Lead Teacher: Frances (Tommie) Walker:   fwalker@mdpsc.org

Assistant: Hope Duncan

Weeks 5-9,  September 5-29, 2017

How quickly time passes.  Already we are into September and we are so busy.  Each of the students has read the parent/ student compact to review expected behaviors and responsibilities.  They each have a goals book to record their personal work and lessons.  Each week we discuss the weekly virtue.  This month’s virtue topics will be accountability, tact, tolerance, and excellence. After the discussions the students write about some aspect of the virtue; how is it practiced and when is it successful? They often write about their own experiences, or an acrostic.

The classical music program is a class favorite.  The children often ask for the music to continue after we have heard the selection. This month we will hear George Frideric Handel, Concerto Grosso, Op. 6.  It has an energetic, rhythmic motive that inspires happy, but very small, movement while listening. Next will be Mozart’s Horn Concerto, Vivaldi’s Autumn from the Four Seasons, and Bartok’s three rondos on Slovak folk tunes.

Homework club is on Monday and Tuesday, 3:30-4:30.  There is no charge, and students are welcome to attend for extra help, or for a quiet place to study, or to catch up on class work.  Please pick up students by 4:30.  After 4:30, they are sent to after-care and a drop-in fee applies.

Scholastic orders:  Parent code is 22D0H.  On line orders ship with the next class order.

Curriculum:

Math:  We continue the journey with the Common Core Progress Math Book, and there is follow-up work on Ten Marks, also personal assignments.  Look for book assignments recorded in the goals books.

Reading:  Scope and Storyworks Magazines, summaries and details

Writing:  Journals and writer’s workshop every week, also vocabulary words for definitions, synonyms and antonyms

History:  Beginnings, and their own story, Montessori history charts to assist

Geography:  Personal map study, elements of maps, longitude, latitude

Science:  Eclipse, the work of water, and the scientific method

Important dates:

Sept. 13           Early release 11:30

Sept.  21          Our first field trip OdySea Aquarium 9:00 to 1:00, children paid, Adults $25

We will need 8 parents to drive us there.

Sept.  27-28     School pictures

Sept. 29           No school – teacher  in-service

Oct. 3              Child as Teacher night

Oct. 9-13         Fall Break