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Montessori Academy's vision is that each student
will become an independent, confident, motivated learner, and a responsible community member as a result of the dynamic partnership between
students, parents, and teachers.
This partnership within the exceptional Montessori environment, while developing these characteristics, enables each student to become a life-long learner.
I enjoyed meeting with all of you for parent conferences in February. It is a pleasure to discuss your child’s progress with you and I hope you will always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I also hope you are as excited about our upcoming Spring Break as your children seem to be! They have enthusiastically shared their plans with each other and are looking forward to a well deserved vacation from their work. I look forward to hearing all about it when they return!
The children continue to arrive at school, ready to get their plans and choose their work. They are all doing very well in Spelling. They consistently complete their work, turn it on time, and do well on their quizzes. In addition to their homework, each week they write one of the spelling rules for adding suffixes. They are then required to apply the rule to a variety of words. This exercise reinforces the work they do in their Spelling books and, as a result, they are all becoming much better spellers! They are also working on sentence development, grammar and punctuation, and are progressing nicely in these areas also.
In math, the children continue to enjoy working with the beautiful Montessori materials. The third level students have been working on double digit multiplication, squaring numbers and long division. They have also completed most of the geometry curriculum and continue to work on decimals and fractions. The first and second level students are adding, subtracting, and multiplying every day. All the children are solving story problems, which require critical thinking, and they continue to work on their math facts.
In Science the children have all been studying the internal and external parts of the Five Classes of Vertebrates. They have studied and compared their means of protection, movement, respiration, circulation, and reproduction. After the break they will begin a study of the fundamental needs of humans and nutrition.
We have been reading Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth, and we will soon begin our study of planet Earth, along with rocks and minerals. We have also been working on a 1000 piece puzzle of the Periodic Table of Elements, which we will examine once it is completed.
I am looking forward to the AMS Conference in Orlando this week and I appreciate your encouragement and support for this trip, so much. I hope to bring back new ideas and materials for the classroom and I feel sure the experience will help to enrich the Room 10 community.
Have a wonderful Spring Break, and, as always, thank you for the privilege of working with your children.