Primary “B” (ADM) Happenings
Ms. Talat’s & Ms. Marie’s Class
February 2015 Happenings
This month, we welcome Anna Silveri, Steven Sweeney and Sebastian Tyler to our class. They have each moved up from the Toddler Community. They are adjusting to our class routines and meeting new friends.
Part of the daily routine for the ADM students involves setting the lunch table and preparing snack for the whole class. The younger children love to “pick” grapes from the bunch, which is then served for desert after lunch.
In February, the ADM students were very excited about Valentine’s Day and all of the projects related to it. We began the month, reading all about the history of Valentine’s Day. We learned that this special day of love was first celebrated centuries ago in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honor Juno, the queen of all the Roman gods and goddesses, and the goddess of women and marriage. The Romans believed that if they prayed to Juno, she would help the young people get married. They would hold exciting activities for young girls and boys with the hope that during the next day’s festival the boy and girl would fall in love and later get married.
At the end of the Roman Empire, Christianity began to spread across Europe and even though the Christians still celebrated these festivals, they thought the Roman names were unholy and so eventually the Roman names were changed to Christian ones. In A.D. 486, Pope Gelasius, the head of the Christian church, replaced it with another festival that would allow people to meet, fall in love, and marry. He named it after the Christian saint of love, Saint Valentine, because of all the legends surrounding his life. According to historical records, there were three saints named Valentine and the facts of each are unclear.
One legend is that Valentine was an early Christian priest. Emperor Claudius II wanted everyone to pray to the Roman gods, but Valentine being a Christian would not and so Claudius threw him in jail. While in jail, Valentine fell in love with the blind daughter of a guard. On February 14th, Claudius ordered the guards to cut off Valentine’s head. Before he was taken away, Valentine gave a love note to the blind girl. Legend has it, when she opened the note, a miracle occurred; her sight returned, and she could read his love note which he had signed, “From your Valentine!” The practice of exchanging “Valentines” continues today!
The students enjoyed hearing stories and learning more about the history of the holiday. They created many art projects for Valentine’s Day, including making Valentine cards. Many children wrote special notes to their family members to show their love and they shared Valentine cards with their classmates. On Valentine’s Day, we sang songs and exchanged our cards with one another.
Please stay safe in the rest of the wintry days ahead!~Ms. Talat, Ms. Marie, Ms. Veronica and the ADM students.
January 2015 Happenings
The change over from the Old Year to the New Year is the perfect time for a favorite lesson to be given on time cycles, the months, the seasons, etc. Ms. Talat read her favorite book to the students, “How Do You Know What Time It Is?”, by Robert E. Wells. There is so much good information in this book about the history of the invention of the clock, how early people measured the day, and how the changing shape of the moon helped them keep track of months.
In Egypt, the regular flooding of the Nile River was very important because the water brought new soil to the fields. Egyptians began to keep track of the time between new moons to help them predict when the next flood would occur. Long ago, people did not know why the moon changed shape. Today we know that as the moon orbits, or travels around the Earth, it is always half lit by the Sun. But from our view on Earth, we see that light from different angles, causing the different shapes. We learned that it takes about 29.5 days for the moon to change through all its shapes as it orbits once around the Earth. We call this the “moon cycle”. The Egyptians saw that about 12 “moon cycles” passed between each flood, thus they made “Lunar Calendars” dividing 12 moon cycles into 3 seasons: Flooding, Planting and Harvest. The children loved listening to this reality-based book.
Many of the ADM students were here over the Christmas Recess and to celebrate the New Year, on December 31st, the children were involved in doing projects and decorating our class for New Year’s. Now that we are back after the long break, the students are settled in to their daily routine. Other than academics, the ADM children love to prepare lunch and set up the lunch table for everyone. They enjoy taking care of the environment–watering our plants, organizing and cleaning the class and feeding the birds. They enjoy watching the birds eat from the feeder through our class window. We welcome Anna Silveri to our ADM community. She recently moved up from the Toddler Community.
~ Happy New Year from Ms. Talat, Ms. Marie, Ms. Veronica and the ADM students!
Cookie Exchange – Monday, Dec. 15th, 2014
On Monday evening, December 15th, the MANJ main entrance foyer was the setting for the first annual ADM Cookie Exchange. The event was well attended and very enjoyable as parents distributed homemade cookies to each ADM child filling festively decorated cookie boxes. Afterward. the students entertained the gathered families and staff with Christmas Carols.
Very special thank you goes out to Suneetha Kalapala, (Siri), Shannon Goraya, (Harbani), and Clarissa DiFronzo, (Rocco), for all of their help decorating and setting up the event.
December 2014 Happenings
With the holidays upon us, the students in All Day Montessori are busy working on many art projects– coloring, punching paper, gluing, etc.—in anticipation of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. We read books about the holidays and the children are practicing Christmas songs. They love to sing and use musical instruments!
Next week we will have our first Cookie Exchange to celebrate the season with family and friends. The children are looking forward to sharing their homemade cookies. Thank you to all of the parents who have signed up to participate with their child(ren). Very special thanks to Siri’s mom, Suneetha Kalapala, and Rocco’s mom, Clarissa DiFronzo, who have volunteered to help with decorating the foyer on the day of the Cookie Exchange and to help the event progress smoothly.
Now that it is cold outside and food can be scarce, the children enjoy feeding the birds and the cats that call our school property their home.
Our students go outside to play every day—unless it is a major snow or rainstorm. Please send your child to school with appropriate winter gear—scarf, mittens, hat, snow boots and snow pants so they can comfortably go out and play in the fresh air each day.
We are pleased to welcome a new student to our class, Eoin Conner-Smith. Eoin is getting to know his new classmates and the routine of the ADM classroom. We wish Torin McClure farewell and best wishes as he and his family recently moved.
~ Happy Holidays from Ms. Talat, Ms. Marie, Ms. Veronica & the ADM students!
November 2014 Happenings
On Tuesday, October 28th, the full-day Primary class went on a field trip to the Planetarium at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. The children enjoyed the trip and learned many things about our solar system. In class, we have been continuing our studies by reading books on the Earth, Sun, Moon and Planets in our solar system.
The students in the ADM class are working on many projects in anticipation of Thanksgiving. They are coloring, painting, gluing, and hole-punching; all lessons that focus on the child’s eye-hand coordination and hand-control.
During “circle time”, we listen to the story of Thanksgiving, “Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving”, and sing our Thanksgiving song: “Harvest Time is Here, Thanksgiving is Coming Soon.”
Our class will celebrate with a Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014. The children will make special headdresses to wear at our luncheon. We will also decorate our lunch room and prepare special food for this occasion.
Look for details to come home with your child about a special event to happen in December: an ADM Christmas Cookie Exchange to take place on Monday, December 15th.
~ Happy Thanksgiving from Ms. Talat, Ms. Marie, Ms. Veronica and the students of the ADM Class!
Full-Day Primary Field Trip
On Tuesday, October 28th, the full day Primary students visited the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. Every part of this trip was an experience for the young students—for many of whom this was their first field trip. They enjoyed the bus ride, the planetarium and exploring the many exhibits the museum has to offer!
The Planetarium experience with the movie on the “Earth, Moon and Sun” was particularly interesting. Students learned about the planets in our solar system, the distance of the Sun and Moon from Earth, and the size of Earth and Moon compared to that of the Sun. They also learned the constellations that we may see in winter sky.
Students observed the fascinating selection of butterflies, beetles and eggs. Some students attended a presentation on Dinosaurs. They learned that paleontologists are the scientists who study dinosaurs and they marveled at the animal and dinosaur skeletons on exhibit at the museum. Other students also enjoyed attending the presentation on the Native Americans of the Delaware Valley. There are many, many artifacts in the museum’s exhibits of the local Native Americans.
Thank you goes out to Sarah Mantz, (Torin/ADM & Aidan/Elementary), for all of her work organizing this fun and interesting trip. Thank you also goes out to the parents who chaperoned along with Ms. Mantz, Kim Fitch (Benjamin/ADM) and Cristina Shafer (C.J./Assunta’s).
October 2014 Happenings
ADM is getting back to its routine. The students are excited to be back to school after the long summer break and are experiencing many new activities, such as feeding the birds and feeding the cats that make our outdoors their home. The students take care of their environment, inside the classroom and out. The All Day Montessori class is becoming a great community where the students respect one another and the older children take pride in helping the younger ones.
Brothers Thano and Alkeos visited Greece this summer and brought sea urchins in to class for their show and tell. This started a great lesson for our activity board with the theme, “The Sea Shore”. We took out the lesson on “names of shells”, and read books on the Sea Shore.
The older children enjoy baking cookies and pumpkin muffins for the evening snack. We incorporate seasonal fruit and vegetables in our lunch and snack menu. Parents are welcome to send in unusual fruits and vegetables for children to taste.
Thank you very much to the parents who have made donations toward the students’ new reading chair and ottoman—the children call it the “relaxing chair”!
Thank you also goes out to our MANJ Parent Association for providing pumpkins for the students to decorate. We are looking forward to this fun fall project as well as working on other projects such as coloring and drawing, paper rubbings, paper punching and painting.
Our class enjoys listening to music and singing songs. We use the rhythm sticks, jingle bells, tambourine, maracas and other musical instruments at sing-along time. The students are learning the names of musical instruments, reading music notes and working toward playing simple tunes on the musical bells.
For the next few weeks, while Ms. Marie and baby, Jihan, are away visiting family in Sri Lanka, Ms. Almas will be in our class in the afternoons. We are thankful to have an AMI certified Primary teacher on staff to serve as a substitute teacher!
Please make sure your child has a rain coat and rain boots in school, as we go outside in all weather. Children dressed in the appropriate outerwear love to splash in puddles!
ADM Lunch Menu
Monday: Bread and Sandwich
Tuesday: Rice with Vegetables/Kichree
Wednesday: Bread and Cheese Sandwich
Thursday: Pasta with Vegetable Sauce
Friday: Vegetable Soup
~ All the best! Ms. Talat, Ms. Almas, Ms. Veronica and the ADM students
September 2014 Happenings
Welcome back to all the children! ADM is getting back to its routine. The students are excited to be back and to experience many new activities, such as feeding the birds and feeding the cats that make our outdoors their home. The students take care of their environment, inside the classroom and out.
Brothers Thano and Alkeos visited Greece this summer and brought sea urchins in to class for their show and tell. This started a great lesson for our activity board. The theme is “The Sea Shore”. We took out the lesson on “names of shells”, and books on the Sea Shore.
The older children enjoy baking cookies for the evening snack. Parents can send in unusual fruits and vegetables for children to taste.
We are working on fall projects such as coloring and drawing, paper rubbings, paper punching and painting.
~ Ms. Talat, Ms. Marie & Ms. Veronica
The photos below show some of the work the students are doing each day. Click on a photo to begin the slideshow.