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Monday, March 30, 2015

Who says the study of the periodic table is boring? The students are learning that as scientists uncover new and different information, they change their ideas of how the model of an atom must look.  Using the Bohr model, the students choose an element from the periodic table and create its atom.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Brain Tricks

The Lower El and Kindergarten students have begun exploring the brain!  We are learning how it works, the tricks we can play on it, ways we can encourage it to adapt and grow to face new challenges.

We decided to "trick" our brains in to compensate for a disability.  We taped our fingers together and went about our afternoon work time without the use of our fingers.

At the end of the day when we released our fingers, a new pathway has been formed in our brains.

The children grew in their problem solving skills and ability to be aware of activities.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lower El Update

While a blustery winter seemed to drag on and kept us indoors many days, it did not stop the work or fun in lower elementary!

  •  We started units on Africa and the human body.
  • Many of our students participated in the Science Expo, presenting living biographies and science experiments and demonstrations.  

  • We learned about plants and began an experiment to find out which part of the root carries the water up to the rest of the plant.
  • We went to see the play Willy Wonka at the Civic Theater.  
  •  We celebrated Valentine’s Day and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday.  Did you know that he was born 111 years ago? We discovered that green scrambled eggs, without ham, taste just as great as regular scrambled eggs especially when you have helped to make them! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014


my mommy has a baby and I am so excited

The books the students read for Literary always generate great ideas for end projects. These students read A Cricket in Times Square, a book published in 1960, that has stood the test of time. The pictures feature Tucker Mouse or a dinner the main character, Mario, attended in Chinatown.


Community service is an important part of our community at Montessori Academy. All students participate in community service activities and events throughout the year. Community service exists at several levels:  helping an individual, helping in the classroom or helping in our school community.  Students also learn to be a part of the global community and share their time and abilities to help others.

Many of our community service projects are initiated by the students who have carefully chosen organizations that they feel very passionate about supporting.  This year our Lower Elementary chose to collect gifts for children at Memorial Hospital.  The lower elementary students made fleece blankets and collected toys.   

Lower Elementary Winter Gala & Holiday Fun

The lower elementary students have been participating in some special December activities.  At the beginning of the month each of the students helped to make ten fleece blankets that are being donated to patients at Memorial Children’s Hospital.  

​Last Wednesday, December 10, many of the students and their families attended the first lower elementary Winter Gala. Everyone listened to stories, shared a snack of delicious treats provided by the parents, and played several games. From the challenge of trying to draw a snowman on a paper held on top of their heads, to dancing the reindeer pokey, or to trying to pass the hot cocoa packet before the music stopped, the families enjoyed spending time with our lower elementary community.

During the past week the students have had fun creating gifts for their parents and making greeting cards to accompany the gifts.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The students in Room 106 have been very pleased to welcome special visitors into our classroom. In the past two weeks we have had both Grandparents/Special Visitors’ Day and our cultural morning to share what the students have learned in their researches about the countries of South America.  Grandparent’s Day gave our students the opportunity to share their classroom and school environment with their grandparents and other special visitors. They were excited to show the work that they are doing and demonstrate how to use the materials. It also provided us with an ideal time to practice making introductions as the students introduced their grandparents to their friends and teachers. 

Our South American cultural morning was a celebration of all of the work our students had done in researching a country.  Each student prepared a poster of the country that they had researched. They practiced reading their note cards to one another with older students coaching the first year students who were giving their first big presentation.  On Thursday all of the students very proudly presented their research posters to their parents and classmates before enjoying tasting the foods that each student brought to represent their countries.  The students are already looking forward to the next time that we will welcome visitors to our classroom!