Bi – weekly Highlights
Hello Mulberry families.....
Time is running fast; can’t believe it’s already end of the September and we are welcoming a new month –October.
How planets orbit around the Sun?
Spring, summer, fall and winter. Many places on the Earth have seasons. Others do not. What causes the seasons? Well, it is caused by the movement of the Earth around the sun, the tilt of the Earth, and how high the sun will get in the sky.
Seasons are caused because of the Earth's changing relationship to the Sun. The Earth travels around the Sun, called an orbit, once a year or every 365 days. As the Earth orbits the Sun, the amount of sunlight each location on the planet gets every day changes slightly. This change causes the seasons.
Pushpin (or pin poking) activity is one of the popular fine motor activities in the Montessori classroom. The benefits of push pinning can be amazing. That activity alone helped children increase their concentration and self-discipline. And it’s wonderful for strengthening the hand for writing along with developing the necessary pincer grip.
It's HARVEST time!!! Our garden is tiny, but we still have herbs and vegetables to harvest. I want my Mulberry friends to understand what it means to harvest the food that we planted from seed. When a crop has grown and is ready to eat, the farmer must collect it from the fields. What a perfect time to visit an apple orchard!!!!!!!!
Continuing our study about apple, we are learning about parts of the apple and how they grow.
Knob-less cylinder: Each set is of a different color and varies ½ centimeter between any two in succession. They vary in height and diameter or both. The direct aim of this work is to develop the judgement of size through discrimination of graduation of thickness and height. Indirectly, it prepares for letter recognition and mathematics.
Primary colors – Red, Yellow and blue. They are familiar with these colors but are also learning that one cannot make these colors by mixing any other color. Artists create all the colors of rainbow by mixing together the primary colors.
These rods may seem familiar to you, and they should if you’ve ever seen the Red Rods. They are exactly the same except for one feature: alternating blue and red segments. The Number Rods are a great way for the child to gain a concrete understanding of the differences of quantity. This foundation will serve them in every math activity they attempt moving forward!
Montessori took this idea that the human has a mathematical mind from the French philosopher Pascal. Maria Montessori said that a mathematical mind was “a sort of mind which is built up with exactify.” The mathematical mind tends to estimate, needs to quantify, to see identity, similarity, difference, and patterns, to make order and sequence and to control error.
The infant and young child observes and experiences the world sensorial. From this experience the child abstracts concepts and qualities of the things in the environment. These concepts allow the child to create mental order. The child establishes a mental map, which supports adaptation to the environment and the changes which may occur in it.
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