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Indoor Recess Again at Montessori !

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Well, it’s that time of year where the temperature dips down below 10 degrees Farenheit and Norfolk Public School’s elementary students must stay indoors.  That is exactly what the Montessori students did.  Although, it may look a little warmer outside with the sun shining off the snow, it’s frigid with these Nebraska winds.  So, what’s a student to do??? Time to bring out some games and puzzles.  These are things that not many families take time or have time to do much of anymore.   It also adds a little variety to the recess time in addition to maybe going to the gym.  Plus we all know and hope for warmer temperatures in the near future! IMG_6787 IMG_6782 IMG_6599 IMG_6597


Montessori Visitor from Around the World

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Montessori Elementary 3rd Graders had a visitor from the other side of the world.  Ms Lena, who is originally from China, came to visit with Mrs. Shoemaker’s students just as they were finishing up with their studies on Asia.

Ms Lena enjoyed sharing information about her native country as well as teach the students how to say a few Chinese words, how many sounds each letter can make, and even to taste candy.

The students were very interested in the language. As one student said, “One letter can be a whole word, it just matters how it is pronounced.”



Montessori Elementary Makes a Splash !!!

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

The Montessori students had a little fun to help with closing out the end of this school year.  The 1st through 4th graders headed to the YMCA for a little swim time.  This is the perfect time of year for them to brush up on their swim skills before summer vacation begins.  They all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Thank you YMCA staff for all your help.  It is greatly appreciated.

And so with that, the students and teachers are wished happy and safe summer vacations. We will see you in August !!!IMG_0142 IMG_0704 IMG_0710 IMG_0135 IMG_0142 IMG_0134


Montessori Elementary Hosts Science Day

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Montessori Elementary at the Lincoln School hosted Science Day on Tuesday, March 21st. Project Problem Solve, funded by Big Red Keno, brings in a number of different school science projects to be solved or to try to solve. The activities ran throughout the day and students from other local elementary schools came to take part. There was a special evening session set up  for parents and children to come and see what was in the works, as well.  The whole day was filled with fun hands-on projects.  Students enjoyed  activities including wood-working, hover crafts (Newton’s law), robotics, balloon skewers, and sound & light waves to name some of the fun things to try.



Montessori Students Learn About Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Although Norfolk Public Schools was not in session due to weather, the Montessori students still caught up on their contract work for Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

When asking the Montessori students what this day is about, one student responded, “We honor Dr. King’s dream of our nation united in peace.”  Another student said, “We honor the courage of a man who wanted freedom for others.”   Some of the other words that came up when students were asked about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day were:  equality for all, love, truth, justice, compassion, and the power of forgiveness.

The observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrates the remembrance and leadership of his life, legacy and the timeless values he taught.

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Montessori Figure Out the Breakout EDU Box

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The Breakout EDU Box is “one of the most buzzed-about education tech innovations” to hit the schools this year.  Modeled after the recreational team sport of Escape Room, but instead of getting out of a locked room, you must figure out how to get inside a locked box.

The Montessori teachers got a taste of Breakout EDU Box at their most recent PLC meeting.  They did succeeded in breaking all the codes to open the box, which revealed a prize.

What’s fun about this?  Well, teachers can build lessons around the students’ need to get into that box.  The lessons and codes the teachers create can be problem-based which in turn has students interact with each other to solve the codes.  Lessons can be cover every topic ranging from elementary literacy to environmental science to high school physics.  Codes to get into the box can also be based in computer coding to reveal the next step to continue to open that box!

The Montessori teachers cannot wait to implement just another way of learning and problem solving into their classrooms. dscn4576dscn4578dscn4580dscn4583


Hard Work Fitness, With A Little Fun!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016



Being physically fit is not always easy. Matter of fact, it can be hard work for some. The basic exercises get easier and easier as the year goes on for some students in PE class. However, not every one likes to run laps around the gym or do push-ups, sit-ups and jumping jacks. Sometimes the first day of this is just as hard as the last day. The reward? Get done with the basic stuff, then have a little fun. Learning how to play some new games or using new equipment helps to make  staying   in shape FUN!  And by the way, the scooters are a great abdominal & leg exercise

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The Love Bugs Have Arrived At Montessori!!!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

DSCN4108Every year you can tell that Valentine’s Day is near when the kindergarten class create their  Love Bugs.  This year with the help of the third graders, Mrs. Marsden’s kindergarten classroom has been infested with these bugs.  By doing this activity, the younger students work on their cutting and gluing skills, as well as their writing.  Most of the hearts have a loving message written on them.  The older students also benefit by getting to show their leadership skills and help with a little teaching.  DSCN4103 DSCN4104 DSCN4107 DSCN4096 DSCN4097 DSCN4113 DSCN4110


‘Tis the Season

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

It’s this special time of the year when the kids have a sparkle in their eyes.  You can hear students hum carols  in the hallways as they finish  with  music class.  And, there is that one night, concert night. The students put on that perfect performance for parents & grandparents, brothers & sisters and any one else that happens along to come and listen to some joyous music.  Montessori Elementary performed “Yankee Doodle’s Dandy Christmas” which mixed in a little patriotism with a little Christmas. ‘Tis the Season!







“Happy Holidays to All:  from Montessori Elementary Students and Staff!”


Special Guest Reader At Montessori

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Montessori students were thrilled to have a special guest reader present in their classrooms on Veteran’s Day.   Not only did the students learn about Veteran’s Day, but their guest reader was Mayor Sue Fuchtman.  They were honored to have her come and read the stories, “What is Veteran’s Day” by Margot Parker, and “H is for Honor” by Devin Scillian.   Thank you Mayor Fuchtman for visiting Montessori!