Hi everyone! Welcome back to a new school year. Ms. Heather and I are excited to be working with your children this year, and we have settled into a pretty good routine as the second week gets underway. I don't have too much to report at this point, but I wanted to share with you a little about our curriculum.
At the beginning of each school year, the Montessori Elementary curriculum starts with a series of stories called The Five Great Stories. Written by Dr. Montessori, the idea was to give the children a framework into which they can fit everything they'll learn throughout their 3 or 6 years in Elementary. Last week, I told the Great Story of the Universe, which starts from a cold, dark nothingness and goes through the Big Bang and to the cooling of the Earth's crust. It also lays the foundation for studies of the Sun and Earth, the three states of matter, and chemical and physical reactions. (And volcanoes feature prominently, as some of you may have guessed!)
In the second week, I tell the Story of Life, which begins the biology curriculum. We explore the Timeline of Life, seeing the animals, plants and continents as they were from the Cambrian Era to modern times. After that, we hear Story of Humans, to give them a sense of their connection to all of humanity, followed by the two great inventions of humans: The Story of Our Alphabet and the Story of Numbers.
I hope your children will share some of the details of these stories with you as they hear them! As follow up work after the lessons, they are free to draw pictures, create models, do further reading and research, and even tell their favorite parts to a friend or relative.
We hope the stories give them a sense of wonder about the world, a sense of excitement about all there is to learn, in and out of school, and a sense of purpose as they start to consider their place in the universe.
- Ms. Becca