29       NRC Run to the River! Fundraiser for Neighborhood Resource Center

November 2017

6          Middle school & infant and toddler parents sign up for December conferences
13        Last day to secure Winter Package for Winter Break (contact office to secure)
17        Autumn Market Day (Upper El/Middle School sell/buy and PIII may buy) 2-3:30

18        Outdoor Classroom Event 1-3
20-22  GrandDays! (RSVP required)
·            Primary 9-10 or 10-11
·            Elementary 2-3 or 3-4
·            Infant and toddler and middle school 4:00-4:30 or 4:30-5:00

23-24  Autumn Break:  School is closed

Calendar Updates: (Please check Central’s website for a downloadable 2017-2018 calendar) http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

*Special Note/Conferences:
 Central does not close school to hold parent/teacher conferences.  Different levels rotate out every three months.  It can be very hard to reschedule!  Please watch for specific information/times and places.  Please sign up in the front office or email front desk to inquire about an available time.  We ask that both parents attend. 

Venessa’s Primary
A soft ‘hum’ of activity can be heard throughout the classroom as the students sit, focusing on their work. One student is so excited to have finished tracing their Africa map and is ready to paint. A first year friend is experimenting with how to trace a model of a spider web, while a third-year student traces a model of a skeleton, labeling it in English and Spanish. A younger friend is busy punching a “calavera” in preparation for a cultural study. Laying each out one at a time, a third year student displays the 1-100 cards in order on a numeral line.    

A toddler crouches low, their face about two inches from the Bug Rescue Cup. Inside the cup is a beautiful spider that made its way inside on a plant. The child squeals with delight as the spider moves around. "What's that?" the child asks, but is too busy laughing to hear the response. The child asks again, "what's that?" and repeats the answer "spider". Another toddler comes over to see the cause of all the commotion. Soon the two children are sitting on the floor, trying to contain their excitement as a teacher brings the spider closer for them to inspect.

The class has spent the week scrubbing, carrying and reading about pumpkins. One crisp fall afternoon we all went outside to discover what was inside our pumpkin. A guide cut open the top and each student took a turn reaching their hands inside and pulling out a hand full of seeds and pumpkin guts. The guide collected some of the seeds to take home and bake. The students will enjoy a delicious crunchy snack next week.

Middle School
The overnight camping trip to James River Ecology School was a success! The students had the chance to explore the river marshlands on canoes and reflect upon their surroundings in sit-spots during the day. After studying fish caught in a net and released during the sunset boat cruise, everyone gathered together to eat a chili dinner, stargaze, and enjoy s’mores around the campfire. After returning to school, the classes attention turns to chili recipe research for the school cook off. The students decide on the recipe they hope will be carry them to the winner’s circle this Friday!

Amanda’s Primary
A third year student is working diligently with the thousand cubes work when a younger friend accidentally bumps into him, causing him to mess up his work. An apology is made and the older friend calmly accepts it. Seeing that the younger friend is interested in the cubes, he asks if they could restore the work together. The older student adapts what could have been a frustrating interaction into a lesson on forgiveness for a newer friend.  

In preparation for the Chili Cook Off, a student sets up a washing work outside to scrub the stone walkway while another friend sweeps the sidewalks. Wandering eyes are drawn to the “pumpkin patch” which has manifested in the circle garden on the playground. One student exclaims, “These sprouts are also pumpkins!” One pumpkin actually grew in the garden over the summer before rotting, leaving behind seeds that have now begun to sprout. “You can tell because the seed casings are still attached to the leaves” a friend explains.

A young infant is on the floor, having some much-loved tummy time.  In front of the child is a guide holding a black and white picture book. The child looks at each picture intently, kicking their legs behind them. Another infant sees the book and toddler over to join. The child sits and then leans all the way down until they're on their tummy also. The page is flipped and both children gaze at the black butterfly on the white background. Tummy time is always more fun with a friend and a good book!

After a rewarding overnight excursion to the James River Ecology School, students filed into the van once more to visit The Science Museum theater. Sharing the cinematic experience with a class from West End Montessori, students traveled virtually through space, observing Venus align with the Sun and the sixty-nine moons of Jupiter. After discovering dwarf planets in distant solar systems in the morning, students switched gears in the afternoon, designing posters for the various Chili Cook Off activities.



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11/08/2017 2:21am

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12/28/2017 3:41pm

Education can be very expensive from where I came from. I am not talking about just the school fees. Sometimes there are a lot of things at stake if you entered something you cannot sustain. The losses cannot be measured by monetary figures. Somethings you can no longer have. There are places you can never look back. These are the real cost of education. You won't learn the things you know now unless you lose some. You lose a lot in school, really. These schools only manufacture losers.

12/11/2017 4:55am

I am a Montessorian. From kinder to high school, I have been thought the Montessorian way of education. With many different kinds of eduacation, I can tell that Montessorian teaching is always and will always be the best. Montessorian education encourages the students to learn more wherein the instructors focus on the skills and talent of individual students.

11/02/2017 12:51am


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