Friday, January 29, 2021

January 25-29, 2021


Metal Insets

Last week, the Pre-K students were introduced to a new Montessori material, called the Metal Insets. They consist of ten pink, square metal frames fitted with matching blue metal insets. They are designed as a direct preparation for handwriting. The lesson allows the children to practice their concentration and coordination with a pencil. At this point, the students are tracing the shapes and then practicing drawing left to right lines. As the year goes on, they will learn to draw a variety of lines and patterns with the Metal Insets. This is always a favorite work in Pre-K so expect to see a lot of "shape papers" coming home. 😉


This week, we focused on geography! This is one of the highlights of Pre-K and students look forward to this special project every year. The children are introduced to the globe, maps, and the seven continents! 

First, the children learn about the differences between
land and water using the Sandpaper Globe.

Then, using the Painted Globe, the students learn that 
the land is broken up into seven continents and we 
live in North America.

The children learn that the world map is a flattened out
version of the globe. They are able to use the puzzle to 
differentiate between the continents.

The students work with the three-part cards to learn
the shapes and the names of the continents.

Next, students begin to make their own
world map! They start by tracing each continent.

Then, they punch out each continent using 
a pin puncher. This is a great activity to strengthen
hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

The students will follow this process until 
they have traced and punched out all the 
continents. Finally, they will be able to make
their own world map and label it!

Already, this lesson has become a favorite in our classroom! Not only does the lesson introduce the children to geography, they also strengthen their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, develop their Language and handwriting skills, and learn about cultures in the world around them. 

Did you hear?

Pre-K and Kindergarten are hosting a sock drive to benefit The Joy of Sox. The drive will run from Monday, February 1 through Thursday, February 11. We will be collecting NEW men's, women's, and children's socks. Please keep the socks in their original packaging. There will be boxes in school to collect the donations. You can view our promo video by clicking here.

Important reminders:
  • EC report cards will be emailed home next week. There are no mandatory conferences at this time, but please feel to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Student council is selling Candy Grams! The cost is $1.00 per candy gram and the deadline to purchase is Wednesday, February 10th. Delivery date is Thursday, February 11th. Please see the email that was sent home for more information.
  • There is no school on Friday, February 12th (faculty inservice) and Monday, February 15th (Presidents' Day).
  • Enrollment contracts for the 2021-2022 academic year are due on Friday, February 26th.
  • February is Black History Month when we will be celebrating Black history and culture. If you or someone you know would be willing to share with a class, a division, or multiple groups to enhance our celebration in any way, please email Looking ahead: March is Women's Month, April is Arab America Heritage Month and May is Asian and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 22, 2021

January 18-22, 2021

 Our week started off strong with lots of great Montessori lessons!

Anthony is matching numerals and
quantities for 11-15.

Ava is developing her fine motor skills and hand/eye

Luke is matching letters to pictures with
their beginning sounds.

Justine is practicing lacing.

Charlie is working on tweezing and 
developing his hand/eye coordination.

Lexi is working on the Teen Board -
ordering numerals from 11-19 and 
showing quantities as combinations of
tens and units.

Connor is practicing buttoning.

Lily is working on a pin punching art activity.

Greyson is spelling words using the Insta-Learn Board.

What Makes Me Special

The Pre-K students did a wonderful job sharing their "What Makes Me Special" projects. They loved learning more about one another and shared similar experiences. Their projects are on display in school for all to see!

Important reminders:
  • Wednesday, January 27, is picture day. Students may wear an outfit of your choice; however, they should still wear sneakers (their shoes will not be seen in the picture). Please see the email from Mrs. Richards for more information regarding picture day.
  • EC report cards will be sent home the week of February 1, 2021.
  • Looking ahead: there is no school on Friday, February 12 (faculty inservice) and Monday, February 15 (Presidents' Day). 

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 15, 2021

January 11-15, 2021

 Welcome back!

We are so glad to have the children back in school!

We are thrilled to welcome (back) our new classmate, Lily! The boys and girls have welcomed her with open arms and are so glad she is a part of our class.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week, we started learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and all he worked to do to make our world a better place. The boys and girls were shocked to learn about the segregation that existed in our country and how discrimination sadly still exists today. We listened to an excerpt of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech and had wonderful discussions about how his dream brought about change. The students brainstormed ideas for their own dreams:

We also discussed ways we are the same and ways we are different. The Pre-K students learned that it is important to celebrate our differences because that is what makes us so special! They know they can make a difference and become a leader like Dr. King by being kind, generous, and accepting of everyone. 

Important reminders:

  • Please remember to pack napkins for snack and lunch everyday!
  • There is no school on Monday, January 18th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • Save the date: January 27th is school picture day (individual photos only).
  • January is Native month where we celebrate Native People's history and culture. If you or someone you know would be willing to share with a class, a division, or multiple groups either in person, via Zoom, or through a pre-recorded clip, please email  
  • Looking forward, February is Black History Month and March is Women's Month. Please email if you have any ideas.

  • EC report cards will be sent home the week of February 1, 2021.

Our Pre-K project "What Makes Me Special" is due on Wednesday, January 20. We will use this as our show and tell next week and then display them in school. The boys and girls are excited for their first "big kid" project. Thanks in advance for all your help!

Today we celebrated the birthday of Cornelia Connelly,
the foundress of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus,

Have a great weekend!