Lower South This Week: April 14-18, 2014


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Bake Sale poster draft version.

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.

Lower South has definitely been a source of social justice this year. The Lower Elementary child’s early explorations of the world and our culture have a strong foundation in figuring out concrete rights and wrongs (perhaps you’ve heard the occassional argument over rules, or exasperated exclamations of “It’s not fair!”). We’ve seen toy drives, food drives, and craft sales coordinated as efforts to right wrongs. Oh, and the ever popular bake sale. You all saw the bake sale poster email(s) – remember it is now Tuesday, April 22. Above you can see the process of creating the poster in action. Our efforts to improve the world will continue next week when the third year children head over to Blackadar Continuing Care to help with a spring grounds clean-up for Earth Day (don’t forget boots and muckin’ about gear).

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The Unit Multiplication Board. How did you learn your times tables?


More traditional Montessori work does take up most of our time. In the picture above, a student is working with beads on the Unit Multiplication Board. These types of Montessori materials help children develop a sound concrete understanding of what for most of us were only taught as abstract mathematics concepts. The activity involves physical, hands-on manipulation, and a clear visual representation, as well as finding the right answer.

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Learning the structure of the sentence — the key to writing well.

Language studies are also a core component of Montessori work. The Grammar Box materials allow students to work at their own pace to develop an understanding of the structure of the sentence. Subject nouns, predicate verbs, articles and prepositions, adverbs, and adjectives, as well as punctuation and other elements are all covered. Once the sentence is mastered, written expression becomes easier for the student to engage with, and the results are of  a higher quality.

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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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