We are officially one month into school, and our class is doing beautiful things socially and academically! Every day, I am amazed by this group of students and their depth of thought, reasoning skills with problem-solving, and concentration. If you were to observe, you would see our students revisiting and exploring deeper with the beginning of the universe and ancient civilizations.
Unlike Lower Elementary, these lessons are no longer an impression. They have become the bud by which every exploration in the UE class begins to grow. Maria Montessori said that this age level is going into its second creative period of development. The children are losing their sensitivity for order and need concrete examples for why we focus on our subjects: practical life, botany, zoology, chemistry, physics, history, languages and mathematics.
If you were to observe, you also would see many community-building activities as they take ownership for their space by deciding on the jobs that need to be done, who will do them and when they will be done. We are looking forward to the potential this group has to contribute to the greater good of the world.
One of the things I value most about Montessori Tides School is the quality of the relationship we have with our families. We believe that quality communication is very important and nothing unknown should be discussed during conferences. However, it is a great time to look at your child’s notebooks and discuss Montessori philosophy. Our first conference will be in November.
It’s almost time to celebrate Halloween! Your first family project of the year is just around the corner. Look for information coming shortly.
Oct. 17: Nature’s Classroom info session for the overnight trip
Oct. 26: MOSH field trip
Oct. 31: Historical Halloween
Nov. 1: Dia de los Muertos
Accountability with Work
Hopefully, you had a chance to read our homework philosophy that was sent home in your child’s open house folder. Please let me know if you would like another copy.
It’s my wish that all students would be homework free so they can do the “work of the home” and just be kids. However, until better work habits are established, we see a need to send home incomplete work to offer more support.
We are looking for a few donations to help improve our environment. Any of the following would be greatly appreciated.
- School-appropriate magazines for collage art.
We have started daily group snack. Snack has created a community-building opportunity and a focus on sharing our favorite things with our friends! Please remember that we are an all-organic school, and we appreciate that you care for our children’s needs by providing well-rounded snacks that will fuel their brains and bodies.