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,

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