NOTES FROM PRIMARY
are eager for the warmth and wonder of spring to fully emerge. Just as we have seen signs of new life and growth in the world around us, we are also enjoying new relationships as a result of the teamwork, grace and courtesy that we have cultivated in recent weeks. The seeds of initiative are being sown as friends are growing our sharing time through self-chosen items and a wide variety of questions for one another. The classroom is filled with budding interests and unfolding passions that were more dormant throughout the winter months. The Bead Stair, Hanging Units, Hundred Board, Square and Cube Chains, Multiplication Socket Board, and Multiplication Bead Bars are materials that have captivated a number of the children in the Math area of the classroom. The desire to read has motivated others to explore the mechanics of our language, using the sandpaper letters and moveable alphabet. Several of the children who are reading have become engaged with creative writing and story telling. Illustrating what they have written brings enthusiasm and pleasure to them as well. As the pageant of nature gives birth to the flora and fauna of our planet, it offers the children endless opportunities to make exciting discoveries in weeks to come.
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have been exploring Montessori materials more in depth. What new challenges are hidden behind the Pink Tower, the Cylinder Blocks or the Color Tablets? Children (re)discover sensorial material through building at a distance, using all the sets of material at the same time or bringing objects to the matching color. Children who are reading enjoy labeling objects in the environment which motivates the pre-reading children! French vocabulary is now part of our daily routine by counting how many children are in the classroom and singing songs that teach action verbs and parts of the body.