Primary 1

Primary 1 - November 9, 2018

Open Tuesday

On Tuesday, the Primary 1 morning friends welcomed their parents to their classroom and had the opportunity to show their favorite activities and work to their guests.

Acts of Kindness

As part of celebrating Waterfront Montessori’s fifteenth anniversary, the Primary 1 class began their fifteen acts of kindness. The students decorated a candy jar and donated some of their own Halloween candy to fill it, then donated the candy jar to a local senior care center.


On Wednesday, the Primary 1 students celebrated Diwali, the Hindi festival of lights. They enjoyed a presentation by some of their class parents and designed their very own diyas, special lamps used in celebrating the holiday.

Primary Class Activities - November 9, 2018

Jazz Foundation of America

On Thursday morning, Kindergarten students enjoyed a jazz concert sponsored by the Jazz Foundation of America. Guest artists included Waterfront Montessori’s Music Teacher Greg Murphy on piano, Billy Johnson on double bass and his brother Mark Johnson on percussion.

Non-Napper Activities

The Non-Napping Primary students were excited to learn about North America, the continent in which we live. They learned it is the only continent in the world that has all climatic types. It has savannah and tropical rainforest in Central America, tundra in the northern parts of Canada and Alaska, and permanent ice cap in Greenland, which is considered part of the continent. There are also semi-arid and desert conditions near areas surrounded by high mountains.

The Primary 1 students learned about different animals that live on the North American continent, including the Bald Eagle. They had fun creating their own Bald Eagle puppets

Primary 1 - November 2, 2018

Concrete Materials

Concrete Materials, such as the golden beads, help students learn the concept of place value and exchange. The students enjoy learning with this work as a group and alone.


The Primary 1 students worked diligently to create world maps using a variety of mixed media.

Primary 1 - October 25, 2017

Open Friday

The Primary 1 Full and Extended Day students enjoyed their first Open Friday. Parents joined the class to see and experience their child’s work first hand.

Me Museum

In this weeks ‘Me Museum’, a student spoke about some of his favorite things, such as his favorite book, sport and foods. He shared photos of his family as well as photos from his most recent vacation to Florida.


The students of Primary 1 continued their discussion about pumpkins. The children took part in scrubbing the pumpkin before it was carved. They also took turn removing the seeds and fibrous strands from the inside while separating and learning about the different parts.

Making Spiders

Continuing with their fall festivities, the students created the own webs and spider models using different mediums.

Primary 1 - October 19, 2018

Me Museum

For this week’s Me Museum exhibit, a student shared a family photo album and a book of drawings she created. She also presented souvenirs from places she has traveled around the world.

Density Experiments

In Science, the Primary 1 students conducted an experiment to test the density of different mixed solutions.  They created their own colorful sugar water tower using water, sugar and food coloring and each colored solution contained a specific amount of sugar.  The liquid color with the largest amount of sugar proved to be the densest.  A solution with a lower density layered on top of a mixture with a higher density.

Pumpkin Painting

The Primary 1 students enjoyed painting their own pumpkins for their fall pumpkin patch.

Talking Points about Primary 1 work:              

  • Solution versus solvent              

  • Density

Primary 1 - October 12, 2018

Me Museum

This week marked the beginning of the Primary 1 Me Museum exhibits. The students love to share some of their favorite things with their classmates, such as family photos, special books and small figures. These items are displayed in the classroom for the week and help students get to know each other better.

Sound Basket

Each day a Primary 1 student takes a turn bringing home the sound basket. They choose five or six objects that begin with the assigned sound, bring them to school and share with their classmates.

Color Wheel

As part of their Science curriculum, the Primary 1 students created their own color wheel using a guide to assist in mixing specific colors. This work required hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills in order to use the eye dropper and other tools.

Composition II

The Primary 1 students continued their study of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. Using a variety of mixed media, the Kindergarteners created their own renditions of his famous painting “Composition II”.


Primary 1 - October 4, 2017

Artist of the Month: Piet Mondrian

The artist of the month for October is Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. The Primary 1 students were introduced to his work and abstract style of painting and then created their own Mondrian-inspired pieces using primary colors.

Living vs. NonLiving Objects

As part of their Science studies, the Primary 1 students discussed the concept of living and non-living. The students enjoyed working on activities that helped them to understand the idea of things that are alive.

Me Museum

This week Ms. Evelyn presented her Me Museum exhibit to the Primary 1 class. She brought photos of her family and of her native country of Costa Rica. She also talked about her favorite hobbies and artworks with the students.

Grading Colors

The Primary 1 students learned about color gradation and how it changes from dark to light. They created their own gradual color transition by adding a drop of white paint to each tile in order to achieve a gradation color palette.

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