More so than ever before, humans are researching the ways in which we teach and learn, analyzing what the most effective methods for conveying information are. Alongside, and as a result of this, humans are also developing new educational philosophies, materials, and delivery systems at an ever increasing rate. It can be difficult to keep up!
Parent Child Visit Day
Each year Kingsley hosts a special event known as Parent Child Visit Day. One of the highlights of the school year, this event gives parents the opportunity to come into the classroom and not only observe, but participate in the work and learning of their children. Students proudly prepare their favorite and most important pieces of work to share with the adults in their lives, and are thrilled to have the opportunity to show off what they've learned.
Homework: Parent Discussion
The Kingsley Coffee Talk series continued this week with a focus on supporting homework at home. At Kingsley we view homework as a purposeful extension of classroom academics to help students build healthy work routines, increase their work stamina, and establish time management skills, as well as independence with their own work, all while having a positive experience. Our main points in helping support homework at home were:
Sometimes the stars align, so-to-speak, and you can provide an immersive Astrophysics lesson to your Lower Elementary students; harnessing their interests, knowledge, and the awe-inspiring vastness of the universe.
Celebration of Life
Many Montessori institutions, including Kingsley Montessori, celebrate student birthdays with a celebration of life ceremony known in the classrooms as The Birthday Walk. The Birthday Walk gives students an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the life and growth of their classmate, in a positive, collaborative way.
Mr. Farley's Fall Insights
This segment was originally published in the Oct. 4, 2018 edition of the Kingsley Bulletin (Kingsley Montessori School's community newsletter).
Kingsley's Cultural Curriculum
As anyone who knows an elementary student can attest, two of the most frequent questions that they ask are: why and how? “Why do the days get shorter in the fall?” “Why are whales mammals and not fish?” “Why are there so many different countries in the world?” “How big is the sun?”
The move from Preschool to Elementary indicates a remarkable shift in a student’s perspective of the world. During the first six years of life, a child is only aware of oneself and one’s immediate environment. As children enter the second plane of development and Elementary school, they begin to connect more meaningfully to society and expand their consciousness of the world beyond them.
The Five Great Lessons
The Five Great Lessons of the Montessori curriculum are broad, inspiring experiences shared by Lower Elementary students as they are introduced to new, abstract concepts. These lessons are narrative, impressionistic, stories that put the student right at the center of the awe-inspiring concepts being covered.
Within the first few weeks of school, Lower Elementary students experience the First Great Lesson of Montessori: The Creation Story, sometimes referred to as the The Beginning of the Universe.
Kingsley Montessori School is excited to welcome Steve Farley into our community as our new Head of School. We're very happy to have Steve join us, and are looking forward to working together to provide the best educational environment possible.