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October 20, 2018
  • 50th Event: Fall Festival

    October 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • 50th Event: Fall Festival

    October 20, 2018

    from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Rain date: October 21st

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October 21, 2018
October 22, 2018
  • Toddler Lunch: Penne Pasta

    October 22, 2018

    Penne pasta with marinara sauce and green beans. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • TENT: New violin students begin lessons

    October 22, 2018 @ 12:00 am - October 23, 2018 12:00 am

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October 23, 2018
  • Toddler Lunch: Vegetable Lentil Soup

    October 23, 2018

    Vegetable Lentil Soup with bread and olive oil. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • Toddler Class Pictures, Hummingbird/Cardinal

    October 23, 2018 @ 8:45 am - 8:45 am

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October 24, 2018
  • Toddler Lunch: Quesadillas

    October 24, 2018

    Cheese quesadillas with spinach and sweet potato fries. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • Pizza Lunch - PRI/ELEM/MS

    October 24, 2018

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  • Toddler Class Pictures, Goldfinch and Robin

    October 24, 2018 @ 8:45 am - 9:15 am

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  • Pizza lunch delivery

    October 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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  • Fall Fitness- LE, UE, MS

    October 24, 2018
    Outside

    LE Group #1: 9:00-9:45amUE Group #1: 10:00-10:45am UE Group #2: 11:00-11:45am LE: 1:30-2:15pm MS: 2:30-3:45pm Rain Location: Crescendo (all groups)

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October 25, 2018
  • New Violin Students begin Group Lessons

    October 25, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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October 26, 2018
  • School Closed - Open for Addl Days (I-E) - Faculty In-Service

    October 26, 2018

    Faculty In-Service - Conference Prep for Teachers

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  • UE delivers Smart Lunches

    October 26, 2018 @ 10:15 am - 10:30 am

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Coming of the Universe

Upper Elementary 3rd Year Students Perform

The Great Lessons

The Great Lessons are Montessori’s unique approach to organizing the elementary curriculum into five big themes.  These themes introduce the key events in the history of our Universe.  These lessons are called the “Great Lessons” because they are special, dramatic introductions to key curriculum themes and are shared with the students during the first few weeks of schools.  They launch all later study in astronomy, physics, chemistry, geology, geography, biology, archaeology, history, and peace education. Their purpose is to spark a sense of awe and wonder about the universe and propel students’ curiosity forward toward their individual and group work in the key curriculum areas. They also are impressionistic as they stay with children long after they are given. They are the amazing stories of our universe, our human story, and the miracle of life. The Great Lessons consist of the following presentations and connected curriculum work from those lessons:  The Beginning of the Universe and Earth, The Coming of Life, The Coming of Human Beings, How Written Language Began, How Numbers Began.

The oldest students in the Upper Elementary classroom continued the tradition of taking what they have learned from the Great Lessons and interpreting it in a dramatic story. Third Level Upper Elementary students created a play based on what they learned and presented it to their younger elementary peers. Throughout their elementary years students will study The Formation of the Universe The Coming of Life, The Coming of Human Beings, The Story of Numbers, and The Story of Language

A follow-up lesson from the first and second great lessons was given to the Level 1 students. They gathered in the Crescendo Room to create a visual timeline starting with the Big Bang which occurred 13.8 billion years ago to the appearance of Early Humans about 3 million years ago.  This lends a wonderful opportunity for the children to witness the events that took place on Earth before humans inhabited the planet.

About PMonts

The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.

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