Lower Elementary 1 & 2
Hello from the Lower Elementary classrooms. We began our second week with the Montessori First Great Lesson, The Coming of the Universe and the Earth. This lesson gives the children a big impression, captures their imagination and leads to the study of Astrology, Meteorology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics and Geography.
We have been working with all of the students in creating our classroom culture. The students have reviewed and documented their daily expectations for academics, ground rules, and graces and courtesies.
The third year students have begun using weekly goal setting planners to guide their learning. We meet with them weekly to assess their plans, assist them in making sure they are meeting their goals, and help them evaluate their studies and their social responsibilities. The first and second year students have begun working with work plans. These help them meet their daily goals and lessons and we assist them in documenting them into their plans.
We have big lessons with both classrooms about once a week. This week we had a math lesson called Infinity Street. This lesson introduces the idea that numbers never end and allows students to use their knowledge of place value to create and read numbers into the quadrillions and beyond.
During our work cycle the children are given individual and small group lessons. This week in Language they have had lessons on adjectives, antonyms, punctuation, capitalization, and transcribing. In geometry they are working on the study of point, line and solids and the study of lines. In math we are working on building addition and multiplication tables and practicing operations with the Montessori materials.
Thanks you for sharing your children with us,
Kristin, Emily and Aaron