The first and second grade students completed a unit on Autobiographies and Biographies this February. The culmination of our study was the President Biography Presentations on Father's Mornings. From learning about Lincoln's famous "Emancipation Proclamation" speech, to stumbling across fun facts such as President Obama's strong dislike of ice cream from all his early years at Baskin Robbins, the students were able to grasp and communicate the importance and the interesting facts about their President from our nation's past. With careful research and teacher support. each child learned to understand their president's legacy with respect to the current events at each corresponding time. The students worked hard to research basic information about their assigned president and to create a visual, lifelike poster. Take a look at the slideshow below for each president presenter and the process of our hard work!
Let's travel light years back to the end of January when we transformed our classroom into a super-galactic Space adventure! This celebration was the culmination of our Non Fiction Planet Research for all of Walden to enjoy! After careful text and online research, nonfiction writing, poster assembly and clay model building, the first and second grade students were excited to share all of their hard work. Mrs. Goodwin brought in a holiday light projector, we pulled down the window shades, draped dark colored table cloths over shelves, and arranged a path through the classroom from the Sun at the entrance all the way through the inner planets, asteroid belt, and then outer planets. Our classroom was an astronomical sight to see! Walden students across all grades from PreK through 8th grade entered through the yellow bright streamers of the Sun and learned about each planet on a walking tour. Each child was excited and thrilled to talk about and answer questions about their own planet of study. It was quite an adventure and a classroom event to remember!
My name is Kelsie Manton. Your children know me as Miss Kelsie. I am the student teacher from Cabrini University in grades 1/2. I will be working with this class every day until May 3rd, 2019. I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to work with your children and two awesome teachers over the next fifteen weeks.
I went into the field of teaching because I wanted to see children blossom and learn in a way that was unique to them. I quickly learned that not every child learns the same way. This is just one aspect that made me interested in the Montessori theory. Teach to the individual child rather than the class as a whole. I intend to make my lesson plans unique and differentiated to meet the needs of all learners.
Some things about me: I grew up in Prospect Park, PA. I started my early childhood education journey at Delaware County Community College, where I received my Associates Degree. In my spare time I like to read, create photo book albums, and interior decorate. I am very much looking forward to this learning experience and hope to get the chance to meet you all along the way!
We kicked off the New Year with a new Science Unit: Space and the Solar System. One Fun Friday, we recycled pizza top boxes to create colorful cardboard models of our Solar System. The students used pom poms of various sizes and foil to represent both the inner and outer planets and the asteroid belt.
Each student also paired off with a partner to become Planet Experts! The students used the information from their Non Fiction research to create their own mini tri fold board with facts, illustrations, photographs and Non Fiction writing about their planet of expertise. We look forward to sharing these posters and planet knowledge with each other after the long MLK weekend!
In conjunction with Grades 1-6 classrooms, the students in Grades 1 & 2 worked in small groups to study a book from a well-loved series. The students worked hard to study the plot of the story, design a setting backdrop, identify character traits with evidence and to visualize a mental movie representing the story. We hope you take some time over the Thanksgiving recess to enjoy the show with your friends and family! Enjoy!
We typically begin each year thoroughly reviewing and studying common land and water forms using Montessori materials. One Fun Friday in October, the students explored these land and water forms using a variety of different materials to stimulate multiple senses. According to the Montessori philosophy, when children are exposed to a variety of sensorial experiences, the intellectual senses are developed encouraging the child's ability to observe and compare with precision. In small groups, students rotated through Centers to observe, match, sketch and label the basic opposing land/water forms using the "3D" Landforms. We then mixed ingredients in small groups to make blue and brown Salt Dough which later became a texture for building "land" and "water" on our own Earth Plate. The students designed their own plate using several of the land or water forms studied in class. Through all of this work, our hope is that the children are building upon their environmental awareness to develop an appreciation for the beautiful world that is around all around us!
Scroll down for more photos and a DIY Salt Dough Recipe!
DIY: Make Salt Dough AT HOME!
Below is the recipe used in school. We started with a 1:1 ratio of Salt to Flour. There are other variations found on the Web. You may find that you need to add more or less of each ingredient to find the perfect, non-stick consistency. Good luck!
Ingredients and Materials Needed:
1 cup Salt
1 cup Flour
1 cup Warm Water
Several drops of Food Coloring (Optional)
Spoon for mixing
1. Add drops of food coloring to the warm water to your liking.
2. Pour the warm water into the large bowl.
3. Slowly stir in the salt.
4. Slowly stir in the flour. Once the flour is all poured in, notice the consistency. If it is too watery, add more flour.
5. Use your hands to knead the dough. Keep adding flour until the dough is dry enough to the touch.
6. Build. Explore. Play. Most importantly, have fun!
7. P.S. Don't forget to help Moms and Dads with clean up!
It's a simple, easy craft for a rainy weekend or a possibly snow day this upcoming winter. Parents, please comment on our blog and share photos if you try at home!
Here are a few snapshots of an afternoon on the rug exploring Alphabetical Order, Word Building and the reinforcement of Letter/Sound Connections!
Why are bees so important?
The first and second grade students were buzzing around the Walden school yard on Friday, September 21st looking for the last evidence of summer. Pollen! With a Q-tip in one hand and a magnifying glass in the other, these bees gathered pollen and learned first hand how bees travel from flower to flower before heading back to the hive to continue the honey making process. Later, inside the classroom using cotton balls and colored chalk, we simulated cross pollination while enjoying the organized chaos of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee. What a great way to officially end the season of Summer!