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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.

The Helpful Hounds News Show was presented to an audience of first and second grade friends on Tuesday, November 25th.  Third level students worked together to choose articles, write articles, and create a commercial for the news show. Students practiced reading slowly, clearly, loudly, and with expression.  We look forward to many more versions of The Helpful Hounds News Show.  Nice job third level! 

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The day before Thanksgiving break was filled with baking, singing, crafting, snacking, and Reader’s Theater.  It was a fun day filled with all different activities for students to choose from.  Thank you to the parents who sent in goodies for our snack.  We are thankful to have your children in our classroom!

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Creative turkey puppets!

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Singing Thanksgiving songs with Yvonne.

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Our first level stars.

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The first level did a wonderful job with their Thanksgiving Reader’s Theater!

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Pouring the milk.

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Adding ingredients

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Corn muffins are ready to bake.

To make butter you must shake, shake, and shake some more!

To make butter you must shake, shake, and shake some more!

 

 

On Friday, November 14th the Goldfinch children went to the theater to see the play Super Duck.  We were lucky enough to have one of our own students in the play!   Super Duck is the beloved tale of The Ugly Duckling with a super-powered, action-packed twist!  When a strange egg falls from the sky and lands near the duck pond, a mother duck decides to let it hatch and raise the strange looking creature as her own.  Cluck quickly becomes an outcast at swim school.  He looks weird and swimming is impossible because the water burns his skin and all the other ducks make fun of him.  Certain that he’s not a duck at all, he sets out to find his real family.  Along the way, he discovers he has super powers.   When Cluck meets a beautiful family of royal swans, he finally learns who he really is.  No, not a swan — that’s too ordinary a tale!  Cluck discovers he’s a duck from another planet with amazing superpowers and a hero’s heart.  

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In Montessori classrooms, we work to teach the whole child.  This includes developing the child academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. At the 6-9 year old age, it is the sensitive period for social development.  Daily discussions occur in our community meetings on using our words to solve peer conflicts and using reflective listening.  We role-play, read books, and talk about friendships.  We embrace the Golden Rule, “treat others how you want to be treated”.

Emotionally, the children are on a journey to becoming more independent.  At this age, students are provided an environment where they can practice making choices in a safe place.  From choosing work, to trying a new work, to working with new friends, to trying to solve peer conflicts on their own for the first time, all of these things can be done with teacher and peer support.  In a lower elementary classroom it is important that the environment is created with clear expectations.  Teachers and students work together to set these limits.  Once they are established it is the child who has to learn them and practice them.  This process can take some time with a few mishaps.  For example, with winter upon us and all of the extra winter gear, some students are struggling to remember to take back and forth all of their gear.  Students who forget winter items in the classroom are asked not to return to the classroom after school to retrieve them. Why?  The Montessori philosophy embraces natural consequences.  Learning from mistakes is one of the best ways for students to learn.  We often say, “Turn your mistakes into masterpieces.”  After forgetting an item once or twice and not being able to retrieve it, students will learn to be more careful in the future. Learning to problem solve these situations and to be flexible are life long skills we can start teaching children now.   In the long run, we are developing that independence.

Physically, students are provided the opportunity to move about the room all morning.  Many of our assignments are completed not at a table but with materials on the floor.  In addition, we include activities on our shelves for movement.  From yoga cards, to a balance board, to a exercise band, to a hand held squeezer, movement is important.  Several students take walks outside or in the halls to take a break from a busy morning of work.

It is our pleasure to work with your child each day.  Developing the whole child is important to us.  It is a process that takes time and patience.  We appreciate your support as we work hard each day to nurture your child.  Thanks for this opportunity!

On Friday, the students learned about what it was like to travel on the Mayflower through the eyes of a young apprentice sailor and a little girl.  Harsh conditions on the boat and leaving so much behind at home made this journey challenging.  As a class we discussed what we would pack in our family trunks to be prepared for landing in the wilderness.  In small, multi-aged groups students worked together to pick their items.  The students came up with great survival items like axes, clothing, blankets, pans, sewing needles and thread, and hunting items.  After the cooperative groups, students traveled around to four stations.  At one station they could play colonial games, at another they played Native American games, at a third station they did paired reading, and the final one they were able to build log cabins with Lincoln logs.  At the end of the day, the students reported that they loved all of the IMG_1996[1]stations.  See the fun below!

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