The students from the Lower Elementary classes came to talk to the primary classes about collecting baby care items for Baby Basics an organization based in Paramus that aids to help provide basic care for their children and families with extra support and services such as everyday items (diapers, wipes, formula). The Lower Elementary students did a great job explaining what kind of items the organization is looking for and where the boxes are for collecting donations. Lower Elementary students explained to the classes why they thought is important to donate to this cause and expressed their gratitude. The value of helping others that is taught at The Village School is just one of many things that make it a great community!
Creative Story Writing
by: Krista Constantine
The Upper Elementary students have been writing circle stories based on the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”. Each student chose their own “If You Give a _____ a _______” story to create. They wrote their story, and then illustrated it using Google Slides. Some students shared their stories with the Primary classes. The Primary students enjoyed listening to the stories and welcome the Upper Elementary students to come back again soon!
Writing With a Purpose
When parents decide to send their child(ren) to a Montessori school, they understand that their child will receive a holistic approach to education, encompassing the child as a whole. Language is just one of the many components in a Montessori classroom that enriches the child’s development. In the primary classes we spend time directing the children to materials to enhance their language and literacy development.
The Village School is privileged to have Jayashree who is currently interning in the Green Primary class. During her studies, she discovered the necessity of language in the classroom, through exploring poetry that describes the mental process of learning reflecting on the child’s process of the materials rather than the product. Another poem that stood out is “Writing”. This poem explains the different ways that children learn how to write in the classroom such as scribbling and doodling. Through the use of different materials in the classroom, the student develops a proper pencil grip and through experimenting with lightness or firmness of touch children are continuously learning and developing their writing and language skills. Both poems emphasis how children learn through exploration and hands-on activities such as those found in the Montessori classroom. Thank you to Jayashree for sharing a new way of understanding how our children learn.