The children are diligently practicing for the play in spite of my regular interruptions with offers of new lessons and reminders to follow-up with old lessons.
Head Teacher & Montessori Guide
All the world’s a stage in the Oak Room! If you read last week’s bulletin you saw our drum circle with Mamadou Traore. Mamadou is teaching me to play the djembe. He kindly brought in enough instruments for almost every child in Oak and Eucalyptus. As a side note, he was very impressed with how many countries in Africa the children were able to name.
Everyone’s favorite lessons from last week were learning how to make small, spiral booklets and learning how to identify scat from animals found throughout Yolo County.
I introduced a small group of children to coordinating conjunctions and, as a result, Keira is now busy writing the world’s longest sentence.
This week I gave a lesson on the ancient city of Uruk, considered to be the first true city in the world. (It was located in the southern region of Sumer — modern day Warka, Iraq). A small group of children are now recreating the city with leftover lumber and cardboard.
What do garden bugs, simple circuits, and the Iron Age have in common? The answer is that research on ladybugs and grubs from the garden, creating a variety of simple circuits from our new classroom kits, and a renewed interest in the history materials were popular work choices.
We’ve continued our exploration of Newton’s Laws of Motion by conducting experiments related to the second law. At the end of the experiment, they declared that it was not as interesting as the first and third law. They’re a tough crowd.
Our weekly writing prompt was – If you had $100 and could only buy things that start with the first letter of your name, what would you buy? The children came up with many interesting responses. What would you buy?
There are no shortage of books and articles advising us that our digital native children are becoming addicted, detached, or distracted by their digital devices, or, alternately, that this technology is offering children new opportunities for creativity and broader, positive, social engagement. Regardless of our own point of view about the use of technology, our children need our guidance to navigate it’s use.
Some of the lessons this week included positive and negative space, different ways of combining solutions and mixtures, phases of the moon…