Agenda | Next 7 Days

January 21, 2019
January 22, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch: Vegetable Soup with Pasta

    January 22, 2019

    Vegetable soup with pasta and whole wheat baguette. Served with seasonal fruit.

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January 23, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch: Pasta with Marinara Sauce

    January 23, 2019

    Macaroni with Marinara sauce. Steamed cauliflower and broccoli. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • Pizza Lunch - PRI/ELEM/MS

    January 23, 2019

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  • Winter Fitness - MS

    January 23, 2019

    MS: 2:30-3:45pm Location: Crescendo

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  • Winter Fitness - LE, UE

    January 23, 2019

    LE Group #1: 9:00-9:45amUE Group #1: 10:00-10:45am UE Group #2: 11:00-11:45am LE Group #2: 1:30-2:15pm Location: Crescendo (all groups)

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PI DAY!

Upper Elementary Celebrates Pi with Pie

Happy Pi Day!

Upper Elementary participated in festivities to celebrate the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 due to π being roughly equal to 3.14  (3/14 in American date format). Montessori students study pi each year, with a focus on discovery of the relationships of the parts of a circle and π, which represents the ratio between a circle’s circumference to its diameter.  It is a true sensory experience,  visual, hands-on and even with tasting!  The oldest students spend time preparing the lesson during their third year, rehearsing it and adding in vocabulary, visual aides and even technology.  Since they have received the lesson before, they are demonstrating mastery when they need to understand it well enough to teach it to someone else.  The way math is taught is multi-sensory as well, meaning there is a story, history about the first people who discovered these mathematical relationships, and then concretely proving the relationship themselves using the Montessori Stick Box (a Geometry material), rather than merely memorizing the formula.  All this allows for a more in depth understanding, as well as developing an interest and wonder in how other mathematical formulas were derived.

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Some of the beginning lessons included books, like Sir Cumference, and Eratosthenes, the Library who Measured the Earth, reviewing the formal nomenclature of the circle, and reviewing terms such as perimeter, area and how those are found for common polygons.  The pie adds some fun to the day, and assures that these children will always remember pi!
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After the lesson the students enjoyed many delicious varieties of pies for snack!

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