Our Special Person’s Night was a huge success. Many of our Lower Elementary families and friends were able to attend, and the children were delighted. The children gave their guests a tour of our classroom, along the way pointing out their favorite Montessori materials and how they use them. Our guests were very impressed by the ‘works’ the children are currently working on and the joy the children feel about their ‘works’. The highlight of the evening was when the children interviewed their guests and were pleasantly surprised to discover new insights about their friends and families.
We want to thank all our guests for taking time from their busy schedules and visiting with us. We are all looking forward to next year’s Special Person’s Night.
Now that spring has finally arrived, our class has been taking advantage of the milder weather by going on field trips.
On April 4th, we visited the Sandwich Opera House in Sandwich, Illinois to see Aesop’s Fabulous Fable Factory. The children enjoyed the play and were so excited that they recognized five of the fables portrayed in the play: The Country Mouse and the City Mouse, The Hare and the Tortoise, The Dog and His Shadow, The Farmer and the Cow, and the Two Mules.
We are currently reading Aesop’s Fables for Children in the classroom and discussing the moral of each fable.
On April 10th we visited Fermilab in Batavia to explore and experiment with magnets and electricity. The children were invited to build an electro-magnet and test its strength. They also built a series circuit and a parallel circuit. But, the most exciting part of the visit for the children was the Van de Graaff generator. A machine that accumulates an electric charge to produce a visible spark!
We are currently studying the continent of Asia. So far we have learned about the topography of the continent, which includes the Himalaya Mountain range and its tallest peaks, the Gobi Desert, and the Yangtze River. The children are currently working on their research reports. They will present their findings on Friday, April 28th.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
April 24-28th Testing week
April 28th Asia presentation
May 4-5th Springfield trip
With our gratitude
We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to Ms. Liesa, who donated newly harvested cotton plants to our classroom with the help of her friends in Texas. We would also like to thank each of our chaperone’s for accompanying us to Fermilab as well as our volunteers who read stories to our class.
April is National Poetry month. In the classroom we are learning about poetic terms and types of poems. Last week the children were introduced to couplets, and they wrote their own delightful couplets. In the coming weeks we will study haikus, acrostic, and quatrain poems.
Until next time,
Ms. Kathie, Ms. Ramull,
and the Lower Elementary Children