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Bluebird

Kyrie Lee

Kyrie Lee

Molly Bernhardt

Molly Bernhardt

Bluebird Room is a Lower Elementary classroom for levels 1-3 on the Toledo Campus. Molly Bernhardt and Kyrie Lee are the classroom’s co-teachers.

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Social Development 6-9

As you peer through the window of the Bluebird room, you notice your child (or someone else’s!) wandering from friend to friend visiting.  You then focus on a group of students chatting while they sit around a rug of materials.  Seated at their tables are two more students “working” on math facts…giggling and talking.  Don’t panic.  Maria Montessori recognized that the ages of 6-9 were years of much social growth.  The children are learning to navigate through some often difficult situations in order to build life long character traits.  They are building the man or woman they are to become.  When you see two children chatting at their table, they may be problem solving or collaborating on a work that is difficult.  A group around a rug conversing may be doing research, practicing a presentation, reviewing with one another, or if they are chattering loudly, even catching a spider for a habitat!  The child visiting others is asserting themselves, greeting others, possibly showing grace and courtesy as they take a lost pencil to a friend or loan a pencil sharpener to someone because they saw the need and filled it.  Or all of these examples could just be the children socializing for the sake of socializing because they need that too!  Rest assured that we are keeping tabs and redirecting as needed, if needed.  However, we are also allowing the students to develop socially, a crucial piece of the whole child.

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The Montessori classroom is designed in a way that all activities gear themselves naturally toward the development of oral and written language. Language in the lower elementary classroom is filled with key experiences. These key experiences are presented and repeated each year, and each year a new depth of meaning and understanding is gained. Children progress at their own pace through the reading and language program. Concrete concepts lead to abstract ones.  A child in the Montessori classroom develops an inquisitiveness that is the motivating force toward further knowledge. In the picture below the first level students are listening to the comma key experience.

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Europe, here we come!

This month we have begun our continent study of Europe.  We began with a lay of the land, a lesson on the biomes of Europe.  As we continue the study, first level will learn more about the animals of Europe and where they are found.  Second level will be researching the needs of humans in Europe and how they vary from country to country.  They voted to focus on Norway and the history of Vikings!  Keep your eye out for signs of these sailors.  Third level will be focusing on the needs within various European biomes and choosing research topics.  Each level will also be focusing on the physical and political geography including regions, countries, capitals, land and water forms, landmarks, and flags.

 

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February 13th, the Bluebird Room had a special lesson on the history and geography of cheese.  Dating back to ancient times in the Arabian peninsula, travelers would carry goat’s milk in a sac, the stomach of a goat or sheep.   As legend tells it, the jostling of the travels combined with the rennet in the lining of the stomach curdled the milk forming the curds (cheese) and the whey (the liquid).  This satisfied the weary travelers hunger and thirst.  Thus the birth of cheese.  We also learned that not only cow and goat milk is used but some cultures use sheep, horse, and even moose milk to make cheeses.  A tasting of cheeses and bread from Europe followed, with the children locating the origin of each sample.  England, Ireland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Italy, Poland, the Ukraine, and Scandinavia were represented. I guess you could say cheese is a universal love!

The bread and cheese tasting

The bread and cheese tasting

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Some even tried the blue cheese!

 

 

 

 

♥Crafting

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100 Days of School!

On February 3, 2015, we celebrated 100 days of school.  The day began with a community breakfast.  Each child had a bowl of 100 cereal pieces with 100 ml of milk.  Then it was on to some mathematical stations.  Below are some of the images from our busy day.  

  • Building with 100 pattern blocks
  • Building a structure with 100 cups
  • Guessing and checking the jars with 100 items
  • Sharing 100 day collections
  • Measuring 100 cm
  • 100 Day posters
  • 100 day snack (ritz crackers and cheese shaped as 100)
  • Skip counting to 100
  • Making 100 with money
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100-day1Monday, Feb. 2, is the 100th day of the school year and the Lower Elementary teachers have many engaging activities planned for the day.

Students are asked to help celebrate by making a 100-day collection. Students are to collect 100 of something and bring their items to school on Monday. The 100th day collections will be shared during each classroom’s morning meeting.

Get creative! It’s always amazing to see the wonderful ideas each child comes up with such as 100 Lego sculpture, 100 picture poster, and 100 cotton ball snowman.  Have fun!

100th DAY BREAKFAST

To start off  the 100th Day celebration, your student also is invited to bring 100 pieces of their favorite cereal in a personalized resalable plastic bag. Each class will have breakfast with a smile that day. Now that’s a tasty way to start the day!