02/10/2012 First Newsletter

Dear Families,

What a great joy it has been to work with all of the children over the past few weeks! We have had a wonderful start and I am looking forward to the rest of the school year. The children are absorbing all of the new experiences around them. In the first six years of life, the “Absorbent Mind” of the child, learns by absorbing knowledge effortlessly, like a sponge soaks up water.

The children are working on lessons from the Practical Life area of our classroom (walking inclass, using an inside voice, table manners, how to interrupt, please and thank you, getting the attention of friends by walking to the person instead of calling out, sitting with legs crossed at group time, pushing chair in, hand washing, carrying a tray, pouring and spooning grains, opening bottle and boxes, tong transfer, pouring water, sweeping, sponging spills and dressing oneself). These lessons help your child to become more independent and less frustrated.

The children are proud of their finished work. It has been exciting to hear the words, “I did it!”  They are building independence, concentration and confidence.

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” Maria Montessori

Shirley Spires, from Books for Newborns, came to visit on Wednesday morning. She provided our class with many new books! These books will be used for a lending library. The children each selected two books to take home in a book bag. The books can be exchanged on a regular basis.

The children have enjoyed learning new songs such as “Bluebells,” “Peter Hammers,” “Seven Days of the Week,” “Months of the Year,” “Five Little Monkeys,” “Farmer in the Dell,” “Sleeping Bunnies,”and “Baa Baa Black Sheep.”

We have been reading Dr. Seuss books over the past few weeks. The children enjoy the rhyming text and the interesting characters. The most popular Dr. Seuss books seem to be, “Hand, Hand,Fingers, Thumb” and “Go, Dog. Go!”

Kallie’s mom, Lynsey, made the class some very delicious smoothies this week. Many thanks!

We will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a craft next week. The children are welcome to bring Valentine’s Day cards, but please bring one for each member of the class. We will ask families to not bring any candy or sweets to the class. Thanks.

A reminder that next week is Family Day Weekend, and we do not have class on Friday, February 17th and Monday February,20th.

Have a great weekend!

Tina

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