Soldotna Montessori Charter

Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Susan Larned attended the International Montessori Council Peace Conference. Attendees from around the globe exchanged ideas on Montessori theories, which reinforce the importance of global understanding. One of the recommendations that will be implemented in the classroom is to study continents by biomes rather than political divisions.

This month, continent study is Australia. Students in the first- through third-grade class will select an Australian topic and prepare written and oral presentations including historical time lines.

Anne McCabe's kindergarten through first-grade class will continue its work on the animal kingdom, focusing on chordates and invertebrates. Art projects have focused on primary colors and three-dimensional pottery works. Students are learning to tell time with real-life schedules, including time of pledge, time of recess, lunch and time to go home.

Eva Canedo visits all four Montessori classrooms and teaches Spanish and sign language simultaneously. Each Spanish word spoken has a visual sign demonstrated at the same time. Each week focuses on different themes, colors, families and foods. She then has the students tie the previous week's theme into the current week's theme. The students also match Spanish words to the 3-dimensional food items, then make storybooks with their Spanish words and illustrate them.

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