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Welcome to Mulberry “What is a scientist?… We give the name scientist to the type of man who has felt experiment to be a means guiding him to search out the deep truth of life…”

Bi- weekly Highlights

Science doesn’t have to be complicated. The principles of science, including exploration, testing, and discovery all come naturally to young children. Harness their power of curiosity and set up this super-fun density activity. The kids will love diving into the science of density and will have a blast playing and learning in the water. Yes, you got it we are having fun with sink and float!!

It's like magic, how come a big banana, an orange, and even an apple are floating and small grape, baby carrot are sinking. Children begin to learn about the concept of weight by experimenting with various objects that will sink or float in water. Their vocabulary list will add new words like density, heavy, light, predict sink and float.

We also ventured into our field of Science and Culture through the classification of Living and non-living things. We discussed about differences and characteristics of Living and Non-living beings. Living things eat, breath, move, and reproduce. Non-living things don’t. Children are sorting objects based on these characteristics. You may want to play game with your child about things in your surroundings. You will get some interesting questions/answers like car is moving and needs gas, so its living things! (well, yes that’s right but it doesn’t grow, move on its own and does not reproduce)

A plant is growing, eating, breathing, has baby plants too but I don't see it moving.... is it living or non-living ? Hello Shelf, do you want to eat? Can shelf eat, grow, breath move or have babies ? Is it living or non- living?

What is the difference between plants and animals? We learned that plants and animals both are living things. Unlike animals, plants make it's own food and the process is called photosynthesis. This is where they use chlorophyll to turn sunlight into energy for themselves. And it leads our next exploration in parts of the plants and photosynthesis.

Sorting plants and animals, parts of the plant and how plants make their own food.

Now we know that there are seven continents in the world. We began our exploration with the continent in which we live in, North America with its countries, largest by land area is Canada followed by the United States of America and Mexico.

The Continent that we are living in North America has a diverse array of wildlife species; to name a few like The Bald Eagle has been the United States' national symbol since 1782. A raccoon is a highly adapted omnivore, native to North America. Alternatively known as a cougar, puma, or panther, the mountain lion is a solitary and reclusive carnivore, and a member of the largest cat family in North America. The Canadian goose has a unique black head and neck, and a white patch on the throat.

In sensorial area, we learned how to work with the Binomial Cube. It is built with wooden cubes and rectangular prisms painted in red, blue and black. It helps in developing visual discrimination in three dimensional forms, concentration and indirectly prepares for the mathematical concept of binomial theorem.

Step 1, step 2, repeat step 2 for 2nd layer and done!

The Montessori Metal Insets consist of ten flat metal squares, in each of the squares is a metal shape cut-out. The shape cut-outs are the same as the shapes found in other Montessori materials such as the geometric cabinet and geometric solids. The Metal Insets are accompanied by color pencils, white square paper, and a tray specifically designed to hold the paper and insets. The child is free to select the shape/s they wish to use and the color.

Concentration, co-ordination, recognizing shapes and making my book of shapes.

The Metal Insets help to prepare the hand for writing but what does this really mean? Metal Inset work can help the child to;

# Grip and hold the pencil (and hold the pencil upright)

# Refine hand control to steady the pencil

# Develop movements of straight and curved lines, in preparation for letter formation or a continual line which can assist with cursive

•#Develop hand-eye coordination, to make small coordinated movements

# Experience the result of pressure on the pencil (light and dark), experience graduation of color

# Develop fine muscles in the hand but also the larger muscles required for sitting and maintaining posture for writing

•#Focus the mind, develop and strengthen the child's concentration

# Make movements up and down and left to right (when filling in or shading), this is significant when reading and writing

# Practice order, repetition, and memory recall

# Develop geometric sense including the name of each shape, how it is constructed, how it looks when turned or moved, how it relates to other shapes

# Develop the ability to plan and carry out artistic designs.

Rough and smooth with fabric matching: - As words describe they are opposite of each other and objects allowing children to explore their sense of touch and learn to feel the difference between textures.
Understanding language is important in order for a child to communicate successfully with others. In order for a child to use words and concepts in their vocabulary they first need to understand them. Understanding the concept of opposites is important as it helps a child to learn how to compare two different things and to develop a more concrete understanding of a specific concept (e.g. hard vs soft). Learning opposites also improves a child’s ability to describe things.
Blending and building words with red and yellow group.

The Montessori 45 Layout is an early place value work. Children explore and build a physical place value chart on the floor with Golden Beads and large number cards, units through thousands. This layout will help a child to visualize and develop an understanding of place value, order of numbers, and concentration.

45 layout with quantity. presentation by 2nd and 3rd year students. It is a concrete representation of place value using the golden beads.

In art, Children had their hands on sand art. It is a popular art in India during the celebration of Diwali. We had discussed how they decorate their houses by using sand art and clay Diya right outside their front door to welcome their friends and families. "Diya" signifies purity, goodness, good luck and power.

Every culture has their festivals that they celebrate in their unique way, by sharing and discussing in the classroom children learn to respect other culture and expand their worldview.

Happy Diwali to all families that are Indian Origin.

Credits:

Created with an image by Alex Kondratiev - "untitled image"