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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.

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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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Sm is matching amounts of beads with tens numbers.

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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.

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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.

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” 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.

 

End of Summer Camp August 8, 2014

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Dayspring children have been immersed in nature and enjoying every moment outside, whether it was nature walks, bicycle riding, swimming, or having afternoon snack on a bench.

Children take nature walks with the Directress and find many interesting plants and trees.

Children take nature walks with the Directress and find many interesting plants and trees.

Some look out to the stream and notice many rocks there.

Some look out to the stream and notice many rocks there. Each child picks up a rock and learns that it is a non-living thing. It is also a mineral.

They water the plants and observe the beautiful flowers.

At Dayspring, children take care of the flowers and vegetables in our gardens. They water the plants and observe the beautiful flowers.

They also water the tomatoes and cucumbers.

They also water the tomatoes and other vegetables in the garden.

Are you ready for some watermelon fun?

Are you ready for some watermelon fun? Let’s crack open the watermelon!

Getting in line to get some watermelon for snack.

Getting in line to get some watermelon for snack.

Yummy Yum Yum

Yummy Yum Yum

This summer, the weather has been nice enough for children to have snack outside. It's a picnic gathering for everyone!

This summer, the weather has been nice enough for children to have snack outside. It’s a picnic gathering for everyone!

Observing pine cones

Picking out pine cons and suddenly fascinated by insects on the ground

And what's summer camp without some water splashing fun?

And what’s summer camp without some water splashing fun?

Every Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the children swim and have lots of fun!

Every Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the children swim and have lots of fun!

Lots of smiles!

Some children enjoy laying out in the sun~

During Dayspring Summer Camp, children have also been experiencing many different types of learning through their Montessori work, Orff Music, and afternoon projects.

One child shares a gift to each child after coming back from a trip.

One child shares a gift to each child after coming back from a trip.

Connecting what they saw in nature walk with Montessori cards for Parts of Tree

Connecting what they saw in nature walk with Montessori cards for Parts of Tree

Learning odd and even numbers

Learning odd and even numbers

A Kindergartner learns her fractions.

A Kindergartner learns her fractions.

Children also have Orff Music every Wednesdays.

Children also have Orff Music every Wednesdays.

Let's walk on the line and do the beat!

Let’s walk on the line and do the beat!

For afternoon projects, children get to do various experiments. Here, the child paints half of the paper...

For afternoon projects, children get to do various experiments. Here, the child paints half of the paper…

folds the paper in half, and then opens it out to get a full image of tree.

folds the paper in half, and then opens it out to get a full image of tree (learning symmetry).

Children made flower hats as well.

Children make flower hats as well!

Ribbit, ribbit

Ribbit, ribbit

Look at our jumping frogs!

Look at our jumping frogs!

Instead of using paper, how about drawing on balloons?

Instead of using paper, how about drawing on balloons?

Everyone focuses hard as they draw on balloons (3D object).

Everyone focuses hard as they draw on balloons (3D object).

At Dayspring, children do cooking experiments.  Today, they use ritz crackers, banana, and ice cream to create a delicious dessert.

At Dayspring, children do cooking experiments. Today, they use crackers, banana, and ice cream to create a delicious dessert.

The combination is absolutely delicious!

The combination is absolutely delicious!

And how heavy can a watermelon be?

And how heavy can a watermelon be?

Is it heavier or lighter than....

Is it heavier or lighter than….

Creating projects, discovering new paths, and refining our senses and skills  is what our children have been doing this summer here at Dayspring.

Creating projects, discovering new paths, and refining our senses and skills are what our children have been doing this summer here at Dayspring Montessori.  It has been a fun 9 weeks so far, and we are sad that the end is near.

However, the new 2014-2015 school year is approaching.  We are excited to see how much more our children will grow!

To the end of summer and beginning of a new school year…bring it on!

 

Our Children Are Excited To Learn! October 30, 2013

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September has been a month of getting to know each other, going over classroom rules, and adjusting to the work available in the classroom. As always, we are encouraging children to find order, coordination, concentration, and as a result, independence within themselves.

Here are some of the learning we have been doing so far!

Good morning Dayspring Montessori!  Everyone is gathered for line time.

Good morning Dayspring Montessori! Everyone is gathered for line time.

And now, it's time to celebrate J's 4th birthday the Montessori way!

And now, it’s time to celebrate J’s 4th birthday the Montessori way!

Ms. Karis teaches the children about sound cylinders.

The Directress teaches the children about sound cylinders.

Let's try to match all the cylinders by hearing the intensity of the sounds they make!

Let’s try to match all the cylinders by hearing the different intensity of the sounds they make!

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A. is scrubbing the dinosaur as a part of our practical life work. She is learning how to do the work from start to finish, all by herself.

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W. is beginning to learn how to count. He uses the acorns to create numbers 0-10.

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J. received a presentation from the Directress on geometric shapes. He has understood and memorized the names of the shapes and is now writing it out on paper.

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S. is reviewing the 100 board. She is putting all the numbers in order without help!

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O. is learning how to add using our special beads. He really enjoys doing math work.

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SF is showing SK how to how to add numbers in the thousandths place using the bank game. We always learn from big numbers to small numbers in Montessori schools.

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S. is learning with A. on cube chains. This is work that requires a lot of order, coordination, concentration, and independence.

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And it’s A.’s birthday today! Happy 5th birthday!

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The children are shown of the new changes that occurred in the classroom. The Directress makes sure all the children know where things are in the room.

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M. loves to learn about parts of flowers. Here, she is creating her own pages in order to have it as a book to take home.

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E. is learning about North America map. She loves to know about all the different countries on this continent.

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A. is pasting the various countries he has traced and punched out to create his own South America map poster.

Children receive a presentation on color tablets. They can learn how to grade all the colors in the box!

Children receive a presentation on color tablets. They can learn how to grade all the colors in the box!

Ms. Karis is showing during line time how the globe (3D) and the world map (2D) are the same thing.

The Directress is showing during line time how the globe (3D) and the world map (2D) are the same thing.

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It’s amazing how we can teach this fact using an orange!

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And how do the toddlers learn? E. is building the pink tower the best way she can.

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They work hard in their classrooms, focusing and concentrating on the tasks they are interested in.

Ingrid loves to do water work. She is transferring water using a large sponge.

I. loves to do water work. She is transferring water using a large sponge.

A. and S. are enhancing their fine motor skills/ sensory skills using knobbed cylinders.

A. and S. are enhancing their fine motor skills/ sensory skills using knobbed cylinders.

A. is learning the names of fruit that are represented in the basket.

A. is learning the names of fruit that are represented in the basket.

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During project time, toddlers join the older children and create different crafts.

I. is pasting the pieces of paper she cut onto a green apple.

I. is pasting the pieces of paper she cut onto a green apple.

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Toddlers also join the older children for Pledge of Alligience and My country Tis of Thee.

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We play out in the field and at the park every afternoon.

And M. is turning 2!  Happy Birthday M.!

And M. is turning 2! Happy Birthday M.!

Drawing in front of our school on a nice day. =)

Drawing in front of our school on a nice day. =)