Performers and beautifully decorated tables at the International Dinner.
Fayetteville Montessori would like to extend it’s warmest thanks for all who attended and helped at this year’s International Dinner. It was such a successful, fun event that the children enjoy so much. It would not have been possible without our great parents and students, faculty members, and members of the administration. We would also like to thank Owl Creek Elementary for providing such a convenient and unique location.
If you were taking pictures throughout the event, we would like to see them! Please send your pictures or videos to Lindsey Walker at email@example.com, or bring them by the office. Thank you!
Agnes Omar from Kenya visited all classes last Thursday, and shared many heirlooms from her home. She told stories of her childhood and explained common modes of transportation in Africa. It was such a special opportunity for students to learn more about her homeland and about Africa in general. Agnes let the students interact with a traditional broom, handmade necklaces and headbands, dresses, handmade wooden animals, and woven baskets! Thank you, Agnes, for extending your experience to our students.
Agnes Omar in our primary classes.
This Month at Montessori…
Fayetteville Montessori staff members want you to know what’s been going on in their classrooms: Language, Science, and Math!
Our smallest students have been loving their time outside! The weather certainly brings out the smiles, but playing at the water table was definitely the highlight of the week!
Infants enjoy outside time with friends, play at the water table, take pictures for Mother’s Day, and have fun with bubbles!
Toddlers have been counting everything! Whether it’s during the work period or on an afternoon walk, these children are counting coins, blocks, fingers and toes, friends in class, and mushrooms!
Toddlers work at stringing beads, inserting coins through a slot, and with blocks. They also enjoyed taking a stroll down the street, spotting interesting pieces of nature!
Early primary classes have been planting various seeds in the classroom. The gardening process is a fascinating way for young students to get to know the parts of a plant and the function of each part, as well as the soil. These students especially loved digging out big scoops and getting their hands dirty! In math, early primary classes are also busy counting! They count the days during calendar time and the friends that came to school that day. Teachers have also been counting by twos, fives, and tens to promote number pattern recognition. During International Dinner Prep, students became well-acquainted with counting in a foreign language, practicing everyday!
Students match the number of blocks to the numbers under the pegs and enjoy gardening!
Primary classes worked so hard to prepare for the International Dinner, but still made time for some serious Montessori work. Maria Montessori believed that students should be able to work at their own pace and on work they have chosen themselves. That being said, many of our students are working on separate math lessons: strip board addition, bead stair addition, teen and seguin boards, cards and counters, and many others. Students are also working on handwriting and reading as often as possible. Seen below, the sandpaper letters are an excellent tool for learning sounds, as well as how to write them.
Primary students practice writing numbers, reassemble strips from strip board addition, show off their sounds, work together on the teen board, and take pride in neat, orderly work!
Early elementary students have been discussing many facets of time recently. As one class studied England, they discovered Big Ben and the Greenwich Mean Time. Lessons began on breaking down the big chunks of time: years, months, and weeks. Then they began counting out the smaller chunks of time: days, hours, minutes, and seconds. Both England and Scotland (EE1′s country of choice) have long, detailed histories, so students discussed and created timelines. Also in math, students have been receiving a fun new lesson: snake game! This lesson helps children better understand the concept of remainders.
Early elementary students play snake game, listen to peers read, turn paper into Lochness monsters, and show off their brachiosaurus pets!
Elementary students put on very impressive performances Saturday! Elementary Earth counted to twenty in Finnish, while Elementary 2 recited a lovely Mongolian poem. During the work period, students had the exciting opportunity to discuss some of the collection pieces in the elementary building in depth. They observed a large Indian starfish and a preserved eel, as well as many other interesting underwater animals. During the month of May, elementary classes have been studying dinosaurs! They broke down dinosaur names and learned what each word meant. For example, the word dino means terrible, while the word saur means lizard. They experimented with many different variations and sketched their creations.
Elementary students paint the play house, listen to a science lecture given by Ms. Vicki, and explore scientific dinosaur lingo!
Mark your Calendar!
May 18 International Dinner
May 27 Memorial Day–No School
June 3 First Day of Summer Session
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