Rachel's Update 9-17-21
This week we jumped into the study of the Fundamental Needs of Humans. As a class we asked the question: What do all humans need to survive? Ask your child what they think! Then we introduced the various diverse biomes of the world, taking a closer look at the desert biome. Next week we will continue to explore the biomes. Spoiler alert..next stop: the universe!
Here we go!
At long last, we’re back at school in person. It’s been wonderful to see the students again and to see the joy they have at being back with their classmates and engaging in meaningful work.
We’ve spent the past week introducing new lessons, getting to know each other, and practicing classroom procedures. Safety protocols add an extra level of difficulty to many of our transitions, but the students have done a great job learning and following all the steps to staying safe.
Assessment in the Lower Elementary
After the disruptions of the past year and a half, students are coming back with a unique set of strengths and challenges. We’re assessing these in several ways. This year we’re using Montessori-aligned skills inventories to track students’ academic progress, executive function, and their social and emotional fluency. We’ll also test students with a benchmark assessment, EasyCBM. These short tests happen three times a year and are normed against students from many school districts. They provide a snapshot of reading and math skills and let us track progress over time.
Montessori tells us to “follow the child,” to observe them closely so that we can understand their needs. Our assessments and observations are an ongoing part of Montessori teaching. This year more than ever, we’ll constantly be adjusting and individualizing our approach so we can help kids make progress after a difficult year.
Art and PE
We are starting art and PE next week. Our new art specialist, Rena Ekmanis, will teach twice a week and students will have outside PE led by Jacob.
School Lunch Double Ups
We are so happy to be able to offer free school lunch and breakfast this year. We’re trying to cut down on “double lunches” where kiddos bring a lunch from home and get school lunch as well. Add in breakfast, and they have three meals to manage – that’s a lot to juggle! You can manage your lunch subscription at the Ridgeline website.
Picture day at Ridgeline Montessori is next Thursday, September 23rd. Help your child be prepared to smile and say cheese! If your child misses picture day, stay tuned for information regarding retakes.
Thank you for trusting us with your child. All of us here are committed to making school safe, joyful and meaningful for all our students.