Diana's Update 1-25-19

posted Jan 25, 2019, 11:38 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Our weekly Shape and Say story features the letter “p” and its sound. One word is peace, a topic we’re discussing as it relates to the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Nobel Peace Prize. We listened to part of his “I Have a Dream” speech and the children have made peace medals that they decorated with a symbol that represents peace to them. Other sound-of-the-week activities are a new rhyme, “Song of the Popcorn” and a science inquiry to find out whether hot air or hot oil pops more kernels of popcorn.

In science, another simple machine—the lever—was introduced.

Our sewing project is sewing snow gnomes using a newly learned whip stitch. These have become part of a snowy scene in our practical life area.

Together the children have made a large winter banner for our neighbor Linda who comes in twice a week to read.

We are continuing our astronomy studies of the solar system including the tilt of the earth, the Big and Little Dippers, the North Star and other constellations.

Our read aloud is the My Father’s Dragon series by Ruth Stiles Gannett.

We have two education students from UO, Sammy on Monday morning and Naomi on Tuesday morning.

We will celebrate Valentine’s Day at school on Thursday, February 14. Attire for the day will be pajamas! The children will make festive containers that will be ready for any cards their classmates may want to deliver. We have twenty-nine students. If your child chooses to bring Valentines they should be signed but not addressed to specific children.

Current needs: Volunteers to listen to students read.

CONFERENCES (no school) January 31 & February 1

Mid-year conferences this year are an opportunity for you to discuss your child's academic progress and Montessori experience with the teachers who spend each day with them. Our hope is that conferences will give a more whole-child and personal picture of a student's growth than the conventional mid-year report cards that we have done in the past.  This significant change was in response to staff and parent input last year.  We urge you to take advantage of this mid-year opportunity to meet with your student's teacher.  Again, these conferences are in lieu of mid-year report cards, making this face to face time especially important to gain an understanding of your child’s progress. There are still many conference openings in all classrooms. Please remember to Sign up for a conference time today; they are rapidly approaching!