“Lower North is all about community,” said Rob this week, “about the older children inspiring the younger ones.” Continue reading
Near the end of each school year, the older children in each Montessori multi-age environment are at a point where they are confident and capable enough to teach the younger kids. As anyone with experience in such tasks knows, teaching something to someone else is one of the best ways to cement your own knowledge. Above is a presentation on the Lower North loom. We have a number of looms in the school that have come to us from our staffs’ families. Continue reading
We’re keeping an eye on things as we move towards the end of the year! Most notably, we’re keeping a close eye on our caterpillars, which have grown a lot this past week. See below for more…
This week, we got to see the results of a month-long project undertaken by some Lower North girls. This project presentation was especially nice to see because it was a completely independent project. They conceived of, researched, wrote, and presented the project on their own, with only a bit of assistance from one of our Montessori moms. They taught us about the Arctic Fox’s classification, habitat, eating habits, survival characteristics, senses, and family life.
Last week, in the Casa North update, we showed you children working with the Montessori Large Number Cards. Above, Sylvia is using the material to teach lower elementary level children numbers in French. The children’s familiarity with the material makes the learning more comfortable, and is a great example of the flexibility and multiple ways Montessori materials can be used by trained Montessori guides. Continue reading
The two girls above are working with the Montessori Beadframe material. It is a math material and it is being used above for addition.
“We were having a little race,” said one of the girls, “just for fun.” She went on to explain that “we both talk a bit… a lot,” and that racing helps them to stay focused and to concentrate on the task at hand. What a great example of children taking responsibility for their own learning.
Lower North is seeing the results of a year’s, and years’, worth of work recently. The third year Lower Elementary children are showing that they are ready to take the next step by taking more and more ownership of their work and determining their own parameters such as their own due dates.
The Montessori Grammar Box material being used above helps students continue to master sentence structure. It provides a series of sentences that the children recreate by selecting the corresponding words from the relevant noun, pronoun, verb, article, preposition, adjective, or adverb boxes. They can rearrange the order of the parts of the sentence to see how it affects the meaning, and write the sentences out and symbolize each word using the grammar symbols they have worked with for many years. Continue reading
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.