Halloween 2019

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We celebrate Halloween a little differently here at Tong Le.  We learn about the pumpkin.  We learned that we eat the pumpkins pulp, and that the pumpkins grow on a vine. We learned the name of the parts in the pumpkins such as stem, rind, fibrous strand, blossom end etc.   The children were hands-on, they scooped the seeds out, felt the slimy and stickiness of the seeds and the juice.  We cut the pumpkin into cubes, roasted it and the seeds, they taste great.
On Halloween day, children wore clothing from around the world, Mexico, Canada, Jewish, Puerto Rico, Polish, Indian, Chinese, Irish, African, Italian, English and all the while being Americans! We learned about the continents these countries are located, recognized the flags that represent the countries. Older children drew flags and labeled them, writers wrote about their Halloween experience. The whole class sang a song about children of the world, to accept everyone as they are, and to be kind to everyone.
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Beginning the new School Year at Primary

It has been a great start to School Year 2019/20 in Primary at TLM.   Our returning children have been busy reviewing and improving skills and knowledge they learned before our Summer Break.  Our new students were acquiring new skills and learning  the rules of our class.
During the last couple of weeks, we have been focusing on appropriate behavior in school to make our environment loving and orderly. Our young children learn to complete their work cycle and our returning children practice leadership skills and help those who need reminders. Children took turns to prepare snack, worked together to clean up after lunch, before dismissal, and most importantly, they learn to focus during work and be respectful and kind to others.
We are happy and proud of the children’s accomplishments in the past few weeks and we look forward to seeing more progress.

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!

Happy Mother’s Day

The children worked together to make a gift for Mother’s Day.   The Primary children helped the IC children write on the cards.  The IC children spread glue and placed stickers to personalize their cards.  Working together, working at our skill level, helping those who need it.  That is how we Montessori!

Happy Mother’s from everyone at Tong Le!!!