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Spring Sing and Recognition Ceremony May 23, 2014

Filed under: News,Snapshots — dayspringmontessori @ 3:42 pm

When Spring arrives, we prepare a special performance and recognition ceremony for all Dayspring community, inviting family and friends for a wonderful evening.  We call this event, “Spring Sing and Recognition Ceremony.”

 

The children have been singing songs, learning motions, reciting poems, and doing piano practices and ballet classes throughout the school year.  We have Orff music classes that emphasize beats and rhythms using musical instruments. We also have Spanish classes that prepare our children with special Spanish songs that are exciting and fun.

 

And now, all of their learning come together in this one evening to present to families what the children have been gaining in their learning, as well as recognizing our Kindergartners for their excellent work and growth.

 

Here is an overview of our recent Spring Sing and Recognition Ceremony for year 2014!

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Dayspring alumni have come to celebrate the evening with us.

Everyone has brought something special for snacks.

Everyone has brought something special for snacks.

Getting ready by standing in line

Standing in line and waiting to go on stage

Introduction speech by two 4-year-olds

Introduction speech by two 4-year-olds

The singing begins! Children watch the conductor as she gives beats to the song.

The singing begins! Children watch the conductor as she gives beats to the song.

The pianist plays fun and exciting beats for the first couple songs.

The pianist plays fun and exciting beats for upbeat songs.

Children also sing Spanish songs and dance "cha cha cha" to the beat!

Children also sing Spanish songs and dance “cha cha cha” at the end of one song!

It’s the toddlers turn to shine! They put on their handmade hats and do motions as they sing “Underneath the Spreading Chestnut Tree.”

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Children who have been practicing piano at Dayspring are able to play their favorite song to their family and friends at this time.

A Kindergartner plays "Ode to Joy" by herself.

A Kindergartner plays “Ode to Joy” by herself.

 

Musical instruments are also incorporated in the ceremony. Glockenspiels, xylophones, hand drums, drum sticks, whistle, triangle, gong, and recorders are all used in various ways for all ages at Dayspring.

Children who are 4 and up play recorders with the Directress.

Children who are 4 and up play recorders with the Directress.

For a train song, two younger children use flag and wooden whistle to start the song.

For a train song, two younger children use flag and wooden whistle to start the song.

The Kindergartners play "Sound of Music" intro using glockenspiels.

The Kindergartners play “Sound of Music” intro using glockenspiels.

For "I Have a Loose Tooth" and "Wee Willy Winkie" song, the children in front play different parts to create orchestrated music.

For “I Have a Loose Tooth” and “Wee Willy Winkie” song, the children in front play different parts to create orchestrated music.

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The 3-year-olds shine as they sit in front to do “I Am a Fine Musician” song.

 

Ballet performance is also done with a professional ballet teacher. The children have been doing ballet classes once a week and are now showing a beautiful sequence to strings music.

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The Kindergartners are recognized for their exceptional work and are congratulated as they graduate Kindergarten and move on to a new phase in their lives.

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For finale, the children sing “Shalom, Goodbye My Friend” and have time for teacher appreciation by saying thank you and giving special flowers to each teacher.

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Lastly, each child receives a carnation flower to give to his/her parent as appreciation and love.

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“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.”  -Maria Montessori

 

 

 

 

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Language and Special Activities May 8, 2014

Filed under: Montessori Work,Projects — dayspringmontessori @ 1:29 pm

With Spring season coming in, our Dayspring children have been very productive in their learning.  In particular, a lot of the children are passionate about learning the language area and how to sound out letters, words, and eventually write and read.

This 2 1/2-year-old child is building vocabulary, as well as matching to its proper beginning consonant sound.

This 2 1/2-year-old child is building vocabulary, as well as matching to its proper beginning consonant sound.

After mastering all initial consonant sounds and vowel sounds, children begin to spell out the words (using VEC cards and movable alphabets).

After mastering all initial consonant sounds and vowel sounds, children begin to spell out the words (using Vocabulary Enrichment Cards and Movable Alphabet Box).

Story reading is also a big part of learning language.  Here, children are entranced with the story and the illustrations involved.

Story reading is also a big part of learning language. Here, children are entranced with the story and the illustrations involved.

They learn that the words and sounds they hear and see is meaningful and learn to understand that stories have a beginning, middle, and end.

They learn that the words and sounds they hear and see is meaningful and learn to understand that stories have a beginning, middle, and end.

They can't keep their eyes off the board!

Focus and concentration 100%

Another way to learn language is through Show and Tell time.

A child has brought a beautiful butterfly to show and tell the class.

A child has brought a beautiful butterfly to show and tell the class.

After simple facts are told, children on the line get to raise their hands and ask questions one at a time.

After simple facts are told, children on the line get to raise their hands and ask questions one at a time.

She then goes around the line and shows the butterfly to each child.

She then goes around the line and shows the butterfly to each child.

Each child gets to see the butterfly up close.

Each child gets to see the butterfly up close.

Can you see the butterfly and its wonderful wings?

Can you see the butterfly and its wonderful wings?

In the afternoon, Dayspring children get to experience creating unique projects to bring home.

Using gift wrap paper, an oval shaped colored paper, and small colorful tissue pieces, children get to create their own mosaic pineapple!

Using a large tissue paper, an oval shaped colored paper, and small colorful tissue paper, children get to create their own mosaic pineapple!

This child is carefully gluing her yellow oval onto the gift wrap paper.

This child is carefully gluing her yellow oval onto the tissue paper.

She is putting the small pieces of paper in the middle.

She is putting the small pieces of paper in the middle.

The children are busy creating their masterpiece!

The children are busy creating their masterpiece!

And we finish the day with fun gross motor activities, such as walking on the line!

"Walking walking on the line..."

“We are walking on the line, walking walking on the line~”

 

“It is true that we cannot make a genius.  We can only give to teach child the chance to fulfill his potential possibilities.”  -Maria Montessori

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration.  The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”  -Maria Montessori