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Goldfinch

Tonya Reynolds

Tonya Reynolds

Natalie Fisher

Natalie Fisher

Goldfinch Room is a Lower Elementary classroom for levels 1-3 on the Toledo Campus. Natalie Fisher and Tonya Reynolds are the classroom’s co-teachers.

 

From Pericarp to Endocarp

As part of the third level botany program our third level students are learning the parts of the fruit.  From the pericarp to the endocarp students learned the Greek meaning of each part of the fruit and studied a fruit up close locating the different parts.   A pomegranate, cactus pear, horned melon, apple, and peach were just some of the fruits the third level observed, touched, and smelled.  Fruits are fun in more ways than one!

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Phonics is a necessary tool for all students learning to read or spell.  Some children rely on phonics to open the door to reading (the sounding out approach).  Others, who are natural sight-readers and begin to read with relative ease, will use phonics primarily for spelling purposes.  This year the Goldfinch room purchased a new program entitled Language Works.  The Language Works set includes a total of 60 phonogram sounds, or letter combinations.  Each phonogram sound is introduced using a Word List and a matching Picture Booklet.  The Waseca Version of the Language Works Program uses color-coded Picture Booklet covers to guide students through the 60 sounds.  With its built-in control of error, Language Works gives students the freedom to check his/her own work and to proceed independently at his/her own rate.  A record sheet is provided allowing each child to mark his/her own progress.  Second and Third level students have already been introduced to the program.  At the beginning students will be recording on paper so you can discuss the program with  your child.  As we move along students will record in their language notebooks.  First level will be introduced as we continue along with our reading curriculum.  A favorite activity is creating a flip book with each phonogram studied.  Keep an eye out for these booklets to come home soon.  Love of reading is imperative to create life-long readers.  Continue to read to your child and make reading a relaxing, fun, “special” time spent with mom and dad. READ ON!!

 

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September will be full of many opportunities for your child to become familiar and comfortable in the Goldfinch community.  Every Monday a community time is planned where we will take hikes together, learn more about each other, and begin to understand how the Goldfinch community works together as a team.  For first level we will continue to be assessing during the first month.  We will be touching on the concepts listed below.

  • The Great Lesson- Third level will be demonstrating experiments that demonstrate the law of gravity, the law of inertia, evaporation, the three states of matter and much more. All  students will be given the opportunity to practice many of these experiments independently.
  • Zoology- Students are gearing up for a trip to a local wetland.  In the classroom, we will be exploring the vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants that make up his special, and threatened habitat.
  • Botany- Students will be learning the parts of a plant. Each level will  dive deeper into the purposes and types of each part of the plant.  Hikes, projects, and hands on experiments will fill our September.

Math and language lessons occur each morning in our classroom.  Due to the individual nature of  these lessons we must refrain from sharing topics. Our students ability levels are expansive. Please check your child’s Friday folder for the concepts we are reviewing and practicing.

The Goldfinch Community took the opportunity to observe monarchs in all stages of their lives this past week.  Several monarchs hatched and were set loose into the environment.  Thank you Natalie for bringing in the eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises!  We have many monarch choices out for the students.  Look for some beautiful choice work to be coming home in the future! 

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If you glanced in the observation window of the Goldfinch classroom last Monday or Tuesday you would have spotted 11 super first graders!  What a joy and honor it is to welcome these new students into the Goldfinch community.  Together the first level listened to the story Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis.  Ladybug Girl uses her talents and gifts to help out her environment. A discussion followed about how the new first level could use their own superpowers in our classroom.  The students loved this story. Ladybug Girl is a series- check it out at your local library!

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Super First Graders on the job at West Side Montessori!

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We are ready for a super year!