Week 2: 8/24 – 8/28/2020

Dear Bella Mente Families,

Congratulations! We finished our first full week of the 20/21 school year. We have accomplished a great deal in nine days! Students have been able to meet their teacher(s) and classmates and our first MAPs assessments are almost completed. Teachers, students, and parents navigated technology successfully. We have had an attendance/participation rate of 99.8%, which is amazing! Thank you for supporting your students in this new endeavor!

 

Now that we have our first two weeks completed, which focused on building connections between teachers and students and our MAPs assessment we move forward to a full week of becoming familiar with the new curriculum. Everyone will learn their new routine and become comfortable with it in no time! I know you are probably as curious as we are to see the results of MAPs assessments for your student(s). We will need to be patient as we finish up assessments. 

 

As always, we at Bella want to thank you for your trust, patience, and kindness as we work together to make this a great year for all!

Have a great weekend!
Dr. McQuestion Principal

  • Please make sure your student(s) are logging in through Clever and not going directly to their Google Classroom or Google Meet with their teacher.
  • We heard your suggestions and purchased Zoom, which we will slowly roll out over the next few weeks. Zoom offers better security and has more tools for teacher instruction.

  • Student emails are for logging in only, they are not set up for communication. Please contact your teacher through Clever, Google Classroom, or email from a parent.

  • Big Universe will be introduced this next week. Your student(s) will have thousands of eBooks to choose from! Their own library!

Montessori Musings

“The hand is the instrument of intelligence. The child needs to manipulate objects and to gain experience by touching and handling.” Marie Montessori

Montessori believed that, especially in the 6-9 developmental period, children love order. They like to sort things and organize things. That is why collections are so popular at this age. Children will collect rocks, shells, pokemon cards, all kinds of things. Encourage your child to keep a collection and categorize them. You might want to point out that this is what scientists do when they classify animals in taxonomic ranks So good activities to do at this age is organizing things around the house. You can have your child sort the silverware drawer or something like that but my favorite is socks.

 

Directions:
Part I-
1. Find all your individual socks.
2. Put them in a pile on the bed, table or clean floor.
3. Line them up in a line.
4. Sort them in piles by color.
5. Sort them into pairs.
6. When you find a pair follow this video on how to fold them.

 

 

7. Put them in your drawer standing vertical .
8. Some fun things to do with your extra socks.
a. Put them on your feet, grab a spray bottle of water and slide along cleaning the spots and dust off the floor. Make sure you throw them away after.
b. Put them on your hands and dust the shelves. Make sure you throw them away after, you don’t want them to endup in the wash again!
c. Make hand puppets and play