Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Week of August 11, 2014

Welcome to the first full week of school!  I've had such a wonderful time getting to know each of you last week!  Now that we've spent time reviewing procedures and the workings of our classroom, it is time to start some math and science lessons!

We will start our week with a presentation of the great lesson "God With No Hands".  This great lesson is one of five stories Maria Montessori used in her teachings to inspire her students to think critically about the world around them.  This lesson speaks of the beginnings of our universe and the formation of planet Earth.  As a followup to the great lesson, we will do a sorting activity about four branches of Earth Science: astronomy, meteorology, geology, and oceanography. I will also invite you to investigate the various ways living and nonliving things on our planet are connected is a lesson entitled "The Unconscious Exchange of Services".

After the lesson, we will be discussing another Montessori concept:  The Fundamental Needs of All Humans.  This lesson focus on the basic needs that all people need to live productive, happy, and healthy lives.  This lesson will follow us through our entire year as we connect each of our lessons back to this list of needs.  Doing so will give us purpose for our learning.  This lesson is also important because it will serve as the theme for THIS year's musical!

Mid-week, I will share with you another Montessori great lesson called "The Story of Numbers".  This lesson speaks about the history of numbers from mere notches on wolf bones to the arabic-enspired numbers we use today.  This story should be fresh in your memory because it was the theme for last year's musical.  I will place the script for the story of numbers on our math shelf for you to read.

We will then take the MAP assessment.  This computer-based math test will give us information about your specific strengths and need, and help us plan appropriate lessons for you.  It is a rather lengthly test, so please take your time and try to suppress the feeling to rush through it you may feel.  More information about the MAP assessment can be found HERE.

Since this is still considered an introductory week of school, you will not have much math or science homework.  Please be sure to review your procedures nightly.  The papers I gave you last week to be signed by your parents are due Friday the 15th.  Also, remember that Ms. Channil has requested that all students have clear or mesh book bags by this Wednesday the 13th.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Mr. Trent

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