Sunday, October 30, 2011

Christmas Ideas

Tired of buying plastic junk that your children HAVE to have for Christmas? Here are some alternative's. :)

Fat Brain Toys

For Small Hands

Saturday, October 1, 2011

How much sleep does your child need?

Bedtime is the one, non-negotiable thing at our house. In class it is very easy to tell when a child did not get enough sleep the night before. They come in with puffy and/or glassy eyes, and have a difficult time focusing the entire day.
In a study of 74 six- to twelve-year-olds, researchers found that the children generally had more trouble with their schoolwork and more attention problems during the week when they stayed up late each night.  The study, published in the medical journal Sleep, included healthy grade-schoolers without sleep or academic problems. During one week, they followed their normal sleep routine, with younger children getting about 10 hours each night and older children getting 8 to 9 hours. On another week, the children stayed up later than usual and got only 6.5 to 8 hours of sleep, depending on their age. On a third week, all of the children followed an "optimized" sleep schedule and got no fewer than 10 hours of sleep per night. (Source:  SLEEP Dec. 2005)

According to one study, an optimized sleep schedule consisted of no fewer than 10 hours of sleep per night. Okay, so let's back into that time frame.  Your child starts school at 8:30 am. You need to leave the house at 8:15  She needs a good hour to really wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed and feed the dog.
If you wake her up at 7:00 am, she needs to be asleep no later than 9:00 pm.  Many children don't fall asleep the minute their head hits the pillow. That said, a bed time of 8:00 pm or 8:30 pm is by no means unreasonable.

Even if your child lies in bed for 20-30 minutes before falling asleep, this is good downtime and helps them to know that they do not constantly need to be on the go. Being left alone with one's own thoughts is good for kids too!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Lizzie The Bearded Dragon

This is our class pet. The children love to watch her eat. We'll do more research and reports on her during our level 1 Reptile unit.

Our Hopes and Dreams!

This is a project we did the 2nd week of school. It is Our Hopes and Dreams class flag.We talked about what we wanted to be when we grew up and what it would take to get us there. Hard work and determination. :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Show and Teach

In our room we have a Show and Teach Bag. This bag goes home with one child everyday. When the bag comes home, please help your child choose something that they can share that is NOT a toy, (stuffed animals are okay). Things they can share; trophies, awards, collections, photos, books, etc. Help your child think of 3 facts about their item. If possible please allow for your child to keep their item on the shelf in the classroom for one day. This allows the children to get a better look at the item and encourages discussion. Some children want to bring pets. I have asked them to wait until the next rotation to do so and we can make special accomodations at that time.

Schedule for this Show and Teach Rotation

29 -Truman
30 - Tess
31 - Strider

1 - Ryson
2 - Ryan
5 - Nick
6 - Morgan
7 - McKane
8 - Luke
9 - Lance
12 - Kamryn
13 - Jonah
14 - Hannah
15 - Garrett
16 - Dylan
19 - CJ
20 - Bryson
21 - Brooks
22 - Avery
23 - Austin
26 - Aubrey
27 - Anda
28 - Addy Mae
29 - Abish
30 - Abby

Dates are subject to change slightly based on child's forgetfulness to bring their item on scheduled day or on unforseen circumstances that may occur in the classroom that prohibit the show and teach time during a particular day. Please do not send the show and teach item with your child unless the bag comes home. We are promoting responsiblity, independence and flexibility.

Our Room

Language Area on the far wall

Cultural (zoology, botany, history and geography) Area on the left, Kitchen on the right

Math Area
More Math Area
Missing only the best part.....The CHILDREN! 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I Love this poem

While the content of this poem is related to the primary (3-6 year old) classroom the essential idea fits any age Montessori classroom. ENJOY! :)

Today I did my math and science.
I toasted bread, halved and quartered, counted, measured, and used my eyes, ears and hands.
I added and subtracted on the way.
I used magnets, blocks and memory tray.
I learned about a rainbow and how to weigh.
So please don't say -


You see, I'm sharing as I play, to learn to listen and speak clearly when I talk
to wait my turn and when inside to walk.
To put my words into a phrase, to find my name and write it down.
To do it with a smile and not to frown, to put my pasting brush away.
So please don't say -


I learned about a snail and a worm.
Remembered how to take my turn.
Helped a friend when he was stuck.
Learned that water runs off a duck.
Looked at words from left to right.
Agreed to differ, not to fight.
So please don't say -


Yes, I played the whole day through.
I played to learn the things I do,
I speak a problem, find a clue and work out for myself just what to do.
My teachers set the scene, and stay near-by to help me when I really try.
They are there to pose the problems, and to help me think.
I hope they will keep me floating and never let me sink. All of this is in my head and not in my bag.
It makes me sad to hear you say -


When you attended your meeting today and do your work I will remember not to say to you -


- author unknown

Friday, July 1, 2011

Field Day Pictures

Field Day was a little chilly but the children didn't mind! We had a great time and all felt like we needed a nap afterward! (You can click on any of the pictures to make them larger to see).
Blob Tag!

Cup and Bowl Race!


Ms. Kacee's Class VS. Ms. Jill's Class

3 legged races!


Hello Families! I hope you are all having a great summer! I've created this blog to help keep you up to date about what is going on in your child's classroom. I also hope to be able to share links to fun stuff I find that will help you help you and your child be successful in the Montessori environment. I am new to the blogging world but trying to learn quickly. Please let me know if there is information you would like or questions you may have.  We have a great group of kids! Thanks for sharing them with us!.
Love, Ms. Kacee and Ms. Cindy