Howe Montessori and Center Based Education

This Week’s Classroom Corner

This week’s classroom corner highlights our Music Program led by Ms. Conway.
January has been a busy month in music! All our students have been learning music through movement (which really helps on those indoor recess days!)
K/1 students have been practicing mirroring a partner’s movement. They are exploring space and levels (high/low) and body awareness (isolating one body part to move) and expressive movement with flow.
1/2 and 2/3 students are learning about major tonic patterns. We learned that these patterns have the pitches “Do Mi Sol” in any combination. We played a listening game by moving around the room and reaching high when we hear a major tonic pattern, and reaching low when we hear something different.
2/3 and 4/5 students learned a folk dance called “Chimes of Dunkirk” with a partner. We talked about the phrases in the music and how they tell us what to do next.
SCI/SXI classes practice body awareness activities every day. We practice moving and freezing with our bodies and isolating different body parts.
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 One of our Howe School initiatives this year has been to improve communication between our students, staff, and families.  Since the beginning of the school year, a committee of teachers have been meeting to brainstorm and implement ways to improve communication both in the building and between home and school.  As a result of their work, the communication committee has decided to highlight classroom activities on the blog in a section called “Classroom Corner”.  Throughout the year, every classroom teacher will each take turns highlighting their classroom.  We hope you enjoy reading about the amazing things happening in our school!