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Posted on October 8, 2019

Newsletter 8 October 2019

Greetings Adventurous Montessori Families,

I hope you are all prepared for our second blast of cold.  Due to this weather we had to postpone our Water Watchers field trip.  Rather than go tomorrow, where it is going to be 4 degree Fahrenheit at Rimini, we will go on 24 October.  If it’s too cold that day, we’ll adjust to an indoor field trip, so let think warm thoughts.

Today, the intermediate grade classrooms went on their field trip.  This meant that the FLS adaptive PE class needed more help.  We went as an entire class and played with all of our wonderful FLS students.  I was so proud of your kids, they were helpful, patient and kind.  When we got back to the classroom I let them know how wonderful they all were and many said they miss their ‘buddy’ already.  I just thought you should be reminded of what you already know, your kids are fantastic.

In class we are continuing to work on time management and I’m seeing a lot of improvement.  There is still work to be done, so asking you kiddo about their day with questions like what did you learn, or how is your work plan going would be helpful, thanks.

Today we focused on two-column notes during Writer’s Workshop.  Tomorrow we will use those notes to learn to write short constructive responses.  This is going to be a big focus of the year in writing, so I’m looking forward to the process.

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



Posted on October 3, 2019

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.