E1 News

September 12-16

First Five Day Week=Fabulous

This week flew by! Many exciting things happened! Our science focus this week was on seeds. We learned how seeds are dispersed during our lessons last week and this week we actually were able to participate in the construction of seed pods that were then used to fly our seeds out of the zone darkness. Math has been filled with learning how to use the Albanesi materials to help guide our work period. Language studies have been focused on word building and most recently parts of speech. We are excited to continue next week with the addition of Albanesi plans for language. The students also started working in afternoon literacy groups based around our Superkids curriculum. Our stone soup was a huge success! I am so proud of how well the students took ownership of the soup creation. They were excited to work together to chop and create a delicious treat to share among friends here at NPMLC. The students also enjoyed a fabulous hike throughout the trails behind the school. We found many interesting mushrooms along the way, we thought we may have even spotted a few smurfs living below them. I am so proud of the observations the students made as we hiked along, they were excited about every new experience along the way.
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Reminder from Mr. Duffek

We have a lot more Montessori students and families this year, which is great! This has also made for a very busy morning with drop off. To make mornings more safe, efficient and to maximize student learning we ask that parents/guardians drop their children off at school at either 8:15 (so they can start at8:20 when the bell rings) or 8:45 (so they can start school with all of NPMLC when the bus arrives). Students can go directly to the cafeteria where staff will have various activities that will start at 8:20 and go until 8:45. To promote independence we suggest dropping your child off at the front door or walk him/her in and drop off in the cafeteria so he/she can start the activities with his/her peers at 8:20. We will begin this on Monday, September 19th. If your child rides the bus or if you drop off prior to 8:00 nothing will change for him/her. If you have any questions feel free to contact me
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Parent Committee Meeting

The NPMLC parent committee meeting will take place Monday afternoon at 3:30. Please stop by if you are interested in hearing more about our plans for the year, we look forward to seeing you and we are excited to hear your input on ideas to help make our school more successful.

Montessori Method of the Week

Why practical life in the Montessori?

The purpose and aim of Practical Life is to help the child gain control in the coordination of his movement, and help the child to gain independence and adapt to his society. It is therefore important to “Teach teaching, not correcting” (Montessori) in order to allow the child to be a fully functional member in his own society. Practical Life Exercises also aid the growth and development of the child’s intellect and concentration and will in turn also help the child develop an orderly way of thinking.

Much of our practical life experiences will be taught through food prep exercises in the kitchen.

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Snack Next Week

Thank you for providing wonderful snacks that have helped us to prepare our practical life section in our classroom.