Fall is in the air, vegetables are in the garden, and the classrooms are filled with activity.
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FMS is getting ready to expand its garden area this year, thanks to the help of our wonderful staff, parents and students. We are planning to build new planter boxes (thanks to the gracious assistance of a few FMS fathers); fix the sprinklers; and start planting! One of our elementary teachers, Ms. April, is spearheading this exciting new development with the hopes of teaching the children more about nutrition, health and the natural environment. If you would like to get ...Read More →
Last week, our middle school students explored different career options and spent some time in the gardens. Here are their thoughts:
Rochelle: This week I learned that sunflowers grow toward the sun, so if you put them in shade they will most likely fall over.
Ian: This week I found some tips on taking care of sunflowers, like putting them in direct sunlight and to water them with distilled water.
Olivia: I have grown an interest in architecture after doing my project, which ...Read More →
Middle School students visited Roos ‘n’ More to learn about exotic and endangered animals; played games to learn about the order of operations; studied diffusion through semi-permeable membranes by observing eggshells; created flipbooks to illustrate the complex process of mitosis; and more.
Other studies include discussing U.S. History during the pre-Civil War era and WWII; learning grammatical concepts like irregular verbs and vocabulary words such as ‘anthropomorphism’; reading Julius Ceasar and Animal Farm; memorizing funeral orations; and, finally, analyzing political cartoons ...Read More →
Let’s peek inside the doors of P2, where students are learning about the concept of courtesy in the classroom.
“Grace and courtesy are fundamental concepts taught by Dr. Maria Montessori in her original school for young children of working class parents. It was the recognition of how the children and their ‘guide’ (teachers) interacted with each other inside the classroom that helped create a peaceful and productive learning environment.
Today, we see that when each child recognizes that their voice and their ...Read More →
In Montessori education, students often start off their school year with “The First Great Lesson.” Says Ms. Vickie, teacher in E2: “The lesson is intended to make an impression on the children and spark an interest in the world around them. We do a series of experiments that demonstrate basic science to inspire and motivate them to want to learn new things.
“Maria Montessori said: ‘Knowledge can be best given when there is eagerness to learn, so this is the period ...Read More →
Let’s peek into the window of P3, where primary students are already making friends and learning new things:
“We are having so much fun getting to know your wonderful children. We love our new friends already! We spent the first week easing into the school routine. We will spend the next few weeks of school building our classroom community, getting to know one another, learning important social skills and practicing all of our school routines.
Our goal is to take the time to ...Read More →
Let’s take a peek inside E5 this week, where students are learning about tectonic plates, metacognition, and living a writerly life:
“Our first week was amazing, and filled with some exciting community building activities! From post-it note competitions, to ‘Saving Fred!’, our students have started to build a solid foundation of working together to solve problems and using different strategies to brainstorm creative solutions. We are thrilled with our intelligent, kind and thoughtful class and can’t wait to see them thrive ...Read More →
E1 is learning about the beautiful mathematical Fibonacci sequence. Check out pictures from their classroom which illustrate the concept in all its perfection, and read more about Fibonacci numbers here.
Foothills Montessori School is a private Montessori school serving families in Henderson, Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.
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One special Montessori tradition is the celebration of a child’s birthday. Called “The Celebration of Life,” it involves the child standing in the middle of a circle with all of the children seated around him or her. In the center of the circle is a paper cut-out of a sun, a candle, and the 12 months of the year.
Displayed prominently is a poster board with pictures of the child at each age and the child’s life story. The child’s parents ...Read More →