Dear Families,

Happy Earth Day! 

Every day is Earth Day, whether it's cold or wet or hot. Pitch in to save the planet, it's the only one we've got. 

Every day is Earth Day, whether it's cold or wet or hot. Pitch in to save the planet, it's the only one we've got. 

We were lucky enough to celebrate two 6th birthdays! Happy birthday to our dears, Lilly and Kaylee! Thank you for sharing these monuments in your lives with us. 

Happy Birthday, Lilly!

Happy Birthday, Lilly!

Happy Birthday, Kaylee! 

Happy Birthday, Kaylee! 

One of the cornerstones of Montessori is the child's natural desire to discover. It is a paramount part of our work and is contingent upon exploration and creativity. Montessori Guides (teachers) are expert observers. They must be intuitively aware of the child's needs, understanding of the child's sensitivities, interests and capable of distinguishing the difference between exploration, experimentation or misuse of materials. Exploration is an innate universal human tendency, which is a hereditary potentiality. The discoveries that the child uncovers is far more powerful than any inferred initiatives made by a teacher. This is what shapes and soothes the soul of the child, fosters independence and entices the child to develop a unique personality. 

1) Exploring botany while caring for a plant in the environment. 2) The possibilities are endless with the graded geometric figures! 

1) Exploring botany while caring for a plant in the environment. 2) The possibilities are endless with the graded geometric figures! 

The Montessori method adheres to all aspects of the child's development. In other words, Montessori is education for life. The children need concentration and in-depth work to be able to truly explore and obtain the hidden secrets/purposes of the materials. 

Who knew Sentence Analysis could be so much fun? 

Who knew Sentence Analysis could be so much fun? 

"It all comes back to the importance of the action for learning and the fundamental interrelatedness of the different parts of the human being [(the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical parts) and of all human beings to one another.] Academic achievement, social-emotional competence, and physical and mental health are fundamentally and multiply interrelated. The best and most efficient way to foster any one of those (such as academic achievement) is to foster all of them." Dr. Adele Diamond: Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at UBC, among other impressive roles and is a Montessori advocate. She has spoken at several Montessori conferences and is continuously proving Dr. Montessori's hypotheses. 

1) Sandpaper letter phonograms 2) A child writing a story 3) Exploring language and composing words 

1) Sandpaper letter phonograms 2) A child writing a story 3) Exploring language and composing words 

Language and math consistently connect in the Children's House. They depend upon each other.

Language and math consistently connect in the Children's House. They depend upon each other.

Thank you to the parents who attended our classroom meeting last Tuesday. We discussed part of the Mathematical progression in the Children's House. I briefly lectured about the history of Montessori mathematics. Dr. Montessori coined the term Mathematical Mind from Jean Piaget who was a Swiss Developmental Psychologist in the 1900's. He was known for his cognitive theories and research on brain development.

1) Decimal System - stamp game addition 2) Skip Counting and squaring 8! 3 & 4) The joy you find when you work hard to master a work! Number rods and cards, correlating quantity and symbols for the number sequence 1-10. 

1) Decimal System - stamp game addition 2) Skip Counting and squaring 8! 3 & 4) The joy you find when you work hard to master a work! Number rods and cards, correlating quantity and symbols for the number sequence 1-10. 

Montessori and Piaget agreed that there are characteristics that need to be nurtured in order for the child to develop a mathematical mind: 

  • Curiosity that leads to investigations 
  • Interest in the world, which is an affective quality that desires accurate observation especially in calculating and measuring (interest is an emotional state that begins at birth, and if nurtured, interest in the world grows with the person)
  • Cognitive ability to reason and make judgments (cognition) 
  • Ability to make order out of chaos 
  • Language to help classify data 
  • Ability to move; physically and mentally - using repetition, exactitude and precision. Mathematics shows us how to achieve harmony and perfect something by repeating sequences until difficulties are met with exactitude. 
  • Ability to abstract from the above and development of imagination constructs (ages 5+) 
1) Decimal System, stamp game multiplication 2) Cards and counters, practicing numbers 1-10 and learning odd and even. 3) Memorization - addition strip board. 

1) Decimal System, stamp game multiplication 2) Cards and counters, practicing numbers 1-10 and learning odd and even. 3) Memorization - addition strip board. 

The exercises of Practical Life and Sensorial prepare the child for these parallels. Lise Eliot, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at The Chicago Medical School wrote a book called What's going on in there? How the brain and mind develop in the first 5 years of life. I highly recommend this book, especially for those of you with children under 5. Dr. Eliot writes, "Once basic neural pathways are in place, their final function depends on practice." 

Meticulously extracting the cubed roots of 1000 and 729. This work is spatially vast requiring mental stamina, patience and determination. Today the thousand chain, tomorrow holds endless possibilities! 

Meticulously extracting the cubed roots of 1000 and 729. This work is spatially vast requiring mental stamina, patience and determination. Today the thousand chain, tomorrow holds endless possibilities! 

For each new mathematical concept we follow the same 5 steps: 

  1. Sensorial, concrete experience with a concept, associated with language
  2. Written signs associated with language 
  3. Bring together the concrete, sign and language 
  4. Practice (sometimes multiple works cater) 
  5. Test (for the child and adult to see what he/she knows) 
Happily Skip Counting, Cubing and Multiplying. 

Happily Skip Counting, Cubing and Multiplying. 

Finally, I demonstrated several materials and correlated these steps. We contoured three of our mathematic sequences: Numbers 1-10, the Decimal System and Counting. Each series is complex and compliments the preceding. Those who were able to attend our meeting were able to experience first hand the development of a mathematical mind, the importance of repetition and the mentally cumbersome melodies your children compose through these mathematical works. Our next classroom meeting, we will explore the processes of memorization, passage to abstraction, fractions, history in the Children's House, geometry and science. We hope to see you there! 

Seven Digit Subtraction

Seven Digit Subtraction

We are always so THANKFUL for your support and partnership in your child's education. 

Respectfully, 

Miss Lauren and Ms. Yadira 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AuthorLauren Marques