Thursday, October 4, 2018

October Fun

Hi Everyone!
Tonight is our Open House.  I hope you are able to make it down to the Extended Day room. 
I created a class book to use in our Reading Area.  It shows  a typical afternoon in Extended Day.
 Here are a few of the pictures from the book:
We eat two snacks a day.

The mopping activity helps build concentration, coordination and independence.

 The marble maze is popular.

Bubble blowing is a lot of fun and includes a lesson in cleaning up.

We bake at least twice a month.

Board games help develop cooperation and often quick math skills.

Many different muscles are used when playing outside.

Legos are definitely the most popular activity in the room.

 We have many different kinds of puzzles.

We have 5 shelves of art activities which provide an outlet for creativity and self expression.

I am happy to talk with you anytime.  Let me know if you have any questions or comments about the Extended Day program.


Monday, September 17, 2018

This week in Extended Day

Hi Everyone,
   We were very busy having fun in the Extended Day program last week.  Many students enjoyed taking part in the enrichment activities; Tennis, Art and Happy Feet.  We also had the opportunity to make playdough and cook banana bites (back by popular demand).
     We are focusing on creating a peaceful classroom and feeling what is like to be individually peaceful.  Maria Montessori created many lessons to teach peace.  She believed that true world peace could be attained by starting with children. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts. The Primary Montessori students at JBMA are respectful, inquisitive and reliable contributors in the Extended Day program.  It is a joy to be with them each day.
     I still have many students who do not have an extra set of clothes.  Please send a complete change of clothes in a ziplock bag.  Label everything and write Extended Day on the outside of the bag.  Thanks!
One last request, when picking up your child from an enrichment activity, please make sure to come down and sign them out in the Extended Day book.  This will allow me to keep track of each child in Extended Day and ultimately keep each child safe. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Ms. Carolyn
 Board games are a favorite in Extended Day.

Grouping of older students with younger friends is an important part of the Montessori class.

We eat two healthy snacks in the Extended Day program.

Playtime allows students to build upper body strength.

We set up a water table almost daily as a part of our outdoor playtime.

Many students are fascinated with the multi-step mopping lesson.

Making playdough was enjoyed by all.

Slicing apples and serving to friends is a lesson on our Practical Life shelf.

Our second snack of the day is often outside at the picnic table.

Many friends love the challenge of slicing an apple.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

September Fun

Hi Everyone!
     The Extended Day program is running smoothly,  The students are familiar with the rules and enjoy the freedom within limits, a key component of the Primary Montessori environment. Ms. Kimmie made a Wheel of Choice as a part of the school wide Positive Discipline focus.  The wheel hangs in the classroom and allows the students to choose a solution to a problem they are having with another student.  We see the choices on the wheel being used daily. Students are developing independence and responsibility as well as maturing socially.  It is truly a joy to watch this process!
     We have added "cooking" to our weekly routine.  Recently the younger students made vanilla pudding for the entire extended day class.  It was a huge hit.  Lots of smiles and giggles while taking turns stirring the big bowl of pudding mixture.  Last week we made Banana Bites at the end of the day to be served to everyone the next day.  Unfortunately a few friends had to leave before we were done mixing and baking.  I told them I would send everyone the recipe so here is the link:

It is very easy.  Just four ingredients.  Enjoy!
I will keep you update on future cooking projects.
Feel free to reach out to me by email if you have any questions or concerns:

Wheel of Choice


Thursday, August 23, 2018

We are off to a wonderful start!

Hi Everyone!                                                                                                    August 22, 2018
     I am enjoying getting to know your children during Extended Day.
     The class is respectful and eager to have fun.  Practical Life is an important part of Extended Day.  The skills emphasized in Practical Life include all skills needed by a Primary Montessori student to function independently both at home and in the classroom.  Currently I have a lesson available on apple slicing.  The students are able to slice and serve apples to one another.  Grace and courtesy lessons on offering food and politely accepting or declining are being emphasized.  Once the slicing and serving has ended the student washes the entire job and gets it ready for the next student.  As you can imagine, this is a very popular lesson.  Other lessons available include buckling, opening and closing containers, spreading, and flower arranging.  I rotate new lessons in as I see a need arise among the class.
    Science is another important part of our Extended Day class.  I have multiple experiments with magnets available. We also have gerbils in our science area.  The class voted on names for our gerbils.  One is named Cupcake and the other is named Sprinkle. We feed and provide water for the gerbils as well as clean out their home every two weeks.  Gerbils love to shred empty toilet paper and paper towel tubes.  We are always in need of empty tubes. Feel free to send them in with your child.
    Each child should have a complete change of clothes in Extended Day.  I do not have any extra clothes.  If you child needs to change and they do not have any clothes I have to go look in their morning class.  Please send in clothes for your child as soon as possible.
Ms. Carolyn
In the playground during Extended Day the students have the option to practice their carpentry skills. Fine motor skills, concentration and persistence are developed when learning to use a hammer.

Painting at the easel is available daily. It is a popular activity that gives a child a way to express themselves.
                                       This our class pet, Sprinkles.  He is a 3 month old gerbil.

This is our other class pet, Cupcake.  He enjoys standing on top of paper boxes in his tank.