We are so grateful to have the kindergarten students visiting our classroom! They are all so sweet! I cannot wait to have both first and second graders in our class next year. We also enjoy having parents come and observe. Please let us know if you have not had a chance to come visit this month, and we can set up a time in March.
Thank you to everyone who helped collect dog and cat food for the King’s Community Kitchen project through the Huntsville Humane Society. Service projects are so enriching for the children.
Our class also participated in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. We are an official participant in research through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society! Very exciting!
We will soon begin studying all about South America for the Multicultural Festival.
We are continuing to read the Junior Great Books Series. We just got a new environmental education book,Growing Up Wild, and have started using it today!
We hope everyone enjoyed the snow last week! It was fun, but I am glad it’s over The children are really enjoying out unit on the body right now. We appreciate Mr. Rob’s (Jackson’s dad) presentation on teeth. Thank you Mr. Rob for your time. We will let everyone know detail about our upcoming field trip to SciQuest as soon as we confirm the date. Thank you to all of our parents for taking time and observing your children. We will continue our observations in March due to snow days. The children are progressing so beautifully. Please do not forget to enroll your children for next year. Spots will fill up fast!
We hope everyone is enjoying the cold weather. This month’s unit of study, food, was chosen by the children! During group time we were talking about food we like to eat in winter, and many of our children mentioned they enjoy warm soup. This led to a discussion of other foods we can put in our soup. All of them named different kinds of fruits. No wonder they all like fruits! Our food discussion took off from there, and that is what we have been exploring ever since!
So, we have added the study of fruits, vegetables and grains in addition to our usual work. We will cook some interesting grains such as quinoa, buckwheat (Russian), moog lentils (Indian), and massur lentils (Indian). We are also doing some science experiments with vegetables.
It has been a wonderful month so far.
Dear MSH Families,
Thank you for your commitment to the Montessori School of Huntsville. We are grateful for the opportunity to educate your children and help them realize their rich potential. I can hardly believe we have arrived at re-enrollment. Time certainly flies when you are having fun guiding children through the learning process.
We never cease to be amazed by the progress made by students and teachers each year. This year has truly been a year for growth. Our toddler program has nearly doubled, and our elementary teachers have enjoyed the opportunity to add to their already substantial training. In our primary classes, lead teachers have been especially pleased with the progress made by our kindergarteners in their focused small groups. In addition to expanding our outdoor classroom in the months to come, we’ve added wonderful materials to our classrooms thanks to your generosity.
We understand the financial commitment you make when you enroll your child at MSH. We have worked very hard this year to continue to act frugally while still providing teachers with the materials they need to provide exceptional instruction. In order to improve the salaries of our teaching staff and continue to improve our classrooms, you will notice a slight increase of three percent in tuition. Elementary parents will note there is no longer an increase for upper elementary tuition.
We will continue the opportunity for families to curb their tuition cost through the student referral program. A family who recruits a new enrollee to the program will receive a tuition reduction of $100. More information about this program is enclosed on the attached fee list. Word of mouth is our greatest recruitment tool, and we want to offer recognition to those families who encourage others to experience the rich opportunities here at MSH. We are also exploring ways to provide financial aid to families who qualify.
We know all our parents work hard to provide the very best learning experiences for their children. We strongly believe that a Montessori education is the best opportunity you can give your child. It prepares children to deal with a complex world in a competent and confident manner; both academically and socially. We hope you will find that MSH is the best educational environment and will join us for another wonderful year of learning!
Happy 2014! This week we had a special Sankranti celebration. We had some special guests come in and show the children a special tradition of sprinkling flower petals, rice and coins onto their heads. Each child got to experience this and was able to take home a few coins. We also cooked a special rice pancake called dosa. Many thanks to to Aruna, Durga, and Eden for coming into the classroom and creating this special learning experience. We really had a lovely time celebrating this Harvest celebration from India.
We have been exploring the organs of our human bodies since returning to school this month. Since the human body is so amazing, we will continue our human body curriculum into February, learning about our skeletal system and our five senses. We will also have some special guests coming into the classroom to share information on the human body.
Also, February is observation month so please sign up for a time to come a observe a class at MSH!
We are always amazed at the consideration and kindness that we get to see in each of our beautiful people. From simple acts of kindness like helping someone hang their lunch bag or helping clean up an accidental spill to giving up their birthday gifts in exchange for sharing a new work in the classroom. Thank you so much!
Ms. Kelly and Ms. Shree