March is Science Show and Tell month, and always an exciting time. To start off the science experiments, we placed bouquets of white carnations into jars of different coloured water. Miss Stacy read the book ‘You are what you eat’ to all classes, explaining how we also absorb the foods we eat. Of course the flowers changed colour, proving the book and science correct. There also was a demonstration using a Candle Carousel, showing how heat produces energy. The first year students all worked within the theme of “Sink and Float”, while our second year students had the theme ‘Heat, Light & Colour’. No matter how many years we have done this, we always learn something new. Very exciting for us because we love to learn too. Often there is similarity in the experiments, but the effects of each individual one is exciting and repetition reinforces the reactions of elements and materials. It is truly a remarkable sight, to see the concentration of each little scientist and the spellbound attention of the audience. We took pictures of every student and will send the secure link to all families. We are so impressed with every little scientist. An amazing demonstration was done by all, showing self-confidence and pure joy in the fun. Our friend Max has recently returned from an extensive trip to Hong Kong. Thank you Max and family for bringing transparent balloons filled with tiny beads in for all friends attending Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ironically the balloons cover all three categories for the ‘Heat (rising), Light (transparency) & Colour’. After two long grueling weeks of work, the morning class finally completed their sand mountain in the playground. The victory was celebrated with a flag planting. It was magnificent. Thank you Miss Nancy, our practicum student for making Montessori Mountain into a volcano. After all, it’s science month.
We have now completed our studies of Africa. We travelled to deserts and mountains, built our own small world savannahs and discovered fascinating wildlife. We learned how to speak Swahili (asante Iyla) and met many children who live in Africa through their stories. We learned how to balance water jugs on our heads and also learned how precious water is. The pre-K children have worked on animal booklets covering some of the many exciting and very interesting animal life found on the continent. It has been an exciting journey. When we return after the break, our focus will be on spring, recycling, Earth Day, and Easter. Our travels will take us to Australia, the land down under. There we will learn about animals that are not found anywhere else on this planet. We will also spend a lengthy time learning about the diverse sea life in the Great Barrier Reef. Busy times!
Sunday, March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day and the time to celebrate and eat and drink all things green (within reason). The children baked lime sugar cookies. The classroom smelled divine with the lime being zested and juice being squeezed. Cookies were sent home the last two days of classes. The fresh taste of lime got us thinking of spring and looking forward to warmer weather. And the cookies were delicious. Miss Lori will continue sending a choice selection of our school activities on our Instagram account @ strathconamontessori.
Thank you Yalda (mum) and Elijah for bringing us a wonderful container of newly grown grass and a water mister to keep the grass happy. The grass is a traditional way to celebrate Nowruz (Persian New Year) on March 21st. Nowruz is celebrated around the world on March 20th or 21st, the first day of spring. We will keep the container on the Practical Life shelf activity for 13 days, until April 4th.
Sadly, we now must say goodbye to Miss Jade. We don’t want to, but we must. Jade came all the way from England to volunteer with us for three months during her gap year. The children adored Jade and she will be greatly missed by all of us. We wish we could keep her. Thank you Miss Jade for all your work, helping hands, your patience and your energy. Jade will return to England at the end of March and back to university in September. It has been a joy and a true pleasure spending time and getting to know you. Please come back anytime Jade.
Spring Break is almost here. We will be closed, along with all Vancouver schools on Monday, March 18th through March 29th. We re-open at 8:45am on Monday, April 1st. Yoyomama (yoyomama.ca) is a great resource for activities during the break. Art supplies and other activity materials can be found at Collins Educational (preschool to G7), near Main and Marine in Vancouver. There is no lack of things to do and see, places to go and nature to discover. Many low cost, or no cost at all. We emailed a list of Spring Break activity camps for preschoolers a few weeks back as well. When a child says they are bored, it really means they don’t know what to do next. We live in an amazing city, in an amazing province. Go out and discover how truly amazing it is. Please remember to forward Spring Break dates to all family members, nannies and caregivers who come for pick-ups. We will see everyone on April 1st (the irony of the date is not lost on any of us).
Have a wonderful Spring Break and safe travels to all!