Before Spring Break…
Weather is what is happening outside. In our transition from Winter to Spring, many types of weather have been observed. The children have been our meteorologists, using the terms snowy, rainy, windy, sunny, cloudy, warm, and cold to describe the weather in Ohio. Every day, they ask if we are able to go outside . We look outside to see what it is doing, as well as look at the temperature, to make an informed decision.
Our UT student performed an experiment with the children to make it “rain.” They had a cup with water at the bottom and then shaving cream was sprayed at the top of the cup. The children were able to choose two different colors of food coloring and squirted a few drops into the shaving cream. When it was heavy enough, the colors started to come through the shaving cream to make a little “rain.”
Another activity involved making a water cycle bracelet. We read a book called A Raindrop’s Journey as an introduction. Each child then made a bracelet. The colors each represented a part of the water cycle. For example, light blue represented the rain, green represented the grass, dark blue the puddle, yellow the sun, clear the water evaporating, and white represented the clouds. It is a continuous cycle. Other activities on the shelf were a weather bear to dress, pictures of different types of weather to sort, and coloring and labeling a weather dictionary. Sometimes, we observed many types of weather in one day.
A Peace Wreath
Peace is a topic that is constantly reinforced in a Montessori classroom. The children use the peace rose to problem solve and practice using their words to compromise and find solutions on a regular basis. Recently, the Maple Room friends worked together to make a peace wreath. Each child dipped one hand into paint and pressed it onto a white paper in a circular pattern next to their friend’s handprint. After the paint dried, the children told the teacher what was peaceful to them and their words were transribed onto the handprints. It was a beautiful work of art when completed and helped to reinforce our sense of community. Examples of things that made our children feel at peace included reading a book, painting a picture, riding a bike, playing a game with a parent, swinging on a tire, walking the dog, etc.
New geometric solids were added to the shelf. They included the square based pyramid and the triangular based pyramid. A challenging activity involved matching the appropriate bases to the geometric solids. For example, a prism had a square base and a rectangle base. A cone had a base in the shape of a circle. The children really enjoy using the knobless cylinders in the sensorial area. An extension this past week involved tracing the knobless cylinders onto the corresponding colors of construction paper (red, yellow, blue, green), pin punching or cutting them out, and gluing them onto paper in a design ( using cards giving choices of patterns or their own designs).
The sense of smell was introduced. The nose sends messages to the brain which helps us know if something smells good or bad. Activities on the shelf included smelling jars in which the children had to match the pairs with the same smell. Vanilla, lavender, cinnamon, lemon, and citrus made up the smells in the jars. Smelly markers were used to match and color various pictures of food, such as watermelon, black licorice, cherry, and grape. We had to be careful not to get the markers too close to our noses as we enjoyed smelling them. Also, smelly pencils (called Smencils) were used for writing words. They did not have any color, but had wonderful scents.
The older children have enjoyed learning about nouns, verbs, and adjectives. This can be a difficult concept, but hands-on activities made it a little easier. One lesson involved labeling nouns around the classroom, such as pencils, shelf, table, pink cube, etc. Another activity was making a noun, verb, or adjective chain depending on which part of speech the child was working on at the time. A child would write a noun (or verb or adjective) on a strip of construction paper. They would then have it stapled to make a circle. They would then write another noun (or verb or adjective) on another strip of paper and link it to the first strip. The chains would vary in length depending on the interest 0f each child.
St. Patrick’s Day
Here are some special moments from the activities and sing-along on St. Patrick’s Day.
**Just a reminder: Please make sure your child has a change of clothing appropriate for the season in their backpacks. If it is warm enough and the weather cooperates, we will be going outside more regularly. In case a child gets wet or muddy, they feel more comfortable changing into their own clothes. Thanks so much for your help and support. We hope you had a wonderful Spring Break and will see you soon. We can’t wait to hear about all of your adventures!!This entry was posted in Maple. Bookmark the permalink.