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Toddler 2

Greetings,

We are almost at the end of a good school year. My congratulations to all graduates. I am so thankful to have such wonderful kids in my class. Without their help it would not have been possible for me to have such a successful year. It is my privilege to spend time with them and watch them growing.

In the past two months, we spent a lot of time watching nature, such as growing garden, baby birds, transformation of caterpillar to butterfly. All credit goes to school for providing a natural surrounding in which we can really feel our connection with the nature.

We have a very busy next week. Please note the following two dates:

May 21 is our water day.

May 22 is our graduation day and MSH family picnic. Our Toddler-II graduation is scheduled at 9:15 a.m.

It is a bitter sweet for me. I have to say goodbye to my nine students. I am surely going to miss them so much.

Thanks to my wonderful parents for supporting my class in every way and sharing their precious one with me. I also thank my team, office staffs and board members for supporting my class throughout the year.

Have a wonderful and safe summer.

Regards,
Jayati Bhattacharjee
May 21, 2015 5:20 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Primary 1

Hello parents, I cannot believe it is almost the end of the school year!!  We had a great year!!  We really enjoyed every moment with your children.  Some of you are going to different schools and some of you are graduating and going to first grade. Ms. Alicia, Ms. Carol and I wish them all the best wherever they go.  We thank all our parents and children for taking time to make those wonderful cards!! We appreciate the beautiful flowers, chocolate and other goodies!!  And also for the delicious lunch!!  I know it is hard to take time to do all this at the end of the school year!!  We appreciate all our cooking parents and chaperone parents for driving us to field trips!!  We could not thank our fabulous room parents enough: Jane and Jenny!!!  They did an outstanding job!!  We will have a wonderful start next year!!  Also, a hearty thank you to our office staff for their incredible support throughout the year! If you have any questions during summer break, you are welcome to call me!!  We wish all our graduating and returning students a wonderful and safe summer!!  We will see our returning students and new students in August!!  We love you all!!

May 21, 2015 5:19 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

From the Head (and the Heart)

Our Teachers Really Shine

The image many of us have of teachers is of the nice lady in the cardigan standing by a desk decorated with apples. Thankfully, that’s not what MSH teachers do. What our teachers do is so much more complicated, and I am incredibly grateful for what they do for our children every day.

Montessori teachers do not aspire to be the sage on the stage. They are highly trained to facilitate, assist, and guide. The teachers at MSH anticipate and plan for students, thereby creating an engaging and nurturing environment for learning. Everyday in the classroom they create a beautiful symphony of learning.

Our teachers know their material. They know it so deeply and intimately that they can break it down for students into its essential parts and impart it to their students almost wordlessly. Making the complicated simple is no easy task. It’s much easier to have children recite facts and memorize ideas than it is to inspire a child to deduce that information through experience. Because our teachers take the time and energy to let the child learn for herself, it becomes a part of the child never to be forgotten.

Our teachers may not be on the stage, but they do have to always be “on.” There is no downtime for a teacher: no lunch break, no time-out, no hiding in the cubicle. Every moment our teachers have young eyes upon them. These eyes are learning just as much if not more from what the teachers do as what they say. Every conversation, every moment for a Montessori teacher must be thoughtful, kind, and instructive.

Montessori teachers are constantly curious. They are life-long learners and continually growing in their profession. Sometimes it’s formal instruction about brain development or new materials. Other times it’s the daily learning from getting to know their students deeply from observation. They know they can only help their students grow by growing themselves.

Our teachers are incredibly patient, but that patience comes from the optimism of knowing that the child will be successful. Our teachers give children the time they need to be successful. They know that Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is reading comprehension. Those great accomplishments happen by small victories every day along the way. Our teachers know and trust the method.

Montessori teachers are always the best supporting actor, but never the star. The children are the stars in the classroom. That is why Montessori teachers (and specifically, MSH teachers) are the very best teachers. Our teachers demonstrate a rare, nuanced technique which is always for the glory and recognition of their students. I hope you will join me in thanking them May 4-8 for Teacher Appreciation Week. They are what makes MSH such a wonderful place for children to learn and grow.

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April 20, 2015 9:08 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Primary II

Hello Primary II Families!

It is hard to believe there is only one more month of school until summer break. We still have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks, including a field trip to go strawberry picking (May 8th), the Montessori School of Huntsville 50th Anniversary celebration at our new location in Hampton Cove (May16th), and of course the Kindergarten bridging ceremony. This is always a bittersweet moment for teachers. Many of these children began their journey here at MSH as toddlers, and we have had the unique opportunity as Montessori educators to spend 2 or more years with them. We are so proud of this group of Kindergarteners.

In addition to our work in Practical Life, Sensorial, Math and Language, we have begun wrapping up our unit on the human body. Thank you so much to Justin Chase for putting together a beautiful presentation about bones and x-rays. We will now transition to amphibians and insects! Our caterpillars just arrived in the mail and we are excited to watch the process of metamorphosis.

If you have an opportunity, please read the minutes from last months board meeting regarding policy changes to next year’s handbook. Specifically, the dress code for next year is something you will want to familiarize yourself with so we can answer any questions or concerns you may have.

As always, thank you for your support!

Ms. Sarah and Ms. Monica

April 20, 2015 5:19 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Primary 3

Spring is finally here and we have some “egg-citing” days ahead in Primary 3.

We are enjoying our study of Africa in preparation for the Multi-Cultural Festival this Saturday, April 4.  You definitely don’t want to miss this fun-filled morning as you take a tour of the continents and learn about the culture, wildlife, art and cuisine as you visit each classroom!  Our children have been working on African songs with Ms. Kathy and are eager to perform for you.

Thank you to Mrs. Janell Z.  for a fabulous presentation on Rwanda!  It was great to learn more about the people, animals, culture and arts of Rwanda.  Thank you to Lauren N. for laminating our African culture cards!!

Planting season is quickly approaching and we are looking forward to getting our garden started next week.  Please consider donating soil for our garden. We will focus on new life, as we watch our seeds sprout and grow.

We look forward to tending our garden this spring!!

We will continue our study of the solar system during the month of April! Our field trip to Sci-quest was a huge hit!!  We are all enjoying our new decor of planets. Thank you Erin and John  Smith for our  model solar system.  It’s a great addition to our classroom.
April 1, 2015 8:41 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off