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Welcome to Lower Elementary Birch

Another year is upon us, full of exploring your interests, gaining new skills and diving deeper into old concepts.  I look forward to welcoming all of you into our awesome learning community.  I hope you're as ready for a great year as I am!

Sandra Besselsen

Sandra@traversechildrenshouse.org

The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.  Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core” ~Maria Montessori (To Educate the Human Potential 11)

 

Room Parents
Abby Taylor
Karen Mueller

 

Back to School Parent Letter

Sandra Besselsen, Lower Elementary Guide
Sandra Besselsen, Lower Elementary Guide
Jodie Tasch, Lower Elementary Support
Jodie Tasch, Lower Elementary Support

Classroom Highlights

5/24/24

Everyone is feeling that the end of the school year is drawing near.  We have lots of students finishing up their final study, as well as many mini studies starting and finishing, with the students wanting to research one more thing before they exit for the summer.  It’s great to see so many of them finishing strong.

We had a great day at Brown Bridge, with lots of running around and playing, taking advantage of the spring weather and this beautiful spot they have gotten to know this year.  We also had a great time at the Grass River Natural Area.  Many children had not been there before.  They were able to scoop invertebrates out of the river, hunt for salamanders, learn a little more about the animals in the area, and take a hike through the woods, wetlands and along Grass River.  It is well worth a drive out there!

Last week, we had the opportunity to attend two theater performances.  The Upper Elementary music class put on a great musical.  The after school theater group shared their performance of The Enchanted Bookshop.  It was an entertaining week and we all enjoyed them so much!

A librarian from the Traverse Area District Library came to promote the summer reading program.  Participating is a great way to prevent the summer slide, and nurture a love for reading!  Sign ups for this begins June 1.  Check out TADL’s website for more details.  

We have had some busy weeks!  It will be a treat to have Grandparents here.  The children have been practicing their songs and have been looking forward to sharing their work with them.  

LOC is next week!  Please refer to my email regarding all the details.  If you have not brought in a t-shirt, please do so Tuesday.  We need these before we leave.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

5/9/24

May brings us sunshine, flowers and a busy time in the classroom.  It was nice to be able to celebrate May Day outdoors in the courtyard.  We have had a few opportunities to make some cards over the last couple of weeks.  The children have been enjoying this, while getting some good practice writing.  It can be hard to stay focused during these last few weeks of school.  We have done a couple science experiments, which always draw the kids’ attention.  The children are excited for LOC.  There will be more information regarding this trip coming soon!

Our last Ruby Bridges Classroom Committee group is close to finishing their cookbook project.  Please read the following details (from the committee) to order your copy!

Buy our Birch Classroom Cookbook full of yummy recipes! Order by May 20th. The cost is $10 ($7.60 to WRC, $2.40 copy cost). Proceeds go to support the Women’s Resource Center.  Thank you for your support!  Ruby Bridges Planning Committee:  Hazel, Estelle, Avery, Naomi, Willa and Rilla. 

To order, click here.  After placing your order, please Venmo @Michele-Shane-2 the total cost of your order.  If you'd rather not use Venmo, money or a check (written to TCH) can be dropped off at the front desk. 

Tomorrow, May 10th, is our last day at Brown Bridge!

We will spend the morning exploring, using Brown Bridge as an outdoor learning environment in order to observe and study the natural area.  

4/26/24

Tanya was great to have in the classroom these last couple of weeks.  There were some fun lessons given during this time.  The children have been exploring the different parts of the river, and how it carves, carries and deposits making its own path through the earth.  We have a model of the river outside where the children can construct their own river and watch the path the water carves through the sand.  They also heard a story about the local artist Gwen Frostic and each painted their own water color, using her style as a model.  

On Friday we did a little team building.  A student had shared a project that he made to go alongside his study and the Lego castle had a working water wheel, which powered a hammer. The children all became engineers on Friday afternoon and built their own water wheels.  Seeing each of the group's own design was a lot of fun.  Testing them was wet!  It’s nice to see the kids working together creatively.

Thanks to those who attended our Ruby Bridges Project Fair yesterday.  The kids were so proud to share their information with all of you.  Seven of us had a good time planting trees today and stay tuned for the cookbook sale (proceeds to go to the Women’s Resource Center).  Each student has typed up their recipe with the help of an upper el student and Alison has guided them in illustrating their recipe.  The committee has been busy at work.  

Questions from the week!  What was Minli’s coat made out of?  What did you like best about Peter and the Wolf?  What was the lesson, given on April 15, on shared resources all about and why is it important? 

4/11/24

The children have had a wonderful week back at school!  Most of them have jumped into a nice routine.  We had an observer this week and she gave the kids the best compliment on their work ethic during the morning work cycle.  It is nice to see them engaged and using these last couple of months to soak up what they can from the environment.  

The eclipse was an awesome moment to share with all of your children.  I did not have high expectations, and it well exceeded them.  The children’s reactions when they first started to see the moon coming in between us and the sun were so fun to hear!  We focused our work that morning around the eclipse.  I hope they went home and shared what they had learned about the eclipse and the moon.  

Oceans, deserts, canyons…many children came back from Spring Break with stories to share.  I used this as an opportunity to talk about landforms.  The children are each researching a landform and creating a model of one.  This has been a nice little side project for all of them to be working on together.

We have another student teacher for the next 10 days!  Tanya Hill from the Leelanau Montessori is here, and will be giving lessons.  Tanya is finishing up her AMI training this year, and is already serving as an upper elementary guide.  It was so great having Jackie visit us in January and I am anticipating this will be another great experience for me and your children.  

Our Ruby Bridges classroom project fair will be on April 25th at 3:00.  Please make a note of this and join other families in learning about what the elementary classes have been doing to serve our community.  

How many phases of the moon are there?  What landform are you learning about?  What are our Ruby Bridges service projects for April and May?  Sing Wild Mountain Thyme together!

3/22/24

Thanks for attending conferences.  It was great chatting with you.  There is lots of excitement this week about having some time off.  Many children have asked me for a travel journal.  I usually give these out to kids who travel during the school year, for something to keep them writing while they are away.  I’m so glad that other children are asking for them and that they are excited to write about their time away from school, whether traveling far or remaining close to home.  This is not required at all.  I do look forward to the kids sharing about what they chose to journal about. 

We had a lot of fun eating pie and with pi last week Thursday.  This day is always a great opportunity to talk about the parts of the circle and give a little history of pi.  We have had a couple of studies shared this week and lots of pin maps!  It is always a great part of our day hearing kids share this big work, and their smaller triumphs as well.  

**We are looking for a volunteer to ride a long and be a second adult for Meals on Wheels on April 3rd and 10th, from 9:15-12:30.  Please let me know if you’d be interested.  

On April 3rd, we will attend a fire safety assembly led by Kasey the Fire & Life Safety dog.  It is a great presentation, but could possibly stir up some uneasy feelings about fires at home so I wanted to give you a heads up in case you want to talk with your child about it beforehand.  Here is a link to the program:  https://www.kaseyprogram.org/.

Questions for your child?  Of the Spring equinox celebrations we read about, which way would you want to celebrate?  What is a lesson you learned from our mystery reader’s books?  What happened with our sweet potato?

3/7/24

It has been wonderful having parents in the classroom this week.  The children are always so excited to show off the work they have been practicing.  I hope you have been able to get a glimpse into what your child’s day looks like.  We time these visits to coincide with conferences so that you have the opportunity to discuss your child’s time in the classroom while these observations are fresh in your mind.  You will be getting a conference report emailed to you early next week.  Please review this before coming in next week.  I look forward to your questions, thoughts and these discussions together.  

We recently started a new read aloud, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.  This is one of my favorites.  It is not only a great story, but the writing and rich language the author uses is beautiful.   Reading aloud can seem like a fluff part of our day, but it is actually an important part of the week.  This is really one of the most important things we as teachers and parents can do for our children.  Many lower elementary students are still becoming fluent readers.  Reading aloud provides a model for an expressive, fluent reader, and displays the joy of reading!  It also presents vocabulary that the child may not be able to read on their own yet, or may never encounter in their own book choices.  This is a chance to step away from what the child wants to read, and expose them to different options.  I once heard that children should have around 90 minutes of language rich activities per day.  Reading aloud is an enjoyable way to work towards this goal.  Many of you already do this at home with your child.  Know that it is time well spent!

Unfortunately, I will once again be out of the classroom for a couple of days, March 8 and 11.  Jodie will be here, and Robby will be filling in for me.  I will be periodically checking my email, but for any immediate questions or needs, please call the front desk or classroom to speak with Jodie.  

What do you like about the beginning of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon?  What would you ask the Old Man in the Moon about your future? What are some words and phrases that you are learning in Spanish?  What did you like best about the visit to the Beers’ farm?

2/23/24

After last week's fun, it was so pleasant returning to a normal routine this week.  It was very noticeable with the children as well.  It is so good to see them happy and settled into trying some challenging work, enjoying having the time to do so.  We all needed this!  

A couple of week’s ago, at a staff meeting, we discussed a webinar provided through the ISACS’ Learning Bridge Webinars.  In it, Jonathan Dalton from the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change, gave information and advice on kids who are experiencing anxiousness.  It was an hour well spent, with great tips and very practical advice.  The way he explained and defined anxiety was very helpful and different than I’ve heard before.  I encourage you to take some time to listen too.  

How to Access the Learning Bridge Recording:

  1. Visit the "Recorded Webinars" webpage.
  2. Select “Evidence-Based Approaches to Helping Anxious Students: Extending the Conversation”
  3. This recording is available via Zoom and requires password: anxietypart2$2023 (all lowercase)

*Please adhere to the ISACS’ Policies & Disclaimers for Professional Learning Event.

Many discussions in the classroom:  the winds, the seasons, climate, continents, etc. lead us to an atlas or the globe and talking about directions.  We have begun a little project labeling a compass rose and will do some more follow up working with directions, maps and a compass.  The kids seem very interested and I look forward to watching these lessons unfold.

We had a great time at the Boardman this morning.  It was nice to see some snowflakes on our winter visit!

Just a heads up, I will be out of the classroom from February 26-28th.  Jodie will be here, and Dustin will be filling in for me.  I will be periodically checking my email, but for any immediate questions or needs, please call the front desk or classroom to speak with Jodie.  

Parent Visiting Day is coming up soon.  We would like to invite you to come and work in the classroom with your child on March 6 or 7.  Click here to sign up!

How did Roz’s time on the island end?  What story does your journey stick tell?  What is the theme of your friendship narrative?  What did you add to the hundred things we love chain on the 100th Day of School?

1/25/24

We welcomed Jackie into the classroom this week and it has been a pleasure hosting her for her student teaching.  The children are excited to receive lessons from her.  It is nice to hear a new voice in the classroom.  While it is meant for her learning, I get a chance to do some more observing, learn from her and gain an outside perspective on the room.  She will be with us next week too!

On Tuesday, Angela was out, so I was able to jump in and do some music with the children.  We started working on rhythms.  Breaking down the whole note into half, quarter and eighth notes gave us a quick review on fractions!  The children ended the lesson by creating a rhythm for their name.  Ask your child to clap out their name for you.

Last week, we read When Marian Sang.  The book introduced us to the life of Marian Anderson, an extraordinary singer and civil rights activist.  She came up against many obstacles in her singing career.  This sparked a conversation about adversity and resilience.  The children wanted to hear her sing so we listened to a couple of the songs she sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  Some of them were eager to listen to more.  I hope that they went home and asked about it.  If not, this would be a great thing to bring up in conversation with them.

This morning, we continued our conversation about humans in history, and narrowed the focus down to studying people in Michigan.  We heard about the story of the French fur traders and the great ship that disappeared, the Griffon.  The disappearance of the ship caught the kids’ attention, but they were also interested in the map of the route the Griffon sailed, and I hope to see more explorations into this time in Michigan and the Great Lakes.

A couple things happening in February!

We will celebrate Valentine's Day on Wednesday, February 14.  We will exchange Valentine's cards on this day.   Please have your child bring 25 unaddressed cards, which will be enough for his/her classmates and teachers.  Please do not include any candy with the Valentine's cards.  We will be playing board/card games for part of the afternoon so the children may bring in their favorite game if they wish.

The 100th Day of School will be celebrated on Thursday, February 15th.  Children may wear their pajamas to school if they would like.  They are also allowed to bring a stuffed animal.  Each student needs to bring in 100 of any item (100 toothpicks, 100 crayons, 100 Legos, whatever they can carry).  These objects will help with our activities throughout the day.  Some annual traditions include a dance party in the gym and chocolate chip pancakes for snack! 

12/8/23

Our nights are growing longer and our days are growing shorter. The children have enjoyed the snow on the ground, building snow forts and sledding.  At this time of year, we often work on special classroom projects.  The last couple of weeks, we have been reading folktales from all over the world, collected in the book, Fireside Stories:  Tales for a Winter’s Eve.  I love the introduction of this book as it emphasizes what stories can do for the soul, especially on these long, dark winter days.  Here are a couple phrases I want to share with you. 

  • “When summer is a distant memory and the cold and darkness of winter an ever-present reality, it is good to sit by the fireside and tell stories.”
  • “Midwinter is the time of gathering together…we gather together at the time of greatest darkness and greatest need to make a brave show of our hopes and longings…instead of sitting in the dark, we build up the fire and put up decorations that shine in the dancing light.”
  • “Winter bestows upon us such wonders and miracles that even the stoniest heart can be melted by love and gratitude.”
  • “This is the time when stories are brought up from the sack of memory.  No one need ever be poor again if they have stories to feast upon.  Stories make us feel safe, stories give us wisdom.  There is no better time for stories than in winter.”

We have used these stories to inspire the children in writing their own fireside stories for winter.  We talk about all the elements of a good story and the children make their way through every step of the writing process: planning, writing, editing and are now in the final stages of writing in order to put our own classroom collection together to bring home next week.  It has been fun watching them create and write together.  We have quite a variety of tales to tell!

Next week Friday, we will share some time in the gym together as a school community @ 11:30.  School closes when the Seasonal Sing is over.  The children have been practicing a couple of songs that they will perform for you.  

I want to give you a heads up that on January 10th, we will start swimming lessons at the West YMCA and will go every Wednesday for six weeks.  This is an annual favorite for all lower elementary students.  Stay tuned for more information.

Where were the mystery reader’s stories from?  What is your favorite winter tale we’ve read and why?  What is a character trait of each person in the family?  How can you make your writing more interesting?

 

11/17/23

Last week we spent a couple of days learning about Ruby Bridges.  We read two books written by her, had some discussion and did some writing for reflection.  One of the books ends with a challenge from Ruby Bridges.  She challenges children to make both small and big changes in their community.  This week we took a walk with the other elementary and primary classrooms to remember and celebrate what Ruby Bridges did.  We followed up our walk with a discussion of the changes we can make in our community.  The children threw out lots of ideas, even donating their extra sticks from the forts to kids who don’t have woods to play in and trees to build forts.  They were thinking a lot about what they could do.  We voted on the ideas and landed on several projects that will be spread out over the year.

  • December, Sponsor families through Paper Angels (Child and Family Services) - Look for more information about this very soon!
  • Cards to soldiers overseas and/or kids in hospitals
  • Collecting items for those in need, particularly mothers and children 
  • Food donations, working with an organization like Father Fred
  • Planting trees

I am looking forward to working with the children on these ideas!  We will be inviting the Lily classroom in Primary to join us in our ventures.  

We have read some poems of gratitude and are working on our own poems expressing what we are grateful for in our lives.  We will share these next week Tuesday before our Harvest Feast!   

Thank you so much for the books from Horizon.  It is so fun to have these new books in our classroom!

What makes Stone Soup special?  What was your hardest and favorite math correction this week?  What talent did Jodie show off at recess?

PE with Steve
I’ve enjoyed ending my days with this group this fall. We have played several throwing and catching games and the returning members of this classroom have helped the new folks learn some of their favorite tagging and fleeing games. We do talk about cardiovascular endurance and the many other benefits of physical education. I think they mostly remember the fun. I hope that as you prepare for the upcoming conferences that you’ll let me know if you have any questions or comments about our time together in the gym. Thank you for letting me spend part of my days with these people.

11/3/23

Thank you to all the parents for putting on a very successful, fun Pumpkin Fun Day!  One child said that this year was the best yet, but I think that may be said every year!  It is definitely an annual event the children look forward to, so thank you for making it happen.  

The idea of teamwork and relationship building has been on my mind lately.  There is lots of learning happening in our classroom with the different lessons the children are receiving, the follow up work being completed and the practice with the materials.  A bonus to the Montessori classroom though is that most of the work in the classroom and with the materials is not just teaching a particular fundamental skill or checking off a particular benchmark, it also has an element of teamwork built into it.  When the children are practicing division with the racks and tubes, each child has a role in the process and they need to work together to complete the problem.  Sentence analysis work teaches subject, predicate, direct object, etc., but while identifying these elements the children are debating about which one is which, and talking about what they think and why.  When we were out at Brown Bridge Quiet Area last week, the children created art in the environment inspired by the art of Andy Goldsworthy.  The children worked together to plan, gather and create.  When creating our set for The Ghostly Rap, each child submitted a drawing with their ideas.  We pulled these together to make one design and it was so cool hearing the children talk about what elements of their drawings were put into the final set.  There is not a day that goes by that we are not helping children navigate relationships and how to be with each other.  We all need practice and direction with this at times.  It is such a gift that these social skills and practice with teamwork is built into the academic work that they are doing.  

These couple of weeks are always a great time to look back and reflect, as well as plan for what is next.  It was so wonderful to see you in the classroom last week for Parent Visiting Day.  I hope you were able to get a good feel for the classroom and what your child has been up to these past couple of months.  I look forward to expanding on that next week during parent-teacher conferences.  Your child’s fall Conference report will be emailed out to you soon.  

Questions for your child.  What did we look at in order to introduce and review animal classification?  What did you enjoy about the visit to Brown Bridge?  What have our experiments taught you about plants? 

10/20/23

A week ago Monday, on Indigenous People’s Day, we had the privilege to hear from a guest speaker, Eric Hemenway.  Eric is an Anishinaabe/Odawa and is Director of Repatriation, Archives, and Records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Waganakising—The Land of the Crooked Tree—located in the northwest portion of the lower peninsula of Michigan.  He spoke to us about some of the traditions of his native culture.  The children were fascinated by some of the things he shared.  I encourage you to ask them what they remember from his visit.  Before we heard him speak, I read a book called The People Shall Continue, which introduced the children to the history of the Indigenous people in North America in a very factual, but grade appropriate manner.  What I liked about this book and Eric’s presentation is that they both emphasize the fact that Indigenous traditions, ceremonies and communities continue today and while history is important to learn, these cultures are not something that we talk about only in the past tense.  We followed up this week with an auto-biography of an Indigenous person who dances her native dances, while also practicing jazz, ballet and other forms of dance.  Biographies are an important part of history.  Learning people’s stories and finding a connection to them are one way our children can connect with the events of the past.  People’s lives and stories spark a curiosity in us in a way that facts and a historian’s account cannot.  

This was timed very well with our fourth great story, which talks about the evolution of our written language.  The story begins during a time when early civilizations used pictures to communicate.  It takes the children back to the time of the Phoenecians, who were sailors and traders, and needed a more efficient way to communicate so they came up with the first 26 letters that represented sounds.  The children have resources that they can look up pictographs used on stone walls and the hieroglyphs used by the Egyptians.  They enjoy using these to create their own expressions.  I related this back to the Ojibwa, who etched their stories using birch bark scrolls.  The children have the opportunity to do this as well.  

I look forward to seeing all of you in the classroom next week for Parent Visiting Day!  This is a very meaningful time for the children to share what they’ve been learning and you will be able to get a good feel for the classroom.  

Mark the afternoon of November 3rd on your calendar!  I believe we will be sharing our play, The Ghostly Rap  with all of you…invitations to come.

Questions for your child.  What does Nicodemus share with Mrs. Frisby?  How are the sweet potatoes looking and what stage are they in?  What is a new offering at recess? 

10/6/23

We had such a nice trip to the Brown Bridge Quiet Area.  It was a nice combination of a few activities and time to enjoy playing in nature.  It’s a great spot and I’m sure your child would love to take you there and show you around.  Our fall trip will be on Friday, October 27.

We heard our third great story this week, The Story of the Coming of Human Beings.  This is one of my favorites.  It talks about humans coming to Earth with 3 special gifts, a mind that can think and imagine, hands that can work and create, and a heart that can love.  We discussed how we need to take these gifts and use them to be helpful, loving, compassionate human beings.  This leads into Maria Montessori’s idea of the cosmic task, which is my favorite part of the Montessori curriculum. (I even have a tattoo!)  Simply put, it is the idea that while every living thing is going about living their daily lives, their life should also be doing something for others.  We followed up the great story with a book called Carl and the Meaning of Life, which tells the story of an earthworm trying to figure out his purpose.  He leaves his underground task of tilling the soil to inquire with other animals about his purpose.  While on this journey, the soil becomes hard and crusty, and animals have to leave.  Carl, the worm, recognizes this problem and begins tilling the soil again.  It becomes fluffy and fertile and his friends return.  It is then that he discovers his purpose.  This explains Maria Montessori’s idea of cosmic task.  The children then took time to write about how they can use their minds, hearts and hands to help others.  This would be a good conversation to keep going at home.

Last week our read and respond work, part of weekly language, was a passage that required students to think about the sequencing of events.  Some Friday afternoons, I like to take time for team building.  I followed up on this idea of sequencing with a How to demonstration.  The children then got together in teams to write a How to for the rest of the class.  We will test them out next week.  The children found out quickly that it takes a lot of thinking about details and using specific language in order to give someone proper directions.  The children telling me how to make an almond butter and jelly sandwich got pretty silly.

Parent Visiting Day will be on October 25 and 26.  We look forward to welcoming you into our classroom.  Please sign up for a time here.  

Questions for your child.  What did Milo discover about his opinions of others during his bus ride?  What is on the placement you are painting in art?  What is your part in the Ghostly Rap?  Who is Arnold Schwarzenegger? (Not so important, but he came up in conversation.)

9/21/23

The classroom has a nice buzz to it with lots of collaborative work happening.  It has been fun to watch the kids negotiate what they will work on and how they will approach it.  We have had our first studies shared, which were completed in a small group.  We discussed the research process, taking notes and how to put together a good paragraph.  Those children are eager to now begin their own studies!

I want to share a note about Della Terra.  Della Terra will be happening a little differently this year.  The children have been split into 2 groups and will be working in the greenhouse every other Monday with me. I am working with DiAnn, Andrea and Shea on different curriculum and projects that can be done during our time.  So far this year, we have cut some basil, studied different root vegetables and experimented with growing new plants, and the compost bins needed to be rolled so we were able to have a competitive, but fun compost bin relay across the soccer field.  

Just a reminder, we will be on our field trip tomorrow morning from 8:30-noon, traveling to the Brown Bridge Quiet Area.  Please refer to the previous email for more details.  We looked at some pictures of its transformation from when the dam and pond were there to its now restored state.  They are looking forward to exploring this area tomorrow morning.  

Questions for your childWhat type of animal is the main character in our new read aloud?  What was your favorite living thing on the Timeline of Life? Who was the announcer on Kids Commute this week?

Something fun happening for kids this weekend:  
https://www.simpletix.com/e/iprs-kids-commute-live-with-special-guest-tickets-138609 

9/14/23

Thank you to Karen and Abby for organizing our class picnic!  It was a lot of fun and nice to chat with all of you a bit.

It has been so great getting to know the new faces and reacquainting with old ones.  Building community is an important part of these first couple of weeks.  We have saved some of our time for working with one another in different ways.  For example, the first week, small groups found things that they had in common with each other and made a flag to represent those.  This week, they worked on creating vocabulary cards together, reminding each other how to do this and teaching it to the newcomers.  I also introduced a new song this year that I just discovered and love.  Its words foster the idea of community and that while each of us is unique, we can help one another be better together. 

Here are the words to Haere mai ki te whriki :  

Haere mai ki te whriki 

Each of us is a strand in the mat 

Haere mai ki te whriki 

Come lets sit together 

 

Haere mai ki te whriki 

Each of us is a strand in the mat 

Haere mai ki te whriki 

Come lets sit together 

Aroha mai, Aroha atu 

Aroha atu, Aroha mai 

 

Standing together 

Singing together 

Strong together 

Haere mai ki te whriki 

Each of us is a strand in the mat 

Haere mai ki te whriki 

Come lets sit together 

 

Haere mai ki te whriki 

Haere mai ki te whriki 

Haere mai ki te whriki 

Haere mai ki te whriki

We have written our classroom agreement and signed it.  This will hang in our room and we will revisit it often throughout the year (see picture below).  

Montessori Elementary Classroom agreement.jpg

We are also working on establishing routines and expectations this week.  This has gone really well with the start of our weekly and daily math work, follow up work to lessons, and weekly language work.  They have been eager to get new lessons and practice their favorites from past years.  

LOC is tomorrow!  Please be at the school by 8:30am.  It looks like it will be sunny, but add a light layer as it is often several degrees colder at the LOC property.  We will return by carline.  If you need more details, please refer to my earlier email.  

Questions to ask your children.  Can you name one kind of root?  Do dragons like marshmallows?  What was your favorite fact from the first great story?