Agenda | Next 7 Days

December 17, 2018
  • Toddler Lunch: Breakfast for lunch

    December 17, 2018

    French toast sticks, veggie sausage, and sweet potatoes tots. Served with seasonal fruit.

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December 18, 2018
  • Toddler Lunch: Vegetable Soup with pasta

    December 18, 2018

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

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December 19, 2018
  • Toddler Lunch: Brown rice with vegetables

    December 19, 2018

    Brown rice with vegetables. served with seasonal fruits

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  • Pizza Lunch - PRI/ELEM/MS

    December 19, 2018

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  • Holiday Concert

    December 19, 2018 @ 8:45 am - 8:45 am

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  • UE / MS Cookie Exchange

    December 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 am
    R Crescendo Foyer, R Summit

    bring in 2 dozen cookies, and bring home two dozen! After Holiday Sing Along: Cookie exchange immediately following concert in Summit Room.

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  • NO Winter Fitness - MS

    December 19, 2018

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

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  • NO Winter Fitness - LE, UE

    December 19, 2018

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December 20, 2018
  • Winter Break - School Closed

    December 20, 2018 - January 2, 2019

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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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