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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 Lower Elementary classrooms held their annual Opening Ceremony on Monday, October 20th.  Students announced their classroom names and shared classroom flags.  The Goldfinch children chose The Helpful Hounds as their classroom name this year.  The theme for the 2014-2015 school year is Nature and You.  To celebrate nature students spent the morning outside hiking, practicing bird calls, making bird feeders, doing leaf rubbings, and snacking on donuts and cider.  The weather held out and the sun even came out to make this a perfect crisp fall morning to spend in our beautiful environment.  We look forward to a wonderful year ahead!

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Yvonne singing nature songs with the students.

Yvonne singing nature songs with the students.

Students holding up our new classroom flag and explaining why we chose that name.

On Monday, October 20th all Lower Elementary classrooms will be participating in a Fall Nature Day outside in our beautiful environment from 10-11:30.  Please dress your student in weather appropriate clothing.  It is supposed to be quite chilly Monday!  Warm coats, hats, gloves, and pants will be essential.  Students can wear their outdoor shoes.  Check back later next week for pictures from our Nature Day.  Looking forward to a crisp, fall day! 

During Community Time last Friday Goldfinch students learned about values and character traits.  Using the books from the series “The Best Me I Can Be” students read about and discussed character traits that they value.  Different aged students paired up to read a character trait book such as: I Show Respect, I’m In Charge of Me, I Will Keep Trying, or I Can Cooperate.  Each pair then wrote a sentence explaining what character trait they read about on a leaf.  These leaves are now hanging on our Peace Tree for all to see.  

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Does your child come home and talk about grammar boxes, small bead frames, or botany nomenclature cards in their classroom?

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 3:45-5 p.m. in the Cardinal Room on the Toledo Campus for Exploring the Lower Elementary Montessori Materials and Curriculum and learn about the work students use in Levels 1-2-3. This month’s parent education program will be presented by Deb Kelleher (Cardinal), Terie Alvarez (Cardinal), and Tonya Reynolds (Goldfinch).

Current Lower Elementary parents and kindergarten parents are encouraged to attend this opportunity to learn more about Montessori’s unique curriculum for children’s ages 6-9 years old.

 

 

After hours of hard work, middle school students as well as alumni worked together to build Lower Elementary’s very own Octoball pit. The students met after school and, dug out the grass, laid down the turf, and put the walls up. As you can see, the Lower Elementary students are loving Octoball.

The last two face off against each other to determine the winner

The last two players face off against each other to determine the winner.

Lower Elementary Students enjoy themselves in a game of octoball

Lower Elementary Students enjoy themselves in a game of octoball.

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