Lower Elementary South Update: Week of April 6, 2015

You will notice that starting with this one, the update posts are being scaled back. Our goal was to provide a more detailed glimpse into the DVMS Montessori environments to see what your children are up to, learn a little bit more about Montessori materials, how they’re used, and their purpose, and to create a collection of posts that can be combined to offer the general public an idea of what Montessori is and how it works.

Look for some new features coming to your monthly “Events and Information” newsletter.

Read on to see what’s been going on in Lower South lately.

LES WkApril6 2015 mirror

Montessori Elementary students have opportunities to try all sorts of interesting, appealing approaches to learning, such as trying to write and draw using a mirror image.

LES WkApril6 2015 check

Rather than an assign, complete, and hand in approach, Montessori elementary education at DVMS entails a more collaborative approach between student and guide.

LES WkApril6 2015 long

Very proud of and excited by a very long, long division question.

LES WkApril6 2015 fraction

During the elementary years in Montessori, students begin to transition to working in the abstract. Here they are learning to work with improper fractions.

LES WkApril6 2015 art

Our Lower Elementary classes have been exploring art with Lower assistant Catherine. Here, they are painting paper to cut out shapes so they can create Matisse-style pieces based on their own ideas, learning to represent and express their experiences and memories.

LES WkApril6 2015 peer

Peer learning is a very significant part of Montessori education at all levels. Here, one student helps another as she takes the next step down the complex path of fractions.

LES WkApril6 2015 abr

A group of DVMS Lower Elementary students collaborating while learning about abbreviations, using the months of the year here.

LES WkApril6 2015 pony

What exactly is it that makes young girls and ponies so inextricably drawn to each other? The topic of many a project in elementary.

On Tuesday, April 14, three students from Lower Elementary South will be hosting a bake sale, for Lower Elementary students only, to benefit the SPCA, during their lunch hour. They will be baking cupcakes, banana bread, cookies, and rice crispy squares. Items will be 50 cents each.

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