Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Famous People Wax Museum

The Famous People Wax Museum was a real success!
Thanks to the magnificent help of our terrific parents, our wax museum had a great turn out. The wax statues costumes were absolutely awesome! We had so many famous characters, Ramses II, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earnhardt, even the royalty: Queen Elizabeth, Thomas Edison, Anne Frank, and many more. I was very impressed not only with the children outfits, but with the creativity of the projects too. They were all interesting and we learned a great deal. Obviously the kids asked me and Mr. Raisback to do somebody too, so of course I chose someone easy guess who? Maria Montessori  He he he!! and Mr. Railsback was Pontius Pilate or Pontius Pilatus (Roman name) (Thank you so much to all of you for making it happen :) Here are some pictures enjoy!
Oh! By the way Shannon Hugetz (Miguel's mom) has a membership with Shutterfly, it's a great website were you cab actually buy the pictures or albums at a very affordable price check it out here: http://mstorresclasspictures.shutterfly.com/
She has taken pictures from different events such us the Wizard of OZ class play, The 2011 Fall festival, The Famous People Wax Museum and she also had the pictures from the Pancake Breakfast cooking recipe book.
Thanks everyone!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

On Task!

Andrea working on Composing Numbers with Golden Beads

Miguel doing Money Work

Jennifer and Quinn

Samantha and Nancy working on Fractions

Gavin doing Checker Board Multiplication

Abigail alphabetizing words

Ella doing math facts

Matilde concentrating in fractions

Of course we also have fun at recess time!!

At Dismissal Time Abby and Jeniffer waiting for their ride.

Alana, Addison and Abigail... the A+ girls!
Our class is normalized and the children are on task and really working hard! Our class is very diverse in cultures, everyone brings something very special and unique in their own personalities to our class.  I really enjoy working with each and everyone, I'm very lucky to have such an amazing class!

Babana Bread....Yummy!!!

The children and I had so much fun the other day making banana bread. It was a good practical life lesson for them. We learned that everything takes time and there are several steps in the process. First we study the recipe, gather the ingredients and last we measured them. We learned about different tools and cooking utensils too. The children measured all the ingredients and everyone participated mixing them and following the recipe. We poured our batter into the baking pans and took them to the cafeteria oven. We baked them and counted the time 40 min exactly, then we pick them up, let them cool for a little while and then we enjoyed them. I was surprised, it was actually delicious!! The children and I came up to an agreement, if they do well the whole week then we get to bake something on Fridays!! Yeah, I'm exited...I love cooking and baking! Now the Kids want to do this more often and they want aprons! I don't know were can I get 22 of them! PAPA, I'm in trouble deep!
The ingredients

This is a very good recipe from a an old friend

More ingredients

Cooking utensils

Gabriel being silly!

The girls mixing

Alana paying attention to the recipe

Eddy smashing the bananas

Everyone Helping!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Creation of the Universe

This is the representation of the Sun and the Solar System

Explaining and comparing the size of the Earth and the Sun

The children were listening!

Quiet and paying attention to the lesson :)

The Milky Way Galaxy

Not one sound !

Doing the experiments and mixtures

 The "Big Bang" or Creation of the Universe lesson is one of my favorites from the Montessori curriculum and it's the most important one, since it creates curiosity and strikes the children's imagination. Mr. Gerhard and I prepared the room making it very dark and cold pretending to be like it was in the beginning of the creation of the universe. The children were really engaged and quiet, when I popped the balloon (Big Bang) some of the kids were a little scared, because it was a complete surprise! Then they had a lot of fun following up and paying attention to the lesson. We did all of the experiments that represent the forces like gravity, centrifugal force, magnetism, sink- float and we also did mixtures and compounds. We studied the three states of matter too. It was a very interesting lesson and the kids loved it! We will going to continue to study the universe, the solar system and earth in our classroom and will continue to do more experiments in class. Here are some pictures thanks to our class journalist Miguel! Great job by the way, Miguel! He's becoming a professional. I'll try to upload some good videos too. Also special thanks to Ripley and Evan who both helped us getting all the experiments together.