We had a busy full week of school this time. Students were working hard with new materials in math and art and learning more about different life forms and characteristics in science.
We had a great time on our field trip on Tuesday. A very special thanks to the parents who volunteered to drive to see the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Other highlights this week were geometry lessons where students learned the names of different types of lines with Ms. Mary and making bread with wheat that students ground over the past couple of weeks.
We also had a fun lesson learning about the difference between nouns and verbs with Mr. Ben. The symbols we use to represent nouns is a black pyramid that is solid and doesn't really move and the symbol we use for verbs is a red sphere that always moves and shows the movement and energy in those type of words.
Remember that there is no school next Friday for a teacher in-service day, so spelling tests will be on Thursday. Also, Harvest Fest will be on Saturday and it will be a whole lot of fun. We hope everyone has had a moment to meet our new assistant, Ms. Ali who started this week and has been a great addition to our classroom community.
This week in Morado, the children chose new books to read and discuss. The selection process buzzed with discussion and excitement. We told the Story of Numbers, which is the fifth Great Lesson. We talked about the Sumerians, who had one of the earliest writing systems and earliest numbers. Half of the class made cylinder seals, which you can explore at the British Museum website. http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/search.aspx?searchText=cylinder+seals The other half will make these seals on Tuesday.
Some children were introduced to BCE/CE (which is also BC/AD) and began to explore when events they are familiar with happened in history. Others examined the Timeline of Life, which shows the great extinctions and ice ages, as well as when different types of animals appeared on Earth. Others examined real vertebrae and thought about which animals are vertebrates.
Many children practiced exchanging when adding or subtracting large numbers. Some discovered what happens when numbers are multiplied by 10, 100, and other multiples of 10. Some learned about fractions. Some explored regular polygons while others learned terms related to angles.
Children reviewed parts of speech, and had lessons on nouns or adjectives. The Montessori symbol for nouns is a triangle, recalling the longevity and concreteness of the Great Pyramids. It is black in a nod to coal, which requires millions of years to form. Even in small ways, we refer back to the Great Lessons. They practiced skills needed for research, such as alphabetizing, classifying, and using the encyclopedia.
We have almost finished reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and look forward to seeing it performed October 18. We also look forward to seeing you with your children for conferences next Thursday or Friday! Since the week is short, we will not do spelling. Enjoy your weekend,
Ben and Mary
We can't believe that September is already over! This was a very busy and eventful week. We started with the Fourth Great Lesson, the coming of language. Students learned through different stories about what could have been the first spoken words by early humans and how important communication is for humans. They also learned about examples of ancient written letters and words and how the alphabet they use today was formed and has changed for thousands of years.
This week, many students chose new materials and lessons to practice their math facts, and some even worked together to solve more challenging math equations. They also finished their first literature circle books, and some have already had a meeting with their group and Ms. Mary to discuss the book and focus on the plot of each one.
Highlights of this week were some fun grammar lessons with Mr. Ben about concrete and abstract nouns and painting fall leaves with our art specialist, Ms. Michelle. Students also enjoyed this week at peace circles having time to talk with other students about things they like and things they feel they are great at. They got to draw or write down different things on paper and then during dismissal they had to guess who was being described as Mr. Ben read the clues from their papers.
Friday's field trip to the UW Planetarium was a lot of fun and exciting. Another very special thank you to all of the parents that volunteered to drive. We got to learn more about our solar system and stars with giant, cool graphics in the Planetarium. After we returned to school and talked about what we liked, many students enjoyed learning more about space and some students even just enjoyed getting to spend time in a car with their friends.
Mr. Ben, Ms. Mary and Mr. Robin
El Salon Morado Lead Teachers