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Sycamore

Melissa Snyder

Melissa Snyder

Sycamore Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Melissa Snyder is the classroom teacher.

Did you know that Practical Life and the Sensorial Area help to better prepare your child for the Math Area?

Here’s Why….

Practical Life Area Aims to build: concentration, coordination, confidence, independence, good work habits, real and purposeful work, patience and delay of gratification, inner discipline and self-control, socialization skills, memory skills and classroom ground rules.

Example: The Chair Scrubbing Lesson is a 22-step process in which the child observes the teacher giving the lesson and then the child will recreate the lesson by her or himself.  This 22-step lesson is teaching the child concentration, coordination, independence and order, which are the necessary tools needed for the Math Area.

Chair Scrubbing

Sensorial Area Aims to build: skills in observing, thinking, judging, associating, comparing, contrasting and discriminating, matching, grading, base 10, units of measurement, vocabulary and pincer grasp.

Example: the Binomial Cube is actually the Algebraic equation of (a+b)3=(a+b)(a+b)(a+b). These concrete materials in the Sensorial Area helps to build upon mathematical concepts learned later in the Math Area.

bio cube

Summing it all up:

Dr. Maria Montessori once said,  “Great creations come from the mathematical mind, so we must always consider all that is mathematical as a means of mental development. It is certain that mathematics organizes the abstract path of the mind, so we must offer it at an early age, in a clear and very accessible manner, as a stimulus to the child whose mind is yet to be organized.”

The Montessori approach results in the concepts being fully understood at a time when it is easy for the child to understand as long as the ideas are presented to him through the manipulation of concrete materials. By the time the children are six years old they have a solid knowledge of mathematics that will stand them in good stead not only for further study, but also for many other aspects of everyday life.

Stamp Game

maths short bead stair

goldenbead

 

For the past few weeks Sycmore has been learning about taking care of your teeth, the continent of Africa, and the different food groups that keep our bodies healthy.  To go along with dental health, we talked about the jobs of our tongue.  The children got to taste sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.  When we traveled to Africa, we learned that it is the second largest continent with over 50 countries  and many different types of animals.  When we learned about the food groups this week the children enjoyed playing food group bingo and cutting out pictures of food to place in their correct groups.

We are at circle tasting sugar, salt, cocoa, and lemon juice.

We are at circle tasting sugar, salt, cocoa, and lemon juice.

This kindergartner is polishing pennies with salt and lemon juice.

This kindergartner is polishing pennies with salt and lemon juice.

While studying Africa, we learned that many people there make their own beads and jewelry.  This four year old is making beads out of magazine strips.

While studying Africa, we learned that many people there make their own beads and jewelry. This four year old is making beads out of magazine strips.

We made maps of  Africa that show the desert, savanna, and rain forest.

We made maps of
Africa that show the desert, savanna, and rain forest.

These boys are deciding in which food group each food belongs.

These boys are deciding in which food group each food belongs.

This four year old is working on her fine motor skills while closing her eyes for the camera.

This four year old is working on her fine motor skills while closing her eyes for the camera.

This week the Children’s House students have sung songs in 5 languages: English, French, Japanese, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Here are a couple of the songs we have enjoyed:

 

 

I hope those of you that celebrate holidays this week enjoy peaceful, joyous holidays. Have a great break.

Keep singing,

Risa

I am happy to report that I am cancer-free! Coming back to school I was greeted by many warm hugs and handmade cards from your children. Many of you have sent me emails, cards, meals, and gifts while I was in recovery. Thank you for all of your support. It is wonderful to be part of a caring community. I am very happy to be here.

Welcome Back Risa

Poster made by Sapphire and Emerald students

 

The month of February was extremely busy for the Sycamore Room.  Not only did we fill our brains with lots of new things, but we had Take Your Parents to Work Week, Little House children visiting, valentines to make, and Montessori Education Week.  Maybe March will slow down just a little and bring us some nicer weather!

A mother and daughter working on metal insets.

A mother and daughter working on metal insets.

A father and son are enjoying their work.

A father and son are enjoying their work.

A mother and daughter are completing a math work.

A mother and daughter are completing a math work.

A father and daughter snuggle as they enjoy a book together.

A father and daughter snuggle as they enjoy a book together.

A mother and son read a book about penguins

A mother and son read a book about penguins

The Sycamore children loved learning about the body, specifically organs and bones.  They had a great time learning about the jobs of the major organs and trying on the organ apron where they could velcro the organs in their correct places.  We had some help from Mr. Bones when we talked about different bones in the body.

This five year old is labeling bones on Mr. Bones.

This five year old is labeling bones on Mr. Bones.

A group shot with Mr. Bones before he went on his way.

A group shot with Mr. Bones before he went on his way.

From Antarctica we traveled to Asia.  We learned that it is the largest continent with many large countries.  We talked some about Russia and China, and we did some fun activities at the start of Chinese New Year.  They also learned about the flags of China, Japan, India, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia.

A three year old is decorating his red envelope for Chinese New Year.  Red is a lucky color.

A three year old is decorating his red envelope for Chinese New Year. Red is a lucky color.

These two are making dragon puppets.

These two are making dragon puppets.

The week of conferences was Montessori Education Week.  Children’s House had a feast featuring some foods from Italy in order to celebrate Maria Montessori’s work.  The Sycamore Room made butter for all of the classrooms to use.  We also had visitors from Upper Elementary.  Six older children from the Monarch Room came to our classroom and worked with the children for about an hour.

 

These girls are helping to make the butter for our italian feast.

These girls are helping to make the butter for our italian feast.

These children are waiting patiently to be served their food at the feast.

These children are waiting patiently to be served their food at the feast.

Let's dig in!

Let’s dig in!

Listening to a book with a fourth level buddy.

Listening to a book with a fourth level buddy.

This three year old is showing a fourth level boy some important skills you learn in Children's House.

This three year old is showing a fourth level boy some important skills you learn in Children’s House.