This is a paper version of my weekly classroom letter. This is the same letter I emailed to families this afternoon. If you did not receive the electronic version, it means I do not have your correct email address and kindly ask that you provide it to me so you are able to receive future classroom updates. We are trying to have as little paper going home as possible, and I appreciate your help in this matter.
Eric’s Class Meeting
Meet & Great Tea in the library
Site Council Meeting
T.R.U.E. performing at University Streets 1:30pm
Bike and Walk to School Day
The first week of school is over! Students are settling in and we are building our new classroom community. We are learning names, rules of the classroom and school, and playing some fun games. Remember to supply your student with some comfortable and durable inside shoes or slippers ASAP if you have not already done so. These shoes stay at school and are only used while in the classroom.
Next week and beyond…
Starting on the 12th, we begin our journey into the universe with the First Great Lesson. This is a classic Montessori presentation, and one of five Great Lessons. The Creation Of The Universe is the scientists’ story of how the universe came to be. Prior to this I will have shared creation stories from many cultures around the world, and encouraged the students to talk with you about what your family beliefs are regarding the universe.
The scientists’ story gets the most sustained attention because I use it to jump off into almost every other area of the curriculum. I will talk more about this at the parent meeting scheduled for the 16th. Please attend if at all possible. I will be discussing the curriculum for the year, field trips, ways to volunteer, and general but important information.
As part of the Great Lesson for next week, we will be learning about the scientific method, the birth of the elements and laws of attraction, stellar nucleosynthesis, and building atoms with the Neils Bohr method (for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1922), our solar system, and much more. These core lessons I present each year and as a student matures academically, the lessons become more meaningful and enlightening.
One of the important themes to come out of this first lesson is for the child to realize that the universe does not revolve around any one of us. Our place is rather small really, but we are significant. We ask ourselves: What will I offer to the world today? What is my cosmic task? What good and enduring work will I leave behind?
As we near the end of the month, we will be planning a trip to the Science Factory to enrich the learning taking place in the classroom. Details will come as soon as I have a reservation.
New Family "Ridgeline 101" Meeting – Please join us at the New Family “Ridgeline 101” Meeting on Tuesday, September 13th, . This is the perfect opportunity to learn all the ins and outs of being a Ridgeline parent and have your questions answered. Limited childcare is available for toilet-trained children. Call the office to reserve a spot.
Eric and Emily