MARCH NEWS 2017 PRIMARY CLASS
"One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child."
● Father’s Visit to Primary class: Wednesday, March 29, 9-10a. (See details below!)
● Parent contracts are due April 1.
● EASTER EGG HUNT: Thursday April 13. arents- be there at 10:45 for egg hunt.
This will be a alf-day of school for all children.
● SPRING BREAK April 13-April 24th. lasses resume onday, April 2.
● FUNDRAISER/Garden Part is aturday April 29, 5-7p. Reserve the babysitter and
come enjoy the evening!
● Final Class day for ALL students: Thursday, June 1. (FULL day).
● ANNUAL PICNIC: Friday, June 2. *Details to Follow*
Hope you have been enjoying these last few snow days! :) We hope the cold weather is behind us and for signs of spring to come soon!
Father’s are invited (and encouraged) to spend some time with their primary children on March 29, to see their work and to spend work morning with them if they so desire. Please come in at drop off! We will have a morning circle around 9:15 then invite the children to show you their favorite work and meet their classmates! I hope many of you can join us! It is a very nice time.
Parents are welcome to attend the annual Georgetown Montessor Easter Egg Hun. Bring your cameras! Please bring a bag of something special for the hunt. LEASE GIVE IT TO US IN THE MORNIN. Ideas are the following: stickers, chocolate eggs big enough (nothing small) to hide, wrapped marshmallow Easter bunnies, anything wrapped and ready for hiding. Larger items are better than small. Hiding everything is a factor. PLASTIC EGGS FILLED WITH ITEMS ar NOT GOOD or hiding since they open in the process. Each child will have an Easter basket OR BAG (provided by the school) ready to be filled in the hunt. This
￼will be a combined class activity, so both toddler and primary will be egg hunting together. We will allow time for toddler children to begin their hunt before older children come out. Don't worry! There will be plenty of eggs for all!!:)
We are singing many songs each morning during circle time, a few of which include: The Planet Song, White coral bells, Mail myself to you, The water cycle song, Itsy Bitsy Spider, This Old Man, and some lovely songs in French that Ms. Houda has taught. E ARE NOW BEGINNING ST. PATRICKS’ DAY SONGS AND STORIES ABOUT LEPRECHAUNS. Children have been learning songs with movement, rhyming songs, and clapping syllables and various rhythms. We also practice our counting, the days of the week, months of the year, and discuss the weather and seasons.
In the ractical lif area, children are busy washing chairs and tables, cloth washing, hammering, making bead designs, folding cloths, pouring water into different size cups and pitchers, squeezing water from sponges, and gaining dressing frame skills (button, zipper, buckle). We have noticed a big improvement in this area, as children are readily buttoning and zipping their coats without any adult aid. Please respect the child’s ability to do these tasks by himself and encourage it!
In the r area, the children have been using watercolor, glitter, making collages, cutting and doing sticker work as well as drawing. Children also enjoy pin punching different metal inset shapes, St. Patrick's day shamrocks, and various continent and countries. iss Le has introduced various art projects incorporating different mediums and materials (line drawing, pointillism, stick painting, etc..). hildren really enjoy art and it refines their fine and gross motor skills so well.
In the ensorial rea, we are learning about the constructive triangles, ideas of volume (the cylinder blocks), as well as length and width (brown stair and red rods). Children are developing a mind for the abstract via their concrete experiences with these materials. Such experience includes ordering and matching the color tablets (visual discrimination), Solid cylinder block and pink tower/brown stair exploration (visual and dimensional discrimination), and are distinguishing between various surface textures via the touch boards, fabrics, and thermic tablets (tactile sense). They are learning about polygons, different leaf shapes and names in the botany cabinet as well as geometry cabinet. Children have also been introduced to sound cylinders and the bells. These two lessons will aid the child’s auditory sense, as he will be able to distinguish sounds, match those sounds, and eventually grade the sounds. Both trinomial and binomial cubes the children employ daily, which aid in the child’s mathematical mind (visual discrimination) and prepare him for later algebra and geometry. All the triangle boxes and knobless cylinders we use in the classroom also aid this visual sense development. Some older
￼children have mastered many of the sensorial lessons and are able to grade or match from a distance, build with a blindfold, or incorporate language to these sensorial impressions (ie., small, wider, tall, tallest, darker, loud, softest, etc). Their sensory discrimination skills are greatly improved! Unless the children are seriously damaging these materials, e encourage exploratio in the sensorial area as much as possible. You may have seen this happening already from the pictures on our facebook page!
In anguag, the children are busy doing metal insets, learning sandpaper letters and phonograms, letter writing, doing the phonetic and phonogram object boxes and using the movable alphabet to build simple words, phrases, and even stories. lthough we give writing suggestions to the children, many have created their stories independently. The older children are becoming more proficient at handwriting and reading stories (Bob books, other). Please encourage a reading environment in your home by eading to your child s often as possible.
In at, the children are learning the number rods, sandpaper numbers, spindle boxes, and cards and counters. Afternoon children are continuing work with the decimal system beads and cards as well as counting the bead chains. They are learning static and dynamic addition and subtraction and working with teen boards and beads. s. Maria has been working very hard in this area with afternoon children and they are becoming increasingly confident and proficient in their counting and math skills. Some have moved on to learning multiplication and more advanced counting.
In eograph, children are happily building the puzzle maps of all the countries and continents of the world, drawing their own world maps using the colors representative of each continent, and learning about land and water forms (island, peninsula, strait, etc). In this area, too, science has been explored through the sink and float lesson, insect cards and life cycles, function of the human body (skeleton model) and what makes up our solar system. They are keenly interested in outer space and have enjoyed hearing information about the planets, looking at picture cards of the solar system, doing planet activities/puzzles, and singing songs about the planets. This month we are discussing OUTH AMERICA, ts people, animals, habitat and culture. Next month we will be moving on to UROPE and ASIA. f you are at all interested in coming in one morning for circle to hare any information/story/activity about any of the continent that we are learning about, we would be so happy to have you!! Please just let Ms. Lee or one of the teachers know and we can set up a time that is convenient. Thank you!
In usic class ith Mr. Ricardo, the children have been introduced to jazz, the instruments of the orchestra and learning to count various rhythms and tempos by conducting and listening with a musical ear. He has also explored several different genres of music (classical
and popular tunes) that the children enjoy singing and dancing along too.
The Primary Class
Georgetown Montessori School (2017)