Saguaro Week in Review: January 21-24
This week we decided to push forward with our spelling words, despite not having our usual Monday start. I have seen such improvement since we began this practice, and the students have, too. In fact, one of the 2nd years who missed a couple words on her pretest on Tuesday was able to score 100% on Friday after having a few extra days of practice with her list. Not only was I proud of her for her commitment, but more importantly, she was proud to see the correlation between her efforts from the beginning of the week to the end of the week. Practice makes progress! This spelling study is another tool we use to help develop accountability and organization as well. It’s a win-win all around!
The 1st years worked on the Rectangular Box in Geometry this week, a material that was familiar to them from a sensorial perspective in Primary/Kinder. In the Second Plane, however, they are learning to use this material to identify the names of shapes formed by the various triangles. They learned about the different names of the triangles used, the attributes of the different shapes formed, and were able to use knowledge from previous lessons (like “The Friendship Story”) to make deeper connections.
Before winter break, the 3rd years learned about fraction equivalencies (i.e. 1/2=2/4). This week we took that concept even further (below). There were many light bulb moments during these lessons as they began to see patterns and recognize the correlation between fractions and multiplication. This is a challenging work, but it is one that tickles their brains in the best way!
Our Cultural areas of the classroom (History, Geography, Botany, Zoology) have been inexplicably overlooked over the last few weeks, so we challenged each student to dust off the figurative dust bunnies this week. Low and behold, there are some amazing works in these areas! The renewed interest made for some very peaceful afternoons of work (below) which I hope will carry through in the weeks ahead.
HELP WANTED! Are you, or someone in your family, a proficient sewer/seamstress? Would you like to help our Friday Sewing Circle with embroidery and quilting? Or would you like to lend your cutting skills to prepare fabric at home? We have a great population of stitching enthusiasts in our Saguaro community, and as much as I would love to just stitch along with them all day long (truly, I would!), I’d love to invite outside help. Please email me directly with the subject line SEWING CIRCLE if you would like to help.
Happy wishes to you in this beautiful last week of January!
Mark Your Calendars!
Jan 27: Spring Clubs Start
Feb 1: STEM Fest/Learning Celebration 9-12am Power Campus
Feb 4: Montessori Meet and Greet (additional info to come!)
Feb 5: Spring Class Picture
Feb 17: No School
Feb 26: Half- Day 11:15am Dismissal
Feb 29: A Night in Atlantis Fundraiser (see below for additional info)
A Night in Atlantis Fundraiser
Through the years we have traveled from fashion shows to A Night in Paris, celebrated at the Montessori Golden Globes, and now we take you on a grand adventure to: A Night in Atlantis, February 29th at 7:00 pm. Please join us for a beautiful night in the magical underwater Atlantis Kingdom, full of music, fine food, drink, and art created by your favorite Montessori students.
Tickets for the event go on sale January 6th and are $35.00 for General Admission and $60.00 for VIP Seating. VIP tickets include printed pictures of your student(s) taken at a themed photo shoot, plus reserved seating, complete with a bottle of wine.
Want to help? We are looking for the following items:
- Children who want to preform and share their talents during the evening (If interested, contact Mrs. Heller at: BHeller@santancs.com)
- Old pool noodles
- White Christmas lights (White lights on white strings are the best!)
- Clear plastic bulbs
- LARGE cardboard boxes –T.V. or appliances boxes