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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.

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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  • Just a reminder to send in warm clothes, snow pants and boots on snowy days.  Children are able to leave their snow clothes in the classroom during the week if you prefer.  Send them in plastic bags that can be hung on coat hooks. It is necessary that children have boots and winter coats on cold days.  We go outside when temperatures dip down to 25 degrees.  We do factor in wind chills.  Please make sure that you label all coats, boots, etc.. If students are to stay in from recess, we do need a doctors note.  
  • Please make sure your child is able to put on his or her outdoor clothes independently.  Putting on gloves, winter boots, and zipping winter coats takes practice to do independently.  It is age appropriate for children to learn these self-care tasks. 
  • Level 2 and 3 students should practice nightly for fact tests and spelling tests.  It has to be a team effort between home and school to build up these skills. Thanks!

Thanks for all of your help each day!  We love teaching your children!

The Goldfinch classroom had a visitor from the past.  Dressed in her colonial clothes, Natalie’s mom, shared with the class a little about the lives of colonial children.  From daily chores of making butter or tending to the garden, the Goldfinch students learned about the hardships and fun times for these colonial children.  The most exciting part was learning about the colonial games.  Games like hide and seek and tag were among colonial favorites, just like today.  However, the game of Grace, tarts with corn husks, and 9 pins were similar versions to today’s games that colonial children enjoyed.  It was all up to the dads to whittle the games out of wood.  As simple as the colonial games were, the Goldfinch children loved playing them.  Thanks, Karen for coming in!

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Several times a month the students work with a math helper.  Students can choose between several math games that focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication, algebra, and place value.  Thank you to Pratima, Michelle, and Marci for helping the students!

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