What a wonderful first week of school! I've enjoyed welcoming another upper elementary classroom to Charles Ellis Montessori! We spent this past week getting to know each other and learning about the workings of the classroom.
This upcoming week, we will have our first Montessori work period and small-group lessons! We will begin with a cultural lesson Monday afternoon about the coming of the universe. The rest of the week will consist of lessons in each subject area based upon individual student needs. When not in lessons, the children will be working on follow-up and choice works.
On Monday, your child will be given a developmentally appropriate word study list. They should be prepared to spell and sort these words by memory on Friday. In addition, they will receive a vocabulary list containing words associated with our cultural lesson. They should work through the week to study these words for an activity on Friday that will require them to match the words with the definitions. We will be working with both the spelling and vocabulary words during the school day, but your child may also benefit from practicing these words at home.
Every Monday, I will send home a progress report that will contain information about the works your child focused upon the prior week of school. These progress reports should be signed Monday evening and returned to school Tuesday. I will keep these progress reports on file and return all of them to you for your records at our first parent teacher conference at the end of the first term.
Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. I am available via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the remind app.