October 2, 2018 Dear Bergamo Community, My name is Cole Arnold and I am a student in the San Gabriel class. I’m forming a team for S.F.B.F.S (Sacramento Food Bank and Family… Read More
Head Teacher & Montessori Guide
Every morning Nido children sit together for snack, Toddler Community sets the table for lunch, and Primary Communities enjoy many different food preparation activities, cutting a fresh vegetable or fruit or baking bread. Elementary children are now making their own lunches reflecting the information they are learning about nutrition, and their plates are so tempting – we thought you might like to have a peek!
One of our Lower Elementary traditions is Halloween Heroes. These are small oral reports presented in the first person by each student portraying a chosen hero.
Sometimes I write a list of the lesson that were given so that you can get a glimpse into what’s been going on. Each child has not received each of these lessons, nor have I listed them all.
This week we were gifted with the most gorgeous, fresh tomatoes from Sophia’s family garden, so we made salsa. It was very well received and I was actually a bit surprised.
We made beet dip. We talked a lot about beets being maligned due to their unattractive exterior. We noticed all the bad stuff about them. “They’re hairy.” “They smell like dirt.” “They look like fat carrots.”
I have set dates for our Sierra Nevada community social activities for the first part of the school year. Please put them in your calendar so that you can attend as many as possible. These social activities are a great time for all members of the Sierra Nevada families to get to know one another and for the children to have you visit their “home away from home”.
In the Elementary classroom, we purposefully do not give children all of the answers to their questions, but do our best as guides to peak their interests and guide them to find the answers for themselves. In this same vein, we strive to have a few good books and materials in the classroom – just enough to feed their curiosity, but they are by no means exhaustive. Because children at this stage of development are starting to become interested in the wider world, we encourage them to go out into it.
Be assured that I have no need for every child to be able to cook, although that is the main place to start for a healthy adult lifestyle, but all the skills brought about by cooking are related and support more academic work such as holding a pencil (the strength to squeeze a lemon), prioritizing, time management, safety with sharp tools etc.
“…I haven’t quite put my finger on it yet, but right now I can say that it was one of the best first weeks of school I have ever had.”