"To assist a child, we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely." Dr. Maria Montessori
PRIMARY WEEKLY CALENDAR
PRIMARY WEEK 2 APRIL 6 - 9 CALENDAR MCDC.pdf
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Today's Lesson with Ms. Jen
Ms. Jen was excited to see every one this morning! The children sang their good morning song, recited their Pledge of Allegiance, read the calendar, and counted the days in English and Spanish.
Today's lesson was about fruit. Ms. Jen asked the children what kinds of fruit they have at home. She also asked the children to look at their store bought fruit and locate the country or US state where their fruit came from.
She also talked about a famous French artist and Post-Impressionist artist named Paul Cezanne. Paul Cezanne did many still life paintings of fruit. For today's project, she asked the children if they could make a fruit arrangement and either do a painting or coloring of their fruit arrangement.
Share with us your fruit artwork by emailing it to our school or our primary email!
Primary students are used to a schedule that looks like this. You can create something similar at home to create a routine for children.
Self care, care of their surroundings, rotating through activities, one at a time based on availability.
Set up, enjoy and clean snack, outside playtime and exploration, songs, and story reading.
Set up, enjoy, and clean up lunch
Nap for younger ones. Quiet reading time. After reading time, continue with learning activities.
Snack, more activities, outdoor playtime and exploration, reading books
MONTESSORI AT HOME
To get the most advantage of Montessori At-Home, you may set up your house similar to a Montessori school. There are designated areas in a classroom. In your home, you can designate an area for reading, doing Montessori work, and playing. This can be set up in a living room, creating a triad so the child can move from one area throughout the day.
Reading Corner - This is for quiet reading time, when your child wants to take a rest (just wait and see). Put a chair in an area with a basket or box of a few selected books that you can alternate per week. If you don't have a small child's chair, you can use a mat or a blanket to lay on the floor. Add a few pillows, a basket or box of a few chosen books.
Work Area- As you gather materials for your child to work at home, have a small shelf your child can easily access. Put a small plant, a wooden figurine and a small picture frame. These items can be used for polishing work. All you need is a small box lid with 2-3 cotton balls. Box lids or shallow boxes are great for separating items if you don't have small trays. Do not clutter the work shelf. Put about 3-5 activities at a time and replace weekly. Have a box lid with your child's pencil or crayons for work time.
Play area - This this used for creativity. where you can designate a small table and 2 boxes you can use as a shelf. One box to put your child's art supplies (crayons, coloring books, no paints), and the other box for a few selected toys. After using the things, remind your child to return the items in their own homes. Cleaning up will be fun when you sing the "clean up time song". (Clean up time, clean up time. Everybody clean up, clean up time.) Song is sang to Frere Jacques melody.
For eating and cleaning, use the table your child uses for eating (dining table) and set an area in the kitchen where your child can access a small dustpan and brush and a cleaning cloth.
Wait and see. Be patient. Once you create these areas, you will notice that your child will navigate with ease, doing the activities you have set out for him or her. This is satisfies the child's sensitive period for order. You do not have to put on the tv or ipad. As with younger children, we try to limit screen time . Use that at the end of the day.
DAILY SCHEDULE (sample daily schedule to help create a daily routine for your child. )
8:00 – Getting Ready to start school
Wake up, wipe face, get dressed, and put away pajamas.
Setting the table for breakfast. Have your child help with table setting and cleaning up after eating.
Designate areas for reading, doing Montessori work, and playing. Set aside some time for your child to interact with your child's teacher.
10:00 - MORNING GREETING - Zoom CLASS TIME is a 15 minute interaction with your child's teacher/s and other students. If you miss it, a recording can be accessed the following day via email.
10:30 - ACADEMIC TIME Practical Life/ Daily lessons, and Work time. (videos are to assist parents with lessons and ideas for activities.)These lessons will help develop routines and independence.
Pre- K Practice reading your level words and sight words (click puzzle cards to print a copy).
Emerging Readers - Practice reading reader booklets'
11:30 CREATIVE TIME –Indoor playtime with child's toys, looking at books, coloring, arts and crafts,and story time.
12:00 – LUNCH TIME, potty time/diaper change
Outdoor time (Outdoors if it’s warm. Walks, play in yard, gather flowers, listen to outdoor sounds.)
1:00 – Naptime/ Quiet reading time for non-nappers
2:30 – Potty time, Snack time, afternoon fresh air
3:00 – Playtime/fun time
4:00 – Story time
5:00 – Shower and Playtime
6:00 – Dinner
7:00 – Family Time (Movies or games)
ROOM 1 MS. MONIQUE AND MS. CRESCA
ROOM 2 MS. JEN AND MS. MARIA
ROOM 3 MS. HAIDEE AND MS. ADRIANA