Monthly Archives: March 2012

03/30/2012 Newsletter

Dear Families,

Welcome back after the two week March Break!  It was wonderful to work with the children again this week. They are definitely feeling comfortable with the class routines and selecting work. I enjoyed following each child and presenting many new lessons.

The children welcomed a hamster and fish into our classroom. Montessori teaches from concrete to abstract. Montessori classrooms have animals of difference species (mammal, fish, bird, etc.).  The children are learning to look after the new animals. As well, they have had lessons in the following: living/non-living, plant/animal, vertebrates/invertebrates, parts of the mammal and parts of the fish.

We celebrated April and Kallie’s birthdays this week. The birthday celebration gives a concrete way for the children to understand months of the year and the earths revolution around the sun each year. The months of the year are placed around a candle in the middle of the ellipse (the children call it line time). The child walks around the candle holding the globe, while the other children sing Happy Birthday. April and Kallie walked around four times because they both turned four years old.

The children enjoyed exploring colour with the colour tablets, pastels, and finger paint. We mixed the colours using the finger paints. This was a big hit!

Thanks to the District of Muskoka for the new door and windows. This renovation has provided a main entrance into our classroom.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Tina

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03/09/2012 Newsletter

Dear Families,

The Casa class was a busy room this week! The children are developing a community and working together. I observed children helping one another on several occasions, including one child helping another child clean up a spill.

Each morning, the child enters the class and finds his/her name card on the table, and practices greeting the teacher with a “good morning” and a handshake. Then the child takes a look around the room and finds something interesting to work on.

It was wonderful to watch one of the children demonstrate what she had practised, as she  greeted a visitor into our class!

The Practical Life area of the Montessori class has many activities to help your child work on his/her fine motor skills. For example, the children have been working on cutting lines using scissors.  In order to reinforce safety in our class, the children learn how to properly hold the scissors while walking. Using scissors also develops coordination, concentration, and independence.

A major part of the Practical Life in our class involves the snack table. Snack in  a Montessori class is treated as work. The children are welcome to prepare and eat snack at anytime throughout the morning. Two children are able to sit and enjoy snack at a time. Each child will have a lesson on snack preparation and is able to prepare and serve himself/herself snack during the morning.  The children enjoy the following snack preparation exercises: slicing hard boiled eggs, juicing oranges, grating cheese, spreading cream cheese, spooning blueberries, and slicing strawberries. The snack work reinforces manners, taking turns, washing hands, using a napkin, pouring from a pitcher of water, cleaning up after and other important routines.

The children continued to show interest in  stories by Eric Carle this week. You may hear your child reciting, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? I see a red bird looking at me.”

In art, the children were welcome to use pastels to create pictures. They also used small mosaic paper squares to practise gluing paper.

Have a wonderful March Break,
Tina

03/02/2012 Newsletter

Dear Families,

The children are now starting the day with individual work time. This is a time when the child is free to explore the classroom materials, and can make individual work choices. The child may decide to work alone on an activity, or work with a material that allows others to work with him/her.  I am always observing the children and give lessons as they become curious. The lessons come from all areas of the classroom including: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Culture. We are working towards a three-hour work period.

The children have been very interested in our nature tray this week. The nature tray contains various items from nature and a magnifying glass. As well, science experiments can be placed on the tray. This activity is presented in order to cultivate and inspire a love of nature. Thank you to Sierra’s mom for bringing a rather large cone, and some tree fungus. We are always happy to have donations for our nature tray!

We continued reading books from Eric Carle this week. The children wanted to read, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” each day. They enjoyed the beautiful colours in the book. The children are welcome to return their book bags and exchange books at any time.

I have been following the children with their interest in snow. It has been a very snowy week! We used molding clay and rolled three balls (spheres) to create a snowman. They decorated the snowman with various items.  The children were also introduced in the oil pastel work. We will continue working with the pastels over the next month.

This is our last week before the March Break. The March Break starts on Saturday, March 3rd. The children resume class on Monday, March 27th.

Have a wonderful week,

Tina