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Montessori Elementary News March 2016

Another yarn bomb has dropped! Check out our latest installation in the playground. Stand under the “pom-pom tree” and you can’t help but smile! Soft balls of bright color bob gently in the breeze, bringing a spot of cheer and early spring. Pom-poms were created and hung by elementary children.  The Willow class is on a voyage through the Asian continent. Students are greatly enjoying the Biomes of Asia materials. These beautifully colored cards introduce […]

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Montessori Elementary News February 2016

Montessori Elementary News February 2016

The tadpoles are healthy and growing! We are excited to watch them get bigger and change every day. We have about 50 tadpoles. They will grow into African Clawed Frogs, or Xenopus laevis. Xenopus are frogs that are completely aquatic as adults. They will have lungs, but spend all their time underwater. The females grow to be bigger than the males. They are a fun addition to our Willow Room Zoo! The Willow Room has […]

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Willow Peek at the Week

Willow Peek at the Week
Dear Parents, I'm very excited for next week's family event, Montessori for Kindergarten and Elementary. Bring your friends, and spread the word about Montessori! We need to build a strong elementary class for next year! Let us know if you'd like to talk at the event about your experience in Montessori vs. public school. If you missed the Silent Journey, this event will have a lot of similarities. Participants will havethe unique opportunity to try [...]Read more

Elementary News May 2015

Elementary News May 2015

Dear Willow Families, The month of April started with a few April Fool jokes. A bit of levity is always welcome. There was much preparation and anticipation for our first Science Fair in the classroom. The results were wonderful, each student explaining to the passersby, the details, procedure and their hypothesis. Hopefully, you saw the poster of pictures and the photos posted on Facebook. Aligning with our quest for more scientific knowledge, we delved into the […]

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Montessori Elementary Newsletter March 2015

Montessori Elementary Newsletter March 2015

Looking back on the last month through the pages of the lesson planner, there are many filled sections with lessons, ideas, observations and reminders. It was a full three weeks of external and internal parts of birds, including feathers, and great memories of our visit from the owls and dissection of pellets. This was another hands on experience with all the ooohs and ahhhs and eeeks! We spent a whole work cycle on February 3rd dedicating it to Math […]

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Montessori Elementary News February 2015

Montessori Elementary News February 2015

January Happenings Our Montessori elementary students returned from their December time off ready to get back to routine. They looked forward to the Oops sentences work. That appropriately named because there are several errors in each sentence, usually containing a students name, to be corrected and rewritten. The older students chose a biography to read and take notes from their reading, in order to produce a timeline of events for that famous person. The first year students joined in a group and compiled […]

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Montessori Elementary News January 2015

Montessori Elementary News January 2015

              Dear Parents, Midyear reflection is here again. It all flies so quickly past, but looking through my planning book and rereading all the Montessori Compass notes, gives me a sense of how far we have come through these short fleeting months. Each child possessing daily personal accomplishments, and the elementary class itself  is becoming a community. In December, we spent some time developing our memorization skills. This was done by practicing songs and […]

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Preschool & Kindergarten News January 2015

Preschool & Kindergarten News January 2015

            Happy New Year to all of our friends and family at the Children’s Tree Montessori School! The month of December kept us very busy and productive. Along with our preschool and Kindergarten curriculum studies, we also spent time learning about the different December holiday celebrations. Thank you so much to John Meisel and his family for making dreidels to share with the Cedar room, as well as teaching us about Hanukkah. […]

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Elementary News November 2014

Elementary News November 2014

The month of October brought us a sense of “now I know where that goes, what I am supposed to be doing, and I am liking this Willow Room” feeling. The students have been out of this world…great as humans and studying the universe. Planet research, independent projects on galaxies and black holes were explored. A favorite has been to receive the coveted purple constellation star gazing bag. Each child is scheduled to take a turn to star gaze, record their […]

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Primary News October 2014

Primary News October 2014

“What we need is a world full of miracles, like the miracle seeing the young child seeking work and independence, and manifesting a wealth of enthusiasm and love.” ~ Maria Montessori Dear Primary Parents, The Cedar and Oak rooms have both had wonderful starts to the school year!  The children are engaged with each other and their work.  We have a very independent, capable, and industrious group of young children this year.  We are focused […]

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