Monthly Archives: September 2012

09/28/2012

Dear Families,

We had a wonderful week filled with work, outside time, baking, visitors and eating the Year Two snack. The class welcomed Autumn. We looked for Signs of Fall outside of the classroom. The children are welcome to bring nature items into the classroom.

Counting work has been very popular this week. Montessori counting 1 to 10 can be taught using several techniques, including Sanpaper Numerals, Number Rods, Spindle Boxes, and Cards and Counters. I have also observed children counting the Pink Tower cubes, Knobless Cylinders and the Broad Stairs; these materials all consist of ten objects.

The children love our outside time! It is so natural for the child to want to go outside and explore nature. We have an abundance of nature in our own backyard at Sabrina Park. The children are always hands-on with nature and are starting to ask questions using the information from our lessons. For example, one child asked, “Does an ant have a backbone?” This goes along with our vertebrate and invertebrate work. The answer is no, as an insect, ants are invertebrates, and thus do not have a backbone.

Thank you to the Year Two children for baking apple oatmeal muffins for snack this week. The muffins were enjoyed by all of the children!

Paula Glasgow, the Dean of Montessori Teachers College visited our Toddler and Casa classes this week and watched the children work. We were very excited to welcome her to Sabrina Park. Also, our Commissioner of Community Services Rick Williams, and our Principal Timo Bijl, visited the children and enjoyed observing work and lessons. The children practiced Practical Life (Grace and Courtesy), as they greeted visitors into our classroom.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Tina

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Dear Families, The last few weeks have flown by and the children are choosing work, concentrating for longer periods of time and showing more and more independence. There is always a busy hum of activity in a Montessori classroom because the use … Continue reading

09/15/2012

Dear Families,

The children have been busy working with individual and group lessons. The Practical Life area is always very popular in our classroom! Many children have been practising the dressing frames. They are enjoying snapping, buttoning, and zipping. The direct aim in using the Montessori dressing frames is to help and encourage a child to dress independently.

The child can only develop by means of experience in his environment.  We call such experience work. —Maria Montessori

We had great fun learning about nature in our own backyard!  The children were able to locate the trunk, branches, roots and leaves of a tree.  We continued exploring the trees in the backyard with bark rubbing using crayons. The children discovered the many colours in the bark.

Poetry, rhymes and songs are a part of our daily work. We will hand out some of the favourite ones at the end of each month. “O Canada,” has been very popular with all of the children.

The children are able to converse and practice manners with their friends at lunchtime. We have been learning table manners such as sitting on a chair; no talking while chewing food; eating desert last; and clean up after lunch.

Enjoy your weekend,

Tina

09/07/2012

Dear Families,

Welcome back to school!

We enjoyed a great first week back at school. Everyone is happy to be here, and the children fell right back into routine.

The lunch routine is a new addition to our day! It was definitely the most popular part of our day for all. The children are working at becoming independent at lunchtime. Our lunch work includes: opening and closing a lunchbox/bag, opening and closing containers, taking food out and placing onto a placemat, eating with manners, taking turns talking, and cleaning up. We will ask your child to place his/her lunch in the Community Room refrigerator. If you send a thermos with hot food, please let us know or remind your child to put it on the counter to keep warm.

The Year Two students have enjoyed helping and encouraging each other and modelling responsible behaviour in our classroom. They will have many opportunities this year to be the leaders of the classroom community.

The children are working in the five areas of the classroom: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and Culture. We will also learn outside of the classroom this year. Going outside provides the children with many hands-on possibilities for learning. For example, the children will be studying parts of the tree outside and then have lessons on the parts of the tree puzzle and other work inside the classroom.  The Year Two children enjoyed a walk around their neighbourhood to look for flags. They found the flag of Ontario, as well as the Canadian flag.

I would like to say a big “welcome” to Christina Clayton. Christina has trained for the Toddler Program at Montessori Teachers College.  We are so excited to have her teaching our Toddler Program this year!

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

All the best,

Tina