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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~

Do you like my cool shades?

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!!

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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.  

 

Winter Is Here! January 9, 2014

Filed under: Projects,Snapshots — dayspringmontessori @ 3:26 pm
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A lot of snow is coming this season. Let’s make some snow angels!

December was a super exciting month, with white snow and afternoon projects that made the holiday season all the more special.  

We had our annual donation drop-off box, where we collected new clothing, shoes, gloves, scarves, and toys to children in need.

Donating a new shirt to a child in need

Donating a new owl shirt

Joyful giving this season~

Joyful giving this season~

Learning the love of giving

Learning how to give with love

And then, here comes more snow!

Playing outside before meal time!

Playing outside before meal time!

Roll roll roll your snowball~

Roll roll roll your snowball~

Is this big enough?

Is this big enough?

It should be this big~

It should be this big~

We're all great snowball builders!

We’re all great snowball builders!

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Is she riding a sled?

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That’s quite creative, children!

We love to play in the snow!

We love to play in the snow!

Cheese~~

Cheese~~

We also had some interesting things to share and learn.

M. brings something special for Show and Tell.

M. brings something special for Show and Tell.

She shares about finding unique seashells on a beach.

She shares about finding unique seashells on a beach.

Making the Brown Stairs into a tall tower

Making the Brown Stairs into a tall tower

Learning how to add numbers in thousandth place

Learning how to add numbers in thousandth place

Creating a maze with Red Rods and walking through it

Creating a maze with Red Rods and walking through it

Sorting beads by color

Sorting beads by color

Toddlers matching objects with sound cards

Toddlers matching objects with sound cards

Do you know what this is? It's a Christmas tree!

Do you know what this is? It’s a Christmas tree!

Patterning during project time

We make it through simple patterning.

We also make holiday ornaments using small bird trees.

We also make holiday ornaments using small bird trees.

Lots of fun projects every day~

Lots of fun projects to do in the afternoon~

Can't leave out the sparkly sprinkles for the roof!

Can’t leave out the sparkly sprinkles for the roof!

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Running after the Directress! Catch her if you can~!

 

Thanksgiving Feast December 4, 2013

Filed under: Projects,Snapshots — dayspringmontessori @ 3:32 pm

Beginning in November, we talk about the history of Thanksgiving and the relationship between the Pilgrims and Native Americans.  We include the thankfulness of this year and of parents (and many other areas of our lives).  And we celebrate a Thanksgiving feast as the pilgrims and Native Americans did in the past.

Children creating hats during project time to get ready for the Thanksgiving feast!

Children are creating Native American and Pilgrim hats during project time to get ready for the Thanksgiving feast.

Everyone making their own turkey mats, too.

Everyone is making their own mats for the feast, too.

On the day of the Thanksgiving feast, the children’s family came, as well as the alumni!

Singing Thanksgiving songs altogether

Enjoying Thanksgiving songs with Dayspring family

The feast begins!

The feast begins!

All friends and family of Dayspring gather for a wonderful lunch.

All friends and family of Dayspring gather for a wonderful lunch.

We have turkey, corn, yams, cornbread on this table.

We have turkey, corn, yams, cornbread on this table, like the very first Thanksgiving.

Filling up the whole room with love and care

Filling up the whole room with love and care

Dayspring children sit on a long white table to enjoy their food.

Dayspring children sit on a long white table to enjoy their food.

Siblings at the table together

Siblings at the table together

Together with Mom for the feast

A. together with Mom for the feast

Look over there, E!

Look over there, E!

Yum Yum Yum

Yum Yum Yum

What should I eat next?

Mmmm~ corn

The alumni, who have already experienced the Thanksgiving feast with Dayspring before, are now here to enjoy it as visitors.

The alumni are here to celebrate with us as well!

A group of alumni sit together here and enjoy their food.

Playing together afterwards

One of alumni and toddler playing together afterwards

My, how the alumni have grown!

And the 1st graders say, “Goodbye Dayspring! We will miss you!”

 

Sing, Dance, and Play! November 6, 2013

Filed under: Montessori Work,News,Snapshots — dayspringmontessori @ 3:31 pm

Our children enjoy singing, dancing, and playing with instruments here at Dayspring.

Our Directress shares her music abilities through various activities.  She is a certified Orff instructor, so she knows how to teach musical notes and instruments to our children as well!

Singing together in one voice

Singing together in one voice

Train, train, go train!

Train, train, go train!

Let's do the train motion!

Let’s do the train song and motion!

and clap and sing

Can you clap to the beat?

~Jack be nimble, Jack be quick~

~Jack be nimble, Jack be quick~

Play some drumsticks today with Ms. Karis~

Play some rhythm sticks with the Directress~

Ta Ta Tee Tee Ta

Ta Ta Tee Tee Ta

Ta Ta Ta Ta

Ta Ta Ta Ta

Toddlers join for singing, too!

Toddlers join for singing, too!

Let's add some percussion to our melody.

Let’s add some percussion to our melody.

S. plays the beat for us.

SI plays the beat for us.

Now, SA is learning how to do our bass percussion!

Now, SA is learning how to do the bass xylophone!

Swirl and beat to the music!

Swirl and beat to the music!

Swirling to the step dance music.

Swirling as you step dance!

Step towards the middle of the rug!  Step back to the line!

Step towards the middle of the rug! Step back to the line!

Children ages 4-6 receive recorder lessons.

Children ages 4-6 receive recorder lessons.

And our learning continues...

And our learning continues…to another fun-filled day at Dayspring!