All things Autumn!

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Posted by moc | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 22/11/2016

Now that the season of autumn is finally here with crisp mornings and falling leaves our class have been focusing their attention on the many leaves that we can find within our environment.

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It was exciting for the children when the first leaves started falling from the trees. They were encouraged to bring leaves to school, so we could learn more about the leaves in our neighbourhood.

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We have been gathering our first autumn leaves in our leaf bowl. With each new leaf we tried to learn the name of the tree that it came from and we observed the different outlines, shapes, patterns and holes left from hungry insects.

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Within a Montessori classroom and in particular the “Culture Area” we have a material called the “Leaf cabinet.” Our cabinet consists of three draws of wooden leaf insets. The children are initially presented with this activity by becoming familiar with the botanicial names of each leaf. They can also  feel the outline or margin of each leaf shape and also transfer the wooden leaf cut-out onto matching leaf card outlines.

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Other extension activities consist of simply tracing and colouring, tracing and cutting out or the most popular to trace and punch pin around the outline.

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Art activities such as leaf rubbings are also of great interest in the classroom!

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Of course going on a nature walk is what helps us all learn more about  the changing leaves of autumn. It is also a chance to go for a walk with our classmates to discover and learn about the trees and their leaves in our neighbourhood. After reading a book about the evergreen tree, we were very good at pointing them out along the way.

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“There’s another evergreen tree, Ms. Catherine!”

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As we all walked down the pathway to Motomachi Park we saw the Japanese archery club in action.

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We filled a bag with so many colourful leaves! Some we used for crayon rubbings.

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With the season of autumn comes delicious fruits and vegetables. We discussed how the persimmon or kaki (in Japanese) which is in season this time of year, grows in two different shapes. One is more square and flat in shape, while the other has a pointed bottom and can be eaten both fresh and died.

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We passed the persimmon around to touch and smell.

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Then the best part….tasting!

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The persimmon didn’t last long on the plate….it was so sweet!

Seaside Farm Excursion and a Teddy bears tea party

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Posted by moc | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 14/11/2016

The long awaited excursion day to visit the Seaside Farm on October 28th had finally arrived. There was so much excitement in the air! Mrs. Johnson was one of our three parent chaperones for the day. Through her camera lense she was also able to capture such natural moments of the children  happily picking and eating their mandarins on the spot. There were many children who returned to school, excitedly saying that they wanted to go again. A successful excursion amongst nature!

Please enjoy the photographs! And thank you to Mrs. Johnson for sharing.

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Mrs. Johnson truly captured the day and showed just how much fun the children all had together. Thank you to all our parent chaperones!

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“Teddy bears tea party”

Now while the 4-6 year olds were out picking delicious mandarins, the 2 1/2- 3 year olds were having their own fun back at school. Each child was asked to bring either their favourite teddy bear or a soft toy to join them at the the Teddy bears tea party.
                                             

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Have a look and see all the different bears and toys who joined us for the tea party up on our roof playground.

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We wore our teddy bear bands on our heads to get into the mood and enjoyed eating some teddy bear shaped cookies together.

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It seems that the bears and toys enjoyed their day with us!

Diwali celebrations

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Posted by moc | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 04/11/2016

Each year Mrs. Almoula enjoys sharing with the children one of her countries most significant celebrations called, “Diwali.” The meaning of Diwali is to place rows of lighted candles, which is also better known as the “Festival of Lights.” People decorate their homes and businesses with both candles and colourful lights to celebrate good health, happiness and a prosperous new year for all. This celebration lasts for five days!

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Mrs. Almoula explained to the children that many families enjoy decorating outside of their front doors on the ground with beautiful intricate designs which are traditionally done with both colourful sand and nowadays plastic cut-out versions. People also enjoy exchanging many sweets and a meal together.

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The children enjoyed a traditional Diwali story called, “Ramayana” which tells of victory of good over evil.

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Another tradition is to send cards to family, friends and business acquaintances wishing again all good health, happiness and prosperity. We made our own cards for our families.

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Happy Diwali to all our families!

 

Fun day = community

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Posted by moc | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 03/11/2016

On October 14th the students from Montessori up to grade 5 all joined together to celebrate, interact and enjoy some community spirit with our first “fun day” for the year. The theme focused on language arts activities which had the children making their own classroom door design based on a favourite storybook. We chose, “Koala Lou,” by Mem Fox since we are presently learning about Australian animals.

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Part of the experience had half of our class take turns walkings along the elementary school hallway and within our building to see other door designs. When different grades  came around we had two very happy, helpers explain what our storybook was all about.

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We all then had the chance to make our very own “fun day” bookmarks.

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Then lastly we had an elementary teacher come in for storytelling time. She read, ‘The three bears,” which really had everyone glued to the page and interested!

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Overall it was yet another very successful “Fun day.” Many thanks to our parent helpers, who assisted with the various activities and joined in on the community spirit.

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