//What did you (Parents) learn at the Primary to Elementary Transition Meeting?

What did you (Parents) learn at the Primary to Elementary Transition Meeting?


We noticed your sign:


The sign read, "Welcome Parents and Teachers."


We watched as Millie demonstrated “Reading Analysis,” a way to look at the parts of a sentence by cutting up the sentence and answering questions about its parts and matching these parts to wooden symbols.


Watching and listening actively.


We used what we know about the Grammar Symbols to examine the Literary Style of a few different poets.


A poet sometimes uses a distinctive pattern of words to create her style!


We were amused.


A funny poem by Andrea's favorite poet made us smile.


We watched as our friends identified the Geometric Solids by name.


Watching a lesson closely.


We liked comparing the cone with the cylinder and the rectangular prism with the square pyramid:


"This is a cone," Lisa said, but it was not the kind you could eat! Ha-ha!


Then we learned how to derive the formula for the volume of a square pyramid the way you do, with the sand and the hollow geometrical material.  Wow!


Pouring sand from the square pyramid into the rectangular prism to see how many square prisms-full it would take.


Here’s what we came up with:


It is basically the same as the formula for the volume of a prism with the same base, divided by three.


We began to make predictions about the relationship between the volume of the cylinder and the volume of the cone built on the same base.  What do you think we discovered?


Filling the cone with sand in order to fill the cylinder.


Guess you’ll have to ask Hamida or just try it yourself!


Our mental wheels were turning as we watched Suzanne present Addition with the Golden Beads.


Here’s part of the lesson:


You can see two tens and a unit with their large cards. Suzanne was showing how you notate the sum of your addends.


Then, Patrick explained Square Root and demonstrated how you find the square root of a large number using the Golden Beads:


Here, Patrick is waiting for someone to suggest exchanging one hundred for ten tens. It took a while for us to think of that!


We were curious about the pictures framed in red and the chart and timeline in the center of the room.  It didn’t look like something that comes from a box, so at first we didn’t think it was a lesson for us.  Then, Jennifer and Leanna explained something that made the whole room come together.


It took concentration to follow the trail you take from the Primary to the Elementary classes.


The pictures on a red background were pictures of people’s food, clothing, shelter and celebrations in Europe, the continent that appears on your Puzzle Map in the Primary classes  in red.


There were other folders with pictures of people’s food, clothing, shelter and celebrations in Africa on green, in Asia on yellow, in Australasia on brown, in South America on pink and in North America on orange, just like the colors of these other continents on your Primary Puzzle Maps.


Here’s the Elementary chart that explains how this information is connected:


The Geography Folders' pictures and the Elementary Chart of The Fundamental Needs of Human Beings.


A close-up of the chart showing Spiritual and Material Needs with a few specifics about each.


We learned that all Human Beings have the same needs and that since we have been on Earth, we have found ways to meet our needs with different materials, depending upon what was available where we lived.


We figured you could make a giant chart of The Fundamental Needs of Human Beings if you had enough space and all of the pictures from the Geography Folders.


Then, we saw the Timeline of Early Humans.  We were impressed by the fact that some of our friends who had attended Montessori schools as children remembered this timeline and how human beings, with our special gifts discovered and invented so many things!


We felt happy and hopeful for human beings when we realized that we have the means within us to find, discover and make what we need with what we are given on this beautiful planet.


Do you think we learned enough for one night?  What else would you like for us to know, as your parents?



The story above was compiled from the experiences of many people. Individual parents may have learned much more than you can see above. Please take this into account if you decide to quiz your parents.


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2017-11-14T22:22:49+00:00By |Early Education|