My name is Claudia Cerezo. I am now in seventh grade, and I attended Montessori when I was in preschool and kindergarten. My favorite part about Montessori was being outside all the time. We planted multiple gardens throughout the year ranging from snap-peas to carrots. We also went outside to have recess. I remember the caterpillar invasion that had all of us running from tree to tree trying to make our own family of caterpillars. I remember my class doing “What a Wonderful World” in sign language. We also sang a song in Spanish called “De Colores” that I still today like to go around my house singing. Mrs. Karen and I would sit on the floor together making long chains to show how addition, subtraction, and even multiplication and division worked. I had one on one time with my teachers to make sure I knew how to say the word “animal” correctly. Mrs. Karen would go around the room taking pictures of all of us making art with play-dough or doing puppet shows behind a table. One of the best things that Montessori gave me was my best friend, Jordan. We graduated together and when we got our photo albums from our past years at Montessori, there was not a single picture of me without Jordan (with the exception of a couple pictures of my first “boyfriend,” Alex Stanley.)
Happy Fall to all our MSH families! It is only October and already the children have settled into our classroom routine beautifully. It has been remarkable for Monica and I to watch your children care for themselves, their environment and one another. We are so pleased with this dynamic group of children and what they contribute each day. Thank you to the parents for all your support thus far. September was a busy month and October has been even busier! Lets take a look at the work that has kept our classroom buzzing with energy…
Our Toddler 1 class is abuzz with fall activity. This month’s thematic unit is All Things Fall. The highlight of our month was our annual field trip to the pumpkin patch. The children loved petting the farm animals, playing in the corn crib and picking their very own pumpkin. We will continue our unit by making paper bag pumpkins and painting with pumpkins in art. In science we will be studying the life cycle of the pumpkin as well as learning the different parts of a pumpkin. We would like to thank everyone for their gifts from our Small Hands wish list. The materials purchased by you will be put to good use by our children. Also, thank you for bringing in items for our Heartwarming Chili. Cooking the chili in class and then eating it at the Fall Festival is a great treat.
Our toddlers continue to learn and grow everyday. It is amazing how much they are truly capable of when they are given high expectations and the chance for independence. Please continue to encourage your child to dress and undress themselves with as much minimal assistance as possible. This is the first step towards readiness for potty training.
As always, thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions or concerns.
I want to start off by truly thanking all of the hardworking parents (and kids) that helped with the Nature Trail maintenance. I took the children for a hike on the Monday after the accomplishing workday. We brought along our journals, and the children sat on the stumps in the Outdoor Classroom and peacefully wrote and drew about their lovely experiences. We then went for a nice hike. The children made a ton of discoveries from groundhog burrows to cool spider webs.
Also, thank you so much to Adriane C. (Eli and Jacob) for picking up the free beautyberry bushes through the Operation Green Team. They were very tiny and pitiful little plants, so I replanted them and fertilized them. My goal is for the children to plant them throughout the Nature Trail later this week. They have pretty little flowers in the spring and summer and then gorgeous purple berries in the fall. (I included some pictures of the tiny new ones and one of my older bushes.) The beautyberry bushes are native to Alabama and will also attract wildlife (birds and deer) to our Nature Trail.
Thank you to all of our energetic chaperones for our Botanical Gardens field trip! It was awesome, and the kids had an amazing time! We will be going to Gullion Farms later this month, which will be another great field trip.
The Fall Festival is coming up. Our class will make a delicious vegetarian chili. I will have a little booth to plant violas, and lots of other teachers will have wonderful activities planned, so come and bring family and friends!
Have a wonderful fall! This weather is absolutely gorgeous!
Children learn higher level of cognitive and social skills not only through mental development, but also by observing others as models!
Multi-age groupings help children develop a sense of community and supports social development. I am amazed everyday in my classroom how children of different ages are interacting and learning from one another. The older children are encouraged to give lessons to younger children, and it’s amazing to watch the older child solidify what they know by teaching it to the younger child. It is just as amazing to see a younger child’s eyes focus intently on the older child as they give a lesson. This is more powerful than an adult giving a lesson. They connect more deeply with other children.
Ms. Alicia and I really appreciate the new door to the bathroom. Thank you Steve and Andy for your hard work!! Thanks to Melissa S. for taking charge of the Scholastic book orders. Special thanks to all the grandparents and friends who came to Grandparents Day. We are learning about pumpkins, leaves, and spiders in October. Again, thanks to all the parents for all the things that you do for our class.