Newsletter 3 October 2019

Greetings Fantastic Montessori Families,

After a week at STARBASE we are back to classroom learning.  That means independent work periods.  At the beginning of the year this is always a challenge for many of our students.  We are working on time management skills and getting works done that are not a personal priority to many (ie: math operations, grammar, etc.).  This can lead to some stresses in the classroom as students learning that they can’t get a weeks worth of work done in two days.  In my experience this process takes most kids a month to get the hang of, some less and some more.  One thing that you can do at home to help is to talk to your child about their work plan and use real life comparisons, like getting the work project finished before chatting with a co-worker about soccer, to help them understand.

We had our first Literature Circles for the month and I was impress with some of the open-ended questions students brought to the discussions.  We are trying a different method this year where the students meet during independent work, rather than all at the same time.  This is in hope that I can help quickly if they get stuck.  We’ll discuss at the end of the month if it’s working.

We had our first Hooked on Fishing lesson on Tuesday.  Bruce from FWP- Great Falls came and taught us ways to identify fish in Montana.  The kids did a wonderful job of being attentive and asking relevant questions.  If you haven’t already, you might ask them how many fish species live in Montana (91), or what type of fish is most fished for (rainbow trout), or our state fish (cutthroat trout), or other questions regarding fish.

We also have our Adopt-A-Species assembly today, so you’ll be able to ask them about what native Montanan species we’ll explore this year.

Finally, next week is our Water Watchers week.  On Monday, we will be learning from Mr. Burton about what makes water ‘clean’. Then we have an all day field trip on Wednesday.  We’ll be at Ten Mile Creek and the water treatment plant (the poopy plant).  Please be sure your kiddos come with layers as it’s always a bit colder at the creek.

Thanks for reading.  As always, if you have any questions please let me know.