Casa South This Week: April 14-18, 2014

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Learning about fractions in a material way, with the Fraction material.

Welcome to the first venture into our new weekly updates for each Montessori environment at DVMS. As we noted in our April Parent Newsletter, we will be sharing glimpses into each environment and letting you know of important news for each room through these postings. You will still receive the monthly Parent Newsletter on the first of each month, but it will contain only school-wide event and information details.

Our hope is that this new format will reduce the amount of information in the monthly newsletter to make it easier to digest, while also providing more regular and more detailed looks into each Montessori environment at DVMS. We recommend you bookmark this page so you can easily check in whenever you like.

This week saw a wide range of activities from all of the areas in our Montessori environment. Polishing is a practical life activity that the children love and that presents them the opportunity to experience completing a task in an orderly, sequential manner while developing fine motor skills.

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That is one well-polished toucan.

The language area has a wide range of materials that introduce and help develop literacy skills in Casa-age children. Here Serena is presenting the Sandpaper Letters material, which introduces letter-forms in a tactile way. Each letter is presented as a phoneme and small objects are used to relate the letter-sound to the letter itself.

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Learning the beginnings of cursive letter formation with Serena and the Sandpaper Letters.

Mathematics concepts are explored in a very concrete manner for the most part in Casa. Hands-on, sensorial materials introduce students to concepts such as numeracy, fractions, and geometry in a way that makes relations evident in a multi-sensory way.

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The entire Decanomial Square, feels good.

Remember, there is no school Friday, April 18, and Monday, April 21, due to Easter.

Finally, if you haven’t already done so, please plan to attend our Tuesday, April 22, event featuring Dr. Jean Clinton. Click here for details and to register.



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