It is always a joy to watch the children working with the elementary Montessori materials that teach so much in them selves. It is even a greater joy to give lessons to the children and see their eyes come alive as they learn from each other and the presentation that I give. This age ( 6-9 year olds) is a special time in a child's development. The Montessori Center offers children a safe, secure, and stimulating place for this development to occur in a home-like school setting. Teri
Earth Day is April 22. Talk to your children about using the resource of water wisely. Here are the questions for this week on this topic.
We have learned about our oceans and the water cycle. Write as much as you can about what you know about these two topics and why it is important to use our water wisely. What would happen to the animals that live in the ocean if we do not keep our oceans clean? How would that effect humans?
What would happen if we do not use our water wisely?
What do you do in your home to conserve water?
This week you will be writing about the positive effects of exercising. Here are the questions.
What do you do to get exercise on a regular basis at home?
What happens to your body when you exercise? Why is this important for good health?
Do you exercise with your parents in any way? Biking, Gardening, Swimming..
How much time do you play outside when you are not at school?
How do you get exercise at home when the weather does not allow you to go outside?
What is the most fun activity you do to get exercise?
We are starting our study of Recycling. Your child is to create a sculpture (that will withstand the elements of the weather outside and is heavy enough that it will not blow away) made from home items that can be recycled. A plan for the sculpture (drawing) is due Tuesday, April 7. The recycle sculpture is due Friday, April 10. I am letting you know about this project early if you want to get started earlier.
On Monday, talk to your child about why you think it is important to recycle and start looking around the house for items to use in the sculpture. You can help your child with this project. Have fun and explore the possibilities.
Have your child write a story on recycling to bring in on Friday, March 27. Here are the story questions.
What would happen if everyone threw their trash outside their house and did not have it collected or taken to the dump?
Why do you want to reuse and reduce so that their is not so much trash?
What does your family do to help recycle items? List all the ways you can think of that also includes reusing items and reducing what you use in the home.
Thanks for encouraging your child to be a good steward of our earth! This is an important concept in Montessori.
And remember, you can bring in your recycled paper, tin, and plastic and place it in the receptacles behind our storage shed. We have our recycling picked up every Friday.
Talk to your child about the importance of laws and why we have them. Discuss why you follow the laws in your daily life. Then, have your child use the following questions to write his/her story. Have fun with this one!
If you were President of the United States, what new law would you make for people to follow?
Why would you chose this law?
How would this law help people?
What do you think grownups would think about this law?
What do you think your friends would think about this law?
How would you feel about this new law?
Magic Carpet Ride
If you could go anywhere by yourself on a Magic Carpet that would fly you where ever you wanted, where would you go?
Why did you choose that place?
What would you take with you?
What would you wear?
What would you see?
What would you do?
What would you bring home from your trip to show your parents?
What would you tell your friends at school about how you felt about your trip?
The children will be working on their scripts this week so we appreciate your sending in the home research you have done with your child as he discovers information about the artist assigned to your child. Please send in all the information requested last week by Monday, January 26. We appreciate your help as you work with your child as he explores the world of artists.
There are no other writing questions this week. We will have spelling words to go home on Monday.
Happy New Year, Families!
Here are the writing questions for our first story of 2015. The topic is Community Helpers. Discuss your understanding of what a community helper is with your child. Please remember to have your child tell the story in complete sentences.
1. If you could be a community helper, which one would it be?
2. Where would you do your work?
3. What would you wear?
4. What tools would you need to do your work?
5. What would you need to know to do your work?
6. Who would you be helping in your community?
7. Why would you want to be the community helper you chose?
8. What part of the job would you enjoy the most?
If you were a kangaroo,
What would be your name?
What would you do all day?
What would you eat?
What Australian animals would be your friends?
What would you like best about being a kangaroo?
What would you like least about being a kangaroo?
What are the four seasons?
Which season do you like best? Why?
What is the weather like during this season?
What special events/holidays occur during this season?
If you could make up a new name for this season, what would you call it?
Teri Canaday is the lower elementary teacher. She is also director of the Montessori Center. She has a passion for helping children learn and develop their potential.