Posts Categorized: Primary II
Dear Primary II Families,
This time of year can be so hectic! We wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to all of you in order to relay some helpful information regarding next week. As most of you know, our music teacher, Ms. Kathy, went in for surgery last week and will not be available to lead the children in a holiday concert. The concert was scheduled for Friday, December 19th. In lieu of a holiday program, the Primary II class will celebrate in a different way this year. We will not have anything planned for Friday, but we will do something on Thursday, the 18th, when we have all the children in attendance. The school is participating in Pajama Day to conclude the Scholastic Pajama Drive, so please send your child to school in weather appropriate pajamas. We would also like to have a class book exchange in a group party with singing and snacks! (just children and no adults.) Please send in a book with your child (before Thursday, if possible) that is wrapped and has their name signed on the inside. Every child will give and receive a book. If you would like to provide something special for a group snack, please make sure it is healthy. As always, we keep our celebrations sugar-free. Please also remember that Friday is an early dismissal day at 11:30 a.m. We are so very grateful to each family we have the great privilege of knowing. Your children light up our lives and we love them dearly. The endless laughter and moments of entertainment they provide is always so heartwarming. Enjoy your holiday break! We look forward to an enjoyable new year with many wonderful memories to make and endless blessings to behold!
Ms. Sarah and Ms. Monica
November has been so full of activity! In addition to our daily work in Practical Life, Sensorial, Math and Language, the children have been learning about birds, the story of the first Thanksgiving, and have even created a hands-on Pilgrim colony and Wamponoag village. Our classroom has been decorated in watercolor art of the Mayflower ship. We hope you have taken the opportunity to admire them as they all came out so unique.
Thank you to all the families who generously donated materials to our class during the Small Hands fundraiser. We received some great items and have begun using them in the classroom.
Last week we made cranberry sauce together and have enjoyed it this week for snack. The children were really excited to try it. Our class will be baking banana bread on Monday which we will share with all the classrooms on Tuesday. Our Thanksgiving Feast will take place Tuesday before our early 11:30am dismissal for all children.
Please make sure your child has a warm coat and appropriate cold weather gear at school (mittens, hat, etc.) as we will continue to go outside each day if it is above 32 degrees. Also, please ensure that your child is using their Montessori School of Huntsville tote bag rather than a cumbersome backpack. We do not have room in the shared cubbies for backpacks.
We have discussed with the children about getting a new pet in our room. Our goal is to adopt a bird in the next several weeks! If you would like to donate any necessary items for this please let either of us know. We would greatly appreciate any help!
Thank you for all you do and for sharing your children with us. Enjoy your families and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Sarah and Monica
Hello Primary II Families!
The children returned from Spring Break excited to share what they did during their time off and eager to challenge themselves with new work. Our first week back kept us extremely busy preparing our classroom for the annual Multi-Cultural Festival, which turned out to be such a fun afternoon! Thank you to all of the parents who donated items for our Antarctica sensory experience, brought food, and came out to enjoy the day with us. We think the Multi-Cultural Festival (which had the children traveling the world!) was a direct catapult in sparking the children’s interests about the world we all live in. Since the festival, our floor has been covered in maps! It never gets tiresome watching as a child progresses in showing interest in continent work to being able to identify countries, states, and bodies of water.
Last month we attended the American Montessori Conference in Dallas, Texas and we would love to take this opportunity to share a few tidbits about our trip. The entire experience proved to be uniquely amazing and provided us with so many new ideas and connections. Our time together offered great bonding time for us teachers, and we left with a renewed enthusiasm and passion to further the Montessori Movement.
In addition to attending full days of workshops, we were very fortunate to hear the words of some incredible keynote speakers, such as Temple Grandin and Andrew Solomon. The latter, who recently wrote the book, Far From the Tree, was such an inspiration to listen to and became a personal highlight to us both. His book is all about children, parents, and the search for our own identity. We wholeheartedly believe it is a must read for all parents. It will impact you in a way that will encourage you to be not only a more thoughtful parent but also a more compassionate human being. We think this is something valued tremendously amongst our MSH family. Check it out. You won’t be able to put it down!
As always, thank you for all of your support.
Sarah and Monica
We celebrated the first day of Spring yesterday with beautiful weather, which has meant a lot of outside time this week. We have been quite busy in the classroom this month. In addition to our regular work in Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, and Language, we began our unit on the Human Body. We started with the circulatory system and learned all about the components of blood. Ask your child about the jobs of red and white blood cells, as well as platelets. The students amaze us with their level of comprehension! We also learned about the digestive system, which has led to some really great conversations about nutrition and healthy choices. We are also preparing for the Multicultural Festival (April 5th) by turning our classroom into chilly Antarctica.
We hope your Spring Break is relaxing and provides time with your family. Monica and I will be heading to Dallas, Texas to attend the American Montessori Society Conference with several other teachers from MSH. This is an incredible opportunity to surround ourselves with a dynamic community of fellow Montessorians. Thank you so much to everyone who helped and supported the fundraising efforts to make this possible. We know we will learn so much and are excited to come back with fresh ideas for the school and your children. As always, thank you for your support each day.
In addition to our work in Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, and Language, February has proven to be a month for celebration, sharing, and kindness in our classroom. Among celebrating the birthdays of several friends, we had a merry time preparing for our Valentine exchange. Luckily, the three snow days did not interrupt our chance to take turns sharing and giving with each other.
We have set up a “Love and Kindness” jar on our peace shelf in which we are able to actually see the love grow in our classroom. In addition to being a visual representation, the jar encourages spontaneous acts of love and kindness. We are thrilled to see how much the children love and care for one another. Ask your children to explain to you how it works!
The remainder of this month we will continue our study of the continent of Asia. Some of the children have created beautiful maps of Asia and are extremely proud of their work. Please find a moment to admire their effort as it will only take a moment to realize the amount of focus and determination put into each one.
We are enjoying the books of Leo Lionni and discussing presidents of the United States as well.
*Due to the snow days we have rescheduled our Kindergarten Move Up Day to the Elementary classroom to take place on Monday, the 24th of February.
**Even if you cannot make it to the March book club featuring the book, Simplicity Parenting, please consider reading this phenomenal book. The ideas in this book truly supplement what we try to do each day in the Montessori classroom and we believe it to be such a valuable resource.