November 2, 2014 Volume 2
Autumn leaves begin to blow, colored leaves fall fast and slow...
The children planned their own Halloween celebration including devising a list of party necessities and creating original decorations. The self-pride in their efforts was quite evident! In the classroom the children have internalized the work cycle. This means the children, under their own accord, choose work, create a work space, complete and return the work to the shelf without prompting. The ritual of the work cycle is what the children continuously build on as the work becomes more involved. This understanding of the work cycle enables the children to act with freedom in the structured environment.
ladybugs, cricket even a snail from the pond! Examples of invertebrates were also used as matching cards in the classroom. Developing a discerning eye is a prerequisite skill for reading. Vocabulary words such as head, abdomen, thorax and exoskeleton were introduced. We also learned about different types of spider webs including the orb, funnel and cob webs. Luckily we had a slightly rainy day which makes the webs easier to see with the droplets of water. The children hunted for webs outside and identified the web type. Coming up in November we will be talking a lot about gratitude and being thankful. We will also have some new practical life work including napkin folding and table setting. In case your child starts correcting your folding in the upcoming month, Montessori folding is always left to right and/or top to bottom (just like reading a page in a book). We will be talking about Election Day, the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. As we discuss the Pilgrims, we will use our class maps.
On circle this month we read many stories from Rosemary Wells. The stories offered very relatable situations for the children like meeting new friends or trying new food. We discussed our favorite part of the story or wondered how we would feel in a similar situation as the characters in the book. Our next author will be Kevin Henkes. Our class topic of invertebrates started with the children feeling their own backbones or spine. Animals without these special bones are known as invertebrates. We went to the yard and had several digs finding worms, millipedes, spiders, slugs,
Reminder the school will be closed November 6-7 for NJ Teachers Convention and November 27-28 for Thanksgiving. Continue to check Flickr for weekly picture updates. 1
Read about some of our October activities and learn what's coming up in November.