Diary of a First Year Montessori Kindergarten Teacher - Week 34

The World of Pool magazine near white flowers
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Hello Montessori Kindergarten Families,
You can definitely feel the wrap up of the year on our campus.  MAP testing has begun for Kinders as well as assessment in class in order to report for final report card/ILP assessments.  Thanks to all who have taken the time to connect with me about the best fit for first grade. I am sad as the year is ending but so proud to have witnessed all of the joy in learning that has gone on this year.
You child may have mentioned that first graders are in our class for about 45 minutes in the afternoon.  We as a community who strives to make sure all students are at their cutting edge of learning and prepared for their next academic step.  Holding true to that vision, our Montessori first graders are coming in for additional Montessori support.  This is a two fold blessing because they get to experience our classroom dynamics and the kinders get a chance to meet potential future classmates in the Lower El classroom.  
Video: "Tacky the Penguin" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSZyC3BGB4U
Writer's Workshop: Write a personal narrative for Tacky
Geography: Begin study of Antarctica
Video: "I Broke my Trunk" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11UEBW_zJ1o
Writer's Workshop: Write your own Ouch Story/Work on sequencing: beginning, middle, end
Language: Blends review
Informative Writing: Pretest for Quarter 4
Art: Aurora Borealis
1/2 Day Beautification Day at School/Kindness Day
History: Telling Time Review
Math: double digit addition no regrouping
New works in practical life
Art: directed line drawing - penguins
Reading: Penguin by Polly dunbar
Conservation and Ecology Video: King Penguins as an endangered species - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1_8rRDHtQ8
Here's to another great week!
Mrs. Norgren