Monthly Archives: January 2013

01/18/2013

Dear Families,

Welcome Back! It has been a pleasure to work with all of the children over the past few weeks. They have been busy!

You may hear your child talking about Antarctica and penguins. We have been learning about the “White Continent” and reading about the land and animals. During our library visit, the children collected and signed out books about Antarctica. They found a wonderful poetry book all about the penguin lifecycle.

The children have been enjoying outside time in the snow. They built a beautiful snowman outside of our classroom window! We have enjoyed reading and learning about Winter and snow.

Many of the children have been interested in the clock work. The clock contains movable hands and loose numbers in a box behind the clock face. The child learns to put the numbers in order on the clock face. For the first exercise, the child is presented with telling time to the hour. The favourite hour in our class was 12 o’clock noon…lunchtime!

All of the children continued working with the materials from the five areas of the classroom. It has been exciting to observe the children concentrating for longer periods of time and completing longer work cycles.

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. It lays the whole basis for his character and social behaviour. He must find out how to concentrate, and for this he needs things to concentrate upon. This shows the importance of his surroundings, for no one acting on the child from outside can cause him to concentrate. Only he can organize his psychic life.”
Montessori, “The Absorbent Mind ”

Happy New Year,

Tina

January 2013 Toddler Newsletter

Hello Toddler Families!

Welcome Back!

We are well into the month of January and the toddlers have settled back into routine!

We have added some new work to our classroom and the children have been enjoying lessons.  It is amazing to see the level of concentration developing and the ability for the children to focus on a task for a longer period of time.  Some of the new work includes ‘Opening and Closing”, “nuts and bolts”, “lock and key”.  All of these activities develop concentration and refine the fine motor muscles in the child’s hand.  We also have new nomenclature cards in our language area. These cards contain real pictures of different objects and develop and enhance the child’s vocabulary.

The toddlers have also been involved in food preparation activities for our community snack (peeling and slicing cucumber, cubing melon, and spreading cream cheese on bagels).  As the term continues, the toddlers will be baking

The children have been enjoying their time outdoors.  The children like to make tracks in the fresh snow and listen to the crunching sound of their feet.  We have been using many of our large muscles to walk and climb on the large snow banks.  We have also had many rides on our toboggan that Judith has so kindly let us borrow.

We would like to invite you to sign up for an observation in the toddler room.  This is a block of time (about 15 minutes) for you to come into the class and watch your child.  If you would like to come and observe, please speak to me and we will set up a time.

Just a few reminders:

Please remember that there are other tenants in the building.  Please keep your child in the main lobby area when waiting for school to begin in the morning.

Outdoor Time – the forecast says that this coming week is going to be VERY cold! We will not be taking the children outdoors if the temperature dips below -15 degrees celsius.  Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing for our outdoor activity time.

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, February 15 and Monday, February 18 – Mid-Term+Family Day Break – No school

Friday, March 1 – Last day of school before March Break

Monday, March 18 – Back to school

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter.  If you have any comments or questions, I am always by phone, e-mail or after school.

01/01/2013

Dear Families,

We’ve had an unusual last few weeks with stormy weather causing snow days. Thank you for your patience and understanding. It was so nice to get back to routine and better weather!

We have rescheduled the library trip to Monday, February 11th.

The children enjoyed singing goodbye to January and hello to February. Each child was excited to find his/her birthday on our calendar. We have one birthday in February! The children have been really interested in clock and calendar work over the past few weeks.

The children continued working with the materials from the five areas of our classroom. It is so exciting to observe each child and follow his/her lead. In this way, we get to know each child as an individual and to tailor the teaching to his/her interests, strengths and weaknesses. This conscious attention to each child allows the teacher to guide by respect and nurture.

We have been singing many of the classic children’s songs over the past month. You may hear your child singing at home. These are some of the songs – Wheels on the Bus, If You’re Happy and You Know It, Old MacDonald, This Old Man, She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain, Hokey Pokey, Five Little Ducks, Row Row  Row Your Boat, and Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.

You can find the lyrics to these songs online @ http://bussongs.com/

 

Enjoy your weekend,

Tina