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We hope everyone is enjoying the nice fall weather! We are also enjoying
playing outside with colorful leaves. The children are really curious about different leaves. Also a few of them are really interested in observing various bugs. We have now a bug-watching container. Thanks to the Arthur family (Sloan) & Park family (Mason) who donated materials from the Small Hands catalog. The children are enjoying these so much. They always like new or different things to explore. Last week we celebrated Diwali and kids loved the different Diyas (oil lamps). We always try to explore new work in fun way. We also started compost for our garden. Their social development is really noticeable, such as helping others or comforting a friend when he/she is sad. It is a real pleasure to watch the toddlers growing and becoming complete human beings.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Toddler-II Teachers
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November 10, 2014 4:17 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off on Toddler II

Primary III — Ms. Shree, Ms. Kelly, & Ms. Verena

In October, we enjoyed learning about the difference between nocturnal and diurnal animals. We learned about the continent of South America and its countries. Kids had fun learning about pumpkins, taking the seeds out of pumpkin and counting them. At the end, we toasted the seeds and tasted them. Our fall festival was a great success. Kids enjoyed making chili and had fun with activities in the evening. The field trip to Tate Farms pumpkin patch was really fun. A big thank you to Eden, Millie, Natalie, Harper, Lilli, and Dylan, and their parents for all the Small Hands gifts. Thank you very much for all the children for collecting money for UNICEF.
In November, we will study the history of Thanksgiving and what Thanksgiving means to us. Also, we will learn about the leaves and why they change color in fall. We will also learn about the continent of Asia. We will celebrate ‘Diwali’, the festival o f lights, on November 12. We will have our Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday November 25 in our class room. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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November 7, 2014 7:23 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off on Primary III — Ms. Shree, Ms. Kelly, & Ms. Verena

MSH Book Club Lunch and Learn

Please join us for an open discussion of Richard Louv’s book, “Last Child in the Woods” November 13th at noon at the Huntsville-Madison Public Library at 915 Monroe St..  We will welcome guests from the Land Trust, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, Operation Green Team and Burritt on the Mountain to participate in our discussion as well as a few of our Montessori teachers. Lunch will be provided by 1892 East. Space is limited so reserve your spot today by emailing your RSVP to  You will receive a confirmation email.  You do not need to have read the book to participate in this discussion, just care about the growth and development of children.  We look forward to seeing you there!

October 30, 2014 3:53 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off on MSH Book Club Lunch and Learn

Ms. Kathy’s Music Classes

Our full school music program is going so beautifully!  I can hardly remember a smoother fall with all the classes, and that’s from 1996 till now!

The toddler classes are following directions, using instruments correctly, doing movement activities, singing a bit on most songs–a huge development–and keeping a steady beat. We’ve been doing body awareness activities, finger play, and rhythmic development. Every class is delightful!

Preprimary classes are using sticks, bells, chickitas, and resonator bars. They’re singing with me on every song, mostly on pitch, which is a focus at their ages. We’re continuing rhythmic and vocal development, and doing many seasonal songs. I’m pleased with their progress.
We divided kindergarteners into two music classes so everyone could sit across from me on the rug and see my glockenspiel. We’re learning high and low on the glock, and also reading the notes we’re using. After fall break the students surprised me by being ready to play melodies in addition to their usual steady beat on chord tones!  That’s about 3 months ahead of time. Terrific progress!
Lower elementary students are doing beautifully on their dulcimers, and love being able to play along as they’re singing!  I’m so happy they’re enjoying that, and we’re busily adding more songs every week.
Our new program, the upper elementary ukuleles, has proved to be hugely popular, and we’re moving very quickly now. The students tune their instruments with the digital tuner, I come in and check their tuning, and we’re ready to play new notes in under 5 minutes from the time I come into the room!  We’ve learned some strumming techniques, the terminology and basic principles of string instruments, and all the notes and fingerings of the pentatonic and the C scales. We’ve chorded some songs and played all the melody notes of others.  I’m extremely pleased with the various levels of musical development we’re able to learn through this instrument.
You’re invited to visit music classes, and I welcome your questions and feedback.
October 27, 2014 5:07 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off on Ms. Kathy’s Music Classes

Toddler II Blog Post

We hope everyone had a nice fall break. September was a very fruitful
month for Toddler II. We colored our pinwheels for peace and also
joined the other classes on the playground to celebrate Peace Day on
September 19. We did lots of work related to apples. Also we learned the
difference between Huge and Small, Heavy and Light. For this lesson we
used common materials such as a huge heavy watermelon and a small
light apple. The kids really loved it. We tested carrots, and we
experimented with the top of the carrot to see how carrot plants grow from
it. Now the plant is growing in our classroom in a pot. We also tested
apples, and the children cut the apple pieces to make apple sauce. Kids are
so interested to explore food both raw and cooked. They also peeled hard
boiled eggs for Grandparents Day. We had fun on Grandparents Day.
I would like to thank my guests for coming and parents for bringing
the food for Grandparents Day.

October has lots of events. On 10/21/2014 we have Children’s Sharing
Night. It is a very good opportunity to watch your child and how they
work in the Montessori environment.

On 10/24/2014 we have parent-teacher conference, and on 10/30/2014 MSH
Fall Festival.

We already started painting Happy Jack o’lantern for part of our
October work plan. This month we are going to study about pumpkin,
gourd and nocturnal animals in very simple way. We are going to cook
sum yum yum pumpkin muffins! End of this month we are going to
celebrate Diwali ( Festival of Light in India ), and we also going to
make some Indian sweets. I love to work with my children and thanks go
to parents for choosing us to be part of their lives.

Have a safe October and Happy Halloween.

Thanks,
Toddler-II Teachers

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October 13, 2014 7:28 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off on Toddler II Blog Post