Tag Archives: Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary South SeeSaw Posts: Jan. 2017

Our Montessori students in Lower Elementary South have been as busy as ever in the new year. Here’s what their Montessori guides shared.

Lower Elementary South SeeSaw Posts: Dec. 2016

A quick peek at what the Montessori students in Lower Elementary South got up to in December, as shared by their Montessori guides.

Lower Elementary South Seesaw Posts: Nov., 2016

Enjoy some of the lovely Montessori moments captured by our Lower Elementary South guides and shared over the past month. Can you find the, “It looks like the news!” moment?

Lower Elementary South Seesaw Photos from September

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

Lower Elementary North 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 North lately.

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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.

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Lower Elementary North Update: Week of February 9, 2015

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Working on two-digit multiplication with Jodi and the Montessori Flat Bead Frame.

There has been a lot of math work in Lower Elementary North recently, a veritable “math explosion” as guide Jodi put it. Read on to see all the different ways our Montessori Lower Elementary students learn math.

“This is a later piece of math material in Lower Elementary Montessori,” said Jodi. “It takes place just before abstraction. It’s reminiscent of the Large and Small Bead Frames, which are standing and kind of look like an abacus — like this Flat Bead Frame too. Here, he’s doing double-digit multiplication and it no longer has our green, blue, and red benchmarks on the beads for units, tens, hundreds, and thousands, and it goes a little bit higher than the other Bead Frames, all the way to the hundred millions, so it allows for greater number exploration. Yeah, fun!”

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Lower Elementary South Update: Week of February 9, 2015

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Collaborative story-writing on a Tuesday afternoon in the Lower Elementary South Montessori environment.

We’re going in a circle this week for Lower Elementary South at DVMS, from language to math and back again. We’ll look at the language scene above to start.

“On Tuesdays, we often focus on a writing period, so the children either do free writing or we’ll do formal presentations,” Noeleen explained. “In formal presentations right now we’re still doing expository writing — how to write directions — and we focus on time words like ‘first,’ ‘second,’ ‘then,’ ‘finally,’ ‘next,’ and then they have materials on the shelf where there’s a slip of paper with instructions they have to follow to do a writing activity. There’s ‘How to Brush Your Teeth,’ ‘How to Pet a Lion,’ How to Get to the Office,’ whatever it may be, and they work on it and then find a guinea pig — a student that has to read and follow the directions the student has written. It’s a good collaborative activity; they enjoy it.

“These boys [above] are doing free writing where they have collaborated on a story. Two started the story together and the other was asked if he could join in. They love story-writing at this age. It’s different ages mixed together. They come up with the idea and they write as a group, so they all have the same thing written in the book they’re working in. They check each other’s work too; one will say, ‘You’re spelling the word said wrong.’ There’s a lot of auto-correcting — self-correcting — going on there.”

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O Canada

Congratulations to Sylvia, the Montessori French Specialist for DVMS Lower Elementary and Strata: Montessori Adolescent School, who is now an official Canadian, eh!

Lower Elementary South Update: Week of January 12, 2015

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Learning division with Noeleen and the Montessori Racks and Tubes.

This week in Lower Elementary South saw an important presentation for one young boy.

“This is the next level for division,” Noeleen explained.  “It’s introduced with the Golden Bead material, then they work with the Stamp Game, then they work with the individual unit Division Board, and now he’s moved on to Racks and Tubes, which are the higher level of materials for division in a Montessori environment. He’s having his first lesson here, which he was able to work on up to the millions, to his excitement. He’s dividing by a single digit, a unit. The next step he will work on is how to share with a two-digit divisor, then a three-digit divisor, and then we look at long division, and then he’ll figure out how to do it in his head.”

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