Monthly Archives: April 2012

04/27/2012 Newsletter

Dear Families,

Water is used in a variety of ways in our class! I could tell the water work was very popular this week as we had to empty the large pail a few times each morning. Our water work activities include: squeezing a sponge, wringing a cloth, pouring jug to jug, pouring water into glasses, hand washing, table cleaning, chalk board washing, shell cleaning, transferring water with baster, glass polishing, arranging flowers and sponging a spill (this was practiced a few times). All of these activities include sequential steps, develop concentration and independence.

The children enjoyed learning to play the “Silence Game,” this week. We practiced sitting as quietly as possible and listened to the sounds in our room. One child heard “Hammy” chewing! This work of silence requires concentration, effort of the will, and self-control. The children sat on the blue line and waited attentively for me to silently whisper each name from the doorway. When the child heard his/her name, the child walked very quietly to me. They were so careful to walk without making a sound so that no one could hear them moving. The children loved the challenge of staying quiet!

I posted a photograph from last weeks play, “Seussical Junior,” and the children enjoyed pointing out the various characters. I heard lots of laughter as they talked about the play. We worked on thank-you cards for Huntsville Festival of the Arts. I will deliver these to Rob Saunders next week.

Regards,
Tina

04/20/2012 Newsletter

Dear Families,

Two weeks have flown by!

The children continued to work with the Montessori materials. You may hear the children singing, “Do You Know Your Continents?” The children are learning to find the continents on the painted continent globe.

The class is busy with Spring activities! Of course, the big hit has been feeding the worms. The children enjoy peeling eggs, and crushing the egg shells for the worm compost. We have also noticed birds outside in the yard. This prompted, “Parts of the Bird” work, characteristics, and numerous bird stories.  We can now compare three vertebrates – mammals, fish and worms.  We will continue working with Spring activities and looking outside for signs of Spring. The class always welcomes items for our nature table.

We welcomed Alfredo and Maria into our classroom as a part of the Community Connection work. They are responsible for custodial work in Sabrina Park. We often see Alfredo and Maria working at Sabrina Park so it was nice to finally meet them! The children watched them clean and then decided to demonstrate our classroom cleaning materials. As well, Alfredo gave the children a lesson with the mop and pail.

On Friday, the children and some parents enjoyed the play, “Seussical Junior” at the Algonquin Theatre. The families truly enjoyed the amazing performance. A wonderful cast made up of  45 talented area youths brought Seussical Jr. to life. Many thanks to Huntsville Festival of the Arts for donating 12 tickets.

Regards,

Tina

04/06/2012 Newsletter

Dear Families,

The children enjoyed another week of working with the Montessori materials and choosing the work they were interested in. Along the way, I am always giving lessons in all areas of the classroom. Each child is able to follow his/her interests and develop independence in our classroom.

“Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.”

Thank you to Shelley this week for donating a worm composting bin. The children were fascinated with the little creatures and learned about vertebrates and invertebrates. We will use the worms to compost some of our fruit and vegetable waste. Also, the children enjoy crushing our left over egg shells and feeding to the worms. If you would like to learn more about “vermiculture”, take a look at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/eek/earth/recycle/compost2.htm

The children enjoyed colouring Easter eggs using food colouring. Thanks to Amelia, our grade 6 Muskoka Montessori School volunteer. The children wanted to know if Amelia was a child or an adult! She enjoyed the time spent with the children in our classroom.


Another “thank you” to Kathy for volunteering her time to teach French to the children each week. The children are in the developmental sensitive period for language, and it is very easy to learn another language. They are absorbing many new words each time Kathy visits our classroom.

Enjoy the Easter weekend,

Tina