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Casa North Seesaw Photos from September

Please enjoy some of the wonderful photos from the last couple of weeks of a busy back to school September that our Montessori Casa North guides shared via Seesaw:




Casa North Update: Week of March 30, 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 Casa North lately.

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Casa North Update: Week of February 2, 2014

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“Look, I lost a tooth!” Big moments abound in a Montessori Casa environment.

It was one of many big days in Casa North for the girl above, who lost her first tooth. We sat down with Casa North assistant Shalyn this week to get the full story, and to find out what else has been going on in Casa North. This was Shalyn’s first time doing the update, so she was a little bit nervous; be sure to tell her what a great job she did because she tried her best. 😉

“She came in returning from her trip to Florida letting us know that she had lost her first tooth,” said Shalyn. “This is a big deal for our children. We usually see them in Casa losing their first tooth, sometimes their second. Some of the other big moments that happen in a Casa environment are things like putting sounds together, and realizing that they have put sounds together, and they can read! Same goes for math and other big jobs in the classroom.”

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Casa North Update: Week of January 5, 2015

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Working with Montessori Moveable Alphabet materials.

“We have a cursive Moveable Alphabet, and this is the print Moveable Alphabet,” said Dylan in explaining the Montessori materials being used by the two Casa girls above, who wasted no time getting back to learning this week after the holiday break. “This is a reading job,” Dylan continued, “figuring out phonograms, middle sounds, using vowels. They wanted to figure out rhyming words, which is another way to use this material.”

Dylan explained that the cursive Moveable Alphabet is used for learning to write while the print Moveable Alphabet in use above is to learn and practice reading, since most text on a page is print.

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Casa North Update: Week of Dec. 1, 2014

Thinking it’s been a while since the last Casa update? Remember, we are now distributing the update and “Events and Information” newsletters on a per week basis so that information from and about DVMS is easier to digest and keep track of. Casa updates are published on the first Friday of each month.

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Head down. 100% concentration and flow.

“These two boys are so focused on doing 10 Metal Insets,” explained Dylan about the concentrated work being done above. “Each is double-sided so there’s 20 different images, or collections of geometric shapes, that improve their handwriting — that’s one of the purposes of this material. They were so absorbed in it that they couldn’t look up. No matter what was going on around them they were so focused. Every now and then they would look over at each other’s, but they were always different. They had different shapes, they were sharing; it was just a really nice moment to see — they had a goal in sight and they were going to achieve it come hell or high water.”

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Casa North Update: Nov. 3-7 2014

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“The kids love phonetic reading, and they love a challenge,” said Casa North guide Dylan about the two boys above. “We have them read a basket of phonetic words — they’re broken up into three-letter words, four-letter words, mixed baskets, puzzle words, a wide variety. What happens, invariably, is kids want to challenge themselves. They want to have a game, a race — lets see who can read the pile faster. Since we got this new coloured oil timer, they have such fun trying to read the basket before the last drop comes down.”

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Casa North Update: Oct 20-24 2014

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Arranging grapes, the Montessori way

“While preparing snack today, the tray arrived with the grapes in a heap,” said Casa North Assistant Shalyn last week. “My friend above began to pull them off the stems and lined them up in rows. After the last grape was in place he simply looked at me and told me ‘Great, now they have their own space!’ If that isn’t a great Montessorian in the making, I’m not sure what is.”

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Casa North Update: Oct. 6-10 2014

Don’t forget, the DVMS Parent Community Dinner is coming up on Saturday, October 25. Please click here for details and tickets.

Casa North has been taking advantage of the last weeks of worthy weather we’ll have to enjoy their outdoor Montessori environment.

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Casa North Update: Sept. 22-26 2014

“It was lovely to get to know all of the new parents in our classroom through the parent meetings,” said Casa North guide Dylan. “Last week, we also enjoyed a LONG end of summer hike through the neighbourhood and along to Spencer creek. The weather cooperated so we were able to see, hear, and feel the last sounds of summer. We’ll do it three more times to compare the seasons together over the same path.”

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Working independently on cursive writing.

“The boy above is working towards writing on blue paper,”said Dylan. “Blue paper is for writing words. The succession is: pinks paper’s for writing sounds, blue paper’s for writing words, red paper’s for writing sentences, and the books are for writing stories.”
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Casa North Update: Sept. 8-12 2014

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Learning about their Montessori environment using Classified Cards.

The first couple of weeks in Casa are a time for new students to learn all about their Montessori environment and all of the great materials waiting to be presented to them. The Classified Cards material contains pictures of the other materials in the classroom; they help the children learn the names of the materials and what is available. They use visual matching to place the name of the material with the relevant picture of the material (there a complete cards they have to recreate). This is also a sly introduction to the concept that words represent objects in the real world.  Continue reading