12/21/2012

Dear Families,

Seasons Greetings! It was a wonderful 2012, and we hope you enjoyed the photographs of your child through the year. As well, each child built the pink tower and each family was given the photograph as a present. This was a classic Montessori picture!

This week we continued with work from all areas of the classroom. The children were very excited to complete various Christmas art activities. They were drawn to all types of painting ( sponge painting, painting pinecones, stamping with carrots and potatoes).

A big highlight this week was making some homemade stew! We integrated Practical Life exercises as the children peeled carrots, peeled potatoes, chopped carrots, chopped potatoes, opened cans of corn, and worked cooperatively as a group. We also enjoyed cracking and tasting various types of nuts.

Over the holidays, take the time to encourage your child to continue being independent. The children are practicing putting on and taking off their own outdoor clothes (snow pants, coats, hats, boots and gloves). Give yourself plenty of time before you need to be outside, and let them work on it. Allow for repetition as practice is so helpful for the child.

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

We are looking forward to working with your child in 2013.

Happy Holidays,

Tina

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