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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.

We are excited to start the new year!  Listed below are a few reminders for the beginning of the school year.

* Students need 1 pair of slippers and 1 pair of outdoor shoes that stay in the classroom.

* During carline at end of day we ask the students to please walk out together and have a seat on the benches.  We will dismiss the students to their parents after we have accounted for all of our students.  This is a safety precaution.  We know your child is very excited to see you!!

* Staying hydrated is important for learning.  Please allow your child to have a water bottle at school.

* Please fill out and turn in the mosquito spray permission form and return to school.  First level parents please fill out and return the “Get to know you form”.

* Friday folders need to be returned to school on Monday morning in order to refill and send home again the following Friday.

*  Students must supply their own utensils for lunch in the lower elementary classrooms.  Please remember to send in forks and spoons if needed for lunches.  We do not always have them on hand. 

* Help your child be independent at home.  Packing his or her own healthy lunches, tying their own shoes, and carrying their own backpacks are developmentally appropriate activities.  Also, have them remember to put their Friday folder in their backpack for Monday.  Independence is an important life long skill.

* Help is needed!  If you haven’t signed up to help out, there are still opportunities.  We need help with our Thanksgiving/Fall Festival party on Nov. 25th, our winter breakfast party on Dec. 19th, and our Valentine’s party in Feb.  We need monthly flower bouquet donations for our classroom.  Most importantly, we need reading, math, and AR helpers to work with the students.  These tasks are done individually with students in the morning.  They are great ways to help students and get to know the Goldfinch classroom.  For any of these events, send us an email- nfisher@wsmctoledo.org or treynolds@wsmctoledo.org.  Thanks!!

* Finally, please make sure your child is getting enough sleep and a healthy breakfast.  Being to school on time, no later than 8:30, will also set your child in the right direction for a great day of learning. It does make a difference!

 

After reading the story Officer Buckle and Gloria the Goldfinch room had a surprise visitor to help discuss the importance of rules.  Officer Buckle (Tonya) and Gloria showed up to play a game of  “Officer Buckle Says” and demonstrate the importance of rules.  Students followed movement directions from Officer Buckle that would lead to a peaceful and safe classroom as well as directions that lead to chaos.  The discussion then turned to the students creating their own classroom rules.

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Officer Buckle

 

On the first day of school we begin with a community lesson learning about the Creation of the Universe.  All Lower Elementary classes gathered together in the commons to hear a story and observe experiments. From the popping of a balloon, to a disco ball, to evaporation, and volcanoes we continued discussing The Big Bang on Friday with more experiments and stories. Students chose to use oil pastel crayons, paint, or sidewalk chalk to show what they think the Big Bang looked like. Parents are welcome to share their beliefs on the beginning of the Universe with the Goldfinch students. Please contact Tonya or Natalie and we will set up a time for you to share.

Natalie reading the story of the Creation of the Universe.

Natalie reading the story of the Creation of the Universe.

The stage with the experiments for the First Great Lesson.

The stage with the experiments for the First Great Lesson.

How cold is really cold? Measuring the temperature of ice and ice with salt.

How cold is really cold? Measuring the temperature of ice and ice with salt.

Which will melt first?  The wax, foil, water, or an ice cube?

Which will melt first? The wax, foil, water, or an ice cube?

Student volunteers were needed for the experiments.

Student volunteers were needed for the experiments.

An example of the beautiful Big Bang on our patio.

An example of the beautiful Big Bang on our patio.

Eating snack with our new friends!

Eating snack with our new friends!

Playing the Peace Game.  Students passed around a ball of yarn finishing the sentence I feel peaceful when....

Playing the Peace Game. Students passed around a ball of yarn finishing the sentence I feel peaceful when….
Discussing Good Citizenship vs. Poor Citizenship.

Discussing Good Citizenship vs. Poor Citizenship.

Meeting new friends while sharing a book written by the Goldfinch class.

Meeting new friends while sharing a book written by the Goldfinch class.

 

Peer Reading outside on our patio.

Peer Reading outside on our patio.

Current Lower Elementary parents and kindergarten parents are encouraged to attend this year’s Lower Elementary Parent Programs to learn more about Montessori’s unique curriculum for children’s ages 6-9 years old. This monthly event will be from 3:45-5 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, Sept. 16
Elementary Montessori: Sparking the Imagination
Presented by Lynn Fisher

Thursday, Oct.r 9
Exploring the Lower Elementary Montessori Materials and Curriculum
Presented by Molly Bernhardt, Tonya Reynolds, and Terie Alvarez

Thursday, Nov. 13
Supporting Your Child: Hints for Home
Presented by the Student Services Team

Wednesday, Jan. 14
Understanding the Montessori Approach to Student Evaluations and Progress Reports
Presented by Kyrie Lee, Deb Kelleher, and Natalie Fisher

Thursday, April 23
Let Me Teach You: Exploring Montessori Materials with Your Child
Presented by Your Child