Diary of a First Year Montessori Kindergarten Teacher - Week 11

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Good Morning Montessori Kindergarten Families,

I can’t believe how quickly this month has gone. To say that your child is learning and growing at a rapid pace seems like an understatement. These last few weeks have been full of discovery and interest in the life cycles we have been exploring and in our book making skills. Plus we have extended our learning on measurement because so many are fascinated by measuring everything in our room! A few have created their own charts to document their data. It is an honor to see each one take ownership of his/her education.
We began to create our individual maps of the main countries found in North America and I anticipate we should have them created and labeled by mid November, just in time for our Learning Celebration on November 15. We finished our 4 day project of making individual dream catchers which you can now see displayed outside of our classroom. And we explored symmetry by creating individual spiders; those can be found hung in the classroom. And we did a cool experiment to discover why spiders do not stick to their webs.

We finished up our 30 days of emotions this week. Next conversations will center around character. So the progression is Peace — kindness — emotions — character and then we go back and review as needed tying all four concepts together.

Writers Workshop: sentence/question/exclamation
Introducing: mini reader stories/comprehension questions
Art Lesson: spiders/Native American/North America tie in — dream catchers
Math Lesson: subtraction
Emotion of the Day: Calm
ABC’s of North America: Finger Lakes
Afternoon Lesson: Land and Water globe/Land, Water, Air Lesson
Sorting/Language: land, water, air/autumn/living or nonliving/plant or animal
Handwriting: I, T

Morning Handwriting: C,O
Art walk: Native American Homes
Science Experiment/Spiders: Why don’t spiders stick to their webs?
Symmetry/line: complete the drawing of a spider
Morning Lesson: what is a line?
Math: fill in the missing number/sequential numbers
Math: what is the difference between 1,10,100,1000
Day 2: Dreamcatcher project
Video: Why don’t spiders stick to their webs? 

ABCs of North America: Grand Canyon
Morning Handwriting: J
Continue dream catchers
Morning Lesson: Math — addend + addend + addend
Continue lesson on Lines: making lines with our bodies
Book making: making rhyming books
Language/Dictionary lesson: plow, harvest, barn
Emotion of the Day: valued
ABC’s of North America: hockey
Spider Vocabulary: venom, paralyze
Handwriting- START LOWERCASE: c, o
Use rulers to create lines on our chalkboards
Continue Pin poking work of the countries: United States and Mexico and Canada
Begin to construct our countries into a map of North America
Continue working on dream catchers
Silence Game
Book making: begin making “A Noun is a…” book
Morning work: all levels math
Handwriting: numbers choice 1–10 repetitive or 1–30 tracing
Continue book making: A Noun is a ____
Finish Dream catchers
Group Lesson: Create 8 types of lines/turn them into a figure/object
Handwriting: lowercase s
Continue Pin poking work of the countries: United States and Mexico and Canada and continue on…
Video: All About Bats 

Emotion of the Day: zealous (LAST DAY)
ABC’s of North America begins: JAZZ
A quick reminder about the Building project for North America — I hope your child has shown some interest in creating one!
Mrs. Norgren