The children are hard at work practicing skills from weekly math and language lessons. The youngest students have been practicing composing numbers with the Montessori Golden Beads, a material designed to help children understand place value and the decimal system. Some children are doing computation with the Stamp Game. Second-year students have been working on analyzing the parts of a sentence to learn how to construct sentences properly. They are practicing identifying the subject and predicate. Third-year students are really into writing.
They enjoy Reader’s Theater (reading plays) and even writing their own plays! The children also have been getting their hands dirty with worms! They helped create a temporary home for earthworms so they could observe how the worms help to create soil rich in nutrients. They were able to transfer the earthworms to a garden bed before planting some vegetables. The children learned that earthworms are a type of invertebrate from the annelid phylum. We will continue to learn about the eight types of invertebrates over the next month.
The cultural lessons have included physical geography, the Five Kingdoms of Life, and the Timeline of Life. This coming month, we will go further into depth with botany and zoology studies.
Our Thanksgiving Feast will look a little different this year, but we will still be able to enjoy a meal together!
On the Tuesday before the Thanksgiving holiday, we will set our tablecloths with special placemats, napkins and centerpieces. We will enjoy our lunches from home together, while sharing thoughts about what we are thankful for.
I want to recognize your amazing children. We have new challenges this year, including extra health and safety procedures in the classroom. This means more for the children to remember, yet they are doing so well! We have talked about this being the year of flexibility, and they are embracing the necessary changes.
Older students have adjusted to changes in routines they are accustomed to, and students new to the classroom are taking on more than previously necessary. I want to acknowledge their ability and willingness to adapt.
Nov. 24: Feast Day
Nov. 25-27: Thanksgiving holiday
Nov. 30: Planning Day/No School