School News 1/7-1/11/19

Greetings Families!

Please mark your calendar for Parent/Teacher conferences on Friday, January 18, 2019. The teachers have sign-up sheets posted in the classroom. The school will be closed on Friday January 18, 2019 and also closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday. The teachers will participate in an in-service day on the 21st.

On Thursday, January 17 Novi Woods Montessori will host a Peace Celebration. Parents are welcome to attend the Peace ceremony which will take place in the Cedar Room. The children will place signs of peace on the tree, parents are invited to as well and offer what peace means to them as a family.  The celebration will begin at 10:00 am.

This week in the Toddler Classroom the theme was Arctic Animals. While outside the children enjoyed practicing large motor movements including running, walking and jumping. They also enjoyed listening to “The Polar Bear” and “Down by the Station”. The Practical Life Presentation was napkin folding and the Sensorial Presentation instructed the children how to sift and sort. The children created a polar bear face out of cotton balls and traced shapes using a pencil.

Please bring hats, gloves, snow pants -please label everything!- The children go outside everyday!

In the Maple Room this week the Geography lesson was the map of Africa, there was a discussion about the African continent and the common animals to be found there. The children continued their work on Ocean animals and listened to the the book, “The Berenstein Bears at the Aquarium”. The children were taught the poem, The turtle, the bunny. In Practical life the children were presented with weaving and finger painting was presented as an art activity. The ground rules were reviewed and the older children found time for addition and multiplication work. The class is getting normalized and the children are busy with their work.

In the Cedar Room the children were introduced to the ocean and ocean animals. The children listened to the story, ” Over in the Ocean”. The children also colored parts of the African continent and ocean animals, they also identified the animals. The sound cylinders were presented for the Sensorial Presentation.

The Pine Room has been missing Ms. Dee this week. She continues to recover from the flu. We hope to see her sometime next week! This week the Geography lesson focused on Africa and the animals found there. The children also began a study of the ocean and ocean animals.

Novi Woods is sponsoring the Raising a Reader in Novi reading program! At the front desk are books that families can borrow. The goal is to have books in homes for children and to “raise a reader” in Novi!  The books need to be returned to the box no later than Thursday, February 21, 2019. The library will pick them up on Monday, February 25, 2019 and leave a new set of books! Please sign the books out on the sign out sheet provided. Thank you and enjoy!!

Novi Woods Montessori will participate in the Preschool Child Care Information Fair at the Novi Library on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Please tell anyone you know that is looking for a high quality program to come and see us!  If a family enrolls and mentions your name, you will receive a  $50 credit on your statement.  Only one family can be credited for the referral.

If you’d like to sign up for a parenting group that will meet on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm, please fill out this Registration Form.  We will be talking about Positive Discipline and will learn easy, effective ways to implement new positive discipline practices in your home.   Invite a friend or neighbor!  This is open to the public and not directly related to the school program.