Fosterfield Farm Visit
On October 2 and 3, our six Primary classes attended their first field trip to Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Our students saw different animals, including hens, roosters, cows, sheep, pigs, horses, and ducks.
Our tour guide, Alyssa, showed the children a corn sheller, which is a machine that takes the kernels off the cob. The children then got to use a corn cracker which grinds up the kernels so the chickens can eat the corn without having to chew it, since they do not have any teeth. After they ground the corn, they walked carefully with it to feed the chickens. The smile on their faces while throwing the corn was priceless! We learned that it takes about 21 days for hens to hatch their eggs and see their chicks for the first time. Also, we learned that chickens sleep standing up high off the ground and that their house is called a “chicken coop.” In addition, we saw some baby pigs, which are known as “piglets.” We observed and learned about the process of making butter while using a device called a “butter churn.” All the children took turns using the butter churn.
The children also got to get up close and touch a draft horses, named Roblocks, soft nose. These horses were not riding horses. Weighing more than 2,000 pounds, they do heavy work on the farm by pulling plows and wagons. We got up close to the Jersey cows and calves on the farm and used the cream from their milk when we churned butter. A special thank you to our parent chaperones who walked with the children all throughout the farm.
Our Lower Elementary children enjoyed a field trip to Newark Museum this week. They took a guided tour of the Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean Art exhibit, which comprised of nearly 4,500 objects dating from 3000 BC to 600 AD, where they observed the real sarcophagus of an ancient Egyptian songstress! The students took on the role of detectives on a “Who Done It?” mystery adventure in the famed Ballantine Mansion. They learned the history behind the Ballantine family and mansion and tried to figure out who stole the family jewels! Newark Museum is truly a hidden gem in New Jersey and we encourage all of our families to visit as there is much to see and learn.
At the Whitney Museum, the Upper Elementary were given tours of art created by American artists. They were very fortunate to be guided through the museum by two wonderful and knowledgeable museum guides. During the discussions with the guides, the groups learned that creativity could come from emotions or inspiration. Artists do not just paint to express themselves as they saw in The Labyrinth Steel Glyph wall art. A full wall display of steel symbols told the story of losing someone you love, sorrow. They also viewed perspective and learned how artists use different types of lines and paint colors to capture space to tell a story. After the tour, we all enjoyed a stroll with our friends on Manhattan’s High Line walkway.
A Day in the Life of the Hudson
On October 22, Elementary students participated in “A Day in the Life of a Hudson River Estuary and Harbor” event. Each year, students and educators along the Hudson study the Hudson River and its surroundings. This event began in 2003 with more than 300 student participants and has grown to over 5,000 participants.” Our children walked to Morris Canal Basin located in Exchange Place and took part in various stations set up to measure the chemical, physical, and biological attributes of the Hudson River. The data collected by our students will provide insight into an ecosystem spanning 160 miles of the Hudson River and New York Harbor.
“Mr. Brian”, our field scientist from the Cary Institute and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, stopped in to check in on us! He was also kind enough to catch a White Perch fish early at 4 am for our students to observe! We released the fish at the end of our field study. Our data included a salinity of 20 parts per thousand, pH of 6, and our catch include crabs, krills, and zebra mussels.
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Book Fair and Author Visit
Our had the pleasure of spending time with author Andi Green. Ms. Green read one of her award-winning books, “Don’t Feed the Worry Bug,” where emotions themselves are lovable quirky characters that embark on delightful journeys of self-awareness. She created this series to promote healthy emotional wellness. Each WorryWoo adventure concludes with an upbeat message of “Hey, it’s OK” and presents the perfect opportunity to openly discuss topics that don’t have easy answers.
Emotional intelligence is broadly defined as being able to recognize, understand, and manage our feelings. Ms. Green’s books help children build empathy, create positive emotional understanding, and improve emotional intelligence. Here at Hudson Montessori School, we understand that emotional intelligence is just as important as a child’s academic ability. The earlier that students learn about their own feelings, the more they can recognize and sympathize with how others feel too. We want to help our students understand and embrace difficult emotions so that they are better equipped to navigate the situations they will inevitably encounter.
Thank you so much to our Hudson Montessori families for donating books and supporting our annual book fair! A special thanks to Ms. Christine Lin for spearheading our book fair this year!
Elementary Theme Kick-Off Event
The Elementary Kick-Off was a big success! Elementary students enjoyed showcasing this year’s school-wide theme, “Art, Architecture, and Archeology.” Students presented different arts from different time periods, creating timelines of art, and portraying famous artists and architects from various time periods.
The Upper Elementary students did a phenomenal job bringing the Renaissance to life for their Living Museum presentation. After weeks of research, writing, memorization, and costume design, the students transported us back in time so we could get up close to these incredible people. Our parents enjoyed the singing and presentations throughout the school.
Please check out our event coverage by ChickpeaJC: https://www.chicpeajc.com/events/hudson-montessori-schools-2019-theme-kick-off/
Toddler, Bridge Primary, and Primary Fall Harvest
Primary students celebrated autumn with a Fall Harvest Day event! It was an excellent opportunity for our students to spend time together and observe the fall season. Students brought in food, some cooked a meal in class, while parents feasted together with their children.
Teaching kids about giving to others in need can be rewarding for both parents and children. Learning about giving and helping others gives kids a feeling of empowerment in an uncertain world where unexpected and sometimes frightening events happen every day.
In the South Hudson area, there are more than 100 foster children and well over that number in all of Hudson County. Children in foster care usually have to place their belongings in a black garbage bag when moving to a different home. This season, Hudson Montessori School is partnering with Blessed To Bless in collecting and filling new duffle bags, backpacks, and school bags for foster children, ages newborn to age 14. Included in each bag is a holiday gift, toiletries, and other everyday comforts.
We encourage our HMS family to bring items to the Comet classroom by November 29. Our Upper Elementary delegates will help assemble the donations and present them to Blessed To Bless who will distribute them to local foster children.
List of suggested donations (brand new only):
- Bags (backpacks, duffles, carrels) labeled by gender and age 0-1, age 2-4, age 5-8, age 9-11, age 12 to 14.
- A special surprise, stuffed toy, baby toys, action figures, toy cars, a new outfit, jacket, hoodies, pajamas, undergarments, makeup, school supplies, journals, candy, books, playing cards, puzzles, arts and crafts (please no toy weapons).
- List of toiletries: Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, scrunchie, wipes, diapers, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, brushes, combs, and hair accessories.
Treats for Troops
Every year our Hudson Montessori School participates in a Halloween Candy collection program. Through the Soldiers’ Angels Treats for troops, excess Halloween Candy is donated to deployed soldiers. We will be collecting candies till November 15, please drop off to 50 Regent Comet Classroom door. Please note:
No Homemade or handmade candy.
No baked goods.
YES, we take chocolate and it does not need to be separated.
Wishing all our families a Happy Diwali! Thank you to all our parents that came and did the presentation on this celebration of lights with our children.