Poplar Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Sarah Knox and Amy Wagner are the classroom’s co-teachers.
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The Capstone Year, Thursday 8:30-9:30 a.m
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Click below for a preview of this Thursday’s Capstone Year Presentation. Presenters include Kyla Reams, Amy Lawrence, Kathy Heckert, and Melissa Snyder.
Discover why the Kindergarten year in Children’s House is considered the “Capstone Year”.
Click: The Capstone Year
This School is Your School
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As we continue our study of North America today’s focus was on Mexico. All the children helped make tortillas! This took all morning working in four groups, and we tasted them together at community gathering.
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup warm water
Mix the dry ingredients together. Add the water and oil and mix until it begins to form a soft ball of dough.
Put dough on floured surface and knead for 3-5 minutes or until dough is smooth. *Add flour if the dough is too sticky.
Divide the dough into pieces. (This will depend on how big you want your tortillas. We made 25 tortillas, approximately 5″ each.)
Roll each piece into a ball and flatten it with the palm of your hand. Lay on a tray or parchment paper, cover with a tea towel and allow it to rest for 15 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface, roll each flattened tortilla with a rolling pin until thin and even.
On medium-high heat, cook each tortilla for 1 minute, flip over and cook for another 30 seconds. The tortillas will start to get brown spots and may form air pockets.
Ask your children about how they made tortillas and maybe even try it at home together!
Poplar Role Models
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Finishing off our study of land, air, and water and land and water forms, the kindergarteners made paper mache continent globes! The paper mache process was rather sticky, but there was so much rich conversation taking place. For example, we talked about the shape of our planet and one kindergartener pointed out the balloons we were using were more like an ovoid than a sphere. Another conversation was predicting what would happen when the sticky-gooey mess of the paper mache paste dries.
While we’re discussing kindergarteners, Amy and I just love to see how this group of children has truly developed into leaders for our classroom! We hear daily conversations among the kindergarteners about being role models, helping the younger friends, and doing their best work. These moments are just a few examples of the Montessori “magic” that happens during a child’s third year in a Montessori classroom.
If you haven’t already decided to attend the First Thursday session in December, you should! Several teachers will be discussing the Kindergarten year as the capstone year of Children’s House. This will be a great session to sit in on, even if your child will not be in kindergarten next year.
Okay, enough about our kindergarteners (for now) because so many other wonderful things have been happening! We finished our study on vertebrate and invertebrate animals. We learned that we (humans) are vertebrates, we have a backbone that supports our bodies. All of our classroom pets are also vertebrates – Gecky (gecko), Gracie & Heidi (hamsters), and all of our fish have backbones.
However, the worms that were observed in Kindergarten KABOOM and the stink bugs that make their way into our room are invertebrates, they do not have a backbone. The children had sorting and classifying work for vertebrates and invertebrates. They also took turns feeling each others backs just to make sure they really did have a vertebrate. Unfortunately, there was one child who was convinced a friend didn’t have a backbone because he couldn’t feel it!
These are a week old now, but I just have to share the pictures from the beautiful weather we have been enjoying! Sunshine in November calls for work time outside!
Monday began our study on North America! As we grow near to the time we focus on giving thanks, we want to spend time learning about our continent and our country. More on that next time!
More Name Studies
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Continuing our name studies, we created and read a predictable chart. Each line of the chart started with, “My name is,” followed by the name of a child in class and a period. In a predictable chart, only one word or phrase of each line changes, so most of the text is predictable. After learning the pattern, even the most emergent readers in class were able to join in reading, “My name is.” And the readers who are decoding were able to figure out some, most, or all of the names as well. A few of them feeling especially successful declared, “This is fun!”
We have also been drumming our names. Try repeating your name 4 times, drumming each syllable. You will notice that many English names contain two syllables: one stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable. For example, Risa, Brandi, and Kathy all follow this pattern. The students noticed that many names have the same rhythm, but some do not. Some names have only one, or three or more syllables. Others, like Brianne have two syllables but it is the second syllable that is stressed. Try drumming the names of your family around the dinner table tonight.