It has been refreshing over the past few weeks to see the students' spontaneous and inspirational work burst into the classroom through organized group projects, as well as through individual work. Classroom agreements have been finalized and have been laminated. During our group times, we read it out loud as a reminder in order to create the most positive experiences throughout the day.
With the amazing fall mornings upon us, we have started gardening in our Outdoor Environment. So far, we have planted lettuce, carrots, radishes and arugula. The children have created a roster in order to make sure they are taking turns and providing enough water for the vegetables in their assigned path on a daily basis.
This week, the children received a presentation on the" Black Strip”. This impressionistic lesson was first given by Dr. Maria Montessori in India during World War II. It’s a black strip that is about 30 yards long, with black representing the Earth at 4.5 billion years old. At the end of this long strip there is a tiny strip of red, which represents the entire time humans have been on Earth. This lesson is meant to connect with the previous story they received called Coming of Life, in which they were shown the changes the earth went through in order to accept us humans.
During lunch the children have been listening to a CD called ‘The Best of World Flutes.’ They are enjoying the opportunity to listen to the stories through mesmerizing music from some of the greatest Native American musicians. As well, we are working hard on learning a new song, “We Are the World” by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. After reading the lyrics and truly understanding the message, the children are very excited to be singing the song.
Lastly, we had visitors this week from Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. The children are very excited about this opportunity and love being a part of their mission. We, as a school, are collecting non-parishible food items throughout the month of October. There will be a donation box in front of the gate in the mornings and near the office in the afternoon for your convenience. For more information please visit their website.
I wish you all a great fall break.