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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.

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End of Summer Camp August 8, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — dayspringmontessori @ 4:30 pm

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!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

An Extraordinary Ordinary Time in March March 19, 2014

Filed under: Projects — dayspringmontessori @ 3:54 pm

Every Wednesday, Dayspring children get to have special ballet class and do warm-ups and moves using fun songs and movements.

It's ballet time.  Children follow the ballet teacher in warm-ups.

It’s ballet time. Children follow the ballet teacher in warm-ups.

Everyone's eyes and ears are attentive as they follow the movement.

Everyone’s eyes and ears are attentive as they follow the movement.

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Please line up to receive your handkerchief.

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Children are excited to use the colorful handkerchief and dance.

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Are you ready?

Gracefully and beautifully...with control and subtleness

Gracefully and beautifully…with control and subtleness

The children are able to exercise coordination and concentration as they hone their skills in balancing, twirling, bending knees, and coordinating ballet movements into a song.  The dance the children are doing with the handkerchief is especially beautiful for they become entranced with the story of the music (about searching for a “rose”, finding it, and being so supremely happy that they twirl and toss the “rose”).

In Music class, the children have begun to sing two special songs using 4 different kinds of xylophones.  These songs will be sung by all the children as 4 xylophones are being played.  These songs, in addition to piano performances, and choir songs will be displayed in our upcoming Spring Sing Ceremony in May 2014.

Ta Ta Tee Tee Ta...let's see who can follow the beats!

Ta Ta Tee Tee Ta…let’s see who can follow the beats correctly!

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Every xylophone player will have different parts to play for the song.

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“Who would like to try this xylophone?”

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Making an orchestrated music as we add more xylophone parts

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And now, the full xylophone band! Each child plays a special beat that is different from the rest, creating harmonious melodies.

Also, we can always bring in a special item that we’ve earned or caught over the weekend!  A child who went ice fishing brings back his prize to share to the rest of the class.

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“Wow, what is this that you have brought for Show and Tell?”

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The size of the fish is so long, the directress slowly brings it sideways.

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The child shares who, what, where, when, why, and how as he holds up his trophy.

Look at that trophy! Everyone stares at it in wonder.

Look at the prize trophy! Everyone stares at it in wonder.

Daily Project Time is always an opportunity to create, learn, and exercise the skills they are mastering.

For project time, the children learn to sew using paper and yarn.

For today’s project time, the children learn to sew using paper and yarn.

What a great way to hone their fine motor skills!

What a great way to hone their fine motor skills!

Every day is an extraordinary day for Dayspring Montessori.  We constantly encourage finding new discoveries, as well as mastering the materials presented to us.  As Maria Montessori quotes, “Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.”