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Friday, September 12, 2014


Ask the UE students about the DEADLY GLOW experiments that they have been conducting.

After Camp Eberhart, we learned about invisible ultra violet rays from the sun. How can we protect ourselves from them?

Using uv beads, the students enjoyed coming up with many new “What If” imaginative ideas to test the beads and see if and when ultra violet rays are reaching them. Experimenting with ways to block the sun rays was very imaginative and successful. Predictions were flying everywhere! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

6 + 1 Traits of Writing Lessons

The Lower Elementary students are enjoying participating on the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing Lessons.

Our lessons use picture books to model good writing and provide our students with fun writing experiences.  What a better way to inspire our young writers than by celebrating he design, illustration and words of fine literature?
Currently, we are learning to generate ideas. The trait of ideas deals with the heart of the piece of writing. What is the topic?  Is the topic narrow enough so that the writer can be specific with lots of good details?  Is the topic interesting, and does the writer have knowledge or experience on that topic to make the writing come alive?  

Young writers do not always think they have strong ideas for writing.  As we read the pictures books together, we talk about the writer's idea and how often a simple idea became an inspiration for the book.  The children learn to see they can use the ideas in the picture books as springboards for ideas in their own pieces. 

Each month, we will introduce a new trait.       

The six traits are:
1.  Ideas
2.  Organization
3.  Voice
4.  Word Choice
5.  Sentence Fluency
6.  Conventions

Friday, September 5, 2014

107 Ground Rules

There is a huge misconception that Montessori means that the children are free to do whatever they choose and that the class is not structured.  This is not the case at all!  That would be complete chaos and how would anything get accomplished?!  It really comes down to those ground rules!
The children are free to choose the work that they do as long as they are following the ground rules and there is structure created by these ground rules. 
In our classrooms the children developed the classroom ground rules.  Such as

1.  We use inside voices
2.  Be kind and respectful.

3.  Be a good role model always

News from 106

Last week was a busy and exciting time in Room 106. The students made new friends and reconnected with classmates as the new first year and the returning second and third year were together for the first time. Our new students were each given an older buddy to help them navigate in the school environment. The students got to know each other a little better as the first few students presented their “getting to know me” sharing, a small collection of items that tell about their interests.

Another daily highlight for our students was joining their friends in Room 107 for the presentation of the five Great Lessons. These Montessori lessons are given at the start of each school year and open the area of the curriculum for further exploration and study.  The students enjoyed the lessons and the follow-up activities. After the first lesson the students used oil pastels to draw their impressions of the beginning of the universe on black paper. Many students chose to draw volcanoes. After the lesson on what makes humans special the students traced their hands and wrote several words to tell what they love inside of the hand.  Inspired by the history of writing, the students created their own messages on paper from brown paper bags. After they crumpled the paper it resembled the animal skins that people used before the invention of paper.

We are looking forward to many more exciting weeks of learning.

Submitted by: Mrs. Reynolds & Ms. Sonia

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Camp Eberhart

A wonderful time was had by the Upper Elementary at Camp Eberhart this year. We participated in rock climbing, lake communities, animal tracking as well as water and beach activities.​

Friday, August 8, 2014

Festival of Banners

Congratulations to TMA's 6 Festival of Banners finalists!

The Festival of Banners takes place in Downtown South Bend, with over 400 entries for the 2014 banners, 80 were chosen to be on display in downtown South Bend, 6 of which were drawn by TMA students.

  • Olivia Borysiak
  • Grace Brennan
  • Charlotte Worland
  • Emily Yoder
  • Kevin Cousins
  • Matthew Delano

Early spring each artist drew a banner depicting the theme: HOMEGROWN, once the 80 banners to display were chosen, the artists were set up with studio time to paint their canvas banner at SBMA.  

1st place: youth

Check them out at ARTBEAT:
Saturday, August 16 12:00-8:00

Banners are on display through October 14. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014