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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 9 Parents,
As we head into the final few weeks of the school year, the classroom has been an exciting and busy place! With gardening, insects to observe, and new work in many areas, the children have been very busy and engaged.
In science, we’re studying mammals with a focus on the human body. A very popular work in this area is the organ apron, a partner work where one child attaches the organs onto a friend’s special apron. This work gives children the opportunity to visualize their internal organs and for us to share facts about them when we present the work.
In geography, we are finishing our study of Africa and will finish the year with a focus on South America. Children can explore South America through pushpin, tracing, books, animals, and flags.
The highlight of the last month has definitely been our butterfly habitat. Watching the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly has captured the imaginations of our students, and they have learned so much! Do you know the difference between a chrysalis and a cocoon? Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet and breathe through their abdomens? We introduced vocabulary including metamorphosis, thorax, mandibles, proboscis, meconium, and frass (the children’s favorite word). We were lucky last week to get to observe many of the butterflies as they emerged from their chrysalises during work time. The class would come to a standstill as we gathered to watch a new butterfly, its wings wet and crumpled before it slowly started to stretch them out. We talked about how a butterfly has to struggle and work so hard to break free of the chrysalis. We talked about how this struggle makes them strong so that they can fly. If you try to “help” a butterfly by opening the chrysalis for it, its wings will not be strong enough to fly.
Every year when we watch this metamorphosis, how can we not think of our kindergartners? Whether they’ve been with us one, two, three, or even three and a half years, we’ve watched these eight extraordinary children grow, change, struggle, learn, and test their wings. When it was time to release the butterflies, some of the children said they felt sad. We reminded them that as much as we loved having the butterflies with us in Room 9, it was time to let them go. It was a time to be sad and happy at the same time. While we will certainly be sad to say goodbye to our kindergartners, we’re so proud to see them spread their wings and fly.
As we get ready to say goodbye to everyone for the summer, we want you to know what a joy and a privilege it has been to work with your children this year.
Thank you for your trust and support!
Tanelle Murphy & Mia Lee