Three Billy Goats Gruff
Each year the Kindergarten classes come together to perform a show. This year the play was called, “Three Billy Goats Gruff.” Preparing for the play it required different interdisciplinary activities such as creating their own costumes with Bob, making their brochures with Tina, and rehearsing their lines with Kathie Moran, Kathy Pizzo, and Lisa Mosca. The play was about three different goats (youngest, middle, oldest) who are looking for greener food to eat. They decided that beyond the bridge there is food for them to eat. However, there are these trolls that they must pass first. Each goat that walks past the troll convinces the troll that the next goat coming may be more suitable for their dietary needs. The troll lets the goats pass by until the oldest goat walks by. The goat convinces the troll not to eat him and all the goats lived happily ever after with plenty of food. The kindergartens did great portraying each character and the play was a success! They also handed out programs with their autographs on them. A round of applause to all the kindergarteners.
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.