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April, Music Month! April 30, 2015

Filed under: News — dayspringmontessori @ 8:54 pm

Dayspring has strong special classes, Orff-Music and Spanish, starting the first week of October.

In Orff-Music class, the children learn about rhythm, melody, harmony,  form, texture etc. by speaking, chanting,                   singing, dancing, movement, and playing musical instruments.

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All children join hands and sing a song with Orff-instrument accompaniment.                                                                                They make rhythm with the songs and sing.

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‘An’ is hitting ‘C’ and ‘G’ on the alto glockenspiel along with a song.                                                                                                    The children play ‘B, A, G’ on their recorder in the recorder class.

Once a year we have a big event, ‘Recognition and Spring-Sing’. Our kindergartners graduate and all our children put on a lovely concert. We invite all our Dayspring family and their friends to come and enjoy the music and program.

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The world is growing smaller, smaller everyday….        Listen to the big drum. Hear them play…

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Are you ready?                                                                    My part is a rest now!

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Alright. Let’s match our rhythms!                                           Let’s make some real rain sound.

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…… they can play music for you today!

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O. K.  Here’s the introduction. Get ready!                         Mama gone to market……

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Sing Chiapanecas, ay, ay, ay….

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I can sing so, fa, mi, re, mi, fa, sol, la….

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I sing and dance, Buffalo gals won’t you come out tonight….

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Thank you for teaching me how to play and how to love and enjoy music.


Cultural activities at Dayspring March 31, 2015

Filed under: Montessori Work — dayspringmontessori @ 9:15 pm

Cultural activities as subjects include history, geography, botany, zoology, science, art and music. Through these, children get the opportunity to understand their own culture and also cultural diversity in the world and really enjoy it.

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After the presentation of “the universe”, ‘Iz’ is figuring out which planet she lives on and ‘Sa’ is making her own chart of the solar system.

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‘Hj’ is realizing that the earth has turned around the sun 5 times since she came to the world on her 5th birthday.

“I almost finished making the world map”. 3 year old ‘Nc’ is so excited to work with the world map.

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This part is called ‘the inner core’, this part is ‘the mantle’. The boys together are working on the parts of the Earth. I know how to call this part, ‘the conduit’. ‘Se’ and ‘Hj’ are so very interested in knowing each part of a volcano.

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Where does this belong? Non-living thing? or Living thing?  I am making a plant and animal book.

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The directress is presenting to the children the parts of a tree, using a plant as a model. ‘Ab’ is working on the parts of a tree with cards.

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Why is this part of a mushroom called ‘mycelium’ instead of a root?  The children are grasping the concepts of flowers and their seeds.

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A boy and a girl are working on the “time line” of a frog and of a baby. This is a tadpole with four legs, this is a 5 months old baby.

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Wow, this is a treasure box which South American people use. ‘Jc’ is so curious about cultural things.

Aha, this is magnetic and this is non-magnetic.  ‘Ax’ loves working with science materials.


February, our International Cultural Month February 28, 2015

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We really were busy this month. We had two childrens’ birthday parties, Valentine’s day party, parents’ presentations of their cultures and the final party, our international tasting food fair with a puppet show. And it hasn’t all been special events.  The children have worked very hard too.

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Birthday children ‘E’ and ‘W’ are walking around circle as many times as their age, carrying the earth globe.  The candle represents the sun and the children are singing “the earth goes around the sun…..”.

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“Be my valentine!” “I am giving you my heart!” Children were very happy to give their friend presents  And also they had projects for their parents with love.

The Dayspring family is diverse so every year we naturally have cultural awareness events. Our parents, so good and helpful, come and present some interesting features of their culture, features that they know will catch the imagination of the children.  And the children, in fact, are enthusiastic to hear about and see artifacts of the cultures.  And this they connect with what they already can see and know about their classmates.

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This year we had a number of cultural presentations.

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A’s mom is presenting Bulgarian culture and the children are making Bulgarian “love bracelets”.

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S’s mom is showing a Ukrainian Easter egg decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs and children colored wonderful egg designs on poster brought by Mrs. R.

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EM’s mom is talking about “hair cutting ceremony” in Mongolia and demonstrates cutting the hair of her own child, our EM.16 15

J, one of our teachers, shows and explains to us about the culture of her ancestors, the Alaskan Inuits and tells us how to make Eskimo Inuit pins.

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E is watching his mom’s teaching about China and showing a “Good Luck” pocket.

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The children are showing Korean traditional dresses and others then are making a Korean traditional dress orgami.

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“I worked with the Asia map”.  “Now I could be a Indian girl with traditional dress.”

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Our teacher ‘A’ is presenting some good things from Polish culture and the Polish flag.

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“Wow!  What a great puppet show!  This is fun.  He fooled us again. Do, it again, please, Mr. K.”

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“My! All the foods look so delicious!” The children are learning some good stuff as the parents explain the foods.


We are Learning Such Exciting things in Language Art in this very Cold Winter! January 31, 2015

Filed under: Montessori Work,News,Projects — dayspringmontessori @ 6:57 pm

Dayspring children were so busy working in the language area. The children work with many different materials in many different ways for their speech, vocabulary, writing, reading, comprehension, even their leadership, in reading in front of their friends.

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‘I’ is working on organizing cards for recognizing patterns.   “This is a baby lizard my mom gave me…”    ‘S’ brought a little taxidermist’s stuffed lizard and is showing and telling about it for oral language development.

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“I spy with my eyes… something that we wear on rainy days.”  ‘A’ is matching three different animal cards for enlarging his vocabularies.

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‘M’ is sounding out and tracing letters; “r, r, r for rose”.               “T, t, table” This table goes to “t” box.

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‘N’ is matching letters with pictures on a ‘pizza wheel’ according to initial sounds .   ‘SW’ is working with sound cards, “t, m, b, and f”.

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The children finished matching mute cards and labels to speaking cards and now are matching movable alphabet letters to the corresponding picture cards for analysis and exploration of language, all of this in preparation for reading and writing.


‘H’ and ‘ W’ are working with sound cards with matching word endings; “pan, man, can”, “drunk, skunk, trunk…”

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‘P” is reading a book with long vowel words.             “I will read this book for you guys.”

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Children are focusing on a kindergartener’s reading.       ‘J’ created her own story with movable alphabet letters and is copying the story.

We have started ‘ballet class’ this month. Children are so excited every minute in the class.

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As we all know too well, we got a lot of snow. Children really loved being outside. They shouted and laughed. They made snow balls and ran in the deep snow. They brought sleds from home and sledded on the hill. They enjoyed so much being outside in the clean, white, fresh snow.

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“Line up. Let’s slide down the hill two at a time.”  ” Yo, ho, ho…….”


December, the Season of Sharing Warm Things with Love! December 30, 2014

Filed under: Montessori Work,News,Projects — dayspringmontessori @ 5:24 pm

Our children are becoming physically and mentally much more mature in their behavior. They learn to understand why it is good to serve others.  And then we share some warm clothing in the cold season with some needy children .

They donated warm things for children in need.

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“I hope these clothes will help some children warm up in this very cold weather.” The children put warm clothing in the donation box.

They understand how to spend time in their schedule with such activities as; Line Time (morning meeting), work time (individual or group activities), special class time, 2nd Line Time for gross motor development and music, gym or outside, lunch time with table manners, birthday parties, nap time, afternoon special project time, etc.

The children have worked very hard with Montessori materials.

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N is working with geometric solids and says ” I know this.”              Two children work together with Pythagoras Board.

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We built Christmas lights with Red Rods, Number Rods and Knob Cylinders.                                                                                 J is working with Asia Map wit great concentration.  

Two of children had birthdays.  We’re celebrating both S’s and H’s fifth.

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They walk around the circle carrying the earth globe in their hands, one time for each year.  In the middle, course, is our sun and the twelve cards are the months.  At the end they blow out the candle but we all know the sun just keeps on going, even so, for the next set of birthdays.

They did some holiday projects for family and friends.

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Christmas wreaths and smiles.                                                                 ” Look at my snowflakes.”

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Hand painting and a smile.                                                                    Meticulous work making ornaments.

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“OK, I’m going to hold my hand just like you.”                                                    Here’s my gift for Mommy.

Goodbye 2014 and happy 2015.


Math Work and Thanksgiving Feast November 30, 2014

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In this month, November, the children have worked more advanced work.  The children especially were very happy with their great math work. They love working with difficult academic activities such as the teen board, the ten board, the square chains, addition and multiplication etc.

In the math area, we present numbers through ten, decimal system, teens, tens, skip counting, simple computations, 4 operations and fractions, etc.

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” I am placing six spindles in the 6 compartment.”  X is working on spindle box, 0-9.

N is laying 10 little stones on number 10 with full concentration.

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A is counting red disks matching on the numbers.                       ” I finished bead stairs 1-9 and am coloring beads on                                                                                                                                                       my papers.”

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The directress is introducing teens and then the children associate teens number and quantities.

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The children associate tens numbers and quantities.


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” I can sort all the number families in 100 and put them in the board in sequence.”

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” I am making a square and cube with my seven cube chain.” Jy is counting up to 729, counting by 9 with 9 cube chain.


He is tracing decimal numbers after his work, ‘1, 10, 100, 1000’.

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The children are laying out big numbers 1 to 9000.

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Jl and S are working simple addition with beads.


” Why don’t you bring 5,666 beads from the bank and make sum for 3425 + 5666. ” The boy and girl together getting sum for 4 digits addition.

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” I know how to do subtraction.”                                                                    ” What is 7 sets of 5? ”

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E is working on simple multiplication with red beads on the board and copies the products on her note book. A is dividing the skittles equally on the board with green beads.

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In this month, we discussed Thanksgiving and that we have many things for which to be thankful. We also learned how the pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving with Native Americans. Also the children put together many Thanksgiving themed projects, expressing for what they are most thankful.  They also made pilgrim and native American hats and puppets and did turkey crafts.

On November 25, we had Thanksgiving feast.

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We together sang Thanksgiving songs…

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We are in the line to get some food.

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We had the feast with all Dayspring families, moms. dads, grandpas and grandmas!!!

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We are sharing food and having a very good time like native Americans and pilgrims.


Sensorial Activities and Special Classes October 31, 2014

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Our children are now well adjusted into the classroom. They follow classroom rules, understand more daily routine.

They are especially having a joyful time in the sensorial area. Sensorial work helps children to acquire clear, conscious, information and helps them be able to classify things and concepts in their environment.

Sensorial Exercises highlight an awareness  of one’s environment through the senses bringing the children to have more sensorial awareness and appreciation and understanding.  They learn to pay more attention to loudness and softness, matching, weight, temperature, size, shape, composition, texture, etc.

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N is building a tower with pink cubes and X is building the stairs using visual discrimination of dimensions.

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“I can put cylinders in the holes.”                                                  “I know how to construct these red rods in sequence.”

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Nt is very satisfied finishing matching 11 colors.                         I and S are coloring 11 colors after learning to match colors.

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” I can make secondary colors.”                                                       “I can match the sound this makes!”

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Nc and J matched the corresponding triangles together and then moved to work with some other shapes.


They feel “rough” and “smooth”  materials as they increase the tactile sense of their hands.

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They learn and understand the many names of shapes provided in the geometric cabinets.

The late afternoon sessions for art, science, cooking projects, sports and game etc. for full-day children are going very well.

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The children are printing leaves.                                                    “Look at my leaves!”

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The children love afternoon projects.                                           ” I am sailing to a new land with my boat ‘Santa Maria!'”

The school also offers special Spanish and music program in addition to the regular program. We started this special program October 2014.

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The children love Spanish class. The teacher gives children live language with puppets and music and the children are so excited in the classroom.

The children like Orff-Music sessions every Wednesday. They have learned how to match pitches and bits of melody and put them together while singing and playing with the simple percussion instruments.

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Now they have worked with pitches and melodies, so we put it all together singing and playing with simple percussion instruments.

Recorder class is open every Monday


The children can now play G, A, B pitches on their recorders. Their recorder playing is so beautiful.