Montessori Moments 1-26-2018

Events Calendar


January 2018: PRIMARY CONFERENCE MONTH
26          Upper el./middle school parent Meet and Greet 6:30 & PIN 7-8 (childcare at main building:
              $10 per hr) Meet at 2001 E. Broad St.

February 2018: LOWER EL & UPPER EL CONFERENCE MONTH
5-9         Parent Visitation Week (RSVP)
·             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
12         Middle School & Infant and Toddler Parents Sign Up for Conferences
14         Day of Friendship (Valentine’s Day)  
16         Elementary Dance Party!  (4:30-5:30)  Upper el. hosts this event!
17          Outdoor Classroom Event 12-3 (planning lunch from 12-1, garden work from 1-3)
19          Professional Development Day:  School is closed
23          Lower El. Parent Meet/Greet 6:30 PIN 7:00-8:00 (Childcare -$10 an hr.)

March 2018: MIDDLE SCHOOL AND INFANT/TODDLER CONFERENCE MONTH
3           Pancake Heaven and Raffle Fundraiser! Wow!

Special Note:  Central will close Feb. 19th for a school wide professional work day.  

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 watch for a google document notification.  We ask that both parents attend.  

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What’s Happening!

Upper El
How many ways do we communicate?  A small group of students pick a form of communication to research and write on index cards. At group, students share and order their research from earliest to most current. Do you use different communication tools at school than at home? Another group organize to discuss and assign committees for the Lower El Dance on February 16th. 70s disco dance is the chosen theme!  There is a lot to be done...

Lower El
Today is National Handwriting Day! As such, lower el is practicing the art of calligraphy. Friends are sitting in groups with cursive charts and calligraphy books trying their best to print letters in their most beautiful handwriting. Some friends gravitate towards markers while others choose to work with paint or pencil. Great concentration and close attention to detail.  Beautiful.  As the morning work cycle wraps up and students’ stomachs grumble in anticipation for snack, magnificent works presenting the alphabet in a variety of styles and colors emerge. National Handwriting Day was a success!

Toddler
A small hand reaches out for the faucet on a toddler-sized sink.   A child places their hands underneath the stream of water but then pulls them back out straight away.   They've just remembered something!   First we push our sleeves up!   The child places their hands back under the water and makes sure every inch of them is wet and then reaches for the bar of soap, working up a large pile of bubbles.   The soap is replaced to the holder on the side of the sink and the child squishes the germ-busting bubbles between their fingers for about half a minute and then rinses, watching the bubbles go down the drain.

Infant
Two infants toddle into the office, both covered head to toe in rain gear.  A hanging spider plant is removed from the window and handed to one of the children.  The child smiles brightly and says, "plant!"  Another hanging plant is given to the second child, bringing forth another smile.   The two children begin walking toward the playground, the plants balanced carefully in their hands, and move onto the deck.  Once they have found just the right spot to place them, the plants are left outside for fresh air and a bit of morning rain.  One last peek through the windows, just to make sure the plants are where they left them!

Pre-Primary
Hop, skip, roar! The students have been embracing this treat of warm weather and winter sunshine by practicing moving, with purpose, outside. The students are jumping, running, skipping, and walking like a bear around the perimeter of the playground, soaking up every bit of sun that they can. The students have spent many quiet minutes listening to the sounds of the outdoors. The sound of rain dropping on the ground, the sound of wind blowing through the dried leaves. What wonderful lessons nature can teach us about peace and calmness.

Middle School
Middle School friends listen to a lesson determining the roles/functions of words in sentences --one friend helps distinguish between a direct object and an indirect object. Another friend helps with a sentence diagram, visualizing the receivers of action. In the afternoon, friends discuss symbols in our fiction book, Inside Out and Back Again. “The papaya tree symbolizes hope,” one friend says. “Because the character looks forward to the fruit ripening.  A group of students gather to review Scientific Notation for their chemistry focus today.

Amanda’s Primary
Students sit with anticipation as a lesson is being given on volume and water displacement. Marbles and other objects are added to an aquarium that is half filled with water. Students excitedly point out that the water is rising as objects are added to the aquarium. An older student explains that the water rises in order to make space for the objects being added. Each friend takes a turn adding an object to the water.

Venessa’s Primary
Two students are commenting on how warm it is outside and why they do not bring their big coats to school today. A young student is bringing the red rods carefully across the room in order to dust them. Another student is working on the geometric cabinet and is setting up tray number one filled with beautiful blue, curvilinear plan shapes. Several students are carefully organizing the numerals to the 100 board while two friends set up numerals, one of them walking to the bank to fetch 2938+1243 tiny, shiny golden beads. That’s a lot of beads! A small group of four is sitting and receiving a pouring lesson. One student says, “Watch for spills!”  The pourer slows down and pours even more carefully.


 


Comments

02/11/2018 9:36am

It seems like the school officers have been organizing a lot of activities for its students. Well, I am not surprised because Central Montessori School has always been the best when it comes to "life-education" balance. They make sure that they provide quality education to their students while making sure that they are still letting these children live their lives the way it should be lived. I am so excited for these activities soon to unfold!

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Having an update like this really makes people like us who are just at home really feel like we are with the students. As an aspiring teacher, this motivated me to work harder each day to see this kind of moments that are irreplaceable. I remember the times when I was just in kindergarten. The times fly by so fast, it really does. Now, I am in college finishing my education degree soon. I can’t wait to see the faces of the children I will teach.

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