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Primary I February Blog

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!

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February 17, 2014 4:27 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

February Toddler II Blog

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.

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February 14, 2014 4:26 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

2014-2015 School Year Enrollment

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!

February 10, 2014 4:25 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Primary III January Blogpost

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!

Many Blessings,

Ms. Kelly and Ms. Shree

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January 30, 2014 4:25 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Elementary II January Blogpost

It’s hard to believe that this is the last week of January – this month has flown by!  The children have re-adjusted to the routine well and have enjoyed reuniting with each other.  We are so excited about the new additions to our classroom – a new fourth grade student and Ms. Dola.  It is wonderful to have an extra pair of hands to help everyone learn.

We are currently preparing for our exploration of Europe (for the Multicultural Festival) by studying maps and the globe.  So far, our studies have included a review of the continents and major oceans, and the lines of latitude and longitude.  We’ve also used our outdoor classroom to learn about coniferous and deciduous trees.  Everyone is working at their own pace in language arts and math, but some of the topics being covered are: types of graphs, word problem clue words, estimation, possessive nouns, and pronouns.
We have a few parent work hours available right now.  There are 3 of our classroom chairs that are in need of simple repairs.  (The chairs could most likely be repaired with wood glue.)  Please let me know if you are willing to help out.

Important Reminders:

  • Keep reading with your child for at least 20 minutes each night and help him/her record it in the reading log in his/her yellow folder.  This is very important to help build a sense of responsibility, plus it’s the only regular “homework” that they have.
  • It is also important for the children to build responsibility by bringing their yellow folders to school each day.  I check their reading logs regularly, and use their yellow folders as a key source of communication.
  • Scholastic Book Orders are due Friday, January 31st.  The children are already looking forward to getting their books!  Plus, every book you order gives our class bonus points that help build our classroom library.

Thank you for everything you do.  It is a joy to work with your children and watch them grow every day!

January 29, 2014 4:24 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off