Freedom Montessori Tue, 13 Oct 2015 18:37:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Yoga & Spanish Tue, 13 Oct 2015 18:37:20 +0000 Read more]]> During yoga, we used breathing exercises to go on an adventure to an island.  Large muscle groups helped us to prepare a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to eat before we turned into frogs leaping to catch flies and fleas, snakes, butterflies, and dogs.  We relaxed on our way back with fairy dust.

We read a book, ”  ” which has a lot of Spanish words in it, and we also talked about the colors orange, black, and white.  Our clothes were used for examples for the colors and they repeated or said the Spanish word for those colors.  :)


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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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Colours… Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:31:49 +0000 Read more]]> During Spanish class, we covered the topic of COLOURS.  We found various objects in our room which were red, yellow, blue or green and named them in Spanish.  We will continue until all of the following colors have been taught.

This is fire safety week.  We have been reading books on the job of a firefighter and the clothing that he/she wears.  Today, we talked about how to STOP…DROP…and ROLL, and why we would do this.  Everyone had a chance to try.  They were shown pictures of fires, firefighters and given safety tips with music.


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Yoga! Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:15:17 +0000 Read more]]> Our young yogis enjoyed their yoga class today in the dance room.  Class began by breathing in and saying their classmates name on the exhale. Next, they turned themselves into various animals including but not limited to butterflies, dogs, cats, cows, snakes, sharks, and fish.  Then, they were mountains and trees only to be sprinkled in a resting pose with magical fairy dust.  They worked very hard and didn’t want class to be over.  Each child was in charge of their own mat which they opened and closed by themselves.  It was great to see them enjoy this activity!

  • Similarities of Yoga and Montessori
    1) Both have a calming and centering affect on the child.
    2) Both begin simply and then gradually increase in difficulty.
    3) Both provide movement. (Maria Montessori built movement into the work and eliminated sitting at desks.)
    4) Both yoga and Montessori build peace from the inside out.
    5) Both yoga and Montessori focus inward and increase awareness.
    6) Both yoga and Montessori are non-competitive.
    7) Like Montessori work, the emphasis for Yoga With Children is on the process, not the end product. Enjoy the poses without concern about doing
    the perfect pose.
    8) Like with other work, we want the child to be successful in order to build self esteem, so the poses are modified and sequenced to give the child the tools to do them successfully.
    9) There are three parts of a pose: going into a pose, being in the pose, and coming out of a pose with control. These correlate with carrying a piece of work from the shelf, using the work, and thoughtfully placing a work back on the shelf.
  • Some Benefits of Yoga With Children
    1) Provides movement, stretches, and builds the muscles
    2) Stimulates the internal organs to function properly
    3) Helps the child calm and center himself in his body
    4) Helps the child calm and center his mind
    5) Increases the ability to focus and concentrate
    6) Increases attention span
    7) Increases awareness of the body
    8) Reconnects the child to his body
    9) Promotes a sense of well-being
    10) Increases confidence and self-esteem
    11) Builds peace from the inside
    12) Helps the child cope with stress
    13) Relax and sleep better
    14) Improves digestion
    15) Helps normalize weight
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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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What a great week…. Thu, 01 Oct 2015 22:19:48 +0000 Read more]]> We have had a great week progressing through our lessons.  We added some lessons including matching objects to pictures, another matching by outline, caring for plants, observing insects, and sandpaper letters.  Our class loves to work and we can’t wait to see how many lessons they can master this month.


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We have a new student!!! Mon, 28 Sep 2015 16:57:16 +0000 Read more]]> Our class is very excited to meet our new friend, Azahra!   She is the sweetest young lady, and everyone was quick to greet her and help her to feel welcome.

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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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PE…. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:48:56 +0000 Read more]]> We had a great time during PE class which began by using a parachute.

  •  Teaches turn-taking and cooperation
  • Encourages cooperative play while building upper-body strength

There was also a great race around the gym inspiring the children to unlock their potential and achieve personal goals through the discipline of running, and a fun made up game with foam bricks and a ball.


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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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God’s Creation on Day 2….Art Thu, 24 Sep 2015 17:56:42 +0000 Read more]]> We made beautiful pictures with clouds and the ocean.  This was to represent the bible verse Gen 1:6 when God separated the water in the clouds from the water in the ocean.  We talked about  how the water evaporates from the surface of the Earth to create clouds which fill up to produce rain.  This was a nice way to easily describe the water cycle.



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Day 2 of Creation…. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:01:35 +0000 Read more]]>

 “And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.”  -Genesis 1: 6-8


We talked about the water around the continents on the continents globe, the water in the clouds, and how they are separated by air.  We sang “He’s got the whole world in his hands”, and pretended to lay outside and look up at the stars at night.  :)


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International Peace Day Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:31:03 +0000 Read more]]> We enjoyed a peaceful day singing to our neighbors on Main St, at the Police Station, and the Library!   Everyone was very happy to have us sing,  ” Light a candle for Peace”.   It was a great way to share Peace.

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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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Enrichment Fri, 18 Sep 2015 21:56:59 +0000 Read more]]> We have had an amazing week.  There have been many discussions during Enrichment.

Monday:  Music—We danced with scarves to The Carnival of the Animals: The aquarium.  We pretended to be fish in the ocean and the scarves were seaweed.  They listened to the piano which represented bubbles in the water.  We even blew some bubbles.

Tuesday:  Spanish—We met Spanish friends, Guadelupe and Juan.  They were able to have this conversation with them:

Hola. Me llamo… ¿Cómo te llamas?
Hola. Me llamo…

Wednesday:  Christian Education—This lesson was about Creation beginning with this bible verse:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth

We read a story, were able to talk about the Earth, colored a picture of the Earth, and were shown how to do two lessons with Land-air-and water.  We sang Head, shoulders, knees and toes but added “God created our” before singing.  Our family pictures were used to show them that God created various parts of our family too.

Thursday:  Art—We used various brush strokes to paint with watercolors of our choice.

Friday:  Physical Education—We used our gross motor skills to run.  This made everyone very happy!

Enjoy the weekend!! :)


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