SHOW AND TELL
Bring something made in the Far East.
Topic: The Orient
We’ll explore the Far East
The value we’ll be studying is wisdom, which is the power to judge rightly and to take the best course of action.
For cooking, we’ll make stir-fry.
Outside, we’ll play jan ken po (rock/scissors/paper).
The songs we’ll be singing are Happy Talk, Let’s Go Fly a Kite, Let There Be Peace on Earth, Getting to Know You, and Puff, the Magic Dragon.
For creative dramatics, we’ll act out a couple of Oriental folktales.
Our art activities will be lucky money, dragon dance dragon, festival lanterns, tissue cherry blossoms, and fish banners.
For motor development we’ll work on coordination by jumping. For postural response, we’ll play limbo rock, spider walk, and island hopping.
ON MONTESSORI EDUCATION
One of the basic tenets in the Montessori classroom is that the classroom must always be inviting. Children approach and study most joyously those things that are interesting to them. Things that are out-of-the-ordinary or about which we’ve been curious to learn beckon us to come closer. The teacher in the Montessori classroom observes what piqued a child’s interest or what skill the child seems to practice over and over until she perfects herself. With the knowledge from this observation, the teacher makes available to the child that learning which the child intuitively knows he needs to function and contribute to the world.
For the tiny child, it might be an exercise in categorizing various shells into their individual types. As adults, we know that this sorting skill enables us to categorize everything from our daily tasks to the biologist categorizing life forms. For the little child in our classroom, it’s a joyful visual and kinesthetic exercise. For an older child working with sink-and-float equipment, the dawning understanding of density, surface tension, and displacement becomes a part of her being and she thinks she always knew these principles of physics. Likewise is the understanding of what an island is, where is Sri Lanka, and how scary it was for Christopher Columbus to explore the edge of the world. Between our Montessori classrooms and the enrichment curriculum, our children are exposed to an incredible range of history, anthropology, sociology, chemistry, biology, and geology, poetry and music, and many art forms. As their adult guides, both parents and teachers, we can share the excitement and adventure that comes from exploring the boundaries of our minds.
When our children complete kindergarten and go on into elementary schools their teachers frequently are amazed at their broad knowledge. This is the basic stuff of intelligence – to know a lot about a lot of things so that our creativity has many tools with which to concoct new solutions to the situations before us. It’s called education, and it begins with our school’s tiniest infants. It goes on throughout our entire lives.
For Your Information
About Reading – The 2014 Scholastic survey of just over 1,000 children ages 6 – 17 found that reading aloud through elementary school seemed to be connected to a love of reading generally…. Children in the survey frequently cited reading aloud as a special bonding time with their parents. “Some literacy experts said that when parents or teachers read aloud to children even after they can read themselves, the children can hear more complex words or stories than they might tackle themselves…. Other literary experts say the real value of reading to children is helping to develop background knowledge in all kinds of topics as well as exposure to sophisticated language.”
Status Change? – It’s a terrible thing when we need to get in touch with a parent because of an illness or an accident and we find that contact information is no longer good. Please check the list in the foyer do we have the best way to get in touch with you in the quickest possible time?
During afternoon circle time we had “talk time” this is when students stand up and tell their classmates what they did over the weekend. Jack said his brother had a friend that came to the house. Edith used her big voice to tell her classmates that she played with her doll and playhouse. Asher told his classmates his favorite toy was an airplane, Michael played with his dinosaurs and Alexis watched her favorite show about dogs. Talk time is to help students recall on a past event and verbalize it this also helps to improve memory.