From the gardening pot to the lesson table

The peas that Ari’s mom Shefali donated to school are growing strong. Our students discovered four big fat peas this morning and so we took them to the class and learn about it.

We learn how the peas grow from seeds to pods, we looked for the flowers and seeds, we counted the seeds…though we really want to taste the peas but we don’t have enough for everyone, so we decided to germinate more peas and hopefully it grows more!!

This is what we have on the “observation table”, many children stopped by to observe it, they touched, they counted, they drew and they wrote about it. This is how we Montessori!

Thank you Shefali and Ari for the peas!

Learning about the Violin

Our March Music presentation is learning about the Violin. Yiwen Lao Shi invited her friends, Koko Lao Shi to present and perform Humoresque by A Dvorak.

Our students learned about the part of violin and it’s function. They got to examined the part of the violin close up,  the children has a lot of fun!

A big Thank you to Miss Ko-en Shih (Koko) and Mr Ian Sims. They are a husband and wife team that operate Kismet Art Innovations.  They offer music lessons to children and adults alike.  They can be reached at http://www.kismetartsinnovation.com/  tel:443-574-5016.   Feel free to inquire with them about lessons for your child(ren).

Happy New Year 2019

Welcoming notes from our student at the entrance

Happy New Year!

We start off the new year learning about the relationship between the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon.

The children took turns to be “the Earth” that orbits around the sun. We learned that the Earth’s orbital path is not a perfect circle but an ellipse.

The children took turns to be the Earth and the moon, that while the Earth orbits around the sun, the moon orbits around the Earth.

We learned about the days in the week, months in the year and many more. What a fun way to start the new year!

Have a great year!

The children got inspiration from the calendar and created some food art. They made a sun with apples and oranges!

Skeleton Fun!

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My bones make up my skeleton, Which is the frame of me. 

And though you cannot see them, my bones move easily. 

For i can leap and twist and creep, and run and sway and jiggle, 

and bend and slide and hop and glide, 

and bounce and roll and wiggle! 

October is a great month to learn about bones. For our children get to see Halloween skeleton everywhere. It could be frightening for children to see skeleton based on the first look, but it became fun when they learned that skeleton is part of our body, and it protects our organ and brain. 

My favorite moment of this lesson is when we discussed about the function of every part of our bones.  For example, when i talked about the “skull” is meant to protect the brain, one child raised her hand and said: ” the brain help you think and make you smart”. Immediately, the next child said to others: ” i am smart, i have brain in my skull”.  I also heard children reminding each other to “move your pelvis!” when hula-hooping at the playground. 

As we put together a skeleton puzzle together in the class, our children learned about the following parts of skeleton: skull, rib cage, spine, humerus, ulna, radius, pelvis, femur, tibia, fibula, hand bones, foot bones etc.  

Watch out for skeleton smile!

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Do you have a skeleton smile?

Trick or Treat! Happy Halloween

 

We carved pumpkin, sung “Jack-O-Lantern”, and “Knock, Knock, trick or treat”, The primary children handmade their Halloween masks, and we performed the song with our mask to IC children! It was a fun day.

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Can you name what animal they are making?

 

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Happy Halloween from Tong Le Montessori!