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Casa East SeeSaw Posts: Dec. 2016

Casa East shared some lovely photos with their parent community in December.

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:

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Casa East Weekly Update: April 26, 2016

Hello All,

We are looking forward to working with the math materials with all who can make it on Thursday. It was written up as 3:30 – 4 in the weekly dvms info email, but we are happy to go until 4:30 for those of you who can stay that long. Children over 2.5 years can stay outside with aftercare.

Also, hopefully you were all told about our Earth Day hike along the Spencer Creek to the park for a climb. We had fun going as a big group with Casa South, so you’ll see some other faces climbing in the tree. The children with Lisa had a fun romp all around the school yard. Everyone had eagle eyes searching for any garbage.

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Take Care!

Stef and Elizabeth

Casa South 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 South lately.

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Casa East 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 East lately.

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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 East Update: Week of February 2, 2014

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Writing about how much they love their families with the Montessori story alphabet.

Take a close look at what the two Casa East children above are writing with their Story Alphabets, pretty darn adorable!

Before explaining the material and activity, Elizabeth wanted to say a few words this week about the recent Parent Education Night:

“I just wanted to start by saying, it was so nice for us as passionate teachers to spend an evening with families who really wanted to come in and see the connection between the classroom and the child. It comes to life when you come to those evenings. So much of what we do, as one parent said, ‘It blows my mind!'”

“Here,” said Elizabeth of the writing work being done above, “this is called the Small Story Alphabet, and the purpose of the material is that the child has reached the point where they are reading phonetically, they have been writing lots of words with the Moveable Alphabet, and now they’re starting to put a thought together, a complete thought, into a sentence; we call it a story — it might only be one or two sentences, but the purpose of it also is, once they’ve finished their story, they can also see that an illustration can help tell the story. I’m asking them for their illustration to reflect the words in the story, and what lovely words. They were so sweet working together.”

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Casa South Update: Week of February 2, 2014

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You may recognize this as a familiar scene from our Facebook page. Her Montessori Sandpaper Letters presentations to a young friend are ongoing.

This week, we got our Casa South update from Michael Rode, who is completing the practical teaching aspect of his Montessori training in the Casa South environment at DVMS.

Michael had the chance to witness the lovely scene above, which regular visitors to our Facebook page may recognize (our current cover photo is of the same two children working with the same material during the first term).

“Sandpaper letters are usually done by first year children into second year,” said Michael. “It’s a sensorial impression of all the different letters, because all kids that age, between 3 – 6, that’s how they learn. They learn sensorially and they need to be able to move and to touch and to feel to really absorb something, and they really have a want to learn this at this time.”

Michael also explained how the ongoing peer interaction evident here is not only a method of instruction for both children, but also an important part of building community in a Montessori environment.

“It’s a great example of community and the multi-age classroom,” Michael explained. “She’s had that work, maybe somebody gave it to her 2 or 3 years ago and now she’s taking that and giving it to the first year boy. It really helps the community come together in the classroom. Pat was saying that when the third years help the first years — in past years when they haven’t wanted to help the third years as much, sometimes they might not even know some of the first years’ names — because they are working so intimately together every day they get a good sense of each other and who they are.”

Michael touched on the repetitive nature of work with the Sandpaper Letters in a Casa environment:

“This happened in first term, it’s happening in second term, and it won’t stop. It’s going to keep going for them because you can’t just get an impression of a letter once and know it; you have to keep doing it and keep doing it. It’s as much muscle memory as it is absorption.”

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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 East Update: Week of January 5, 2015

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First time doing the Montessori Casa Glass Polishing job.

“It’s been a lovely start to a new school term,” said Elizabeth this week. “Everyone enjoyed the break and here we are into the first real hint of winter. Cold days outside and lots of lovely, bright, cheerful, happy things happening inside.”

Some of the Casa East children began receiving new presentations this first week back.

“He’s received his first Glass Polishing presentation,” said Elizabeth, “and he was just thrilled to finally put his hands onto one of these baskets. He has continued to polish every morning since. He’s been so excited by it, and discovered some things are not made of glass and lots of things are. We have four polishing baskets. We start with Glass Polishing because the sequence of movements is not as great as the more advanced things like Silver Polishing.”

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