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.”
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!
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!
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.
Hello Primary II Families!
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. Leading up to our own Thanksgiving celebration here in the classroom, the children were busy learning the story of the first Thanksgiving. We focused the month of November on the continent of North America and Native Americans. The books we read together sparked many great conversations. The children loved learning about the legend of the dreamcatcher and had fun creating their very own dreamcatchers to hang above their beds.
In the first week of December, we have learned about Hannukah and have begun to discuss Christmas, Kwanza and New Years. We have been listening to Tchaikovsky and the music of the Nutcracker. We will be studying solids-liquids-and gases in science along with amphibians. Our featured artist this month is Michelangelo and our author of the month is JanBrett.
We are asking parents to please send in a pair of slippers (no characters, please) for your child to wear daily in the classroom. As always, thank you for your continued support and sharing your children with us each day.