Monthly Archives: November 2012

11/23/2012

Dear Families,

This week was quite busy with extra activities, but the children continued with the three-hour work period each morning except for Thursday.

Thanks to Brenda for booking bowling on Tuesday afternoon. The children enjoyed rolling the balls and watching the pins fall over! It was a wonderful afternoon.

We all enjoyed DEAR day on Thursday. The children were excited to listen to stories from visiting readers. Many thanks to parents, and Timo! DEAR day is such an excellent opportunity to provide the children a morning of enjoying books and the joy of reading.

All of the children completed magnet work and experimented with magnetic and non-magnetic with various objects around the classroom.  Also, they discovered that magnets can make an object move without touching it.

We continued with more art work, and the children created circle and dot pictures using pastels on black paper. As well, each child worked with plasticine and constructed an inukshuk.

Regards,

Tina

11/16/2012

Dear Families,

What a lovely week! Parent observations began this week. Thanks to the parents for coming to watch your children at work, and I look forward to other families coming into the classroom this week.

On Thursday, November 22nd, we will be holding our annual D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read Day)! The plan is to have all students and staff come to school in their pyjamas with their favourite books in hand and to spend the entire morning involved in reading activities. We are looking forward to a fun and enjoyable experience! I will be signing up parents on Monday, wishing to visit the class and read aloud on D.E.A.R. Day. Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to literacy acquisition. As well, reading aloud helps children develop positive associations with books and reading.

This week, the children enjoyed lessons with the North American puzzle map and flags. Penny cleaning was a new activity introduced into our Practical Life area. The children enjoyed using vinegar and salt as a solution to clean pennies with a toothbrush. We will use the clean pennies for counting work.

Many of the children continued to show an interest in Bird Watching and the Bird Nomenclature cards after we hung out two bird feeders last week. We talked about the Characteristics of Birds versus the Characteristics of Mammals.

As the weather gets colder, please send extra outside clothing with your child (hat, mittens, snow pants or warm splash pants). Many thanks!

Enjoy the weekend,

Tina

October/November Toddler Newsletter

Muskoka Montessori School: Toddler News                                      SABRINA PARK CAMPUS                                                                                

Hello Toddler Families,

I hope that you all had a nice fall break.  I was delighted to see how happy the children were to return to school and how quickly and easily they got back into our school routines.

As you know, we continue to share the Community room space with other groups and tenants in the building.  I would like to give an enormous thank you to Nora Bartlett for all her help with the set up and putting away of our classroom materials.  Nora is also spending time in the classroom and she is lovely with the children.  Nora is a wonderful addition to our program.

Grace & Courtesy

One of the important aspects of the toddler program is Grace and Courtesy.  Grace and Courtesy lessons provide the child with the tools necessary to operate socially.  I am always modelling the appropriate language for the children in different situations.  For example:  When we serve food during snack, the children are reminded when to say “please” and “thank you”.  If there is a child in the way, “excuse me, please” is used.

I am hearing a lot of grace and courtesy in our classroom.  It is wonderful to see the children learning and using the appropriate language in these different situations.

Outdoor Clothing

It is so great that we are able to take the children outdoors each day.  This is a time in our morning routine that the toddler look forward to.  Our time outdoors is a wonderful opportunity to learn about nature and to utilize the large muscles in our body.  It is important for toddler to move! This helps in the development of their muscles and their co-ordination.

As the weather is becoming colder, please make sure that your child comes to school with appropriate outdoor clothing: a warm coat, boots, hat and mittens.

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, November 28 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

– NO SCHOOL!

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.

11/09/2012

Dear Families,

Welcome back after our week away! The children were excited to return and enjoyed sharing Halloween stories.

We had a special visitor this week, Andrea Smith, come and introduce our class to  migratory birds versus resident birds. The children also decorated two small bird houses for the resident birds to enjoy over the upcoming winter. They’ve already identified three bird species at the feeders! We are very fortunate having the low windows in our classroom for the children to use as they observe nature outside. They are now reminding each other to use the Silence Game so the birds do not fly away.

The children continued working with the materials from all five areas of the classroom. It is so exciting to observe the children as they enter various “Sensitive Periods”. Dr. Montessori referred to the Sensitive Period as a time when the child is more open, interested and motivated to learn certain information.  During these Sensitive Periods the child can learn rapidly if the opportunity is provided.  Sensitive Periods from birth to six years include: order, movement, language, counting and number sense, grace and manners, spatial order, music, exploration and refinement of senses.

The Year Two children will be visiting the Huntsville Public Library every three weeks for the remainder of the year. The children’s librarian has volunteered to present a lesson during each visit, and then we will select books for the classroom. During the first visit the children decided to sign out Eric Carle books. We located every Eric Carle book in the library and have enjoyed reading them in our classroom. As well, the class has worked on making Eric Carle collage paper using paints and various objects to create texture (comb, coin, pasta, etc.)

Some of the children were asking about baking. They really do enjoy the hands-on sensorial experience of working with food (smell, touch, sight, taste). Thus, on Friday each child created his/her own small pizza with dough and assorted toppings.

Happy Weekend,

Tina