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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.
Dear Room 4 Parents,
We are into the fourth week of school and most children have impressively acclimated to the environment and are feeling the classroom their home. This is evidenced by some of them calling us “mommy” a few times. In any case, we feel just like their “mommy” here! It is so wonderful to see the returning children, in particular, working in their familiar work place so skillfully from day one: knowing what they want to do, making their own choice of work, planning and organizing their work, and finishing up work time feeling fulfilled. In other words, many returning children have developed independence, appropriate decision making, planning skills, organization skills, and confidence. New children are observing and learning to follow the process. Work time has been a busy time and some children who started the morning having separation anxiety quickly find themselves busy learning new work or practicing with exercises they were given before. Returning students were reviewing a lot of work they left off since last spring and will be moving into new lessons in days to come.
Things seem to move on at a fast pace. Our parent readers, Mrs. Brophy and Dr. Nur, have started reading with our readers since the second week of school. All the children have been introduced to the sounds of the alphabet, through individual presentation, small groups, and large group with the sound of the week objects. All of them are also learning to recognize numerals with different materials. With math, we are now focusing on using the concrete materials that correspond with the numeral system. The use of these materials will aid in learning the more complex process of decimal system and operation, and the detailed linear counting. More details and the display of the work will be presented during the Parent Information Meeting on Thursday September 20, between 4:30-5:45. Please plan to come.
During the first two weeks, we read the book “Be Healthy, Be Wise” by Dr. Michael J. Rostafinski. Children learned about how to identify ticks and what to do if they get a tick bite. They also learn about germs and how to stay healthy by protecting themselves and avoiding spreading germs. We also read the book “Peace Begins with You” by Katherine Scholes. Children learned what Peace means and how we can make peace with friends.
In science, the students have learned about living and non-living things. We have learned that living things are made up of cells, the building blocks of life. We have learned that living things need food, water, a place to live (habitat), and air. The students learned to classify living and non-living objects and cards. They also have been introduced to the different kinds of living things, such as animals and plants, and to classify items and cards as plant or animal. The students have really enjoyed this introductory unit of science. Next, we will move on to the solar system and planets.
In Geography, we started with the earth unit that consists of three parts: land, water, and air. Kindergartners learned the scientific terms: lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. Kindergartners and many children in the afternoon watched the experiment of objects that sink and some that float. We have just finished the study of the cardinal directions (N, S, E, W) associated with the sun and the use of a compass, and we are now starting to study the 7 continents and 4 oceans. Kindergartners will make the map of the world to bring home.
Many thanks to our parents who have contributed their time to help in and outside the classroom and from home, to parents who bring wholesome snacks, and to parents who have and are planning to contribute to the cash fund for use in the classroom and toward the AMS scholarship fund. We appreciate your support in so many different ways, and first and foremost, we appreciate you sharing your precious child with us.
Mrs. Carlson and Mrs. Chintanaphol