We have all really enjoyed the kindergarten move-up days! My first and second year students absolutely love to help guide the little ones around the classroom. I pair each kindergartener with one of my students, and they work through the morning together. It makes my students feel so good to be looked up to as leaders. They have worked with golden beads, bead chains, reading comprehension, puzzle maps, rainforest grammar mat work, parts of speech work, and a lot of other various material around the classroom. This morning, it was time to do our Junior Great Books story with the first year students, so I included the kindergarteners in the lesson, as well. They loved the story and even wanted to work on the follow-up activity.
The kindergartners seem to have really enjoyed visiting us. As I walked the children back to their classrooms, they have said things like, “Can I come back tomorrow?” and “Why can’t we stay all day?” and “I had fun in elementary.” These little ones definitely put a smile on my face!
One of my favorite things about our little Montessori school is the connections the children share. When the kindergarteners come visit our classroom, there is already a sense of community because the kids all know each other. Either they were in class with each other the previous year, their parents are friends, they have some of the same friends, they know a sibling, or they talk over the fence at recess. These connections help their transition and definitely make the children more at ease in the classroom which opens their minds to learning. I am already looking forward to seeing them next year!
February is Parent Observation Month here at MSH. Our toddler parents will be observing through the videos the teachers have recorded, while parents at other levels will be observing by sitting in the classrooms. While observing try asking yourself these questions:
In this month of January, after returning to school from the winter break, we have been exploring the organs of our human bodies and our five senses. Since the human body is so amazing, we will continue our human body curriculum into February, learning about our skeletal system. Children enjoyed the presentation about the digestive system presented by Ms. Valerie. We will also have some special guests coming into the classroom to share information on the human body. Children are having fun learning the “Body Song”.
Also, this month we are exploring the continent of Antarctica. Children are working on tracing, painting and coloring the map of Antarctica. They are also getting to know about the animals of the continent. On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, we will celebrate “Sankranti”, the festival of harvest, in our classroom.
February is observation month, so please sign up for a time to come and observe a class at MSH. Also, we will start learning and working on the continent of Africa for our Multicultural Festival.
We all want what is best for our children. We work hard to prepare them for a successful future by providing the best education possible. The environment we inhabit is dynamic, and learning to learn is the most valuable skill we can give our kids to ensure their future success.
At MSH, we believe that the very best method for teaching children is one that began 107 years ago. The Montessori curriculum followed here at MSH is comprehensive, individualized and delivered in a beautiful, organized way. The materials and methods are incredibly specific, and the training required by our teachers to implement these methods and materials is very detailed.
However, you don’t have to take our word for it. You can experience it for yourself and you should. When you hear about the pink tower, stamp game, or checkerboard you should know the myriad of skills that align to each material. When your 3 year old comes home with red and blue letters on his arm, you can understand why they are presented in a particular order. When your daughter mentions that she held the peace rose today, you will know how this item is used on a regular basis for resolving conflict and teaching self-advocacy.
On January 24 from 8am-12pm, we hope you will join us to experience your child’s school day firsthand, by participating in the Montessori Journey. Our teachers will guide you through the highlights of the curriculum and answer your questions about our materials and our methods. Get answers to all your questions and learn so much more about the Montessori Method by experiencing it for yourself. It’s a journey every parent needs to take.
From Toddler II class we wish you healthy & peaceful 2015!