Monday, October 20, 2014

Week in Review : October 13-17

Even though it was a short week, students worked very hard! We had a great week!

For language jobs this week, first graders worked with homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently), matched adjectives to the correct  noun, and worked with using the correct type of punctuation in sentences (question mark or period). Second graders worked with homographs (words that are spelled the same, but sound different and have different meanings), identified present tense and past tense verbs, and sorted sentences based on their type (interrogative, imperative, exclamatory, or declarative). Third grade students worked with suffixes, symbolized sentences that contained prepositions, and identified types of sentences.

For math jobs, first grade students practiced their addition math facts, solved larger addition problems using the stamp game, and practiced telling time to the our and half hour. Second grade students solved large multiplication problems using the snake game and checkerboard and also practiced telling time to the 5 minute mark. Third graders solved multiplication/subtraction problems with the snake game and also worked with elapsed time.

For cultural lessons this week, students heard the Third Great Lesson : The Coming of Humans, completed a weather lesson which discussed why we have different seasons, and began a unit on astronomy by identifying and defining objects in the solar systems (novas, nebulas, black holes, planets, asteroids, etc).

Next week, students will work with the parts of speech, polygons, fractions, and much more! All students will receive cultural presentations on the Fundamental Needs of Humans and will identify the changes and symbolism behind the American flag through the use of a timeline.

Montessori Minute
The Third Great Lesson: The Coming of Humans 

The Third Great Lesson is the Coming of Humans. This lesson involves the timeline of human chart that along with cards demonstrates the major steps in the emergence of modern humans. In addition, this lesson focuses on the three gifts that make humans special: a creative mind to imagine, opposable thumbs on our hands to do work, and a heart that can love. This lesson introduces many concepts and serves to awaken the curiosity for further study into multiple areas: History (e.g. timelines, prehistory, ancient civilizations, world history, history of specific countries and continents) Culture (e.g. art, artists, music, composers, dance, architecture, design, philosophy, religion, grace and courtesy) Social Studies (e.g. current events, government, economics, commerce) Science (e.g. scientists, inventors, scientific method, inventions, simple machines).

Reminders 

*Homework will be sent home each Monday. We also encourage students to read for 30 minutes each night and record it on the reading log found in your child's red folder.

*It is time for first quarter conferences! Conferences will be held Wednesday, October 15th through Wednesday, October 22nd. We have placed a sign up sheet outside the door to Classroom 3. Please stop by to sign up for a time to conference! Thanks and we look forward to meeting with you!

*Students are welcomed into the classroom promptly at 8:00. Students who arrive on campus before 8:00 should attend early care.

*Please send a change of clothes to be kept in your child's book bag. This will help lessen the amount of disruption to your child's (and your) day when bathroom accidents or spills occur. Thank you!

Important Dates 
10/21 - Make-up pictures and sibling pictures 
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  



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Week in Review: October 6th-10th

We had a wonderful week in Lower Elementary! Students enjoyed the presentation of "The Wizard of Oz" at the Children's Theater and our visit to the park!

For language arts jobs this week, first grade students reviewed synonyms/antonyms, completed an adjective grammar box, and classified common and proper nouns. Second grade students studied homographs, identified past and present regular verbs, and capitalized proper nouns found in sentences. Third grade students explored suffixes, reviewed prepositions, and identified common and proper nouns found in sentences.

For math jobs this week, first grade students compared fractions, solved addition problems with the stamp game, practiced counting sets of nickels, and were introduced to the Snake Game. Second grade students compared fractions, solved multiplication problems with the checkerboard, practiced counting sets of mixed coins, and wrote numbers using expanded notation. Third grade students compared fractions, used the checkerboard to solve multiplication problems, practiced subtraction, and counted sets of dollars and coins.

For cultural lessons, students continued their study of flags. Students discussed the symbolism and history behind the American flag as well as proper care and respect for the flag. Students also began discussing weather by defining it as the condition of the air which changes day to day. Students also learned that the sun has a tremendous impact on the Earth as it provides the energy which affects the  weather.

Next week, students will tell time, have grammar work, discuss different types of sentences, and use materials (Snake Game) to complete addition, multiplication, and subtraction problems. We look forward to a great week!


Montessori Minute - Snake Game Addition


Using the colored beads, the child forms the beads in a pattern that resembles a snake. The child previously completed simple addition by discovering and counting combinations of the colored beads that equaled ten. The second step of the Snake Game involves counting and exchanging. The child now physically uses the ten bars to replace the combinations of colored beads.


Reminders 

*Homework will be sent home on Tuesday 10/14 due to the school holiday. We also encourage students to read for 30 minutes each night and record it on the reading log found in your child's red folder.


*It is time for first quarter conferences! Conferences will be held Wednesday, October 15th through Wednesday, October 22nd. We have placed a sign up sheet outside the door to Classroom 3. Please stop by to sign up for a time to conference! Thanks and we look forward to meeting with you!

*Students are welcomed into the classroom promptly at 8:00. Students who arrive on campus before 8:00 should attend early care.

*Please send a change of clothes to be kept in your child's book bag. This will help lessen the amount of disruption to your child's (and your) day when bathroom accidents or spills occur. Thank you!

10/13- NO SCHOOL
10/16-10/17- Parent Teacher Conferences
10/17- School Play at 7:00 p.m. 




Monday, October 6, 2014

Week in Review : September 29th - October 3rd

We had another fantastic week in Lower Elementary! We enjoyed seeing the students all dressed up for picture day!

For language jobs this week, all students completed a quarterly review consisting of all the material we have covered this quarter. Students also practiced reading sight words, took a STAR Reading test, and completed their weekly reading jobs (SRA and Barnell Loft).

For math jobs this week, all students completed a quarterly review consisting of all the material we have covered this quarter. Students also took a STAR Math test and practiced their math facts.

For cultural jobs this week, students explored the Clock of Eras and completed research of a plant found on the Timeline of Life. Students also studied the different types of designs found on flags and identified them by name.

Next week, students will compare fractions, work with adjectives and prepositions, and count money. We also are looking forward to our field trip to the Children's Theater!  It should be a great week!



Montessori Minute -Clock of Eras 
The geologic time scale is a system of chronological measurement that relates geological stratification to time. It is used by geologists, paleontologists, and other earth scientists to describe the timing and relationships between events that have occurred throughout the Earth's history. Montessori attempts to give students a sense of the geological eras on Earth.
Reminders 

Homework will be sent home each Monday and is to be returned the following Friday. We also encourage students to read for 30 minutes each night and record it on the reading log found in your child's red folder.

It is time for first quarter conferences! Conferences will be held Wednesday, October 15th through Wednesday, October 22nd. We have placed a sign up sheet outside the door to Classroom 3. Please stop by to sign up for a time to conference! Thanks and we look forward to meeting with you!


10/7- Lower Elementary goes to Children's Theater
10/7- Open House 6:00-7:30
10/13- NO SCHOOL
10/16-10/17- Parent Teacher Conferences
10/17- School Play at 7:00 p.m. 




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Conference Schedule Now Posted!

It is time for first quarter conferences! Conferences will be held Wednesday, October 15th through Wednesday, October 22nd. We have placed a sign up sheet outside the door to Classroom 3. Please stop by to sign up for a time to conference! Thanks and we look forward to meeting with you!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Week in Review : September 22nd-26th

We had a another wonderful week in Lower Elementary! It is safe to say that all of us are enjoying the cooler weather that Autumn has brought our way!

For language jobs this week, first graders practiced with synonyms, were introduced to adjectives, and identified common and proper nouns. Second graders had more practice with homophones, sorted past tense verbs, and worked with common and proper nouns contained in sentences. Third graders learned new prefixes, continued working with verbs, and sorted common and proper nouns.

For math jobs this week, first graders told time to the hour and half hour, reviewed place value to the thousands, wrote number words for 40-50, and solved addition problems with the stamp game. Second graders told time to the quarter hour, worked with expanded notation, and were introduced to the checkerboard. Third graders worked with elapsed time to the hour, worked with expanded notation, and solved multiplication problems using the checkerboard or stamp game.

For cultural jobs this week, students heard the Second Great Lesson - The Timeline of Life. Students also were introduced to volcanoes and began researching a specific volcano. Students began an extended unit on flags by identifying the parts of the flag.

Next week, students will review all language and math concepts from the first quarter. Students will also receive cultural lessons on  volcanoes and flags as well as complete research on a specific plant found on the Timeline of Life. It will be a great week!

 
Montessori Minute - The Timeline of Life 
The Timeline of Life is a long timeline divided up into the Geologic Eras of the Earth's history. The eras are represented by color coding along the timeline. There are sets of cards illustrating and describing some of the major elements of the story of the Earth's formation and the development of life during each era. This material gives the children a memorable introduction to this field of study. It leads to many other areas of exploration and study over the years ahead.



Reminders 

Homework will be sent home each Monday and is to be returned the following Friday. We also encourage students to read for 30 minutes each night and record it on the reading log found in your child's red folder.

 9/30- School Picture Day
10/7- Lower Elementary goes to Children's Theater
10/7- Open House 6:00-7:30
10/13- NO SCHOOL
10/16-10/17- Parent Teacher Conferences
10/17- School Play at 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Week in Review - September 15th-19th

We had another fantastic week in Lower Elementary!

      For language jobs this week, first graders were introduced to synonyms, classified items as "living" and "non-living", and worked on building sentences with a capital letter and a period. First graders also took a walk with Mrs. Sue to look for objects in nature. When they returned, students worked together to add articles in front of those nouns. Second graders worked with homophones, symbolized sentences, classified nouns into categories, and used a thesaurus to find synonyms. Third graders continued working with prefixes,  identified irregular past tense verbs, classified nouns into categories, and sharpened their dictionary skills. 

      For math jobs this week, first grade students counted pennies, identified fractional pieces, wrote number words, and solved addition problems by using golden beads. Second graders solved multiplication problems with the stamp game (Stamp Game - See Below), reduced fractions to their simplest form, and counted sets of mixed coins. Third graders solved multiplication problems with the checkerboard or stamp game, counted sets of mixed coins, and added fractions.

The highlight of our week was our microscope lesson with Mrs. Sue! Students looked at bacteria (found in pond water), insects, and a feather through the microscopes.

      Next week, students will have practice with synonyms, homophones, prefixes, place value, expanded notation, and common/proper nouns. All students will receive presentations on the second Great Lesson (The Timeline of Life), volcanoes, and the parts of a flag! It will be a great week!


Montessori Minute: Stamp Game 

This material is the next step toward abstraction after the Golden Beads. It can be used for instruction in all the operations. It is comprised of different colored wooden stamps; which have a numerical value imprinted on them. They are also color coded in accordance with the family hierarchy colors (green = units/thousands/millions and so on; blue = tens/ten thousands/ten million and so on; red = hundreds/hundred thousands/hundred million and so on). This material is also used in conjunction with color coded counters and skittles as needed. 


Reminders 

Homework will be sent home each Monday and is to be returned the following Friday. We also encourage students to read for 30 minutes each night and record it on the reading log found in your child's red folder.

9/23- Internet Safety Meeting (sponsored by the PTO) 6:30 p.m.
9/30- School Picture Day
10/7- Lower Elementary goes to Children's Theater
10/7- Open House 6:00-7:30
10/13- NO SCHOOL
10/16-10/17- Parent Teacher Conferences
10/17- School Play at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Peace Ceremony - September 19th, 2014

Our first Peace Ceremony of the 2014 school year will be held on Friday, September 19th at 9:00 in the gym. Lower Elementary is hosting the ceremony this quarter! Reena, Stephen, Zara, and Rebeca will be presenting the elements (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water). Please join us in this celebration of peace!