Lower North This Week: April 14-18, 2014

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Montessori Cosmic Education covers a lot of ground, and time. We’re up to the Carboniferous Period.

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.

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Battle of the Potatoes!

One of the more exciting developments in Lower North was the “Battle of the Potatoes,” an initiative Carol came up with. Elementary children have a strong need to develop their socialization skills, but sometimes finding a balance between the social and the academic can be a challenge. “The students love to work together,” said Carol,”but the level of socialization can result in key steps or information being missed.” Carol’s “Battle of the Potatoes” was a challenge for the students to work together, but to see who could come up with the most information about different types of potatoes as part of their zoology/biology/botany studies. That’s some good Montessori-ing right there.

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Gourd birdhouses.

Lower North is also making birdhouses out of hollow, dried out gourds. This is a good lesson in re-using (remember, recycle comes after reduce and reuse), and also presented an opportunity for a great practical life lesson on how to use power tools safely.

In the picture at the top, the boys are writing down information that the children thought was important during the lesson. Their guide, Rob, formats their info into a paragraph, so it becomes a collaborative lesson.

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Pursuing interests allows for a seamless introduction to digital research skills.

While natural materials are, and always have been, an essential part of Montessori, we can’t ignore the ubiquity of the internet and the digital environment. Elementary students are always seeking to do new projects to learn about the myriad of things that catch their interest, and this is the time we can begin to introduce them to online research, learning not only how to find the information they are looking for but also how to evaluate website sources as legitimate and reliable.

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A beautiful stroll with a friend at Crieff Hills year-end camp-out.

Also this week, our year-end trip to Crieff Hills was confirmed and booked. We want to remind you all that your children will need sleeping bags and other assorted gear for a few days and nights of camping. In the past, some families have brought such things to cottages for the year by the time of the year-end trip, so please make sure they are handy. If you know that your child will not be attending the year-end camp-out, please let the office know ASAP.





First-year Lower Elementary students begin Zumba next Friday. Please help them to remember to bring or wear appropriate athletic gear.

We also still need a few drivers and horse leaders for the second and third-year students horseback riding trips. Please email Jason at admin@dvms.ca if you can help or have questions. Second and third-years will need boots with a small, straight heel in order to be allowed to ride (most rubber boots will suffice).

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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