands place.

For cultural jobs this week, students continued their research of a flag from North America as well as their study of the Earth's various climate zones. After learning about the cave drawings, students also got a chance to create their own cave drawing using oil pastels and brown paper. Come check out their drawings which are hanging in the hallway!

Next week, students will be busy with language, math, choice, and cultural jobs! We look forward to a great (although short) week!

Montessori Minute- Preposition Grammar Boxes 


Grammar boxes help children learn and analyze different parts of speech. Students work with the materials in Grammar Box 5 to further their understanding of the function and usage of prepositions. They work with prepositions associated with spatial and temporal relations, as well as possession. 

Reminders
- Homework will not be sent home on Monday, November 24th due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Important Dates 

November 21st - Talent Show 7:00
November 25th - Dismiss at 1:00 No Aftercare
November 26th, 27th, 28th - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)
December 5th - Middle School Holiday Store (Lower goes from 10-11)
December 16th- Holiday Program (Lower, Upper, and Middle) 7pm
December 17th- Lower Elementary goes bowling 10-11am
December 18th- Lower to Shelby Ridge 10-11am
December 19th- Dismiss at 1pm - No Aftercare
December 22nd - January 2nd - No School (Winter Break)