Literacy through Sensory Play

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a tuition free public charter school for half-day kindergarten through 6th grade also offering a coveted preschool program.

This week we invited the children to explore literacy on the light panels. The children took turns practicing their own letters and names on the light panel in paint under contact paper. The movement of their fingers moved the paint around resulting in their letters being lit up from underneath. The children really enjoyed practicing their letter and erasing them and starting over again. This type of sensory play integrated into early literacy attracted many of the children to the activity.

Charlie creating his “C”, Diego spelling out his name, Miles working on his “M”, Ellie’s “E” and adding more

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Fireweed Classroom

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a tuition free public charter school for half-day kindergarten through 6th grade also offering a coveted preschool program.

Hello Fireweed Families!

It was so nice to meet with everyone at conferences! Our class has grown so much! We had an observer, Betsy Hoke, in our classroom today and she said it looked much more normalized than it did back in November. According to The North American Montessori Teacher Association: Maria Montessori observed that when children are allowed freedom in an environment suited to their needs, they blossom. After a period of intense concentration, working with materials that fully engage their interest, children appear to be refreshed and contented. Through continued concentrated work of their own choice, children grow in inner discipline and peace. She called this process “normalization” and cited it as “the most important single result of our whole work” (The Absorbent Mind, 1949).
We feel proud to hear such encouraging words and are so thankful for the work and trust that our families and students have put into the Fireweed Classroom!

Here are a few updates from our classroom:

1. Science Fair Volunteers! Would you enjoy being a part of a lively science fair event where enthusiastic students are proudly showing others their hard work? Are you looking for a one-time, half-day volunteer opportunity, rather than a long-term commitment? Then consider volunteering as an event or registration volunteer at the Mountain Village Montessori Science Fair, to be held on Thursday, April 20 from 1:30 to 5:00. You will be able to sign up for a 30-45 minute shift to help students set up projects, direct visitors and monitor the event, and perform other tasks to keep the fair moving. If you can’t volunteer during the event, but would like to help out by donating drinks or snacks, please contact me as well.
Please contact me at josh@mvmcs.org if you are interested or have any questions. We will be sending a sign-up sheet to interested volunteers as a next step.

2. Animal books for research! Please help your child find a book on their animal. Email me if you have a hard time finding a book on their animal. Students are expected to have their notes done by the end of work cycle tomorrow.

3. Time to run Science Fair experiments will end this Friday, March 31. Please be sure that your child brings in all their required materials to run their experiment one last time! Next week, we will begin to analyze our data and form conclusions.

4. Our Lynx students have enjoyed doing science-based projects on Friday afternoons! We would like to continue this schedule for the rest of the year and our Dragon students will join in once they’ve completed the Science Fair. If you are available to run a science station on Fridays, from 1:00-2:30, please let me know. Ideally, you’d run a station that might last 30 minutes, 3 times. Small groups of students will rotate through the stations. If you have ideas that you’d like to do with the students, that is great! If you would rather run a station that we’ve created, that is also wonderful. Please send me an email if you’re interested in participating.

5. Spring Weather! Students will go outside as long as the temperature is above 10 degrees and the weather is not dangerous. Please be sure your child has appropriate clothing for recess! As always, they can leave jackets/snow pants/boots inside their lockers if that is more helpful.

6. Weekly flower donations. I do my best to buy a bunch of flowers each week so we can add a little class to our lunchtime 🙂 If you are interested in buying a small bouquet of flowers over the weekend to bring to school on Sunday, please let me know. Many of our students enjoy arranging the flowers into the vases and donating any extra flowers to another classroom. As we continue to study plants, students may begin to dissect flowers, so we will use them for this purpose, as well.

 

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Sharing knowledge through drawings

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a tuition free public charter school for half-day kindergarten through 6th grade also offering a coveted preschool program.

With the arrival of a new season, we asked a few of the children to draw pictures of spring. Children have many different ways of communicating and expressing their thoughts, learning and knowledge. Drawing is one of the many languages children can use to share their experiences and ideas. We could have had a discussion about the signs of spring but today we wanted to understand what the children already knew and how they would represent it. This group of children often use the arts as a means of expression and we wanted to build on this interest to explore the season of spring. Below are a few of the children’s drawings and you can see shared elements emerge. The use of green was a common thread throughout, representing new growth in trees and grass, along with the role of flowers in the spring. We look forward to continuing to grow our connection with the seasons and the natural world.


Eliza’s drawing of spring


“It’s the Mountain and all the trees that are green because it’s spring.” -Ellie


Livia’s drawing of spring


“See, there are flowers and green grass and that’s me holding a flower.” -Miles

 

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Friendship Day

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a tuition free public charter school for half-day kindergarten through 6th grade also offering a coveted preschool program.

Hello Fireweed Families!

I wanted to share a few updates that I won’t be putting on the class webpage until next week. Today we had a lovely Friendship Day–everyone received a handwritten letter from a classmate and a card signed by the whole class. Please enjoy the attached pictures–we made a friendship web. I apologize if I didn’t capture everyone in the photos, I’m a horrible photographer.

1. Students voted to dress like they are 100 years old AND bring in 100 objects on the 100th day of school!

2. I will be out of the classroom for the rest of the week due to a family reunion that is taking place out of town. Students should bring home all of their winter clothes and water bottles to be washed over the break. I hope that everyone has a great Blues Break!

3. Science fair update! Students (dragons, primarily) should be working on forming a hypothesis during the work cycle. Over the break, they can begin to gather the materials that they will need to run their experiments.
Jen and my sub, Izzy, are looking forward to guiding the students over the next three days. If your child will be absent or will drive home with a friend, please email this information to jen@mvmcs.org and Judy@mvmcs.org.

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Mailing:
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