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Elementary I Blog Post

We have had a really exciting start to the new year! Happy 2014!

I would like to thank Mr. Sonnie Hereford for his presentation. His story is so very inspiring, and he has a wonderful way of teaching the children about equality.

The elementary classes are leading a service project at MSH called King’s Community Kitchen, and we would love for the whole school to participate. King’s Community Kitchen is a Pet Food Assistance Program through the Greater Huntsville Humane Society that allows families with economic difficulties to keep their pets healthy and home. Look for our poster and collection boxes in the lobby. We are collecting dog food, cat food, and treats through January 30th.

Kindergarten and Elementary families, please join us for dinner on January 23rd. Everyone, please join us for The Journey on January 25th. Also, get ready for Observation Month in February. These are all wonderful opportunities to learn about the Montessori experience!

Thinking about the cold weather this month and next, the children will be learning about the geography, biology, and ecology of the Arctic and Antarctica. We will continue having new lessons in math, including the checkerboard and bead frames. We will be starting a new unit with measurement, also. The children are learning about verbs with lots of action-packed lessons. Everyday is a learning experience by all!

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January 17, 2014 4:19 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Joy in Work

Hating Mondays is such a cliché in our culture.  How many of us start the work week with joyful anticipation? Work has become such a “four-letter word” for many adults.  Here at the Montessori School of Huntsville work is a happy concept.  Work means creativity, engagement, and interaction with our physical and social environment all the way from our youngest toddler to our most senior staff member.

The staff here at MSH has been reading (or re-reading) The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori.  We think it is important to engage with Dr. Montessori’s original writing to stay true to the method and to interpret how her theory fits in our ever-changing world.   Dr. Montessori has a wonderful insight about children’s learning, “The child’s is a type of life in which work, the fulfillment of tasks brings joy and happiness, where as in the field of adult, work is something which is usually a painful process.”

Many times through the day you will hear teachers say “May I help you choose some work?” or “Be sure to select challenging work.”  We find joy in our work and we want to instill that sense of joy in your children.  For our children we want work to be an opportunity for them to engage creatively and productively and work to be a joy, both now and later in the “real world.”

January 10, 2014 4:19 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Toddler II January Classroom Blog

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the second semester of the 2013-14 school year. We hope everyone had a wonderful and refreshing holiday break. Last month’s holiday program was just wonderful!

This month we will be learning about cold weather, the Arctic and animals in Antarctica, and we will be creating some winter-related artwork. We have also added a new Geography shelf with new,  interesting work on it. One lesson includes studying water and land animals from each continent. This is already a very popular shelf!

We all wish you blessed 2014.

If you have any questions, please email or come by and see us!

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January 9, 2014 4:19 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Primary I December Blog

Hello everyone!  November was very busy month.  We learned about the first Thanksgiving and Native Americans, and the children made Native American headdresses and shakers.  In cooking class we made tepees with tortillas and fruit. The Thanksgiving Feast was also a blast! We had so much fun dancing and singing Native American songs around our new classroom tepee donated by Elisa and Guido (Roberto’s parents.) A special thanks to all of the MSH classrooms for sharing delicious food with us!

In December, we will continue with our holiday spirit by celebrating holidays around the world!  This week, we learned about Hanukkah.  We also learned how Thanksgiving is celebrated in Korea thanks to Miyoung (Shinae’s mom.) Later this month we will learn about Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in India.  We will end our holiday celebrations by learning more about the Christmas holiday.  The children will make gingerbread houses with graham crackers, fruit, and cream cheese.  It is so wonderful to see how children love different holiday celebrations. Thank you all so much for all that you do for our MSH. Ms. Alicia, Ms. Carol, and I  wish every one of you a safe and happy holiday!  See you in 2014!

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December 11, 2013 4:18 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Toddler II December Blog

Hello everyone!  It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of our first semester.

Last month’s Thanksgiving feast and the related activities were so much fun. It has been such a nice opportunity for us to observe the little ones growing day by day physically, mentally and socially. They truly love one another and love to do activities together as a team. We are really proud of our children.

This month we are doing holiday related artwork and cooking with the regular Montessori curriculum. Our holiday program will be on December 20th at 9:00 am in our classroom. The children have worked very hard and cannot wait to perform for you!

On behalf of our Toddler II Classroom, we wish you happy and joyful holidays.

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December 9, 2013 4:17 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off