Mountain Laurel October Newsletter
Fall is finally here! After many weeks of temperatures in the 90s, a sudden drop to the 30s was quite a change! As on previous occasions, the children adapted to the change beautifully. We spent most of our day working outdoors: lessons, follow up work, lunch, community meetings, read aloud, etc., all happened outside. This past week was the exception, due to the rain and low temperatures we had to work indoors for a couple of days. Everyone worked at their individual desks/tables (unless they were siblings); we were cold and wore our many layers inside the classroom, but it worked! we successfully embraced the cold front. You can see pictures below.
This month we welcomed 2 new students to our classroom: Clara and Lizzie McCay, they come from Fox Tail and Rabbit Run (respectively), and have been a great addition to our beginning cycle group.
The children heard the Third Great Story: The coming of Human Beings, this opens up the curriculum to have many exciting History Lessons. Children have been enjoying many lessons on different areas. In Biology we have been studying the parts and needs of plants; some students got to dissect a Lily flower, others dissected seeds and planted seeds to study the roots, a group collected a wide variety of seeds, classified them and displayed them in what they called “The seed observatory”. Some students are interested in learning about animals and is always exciting to see their excitement when they learn interesting facts, like realizing that we are mammals or finding our that mule comes from a female horse and a donkey.
There is a variety of math work around the classroom, some students are working on addition and subtraction, multiplication through a variety of works, fractions, multiples, squares of the numbers, negative numbers, finding common multiples, division…etc. we are busy busy!
In language, some students are progressing on their parts of the speech, through grammar boxes, suffixes, prefixes, compound words, writing stories and of course reading and practicing cursive happens daily in Mountain Laurel.
Learning about the states of the matter through different experiments, making a model volcano erupt and learning the about the process to obtain certain goods in the story have been some of the works in the geography area.
In geometry some students have been enjoying doing geometric designs with metal insets and compasses. Others are working on calculating the area of rectangles and triangles, while others are learning about angles.
Art has been involved in our daily activities, knitting, embroidering, crocheting, and painting fascinate our children. We are guiding these works to make them purposefully, like showing them drawing and painting techniques, knitting a hat or pillow, binding a book, etc.
We closed our month with a fun Halloween party! the children decorated their trick or treat bags, had fun discovering clues on a scavenger hunt, enjoyed telling jokes and “would you rathers” under the shade of a tree and enjoyed dancing with friends and their stuffed animals.
I look forward to seeing you for our Parent Teacher conferences this coming Thursday and Friday.
Have a safe Halloween weekend,
Mountain Laurel Cottage