September in the Michelangelo Classroom


The Michelangelo Class
News Notes
I am thrilled to be back at The Cherry Blossom Montessori School. Your children are already becoming active participants in their own learning. Watching them move from the concrete world to a more conscious level of thinking in the abstract is magical for me. Every day they amaze me with their expanding awareness of the world and eagerness to be a contributing member of society.
They are an extraordinary group of children and it is my good fortune to be part of their lives.
This month Mrs. Burlew and I have focused on: building community and trust, critical thinking skills, establishing routines and academic placement in the core subject areas.   She has been a tremendous help in the classroom and is making it more realistic to give the children additional quality time in areas which they find challenging.  We are all very fortunate to have her as a member of our Cherry Blossom community.
“Since it has been seen to be necessary to give so much to the child, let us give him a vision of the whole universe. The universe is an imposing reality and an answer to all questions. We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity. This idea helps the mind of the child to become fixed, to stop wandering in an aimless quest for knowledge.. He is satisfied, having found the universal center of himself with all things.”  Dr. Maria Montessori in To Educate the Human Potential, pg.9.  Please find time to read your child’s work on, “I am the Universe.”
It has been my experience that the “Great Stories” Dr. Montessori wrote inspire ideals of cooperation, harmony and interdependency in children. Children are sensitive to these ideas as they fire their imaginations. As teachers, we try to show the children how each life form on Earth can live life to its fullest satisfaction, and in doing so, serve the good of the whole as well. We have shared the first two great stories with children; The Singularity and The Coming of Life. They are already doing research, creating outlines and writing paragraphs.
I feel as if we have accomplished a tremendous amount of work in such a short amount of time.  Geometry, mathematics, language arts will all be individualized throughout the year. Our cultural focus will be on Africa. We are all reading the book, A Long Way To Water by Linda Sue Parks.
It is written in a mesmerizing dual narrative about two eleven year old children in the Country of Sudan. It shows us that in a very troubled country, determined survivors may find the future they are hoping for. I invited the children to go without lunch one day in order to experience hunger. This was just a suggestion which they do not have to do. We will be doing a fund raiser for Water for Sudan, Inc. this autumn. It will provide a well for a needed village in the Sudan.
Mrs. Kitchen will be working with the children every Monday morning. Our focus for October will be their research for Montessori Model UN. They will be researching the country of Kenya.
A special thank you to the Hansch family for their donation of two class game: Banana Grams and Monopoly!
A special thank you to the Vrabel family for the lovely bouquet of flowers!
A special thank you to the Vallabhaneni family for the delicious spaghetti luncheon. Anish was a very responsible Personality of the Week.
There are helping hand items posted outside the classroom should you be interested.
Thank you.
If you have any artifacts on Africa, we would love to have you share them with the class. Thank you for your support.
 What I loved about school during the month of September:
“I enjoyed starting 6th Grade. My favorite parts were doing I am the Universe and getting elected Class President. I also loved doing art. Even the math seemed fun during the 1st and 2nd weeks of school! The month of September was the best ‘first month of school ever!!’”

“I loved it a lot.  yo!  I mean, what is there not to like about starting 6th grade!”
“I enjoyed 5th grade because we did a lot of challenges activities and I learned new games. I also did a lot of new math, language and some science experiments. I’m really looking forward the rest of school.”
“I enjoyed almost everything because I got to type on my ipad. I also enjoyed the first art class. I think that was an awesome way to start off 5th grade.”
“I enjoyed doing everything because they were all so fun! I’m so glad I have an ipad this year. I was so excited to hear that Ms. Young was coming back!!!!! Also I was happy to hear Ms. Burlew was joining our classroom. That was exciting and fun about September for me!”
“I like 4th grade because Ms. Young is my teacher. We played games like silent ball and jeopardy, it was fun. I liked making new friends in September.”
“I liked the games and yoga and gym so far. I also enjoyed music, art and drama. Anish was our first Personality of the Week! I enjoyed the first personality of the week. He is very interesting and we had a class luncheon which was delicious.”
“I liked that I get to use my ipad. I get to play games and make new friends because I have a wonderful teacher, Ms. Young. I like all of the activities including yoga, art and drama. I think it’s going to be a wonderful year.”
“I like doing the math, writing and listening to stories. I like recess! Personality of the week is fun too. I liked voting for class president.”
Stony Brook Watershed Trip
What a delightful first trip we all experienced! Not only was it informative but “just plain fun!” We started out with our first bus trip. Many thought it was the only way to travel; while others missed the “quiet” and the company of adults who drove us in their cars. Next, we played community building games like Pass the Pulse and Hoola-hoop.  We had the opportunity to get to know our RV Montessori friends a whole lot better. You would have been proud of the positive way your children conducted themselves!
Did you know that it takes 26 gallons of water to grow an ear of corn and that a cow needs to drink three gallons of water to produce 1 gallons of milk? Did you know that we’re drinking the same water that the dinosaurs drank millions of years ago? Learning first-hand about Stony Brook Watershed was very informative. The fact the water is a nonrenewable resource made a big impression on the children. The lessons we will continue to pursue are interdisciplinary with science, English, social studies and have philanthropic components as well; the water cycle, how a watershed works, the importance of water, pollutants and take action through the political process by contacting local governmental agencies concerning protecting their watershed. In order to be a good citizen, one must protect his/her environment and advocate for its protection.
Up and Coming Events
October 3rd -7th              Tyler Vrabel is Personality of the Week
October 4th                     Upper Elementary Class Meeting (7:15-8:15)
October 6t h                    Tyler’s Luncheon
October 7th                      In-Service ½ day of school
October 10th                     No School~ Columbus Day   
October 14th                     Final payment for Echo Hill due
October 19th -21st             Echo Hill
October 21st                      Pumpkin Carving (7:00)
October 26th                     Diwali Celebration (Luncheon) Parents invited
October 31st                       Halloween Celebration (research a famous artist)
                                                More information to come! Parents invited                                                                                                                                                                           

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