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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.

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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.

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‘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.

 

Sensorial Activities and Special Classes October 31, 2014

Filed under: Montessori Work — dayspringmontessori @ 4:20 pm

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.

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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

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

 

Summer Camp, Here We Go~! June 30, 2014

Filed under: Montessori Work,Projects — dayspringmontessori @ 4:29 pm

Dayspring Montessori’s Summer Camp has officially begun, and all children are super excited to have fun the Montessori way!

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The children get ready for summer camp by…

creating a welcome poster on the wall!

creating a welcome poster on the wall~

"Welcome summer camp!"

“Wow Summer Camp 2014!”

First, let’s see what type of special activities and projects have been going on at Dayspring this month!

An alumni comes to read special books to children.

An alumni comes to read special books to children.

A parent comes in to do a puppet show, too!

A parent comes in to do a puppet show, too!

Children jump up as a frog would do~

Children jump up as a frog would do~

They also go outdoors and draw on tile.

For projects, children draw and messages on tile.

Or use paint to create cool lines and shapes.

Or use paint to create cool lines and shapes!

How about learning of the needs of living things...i.e. Sun!

How about learning of the needs of living things…i.e. the Sun!

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This projects portrays how the Sun helps create life on Earth.

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Also, each child creates a volcano to take home…

And also do bead work to create unique necklaces.

and also do bead work to create unique necklaces~

Dayspring Montessori aids in not only fine motor work but also in gross motor skills!

Let's ride our bicycles!

Let’s ride our bicycles!

This child uses all of her coordination and concentration to master riding her bicycle.

This child uses all of her coordination and concentration to master riding her bicycle.

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How fun! Both are riding at fast speed!

In between, children get to have snack under the cool shade.

In between, children get to have snack under the cool shade.

Stretching is very important before going in the water.

Stretching is very important before going in the water.

Run around the circle a few times and then...

Run around the circle a few times and then…

jump in the pool! Here's to a fun swimming time~~

jump in the pool! Here’s to a fun swimming time~

Children love to go swimming, especially on a hot day like this!

Children love to go swimming, especially on a hot day like this!

Balloons!! This activity is a fun way to increase hand-eye coordination skills!

And balloons!! This activity is a fun way to increase hand-eye coordination skills!

And never forget that Dayspring always incorporates Montessori Method in the morning period.  This is so that children continue to develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence in their learning!

Two children work on teen board.

Two children work on teen board.

A young 3-year-old learns to sort by number of holes on circle.

A young 3-year-old learns to sort by number of holes on circle.

In Sensorial Area, a young child learns differing quad. shapes through Rectangle Box  I

In Sensorial area, a young child internalizes different triangular and quad. shapes through Rectangle Box I.

Children also trace and punch to enhance wrist muscles and pincer grip (for future writing development).

Children also trace and punch to enhance wrist and pincer grip (for future writing development).

Learning the decimal system

Learning the decimal system

Creating a booklet of Parts of Earth

Creating a booklet of Parts of Earth

An older student finishes up her Africa map.

An older student finishes up her Africa map.

And some begin to write journals using the Movable Alphabet Box.

And some begin to write journals using the Movable Alphabet Box.

When ready, children are able to do linear counting...up to even 10 cube!

When ready, children are able to do linear counting…even up to 10 cube chain!

With flowers blooming all around, learning is endless. Let us continue to create an environment where children can grow to their fullest potential!

With flowers blooming all around, let us continue to create an environment where children can grow to their fullest potential!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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

 

 

Refining Our Skills February 5, 2014

Filed under: Montessori Work,Snapshots — dayspringmontessori @ 4:16 pm

January has been a cold, cold month for the Windy City.  As many of the Chicago schools closed due to the severe temperature drop, our school has also had to close for a day and also fight the huge amount of snow that has fallen in this area.

Despite such challenges, Dayspring has had a great start of the new school semester in January 2014.

For the returning, as well as new students, our main goal has been to refine our senses and to continue to develop our gross and fine motor skills.

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Upon returning from Dominican Republic for vacation, a student brings in a huge seashell for sharing time.

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Directress: “Listen carefully, and you will be able to hear the sound of the sea inside the seashell.”

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Children take turn to hear.

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We refine our sense of touch through tracing sandpaper letters. By tracing each letter and sounding it aloud, children are able to store the feel and shape of it internally.

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We all like to create beautiful things. Painting allows us to see beauty and make sense of what we create through hand movement and visual aesthetic of the picture.

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Children, what has the Directress painted? Can you describe the painting for us? How do you feel about it?

The development of gross (large muscles) motor skills and fine (small muscles) motor skills should go hand-in-hand during these invaluable years (15 months-6years).

For gross motor skills, we hone the skills of walking on the line (as well as marching, jumping, hopping, galloping, running, tiptoeing, and heel-to-toe) during line time.  Also, the children have created a new activity of creating a huge circle in the gym to jump through the hoops.

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Jumping and hopping, as well as balancing on the beam!

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Can you walk on the beam without falling?

Also, we go out to play in the snow and go sledding (when weather permits).

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Let’s go sledding!

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Creating a hill so that we can all sled!

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Having fun walking, jumping, and climbing in the snow~

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With others making a fort with the snow~

As for fine motor skills, we guide the children to do activities that can help them strengthen their wrist, hand, and fingers.

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A toddler works with pots and pans to life knobs and do the swirling motion with kitchen utensil.

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This 19-month-old toddler is sweeping the floor, strengthening his wrist and coordination.

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This 2-year-old toddler is strengthening his grasping skills by squeezing the large sponge to transfer water from one bowl to another.

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She is learning to use her pincer grip and concentrate on punching on the line.

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This 5-year-old is gluing her map parts for Australia. Gluing requires her to coordinate her finger and wrist muscles in order to glue within the given boundaries.

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Older children (4 and 5-year-olds) learn to use paper and pencil to write equations and also write vocabulary words and sentences. This enhances their finger pincer grip and also enables them to express their thoughts through words and numbers.

The goal of developing our senses, as well as gross and fine motor skills is so that we can be balanced individuals who can create order, concentration, coordination, and independence into all that we do (internally and externally).  This will naturally lead us to have greater minds in language and numbers as we continue to grow and mature.