Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stone Soup

"Bring what you've got, put it in the pot, 'cause we're making stone soup."

Every fall we read the book Stone Soup with the children and get to make a community soup.  It is a great way for us all to learn about how a small contribution from each person, can benefit the group as a whole.  Each child brought a vegetable to share and Anne Gibson helped them prepare the food for the soup.  Thank you all for the food donations, and thank you Anne for cooking with the kids.

We're excited for Stone Soup.

Josie adds a vegetable while Megan reads the story.

Mabel shares her vegetables.

Mia adds a tomato.
Anne helps Turner & Connor peel carrots.

Anne works with Josie, Walter, & Mia.

Luka chops carrots.

Maya gets ready to peel a potato.

Music with Jackie

Ever heard your child sing the song "Johnny Appleseed, Johnny Appleseed..." or watch them scamper around pretending to be a squirrel?  Every Thursday morning the children get a special visit from Jackie, our music teacher.  I was lucky enough to sit in with one of groups, and their faces and smiles showed how much fun they were having. They really enjoy breaking up into small groups and using their voices and bodies to make music. 

Acting out a song.

Moving with the music.

Making a rhythm with our hands.
Scampering around like squirrels.

Sourdough Squirrels.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Halloween Festivities

Our Halloween celebration at Sourdough Montessori was nothing but Fun.  Halloween group lessons were set up around the school, the children participated in a costume parade, and even The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything visited our classrooms.  A big thank you goes out to Sarah Meltzer and Ania Bulis who played games and crafted Halloween masks with the children.
Hope you all had a fun and festive holiday!

Mia & Hadley

Vaughn & Cole dress up

Rylin as Snow White

Joren is a shark.


Acting out the story of The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything.  

"One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child" - Maria Montessori

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bring a Relative to School Night

Bring a Relative to School Night this year was a great success, thank you so much to all who attended.  It was great getting to watch the children teach their parents all of the lessons they have been working on this fall.  Just by observing, I could see the children beaming with pride as they showed off their hard work.

Rocky Creek Farm

Last week the Sourdough Montessori kids took a field trip to Bozeman's Rocky Creek Farm to enjoy the last few weeks of Fall.  At the farm they made apple cider, picked pumpkins, climbed a mountain of hay bales, and went on a hay ride.  Both the children and the teachers had great time! 

Ryan & Maya are excited about the tractors.

Christy takes a group of children on the hay ride.

It didn't take long for the children to find their perfect pumpkin.

Austin & Cole.

Hazel & Luka.

Nolan watches our ride find a good spot to turn around.

Turner & Maya.

We learned how to make apple cider.

First you have to crush the apples into small pieces.

Next you fill a sack with all of the apple chunks and put it in a press.

Last, you use the press to squeeze all of the juice out of the sack, and collect it in a bucket.

Field Trips are so much fun!