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

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