Bring a cool leaf

Topic: Plants

How plants work.

The value is responsibility, which is to take care of something of value. We all need to be able to think without being told.

For safety, we’ll learn to stop/drop/roll if our clothes catch on fire.

Outside we’ll play clapping and keeping balloons in the air.

The songs we’ll be singing are Edleweiss, The Green Grass Grows All Around, Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, Consider Yourself, and Oh, What a Beautiful Morning.

Our art activities are fancy plants, nutty pets, adopt a tree, and nature patterns.

Creative dramatics will be acting out what would happen if a fire happened at their house.

For body development, we’ll work on coordination with beanbag partners and space circles. For motor development we’ll do postural response exercises with rocking horse, egg rolls, quick standing, and ball pass


From Garth Sundem in Free Spirit Publishing: “On the surface, using words to influence memories is a nifty trick. But what psychologist Elizabeth Loftus’ work about the formation of false memories really shows is that the stories we tell ourselves after an experience are as important as the experience itself in how we understand it. For example, the story we tell ourselves about being lost in the woods can transform the experience from an ordeal into an adventure. Was that math test hard, or was it challenging? The event itself is only a starting point. It’s the story we tell ourselves about the event that defines how we understand it and what we take from it. You’ve heard this before: Stories define our realities. Our stories may even define our identities.

I can see this in action. My son, Leif, is 12, and I can see him trying out different stories as he searches for his identity. For example, he’s a good rock climber, but I recently heard him say, “I’m not very strong, but I’m good at figuring out tricky moves.” For better or worse, this story influences his identity and helps define what he sees as possible. And I hear Leif’s coaches trying to help him change his story from “I’m bad at climbs that require strength,” to “I’m still learning how to be good at climbs that require strength.” The first story defines identity and possibility; the second seeks to change it.

But it is not only our own stories—our interpretations, framing, and evaluation of the things we experience—that shape our identities. Others’ stories also show us what is possible for our own lives. This is one reason (of many) that it can be hard to break cycles of poverty—the life stories surrounding a child influence that child’s expectations and menu of possibilities for his or her own life.

However, if stories of hopelessness and loss shrink kids’ possibilities, then stories of resilience and triumph can help expand them. The fact that Salva Dut led children through the desert to escape the civil war in South Sudan makes it seem more possible for kids to overcome their own challenges. The fact that the “Boys in the Boat” emerged from the Great Depression to win the gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics makes any dream seem possible. The fact that Jackie Robinson was able to withstand blatant racism to integrate baseball makes it seem possible for kids to persevere in their own lives.

It is not just the stories we tell ourselves, but also the stories we are told—through the examples around us or by culture, media, and more—that shape the possibilities of our identities. Just like adjusting the interpretation of a car crash (from Loftus’ research) can change how people remember the event, the right stories can help kids see their lives in new ways.”


For Your Information

   Front Gate – Our handy man came by and fixed the gate but after the rain on July 4th it seems to be in need of some additional adjusting. So we contacted Chris (our handyman) and he’ll get to it as soon as possible. In the meantime please take an extra two to three second to manually lock the gate.

     Luau – This year’s luau is Monday August 6, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm look for the sing up sheet in the foyer to list what your family will be bringing; all family and friends are welcome to attend. Parents are asked to bring a dish that works well outside arrive in your swim clothes and enjoy. The luau will be at Memorial forest Cub 12122 Memorial Dr. about four miles from the school.

     Label Label Label – Recently there has been a number of times when parents cannot locate all of their child’s belongings because they had mistakenly been taken home by another parent or child. Many children have the same or similar things so make a point to label everything your child brings to school. If you noticed that you have taken something by mistake maybe give the school a courtesy call so that we can notify the parents


Daniel seems to enjoy the ten’s board, after receiving a lesson he completed the challenging work and liked it so much he repeated the work and his accomplishment is truly amazing this work also displays his beautiful hand writing skills. Using the Tens Boards, Daniel explores the number names of the tens and the sequence of numbers 11-99. In the toddler class Michael enjoys working with the peg board he selects this work most often. Ian is showing interest in the nesting work, it won’t be long before he is stacking the nesting boxes to make a tall tower. It was clean up time when we noticed Garance nicely rolling up the mat she had a previous lesson on how to roll up a mat from her teacher and now she is applying that knowledge independently. The purpose of the floor mats is to define the student’s workspace and to reinforce Montessori’s principle of “freedom within limits”. There is such an element of respect with having that defined workspace and it is something that the students take very seriously. In the infant class Charlie is learning primary and secondary colors as she places the colored object on the corresponding colored dowel.