Freedom Montessori » Mrs. Brantley Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:33:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gratitude: Day 5 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:00:03 +0000 Read more]]> Mrs. Brantley:  I’m thankful for Family Trees and the pink tower!!!

Ms. Noah:  I’m thankful for Nature.

Mrs. Cherry:   I’m thankful for my spouse and Saturday mornings when I wake up bright and early for no other reason  than just to talk. We call that throwback Saturday’s, because the oldies but goodies are next.

Ms. Laymon:  I’m thankful for my mom, dad, brothers and sisters!

Ms. Turner: I’m thankful for the Freedom Montessori staff who work tirelessly to nurture and educate our children

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Gratitude: Day 4 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:36:24 +0000 Read more]]>  

Ms. Laymon: I am thankful for Health.

Ms. Turner:  I’m thankful for God’s grace!

Mrs. Brantley:  I am thankful for Malisa Boulware’s halo:) What an awesome friend, mother, TEACHER!!!!

Mrs. Noah:  I’m thankful for the growing partnership between our staff, the students and their parents.

Mrs. Cherry:  I am Thankful for my family.  We are spread so far apart but I love them too the moon and back. Family!

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Gratitude: Day 3 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:22:16 +0000 Read more]]>

appreciativenesswarm friendly feelings of gratitude

Mrs. Cherry:   I appreciate that God continues to give opportunities to make today better than yesterday.

Ms. Noah:  I appreciate the enjoyment I receive from the little things in life.

Mrs. Brantley:  I am very appreciative of the unexpected delivery of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!  Thanks to Aiden’s grandmother-Ms. Moore.

Ms. Laymon:  I appreciate the breathe of life.

Ms. Turner:  I appreciate having a sound mind.

Miss Dawkins:  I am appreciative of my roommates and friends for their guidance everyday!


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Gratitude: Day 2 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:49:54 +0000 Read more]]>

Grateful:  feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.


Ms. Noah: I am grateful for my daughter, Isabella, who is the most giving, caring, and spiritual being!

Mrs. Cherry:   I have much gratitude for each day I am able to touch at least one person’s heart, with a smile, or a word. For me, when one of my students calls my name, gives me a big ole hug, and a smile that’s what I am Thankful for.

 Mrs. Brantley:  I am grateful for French vanilla coffee and fried chicken.

Miss. Dawkins:  I am grateful to be able to have food to eat and a house to sleep in.

Ms. Laymon:  I am grateful for my beautiful and smart children, Cameron and Kacelyn.

Ms. Turner:  I am grateful for love and support from my family and friends.


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Gratitude: Day 1 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:13:03 +0000 Read more]]> With Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, we have been teaching the children about being Thankful for all of the things in their lives.  All of the teachers have many blessings, too.  For the next 7 days, you will see posts about what we are most gracious for.

Mrs. Cherry:   I am full of gratefulness, in my heart knowing that God gives me grace and mercy daily. Thank you, Lord.

Ms. Noah:  I am thankful for the love, support, and spiritual guidance of my family, especially my Mother.

Miss Dawkins:  I am thankful for my family whom is very good to me.

Mrs. Brantley:  I am thankful for Zay Zay, Jazzpooh, and Natboogey!

Ms. Laymon:  I am thankful for my God, my lord and savior.

Ms. Turner:  I am thankful for a blessed life and my son, Devin.


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Friday Encore…. Tue, 13 Oct 2015 18:28:41 +0000 Read more]]> We had a great time observing nature in our sensory garden.  We noticed insects, plants, leaves, roots, dirt, each other, etc.  Then we scooped dirt into a pot to plant part of either a bean or a mum.  Pouring skills were used to water our plants which we were able to take home.

In the gym, we worked together to create a large floor puzzle.  Our cooperation led to a great completed piece!


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Encore: What is that? Thu, 01 Oct 2015 22:24:11 +0000 Read more]]> There were some amazing conversations this afternoon about spiders, hurricanes, plants, chalk, etc.  For our project, we took a bucket of chalk and a bucket of water & paintbrushes outside.  The children tried to determine what would happen if you pressed too hard with chalk, soaked the chalk with water, and how the chalk art would change if we painted water on our art.  It was so fascinating!  We really enjoyed the changes seen.  :)


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Encore: Cooperation Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:55:43 +0000 Read more]]> Everyone held hands and created a circle.  Then, we took turns kicking a ball.  The rules were that if the ball goes in between two people, those people are out, or if the ball goes over someone’s head, the kicker is out.  We worked together to keep a ball inside our circle of friends.  One of our parents joined in the fun, too.

Next, we used various practical life skills to create Moon Sand.  We had to scoop, pour, sift, mix, etc to get the job done!  Everyone liked the texture of the sand, and hopefully will enjoy the final product.


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Handprint leaves….Encore Thu, 24 Sep 2015 18:00:06 +0000 Read more]]> Some of our friends made handprint leaves during Encore.  We talked about the parts of a leaf, and the children made those parts with colored pencils.

They may be able to recognize the following parts of a leaf:

  • the apex
  • the margin
  • the primary vein
  • secondary veins
  • the stem


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Leaves are changing…. Encore Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:28:38 +0000 Read more]]> It is almost Autumn, but the leaves are already changing.  In Encore, we used recyclable materials to make our own Autumn colored tree.  The children enjoyed gluing pom-poms to pine cones.  We had great conversations about Fall and read poems.

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I am an apple…..(Encore) Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:33:54 +0000 Read more]]> We read the book “I am an apple”.  It is about the lifecycle of an apple.   Today we used stamp pads and corks to create our own versions of apple trees.  Then we had our hands painted into different colored apples —some even with worms.   Tomorrow, we will create a tree to put our apples on!  :)


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super readers…. Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:24:38 +0000 Read more]]> Our Encore friends had an amazing time checking out our new kinderbox about manners.   Miss Scully read to the class.   Cookie Monster read some books, too!!book book4 book3 book2


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This week we are making homemade Montessori materials in honor of Maria Montessori’s Birthday. We are excited about the materials that each student will have to keep at home! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIA MONTESSORI!!! Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:21:29 +0000 0 Peace Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:16:32 +0000 Read more]]> For the next two weeks, we will be discussing PEACE.  We will talk about what it means, how we offer it, how it makes us feel, how can we create it, etc.

At the Toddler and Primary levels, the young child places herself in the natural and human world through the presentation of geographic materials, cultural and scientific study. Globes and maps are studied, as are peoples, animals and plants of the world. These studies engender understanding and respect of different places, needs and beliefs, and are approached through art, music, history and science, and through practices of recycling and bird feeding. Young children contribute to the peaceful classroom by keeping materials orderly, respecting others’ work spaces, controlling movement and sound, and participating in the group circle, both as listener and speaker. The tools for expressing emotions respectfully and resolving conflict peacefully are introduced at the primary level, and one may see two three-year-olds, with the help of a teacher, talking through a dispute.


On the 21st, we will take a peace walk to several of our business partners on Main Street and in the Rock Hill downtown area.  We will offer them peace, sing a song of peace and present them with a peace wreath made from our students hands to be displayed at their business.


Peace is a graciously undeserved gift from Him that is always available to me.

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The Children’s Museum…. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:27:03 +0000 Read more]]> I absolutely love that this museum is based on Vernon Grant’s artwork.

Vernon Grant was an illustrator best known for his creation of the  SNAP! CRACKLE! AND POP! characters for Kellogg’s and his whimsical magazine covers for  “Collier’s”, “Ladies Home Journal”, and many others.

The children had so much fun using their imaginations to create scenarios  and adventures.  They loved cooking and cleaning for the other children.  Violet, Eula, and Colton were adamant about making sure everyone was fed and had enough to drink.  I know they fed me well!! :)

There were dress up clothes and Madisyn turned into Cinderella.  She was sweeping and said “This isn’t any fun!  I want to go to the ball”.    She was waiting for her fairy godmother to send her off to the ball.  We had knights, and princesses, dragons and pirates too.  Gage and Aiden made the biggest trains and had them drive all around.

Thank you to Miss Mobley and to Mrs. Adair for joining us on this adventure.  We appreciate your hard work today!

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