We’ve made it through our first full week of school! I have been so impressed by the students in Room 5. Despite having little to no experience with a full day of school, our class shows up every day ready to learn and they work hard all day. My ground rules for the class are that we are kind, safe, responsible, and learners. Each day I see so many examples of these!
In addition to adapting to a regular school day, Room 5 also has special rules and routines to get used to because of COVID. Again, I have been so impressed by how hard they try and how quickly they have been learning these routines. Excellent work, Room 5!
Here are some specifics about what we’ve been learning/doing:
Reviewing the Montessori works we know
Learning new works
Gaining independence during the uninterrupted work period
Learning about the fundamental needs of humans
Learning about the difference between living and non-living
Class discussions on kindness, safety, responsibility, and learning
Discussing our classroom ideals
Creating self-portraits showing our interests
Creating a classroom constitution/more detailed classroom rules
Regular Art and Social-Emotional lessons starting next week
Learning about the globe and maps
Learning about leaves
Learning about the creation of the universe
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.
Art and PE
In addition to Social-Skill taught by our school counselor, Heather, we will have PE and Art twice a week. Our new art specialist is Rena Ekmanis. Students will have outside PE led by Carmen.
Please continue to encourage your child to be kind, safe, responsible, and learners. They have been doing an excellent job so far!
Until next time,