For language jobs with week, first grade students practiced matching words that rhymed, created phrases containing an article, adjective, and noun, and had extra practice with homophones. Second grade students worked with homonyms, sorted rhyming words containing various spellings (such as high and sky), and identified regular and irregular verbs. Third grade students continued their work with suffixes, identified rhyming word families, and wrote sentences containing prepositions.
For math jobs, first grade students worked on addition skills with various materials. They used the Bead Frame, addition boards, and the stamp game. They were also introduced to polygons and wrote their number words from 70-80. Second graders solved addition and multiplication problems that contained a missing variable, solved multiplication problems with the checkerboard, and found equivalent fractions. Third grade students solved problems containing missing variables, explored the nomenclature for polygons, worked with adding and subtracting fractions, and had practice with all four operations (addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division).
For cultural studies this week, students explored the changes to the American flag throughout history.
Next week, students will work with all math operations, count money and make change, and put sentences into logical sequence. We look forward to the fun Halloween festivities on Friday!
Montessori Minute- The Bead Frame
This material is the next step toward abstraction after the Stamp Game. It can be used for instruction in all the operations. The Bead Frame is a special abacus. It is a frame with four horizontal wires each with ten beads color-coded by category; green for units, blue for tens, red for hundreds, green for thousands. Along the left side of the frame are pre-printed symbols 1, 10, and 100 on a white background and 1,000 on a gray background. There is a space between the white and gray areas to denote the movement from one hierarchy (family) of numbers to another. Working with the Small Bead Frame is an important step in the progression from addition with concrete materials to abstract addition.
10/27- Talent Show Auditions
10/31- Halloween Parade 9:00 Party 1:00-3:00
- Please contact Gisele Westercamp if you can help out!
11/11- Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL