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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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Bravo!!!!!

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

 

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.

 

At the beginning of our new school year 2014-2015 September 30, 2014

Filed under: News — dayspringmontessori @ 5:00 am

At the beginning of our new school year 2014-2015 in September, our children had been learning how to respect each other by working quietly in the classroom. They walk around other’s rug and tables nicely and carry materials slowly and carefully. They talk nicely and gently with their inside voice and sometimes need to get things right with another child and do so successfully using the peace rose.

The class is so beautiful and peaceful. Our children were very busy. They have worked with hand washing and scrubbing pumpkins, cutting papers, drawing pictures, arranging flowers, pouring water, etc. in their practical life area. These works create order in a child’s mind. These works help lead the child to reading and writing and help prepare them to develop their mathematical and scientific mind.

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Before starting the day, we pledge allegiance and sing the national anthem with the USA flag.

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Older children help younger children learn how to start the zipper on their jacket.

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Show and tell provides a great way for children to build their language skills and confidence.

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Look at J’s concentration with egg grinding!

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These children slowly and carefully pour water to another glass through the funnel.

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“I wash my hands before and after lunch or after using the bathroom.”

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2 year old children are washing their dishes after their lunch.

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“I want to make this pumpkin clean and shiny.”

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They are working with flower arranging, making the classroom beautiful and peaceful.

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These children are solving their problem very well by themselves with the peace rose.

 

Revisiting End of School Year 2013-14 June 5, 2014

Filed under: News,Projects,Snapshots — dayspringmontessori @ 3:39 pm

Near the end of the school year in June, the children become more connected with nature and with one another as they are ready to finish their school year strong.  And throughout this past year, teachers have assisted children in their physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development.

First, let’s see how they maximize their learning through Olympics Day Competition!

It is a nice weather to do our Olympics Day competition.

It is a nice weather to do our Olympics Day competition. Parents join us for this special event!

We line up and head to the fields.

We line up and head to the fields!

Children get pumped up as they get ready to begin the games.

Children get pumped up as they get ready to begin the games.

First, let's run to the tree and come back!

First, let’s run to the tree and come back!

The toddlers join us for the race, too!

The toddlers join for the race, too!

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Going through the rainbow tunnel~

A. uses a lot of coordination as she jumps in the sack.

A. uses a lot of coordination as she jumps and moves forward in the sack.

A team cheers for their teammate!

A. team cheers for their teammate!

B team claps and cheers for their teammate!

B. team claps and cheers for their teammate!

Jumping 10 times on the trampoline before running to the cone and back

Jump 10 times on the trampoline before running to the cone and back.

Grab a number and collect the specified amount of potatoes in bucket!

Grab a number and collect the specified amount of potatoes in bucket!

Group snack time with peers and adults

Group snack time with peers and adults

The watermelon tastes so good on a hot summer day like this~

The watermelon tastes so good on a hot summer day like this~

Older children uses Botany Cabinet to do race.

Older children use Botany Cabinet to do a race.

Match the puzzle piece before the other team does!

Match the puzzle piece before the other team does!

This team wins the Olympics! However, everyone is a winner, so we all get prizes!

This team wins the Olympics! However, everyone is a winner, so we all get prizes!

Fun prizes for everyone~

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Dayspring children also get to spend a lot of time in nature, being connected with the earth, air, and water.

Gardening is a great way for children to learn how to sow and reap fruits and plants.

Gardening is a great way for children to learn how to sow and reap fruits and plants.

We rake all the old plants and weeds away.

We rake all the old plants and weeds away.

We work together to prepare the grounds.

We work together to prepare the grounds.

Children plant flowers.

Children learn to plant flowers.

Even the youngest join in on the gardening.

Even the youngest join in on the gardening.

And they learn to water them right away after planting.

And they learn to water them right away after planting.

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Children love to water their plants.

Everyone is a part of this Earth. We are all responsible in caring for our environment.

Everyone is a part of this earth. So, we are all responsible in caring for our environment.

Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!  Dayspring children get to blow bubbles in fields and play in the playground to increase their concentration and coordination skills.

Find your own special bubble maker, and place it in the bubble soap.

Find your own special bubble maker, and place it in the bubble soap.

Blow gently but with good force!

Blow gently but with good force!

W. focuses intensely to create beautiful bubbles.

W. focuses intensely to create beautiful bubbles.

Walking forward!

Walking forward!

Some of the children line up to pose for a picture.

Some of the children line up to pose for a picture.

Hanging by the tree? How creative!

Hanging by the tree? How creative!

We play in the playground in the afternoon.

Children play in the playground in the afternoon.

And go down slides~

And go down slides~

Dayspring children continually experience creating new projects as the school year ends.  Here is one of the project highlights:

Focus and concentrate as you do the beading work!

Focus and concentrate as you do the beading work!

and you will create fun key chains and paper flowers~

and you will create fun key chains and paper flowers~

Before school year is officially over, Dayspring children learn how to properly say good bye to their classmates.

In line time, Directress and children talk about the importance of going through beginning, middle, and end.  They do a song with a triangle to emphasize the concepts.

In line time, Directress and children talk about the importance of going through beginning, middle, and end. They do a song with a triangle to emphasize the concepts.

Then, we go around and say good bye to each classmate, ending with a hug.

Then, we go around and say good bye to each classmate, ending with a hug.

Good bye, and best wishes!

Good bye, and best wishes!

Good bye, school year 2013-14!!

Good bye to school year 2013-14!!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Month of Valentine’s and International Awareness March 5, 2014

Filed under: News,Snapshots — dayspringmontessori @ 4:16 pm

It’s a month of celebration in many ways.  First off, we celebrate a day of love and care for others through expression of giving.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

With the goody bags each child has made, they all sit on the line to begin Valentine's Day party.

With the goody bags each child has made, they all sit on the line to begin Valentine’s Day party.

Beautiful drawings are done by the children for their goody bags.

Beautiful drawings are done by the children for their goody bags.

Singing songs and doing motions

Singing songs and doing motions

"We love you~"

“We love you~”

Many gifts have been prepared by children and parents the night before.

Many gifts have been prepared by children and parents the night before.

Passing out Valentine's Day gift

Passing out Valentine’s Day gifts

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And another special theme has surrounded our learning here at Dayspring.  Our children come from many different ethnic groups, and they share their culture and foods through presentations and our very special International food festival!

A presentation about Ukraine is given by a parent.

A presentation about Ukraine is given by a parent.

Afterwards, each child gets to decorate their own egg on paper!

Afterwards, each child gets to decorate their own Ukrainian egg called Pysanky on paper. Begin with the lightest colors white and yellow. Then, add a darker color on the egg. Keep coloring till the whole egg is full of color!

Here is a presentation of traditional Romanian clothing.

Here is a presentation of traditional Romanian clothing.

A Korean parent brings in traditional children's clothing. One child experiences wearing a "hanbok."

A Korean parent brings in traditional children’s clothing. One child experiences wearing a “hanbok.”

Other children try on hanbok as well!

Other children try on hanbok as well!

A Canadian parent brings a map to show different regions of Canada.

A Canadian parent brings a map to show different regions of Canada.

Children are trying on hats, too!

Children try on hats from Canada, too!

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And finally, we celebrate all of our cultures together at a potluck lunch, and we invite parents to join in on the fun! Let the International Food Festival begin!

Before having the potluck, our children enjoy watching and participating in a puppet show.

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Everyone, including the parents are mesmerized by the story of the show.

Everyone, including the parents are mesmerized by the story of the show.

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“Hello there!” says the puppet.

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Let's see what's in the bag!

Let’s see what’s in the bag!

With a lot of energy and excitement built up from the puppet show, both children and parents experience different cultures and history through eating various types of food.  We have families representing Canada, Ukraine, Norway, Russia, Poland, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, India, China, Korea, Mongolia, and the Philippines.

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Look at all these cookies and appetizers!

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Everything smells delicious.

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And after presenting each food and country, the feast begins!

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We hope our children are able to continue to embrace each other’s cultures and backgrounds by learning that every country brings a special element and meaning in this world. Through this, each child can be a vessel for peace and love for one another and the world.

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

– Maria Montessori