Hello Families, happy March 1st! Spring is only 20 days away! The first day of spring is Wednesday, March 20, however winter is still here! Please make sure that your child has all of the necessary clothing to be comfortable outside. Please send hats, gloves, snow pants and boots. If your child has cloth gloves please pack an extra pair as they do get wet when they go outside in the morning.
Please consider enrolling your child for the 2019-20 school year before April 1st to receive the 2% discount! Current families only need to complete the contract for the 2019-20 school year! We are also currently enrolling for our weekly summer camps! Please see the links below.
This week in the Toddler Classroom the theme was Transportation. The children enjoyed using the parachute as their large motor activity. They enjoyed hearing the stories “Down by the Station”, “Wheels on the Bus” and “Fire Trucks in Action”. The children continue to practice zipping and unzipping- this is great for their fine motor development. They also worked on buttoning and unbuttoning, this task builds concentration and control of movement and encourages them to become more independent with self care.
The children participated in a shape sorting activity, and have mastered the names of the shapes. This teaches the children cause and effect and object permanence. It also helps to improve their finger dexterity and strengthen their fine motor skills. The art activities consisted of constructing different types of vehicles including cars, boats and a bus using construction paper. The children especially enjoyed a sink and float experiment, they were so excited to drop each item in the water and they laughed as each item either sank or floated! Parents-please label all of your child’s belongings (lunch box, water bottle, coats and winter accessories). Thank You!
In the Pine Room this week the children continued their study of Europe, it’s famous places, artifacts, and also discussed the animals that live in the rain forest. We talked about Dr. Seuss’s birthday and some of the popular books that he wrote. We also read the book, “She Persisted”, about famous women who changed the world. The children also enjoyed listening to the book, “Hat”. In Practical Life the children worked on locks and posting, in Sensorial they worked extensions and explorations.
The children continue to progress in the language area. We continue to talk about hygiene with proper hand washing and using a Kleenex to wipe our noses. In a small circle the children are working on large maps, the older children are working on static and dynamic addition and multiplication. The children are doing arts and crafts on the rain forest and Dr. Seuss.
In the Cedar Room the children continued their study of Europe. They viewed a video on rain forest animals and we had a discussion about wild animals. We reviewed the classroom ground rules and learned about Dr. Seuss and his famous books as a celebration of his birthday. The children enjoyed making a Dr. Seuss hat and watching a video clip of “The Cat in the Hat”. The Geometrical solids were presented to the children. Individual presentations were given to the older children on the noun as a part of speech.
Hello parents from the Maple Room staff. The children are enjoying the open ended activities available at the art table. To celebrate Dr. Seuss we read his books including “Mr. Brown can Moo, can You?”, “Ten Apples Up on Top!”and “The Moose” book. As part of this the children enjoyed playing a rhyming game. The subtraction strip board was introduced to the older children and they were eager to do it. – We have a request for our parents: please ask your child to pick out the objects with the beginning, middle or ending sound of a word so that they are able to identify and isolate the sound, (eg, when you ask them to get an object starting with the letter A, they should be able to get apple or any other object starting with A). This will help them progress to reading. The older children were introduced to blends. The children are able to share two or three points of interest of all of the topics from February. Please send snow boots, pants and gloves (water proof). Please also send a spoon and/or fork for their lunch.
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Registrations for Summer & Fall are open. If you register for Fall by April 1, 2019, you will receive a 2% discount off of the regular tuition prices!
Novi Woods Montessori is offering parenting seminars once a month on Saturdays at 10:00am. There will be different topics and you can come to whenever you’re available! Click on the link below.