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Diary of a First Year Montessori Kindergarten Teacher - Week 2

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Hello Kindergarten Montessori Families,

I hope your weekend is going well. I would like to share a few of the highlights of the lessons we learned this week. I will also give some extended learning ideas for the weekend for your child to participate in and bring to school on Monday if they wish to. Finally, I have the sign up genius link for items that would help our learning environment run more smoothly — thank you in advance for any contributions!

Monday: This week we went to our specials outside of the classroom — the students love it! Today’s specials were music and P.E. — as you know P.E. happens daily. We continued our conversations about Peace in the classroom, in our homes and in the world by reading a book called “Can you say Peace?” by Karen Katz and looking at Picasso’s rendering of a dove. we also began our Science unit by talking about clouds. We read a book called Cloudette, about a fictional cloud with a lovely message about the way she used her gift to help the world.

Tuesday: P.E. and S.T.R.E.A.M today
We read the book “Peace is a offering” by Annette LeBox and we talked about what we will be doing with the rocks and sticks we have been collecting. We played a game called Silence and Noise and tied in the concept of Peace in the midst of Silence and in the midst of Noise. In Math I began introducing the beads to the students with the small bead stair and its colors and what they represent in the math work. We talked more about why fire drills are important. And we counted to 50 using cubes.

Wednesday: P.E. and library today
We learned the song “This little light of mine” and what it means to shine our light in the world. We watched a short video about Wangari’s Trees of Peace. We wrote a story using pictures based on Cloudette and talked about what other ways Cloudette could help the world. In math, I introduced red and blue rods and integrated conversations about addition using the rods.

Thursday: P.E. today
We talked about a place in the U.S. that has a large Peace Rock on display. We talked about community helpers and watched an old Sesame Street video called “People in your Neighborhood” about a fireman and a postman. In math, we talked about the concept of zero and I gave some small group lessons on the teen board (those who were at parent night saw this work) and the binomial cube.

Friday: library today
We made our peace rocks and we worked on birthday cards for Dr. S’s birthday next week. MAP testing was done through the day with Mrs. L and Mrs. B. We had a conversation together (Grace and Courtesy lesson) on what to do if you feel like someone is class is being mean to you or pushing you while you are in line and role played ways to handle when things like this happen. We also talked about needing to ALWAYS tell a teacher when something like this happens so that everyone feels safe at school.

As you can see, we have really diverse and interesting conversations and activities throughout the day! Many of you have asked when you can be a part of the classroom environment as a helper. Normally we ask for 6 weeks to allow the students to get accustomed to the routines of the classroom. Please look for me to send out a signup link and information on how to get involved towards the end of September.
Extend the learning: Talk about with your child ways in which your family, culture, church celebrates peace and the symbols you use to symbolize peace. Also, invite your child to draw a picture of what peace looks like. You can then ask them what they drew and write down their thoughts.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
 Mrs. Norgren

Diary of a First Year Montessori Kindergarten Teacher Week 1

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Hi Montessori Kindergarten Families,

I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Please forgive the long email. There is a ton of information that gets communicated at the beginning of the year because well there is a ton to keep you informed about 🙂

Personal Items:
Please make sure to label all personal items including lunch box, back pack and water bottle SEPARATELY. Also, you may want to put a sweater, long sleeve shirt or hoodie in your child’s back pack for times when it might be a little chilly in the classroom. Please make sure that all toys are left at home.

Snack Calendar:
I have attached a snack calendar for the month. Those not on this month’s calendar will have a chance to contribute in September. As we get rolling, we usually find that we will have excess snack leftover so we will be able to take Fridays off and offer snack from our excess so as not to be wasteful. We will try our best to make sure the snack bag goes home with your child as a reminder that it is your family’s snack day.

Please be mindful about the type of shoes your child is wearing to school. We have P.E. every day which means closed toed shoes are best. Sandals and some of the shoes that are slip on tend to come off when the student is running so have your child practice running in the shoes they are wearing to ensure maximum comfort. We only have 20 minutes of P.E. time and we really want the students to have the full amount of time without having to stop to put on shoes. Thanks so much for tending to this detail.

Montessori Parent Night:
Montessori parent night is this Thursday August 16, 2018 from 5:30–7:30pm. We will meet in your child’s classroom). The first 30–45 minutes will be spent discussing the areas of the classroom, giving a lesson on one of the works in each area of the classroom and then having a Q & A time about Montessori and expectations for this year. We hope you are able to attend.

Reading 15 minutes a day with your child is the standard homework assignment at the beginning of the year. At our parent connection night sometime in October, we can tweak the homework opportunities based on your family’s expectations. You will find that I will give ideas of ways to extend the learning going on in the classroom a few times a week which I hope will compliment family bonding time and deeper connections with the conversations we have in class.

Starting this week, I will sending a weekly newsletter that you should expect by Saturday evenings. If you need to connect with me during school hours, you can call the school office. I check emails in the evening and will make sure and respond to them same day. I will send reminders for extended learning events or activities going on that might be of interest outside of that once a week window.

Extracurricular Activities:
Did you know there are Fall Clubs that your child can participate in after school right here on campus? Please make sure and open your email from Mrs. E; sign ups start this week.
I will send one more email shortly about what to expect tomorrow.

Mrs. Norgren

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