School News 3/15/19

Hello Families!

Please take a moment to read the important information below and share this with anyone who might drop off or pick your child up from school:

Over the past few weeks we have noticed that several children are playing in the parking lot at drop off & pick up time. This is very dangerous and against our policies. PLEASE hold your child’s hand and walk them to your vehicle, The parking lot is not a place to jump in puddles, climb on the snow banks or dart between cars.

In addition, we recognize that everyone is in a hurry during arrival and dismissal however, it remains IMPORTANT that we follow procedures and use good manners in order to keep students, staff and parents safe. Please do not rush into the parking lot. We’d rather you be a minute late than unsafe. The combination of children being allowed to play in the parking lot and cars racing into the lot may result in a child being seriously injured. PLEASE slow down as you enter the parking lot and be aware of any activity. Refrain from using your cell phone while in our parking lot.

Please also make sure that you are signing your child in and out each day on the iPad. Failing to do so may result in extra charges that Sandbox will automatically apply as you are out of your schedule. The teachers need to know at all times how many children are in their classroom. The office also needs to know the total number of children in the building. In the event of an emergency or evacuation we need to have accurate head counts to make sure that EVERYONE evacuates safely.

This coming Thursday, March 21st is our Curriculum Night from 6:00-7:00 pm. Please join the children as they demonstrate the learning that they have accomplished so far this year. You will not want to miss this! We will have limited child care available for younger siblings as this is an event for the preschool classrooms.

Here is the learning that took place in the classrooms this week:

In the Infant room we have completed our farm collection and have been learning about the various farm animals in our world and our interaction with them. We added water experiences to our day by working with pouring activities and squeezing sponges. This work strengthens our fingers and provides practice with our pincer grip. Playing in the raindrops added to our Sensorial experience of water as we learn the importance of water, particularly as we move into spring. The concept of math is addressed by counting the materials we use in our activities and in our reading books and songs that address counting. Language activities include identifying parts of the body, retrieving objects by naming them, and learning to point out objects in a book. We continue to work on the art of eating and setting the table for a meal. In art we enjoyed the experience of working around and decorating a large tube with pencils and markers.

In the Toddler Classroom the theme for the week was the weather. The children made rainy day paper umbrellas out of coffee filters, bingo markers and pipe cleaners. The children made raindrops on a separate sheet of paper with blue paint. The teachers then constructed a rainy day scenario with the “umbrella” placed on the rain. For the Science presentation Cloud in a Jar, this weather experiment gives children a chance to explore clouds and rain in an hands -on and engaging way. The Sensorial Presentation focused on sensory balloons. This promotes sensory development and helps with fine motor development and language terms of calming, soft, warm and cold. The Practical Life Presentation had the children threading pasta onto straws. This activity engaged the children’s concentration skills, fine motor skills, helping to build hand-eye coordination. The children finally enjoyed their outdoor playtime, running and jumping, throwing balls and going up and down the slide! The children enjoyed listening to the stories, “Down by the Station” and “The Penguin who Wanted to Fly”.

Please label all of your child’s belongings to avoid confusion and it’s also a state licensing rule- help us to stay in compliance! Label food containers, individual snack containers, water bottles, coats, shoes, bedding, boots, and winter accessories. This will save staff time from having to do it in the morning. Please put an ice pack inside your child’s lunch box.

In the Pine Room we continue our unit study of Asia, we are also talking about Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day and Leprechauns. We continue to talk about being respectful of all of our materials in the classrooms. We are also discussing insects. We read several different books this week, thank you to everyone that brought books in this week, we enjoyed all of them. We also did alot of music and movement. In our food prep area the children are enjoying spreading cream cheese on bagels and learning how to make a portion of the goldfish cracker snack. The children are using their imaginations and creating some great things with our sensorial materials. The children continue to work on sounds, sentences, and word building while the older children are working in their journals and workbook. The children were introduced to the parts of an insect and made a booklet on parts of the ladybug and a fly. They also worked on puzzles of various insects. The children also colored and collaged the continent of Asia and continue to work on the large maps. The children are progressing very well in math with the older children continuing with carry over and multiplication. Have a great weekend! The Pine Room Staff

In the Cedar Room the children continued to learn about Asia and India. We talked about St Patrick’s Day and Ireland. The children enjoyed watching a St. Patrick’s Day video. Please ask your child what they learned about India and St. Patrick’s Day! Every day this week we read a book written by Dr. Seuss. The children continue to work in language. While the younger children are working on math according to their level, the older children are preparing for Curriculum Night. If your child took home the wrong snow pants, please return them to the classroom, a child is missing a pair of boys black snow pants.

In the Maple Room the children continued their study of Asia and discussed Ireland. The children added tissue paper flowers to a paper shamrock-this was a great fine motor activity! The children enjoy looking and reading the books from the Novi libray everyday after lunch! The older children continue their preparation for Curriculum Night! The children enjoyed participating in food prep activities that included reading the serving amount and preparing themselves. The children studied insects this week, creating a ladybug out of construction paper.

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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.

Parenting Seminars

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School News 3/8/2019

Hello Families!

Please remember that the center is “NUT FREE” that includes anything with peanut butter: crackers, granola bars, sandwiches….. Please do not send any item with peanut butter as an ingredient, we will NOT be able to serve it to your child.

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour this Saturday evening as we “spring forward” and gain an hour of day light in the evening!

REMINDER: It is very important that you sign your child in and out each day. We need to have accurate counts of the number of children in the building for safety and security reasons.

We would also like to extend a friendly reminder about our 2% tuition discount for families that enroll for the 2019-20 school year before 4/1/19! See the link below for that special offer. Thank you to those families that have re-enrolled for the fall, we are happy to have you continue as part of our school family.

In the Pine Room this week the children were presented a lesson on the red knobless cylinders and the large hexagonal box. We read, “One fish, two fish and “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Suess. The children also enjoyed listening to “I am Amelia Earhart”, “How Do You Do?” and “Biscuit Visits the Big City”. We are continuing our work with water activities and the children are enjoying working in the art area. The children are also continuing their work with extensions with some of the children learning the names of the geometric solids. This week the children were introduced to different types of insects and the rainforest. We are also continuing our work with Asia, the children are coloring and collaging Asia. The children are also working on the large map and talking about all of the different countries in Asia, the older children are writing facts about Asia. The Math Presentation this week focused on small group presentations with odd and even numbers. PLEASE send in outdoor clothing for your child, if by chance you have extra gloves, would you consider donating a pair to the classroom? Have a great weekend-The Pine Room Staff

In the Toddler Classroom this week the theme was the Four Leaf Clover. For large group the children enjoyed participating in Tug of War- this helps the children develop core strength and balance. The children enjoyed the book “In the Jungle” and “Over in the Ocean”.

The Practical Life Presentation introduced pouring grains through a funnel-this activity helps the children develop fine motor control, it also helps build concentration, hand and eye coordination and independence. The Sensorial Presentation featured the Red Rods-1-5 rods. This activity allows each child to physically feel that one rod is small and the five rod is big. They come to understand that the 5 rod is bigger than the one rod.  The children enjoyed creating a four leaf clover collage with card stock and construction paper. The children also took bell pepper halves and dipped the in paint to make unique prints. An activity of land, air and water was presented to the children, they discovered that the earth is made of soil, water, with this discussion the children explored the presentation jars filled with soil, water and and empty jar. The children enjoyed blowing in the empty jar to make something intangible (air). This was a fun and hands on geography lesson that helped the children to understand the concept of land, water and air.

PLEASE label all of your child’s belongings with first and last names-lunch box, food containers, water bottle, winter boots and other accessories. Thank You!!

In the Maple Room this week the theme was insects. The children learned facts about insects, please ask them what they remember learning. We read “Bugs” by Christopher Nicholas and the children enjoyed seeing pictures from the encyclopedia.

In the Practical Life area the children learned how to make freshly squeezed orange juice. They enjoyed drinking the juice they had squeezed. In the art area they practiced weaving a rug and also made an insect out of construction paper. In language the children are moving as per their level and the older children are preparing for Curriculum Night (Thursday, March 21st). The children are enjoying the books provided by the library for this month.

Parents-we use small objects to introduce the children to the sounds: A for apple, N for nut. We are in need of objects for the letters w,n,x, y, and z. If you could help us by providing objects related to these letters (for example, a small yo-yo or a small plastic zebra), it would be greatly appreciated.  Thank You!

In the Cedar Classroom this week the children continued to learn about Asia and the countries belonging to Asia. We talked about Sr Lanka, viewed a video and talked about what is famous to that country. The children continue to push pin Asia objects and also being able to color countries belonging to Asia.  The red and blue number rods were presented to the children. For the language presentation individual grammar lessons were given focusing on the “article” as a part of speech. We introduced the digraph “sh”sound. The Math Presentation focused on introducing the multiplication board to the older children. The children enjoyed hearing several books by Dr. Seuss including, ” The Foot Book”, The Eye Book”, The Ear Book” and “Fox in Socks”.

In the Infant Room this week the children continued to learn about the category of farm animals and added the pig to our group of animals. One of our Sensorial experiences this week was the opportunity to hold and examine replicas of the cow, horse, sheep and pig with a goat replica to soon follow. For Language we are reading a book about farm animals, which not only informs us about the animals, but also, has a touch and feel feature (another Sensorial aspect) to highlight a particular characteristic of each animal. We have also added a second book about farm animals to our reading time. The children are singing Old MacDonald Had a Farm as one of our songs, and we are practicing our animal sounds, as well. For Art we are working with various mediums of art at once. We are drawing with a supply of colored pencils, crayons, and washable markers, thereby offering a varied and expressive art experience, as well as painting with paint and a brush. In Practical Life, we continue learning table manners and self-sufficiency while eating, and trying our hands at the skill of transferring with a spoon as well as ripping paper.

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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.

Parenting Seminars

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School News 3/1/19

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.

Parenting Seminars

 

Links you might need…

School News for the week of 2/18/19

Hello Families!

This week we had an in-house presentation on the Earthworm. The presenter talked about the Earthworm and it’s habitat. The best part (for most of the children) was the opportunity to hold an Earthworm!

We have noticed cupcakes being served as a birthday dessert with pizza lunches. Safety is our first priority Please remember that the only acceptable treats are Oreos ( name-brand only), Rice Krispie Treats (not homemade, but packaged, must be named brand) and Chips Ahoy- Chocolate Chip (name-brand only). Because we have children who suffer from food allergies,

Thank you to everyone for returning the library books! Ms. Emily from the Novi Library will be here on Monday the 25th to read to the children. She will also be taking the books back to the library.

Tumble Tots is getting ready for another great session of tumbling, balancing and creative movements being Thursday, February 28th.  TumbleTot Registration

There are many interesting objects in the Montessori work that attract children’s attention and are very tempting to put in a pocket or backpack.  This is common! If you notice small objects coming home with your child or the objects to not look familiar to you, please return them to your child’s teacher or show them the objects and they will be able to identify if they are classroom materials.  Montessori materials are very expensive to replace!

Here is the learning that took place in the Pine Room this week: The class continued their study of the different countries and animals in Europe. The class also discussed the rain forest and the animals found there. The class also talked about President’s Day and Black History. The children were presented a ” refresher” on the use of the  knobbed cylinders, how to take the cylinders out and place them on the mat, how to handle them properly and some options that they are able to do with the cylinders. The children continue to work with on the dressing frames to zip, button and tying laces. The Science Presentation focused on reviewing living and non-living. Our Grace and Courtesy Presentation reviewed hand washing, nose blowing, covering or catching our cough and proper hand washing. In our Geography and Cultural Studies Presentations we presented three part cards of European animals, the children continued working on the large map of Europe and colored the countries. In Math the children are continuing to work on carry over, multiplication, short chain beads and counting (skip counting). The children are also preparing for Curriculum Night. Parents-Please send in winter clothes for going outside. Have a great weekend! The Pine Room Staff.

In the Toddler Classroom the theme of the week a review of the groundhog, hibernation and winter habitats.  The children constructed a groundhog mask which they enjoyed wearing. The children listened to the story, “Good Night Moon” and named the animals in the story. For Food Preparation the children made Groundhog sandwiches using bread, a small amount of maple syrup, bananas, raisins and marshmallows. The Sensorial Presentation involved the Smelling Sensory Bottles, we talked about how they used their noses to discriminate the different smells. The children enjoyed this activity! We also talked about night and day- by the time that children are in school they are aware of the sun and the moon and have become accustomed to having a daily schedule based on day and night activities.

Hello Parents! This week in the Maple Room the teachers and children continued to discuss Europe, in particular Italy and Germany. The flag of Great Britain was completed in class. We studied the rain forest and wild animals  and viewed a video on the rain forest. In the art area the children created a rain forest snake We also read “From Alligator to Zebra” focusing on wild animals.  We also read “The Watermelon Seed” and “Winter is Here”. We celebrated President’s Day on the 18th. For Science we had an in-house field trip on the Earthworm. It was a hands on experience for the children and they really enjoyed it. We are reading everyday with children who are four and up and they are progressing well. In Math the subtraction board and the division board were introduced. In Language the older children are working on sentence formation with the rest of the classroom progressing as well. Parents-please remember to send a spoon/fork for your child to use with their lunch. Also,  please send the necessary outerwear so they can enjoy going outside.

In the Cedar Room we discussed President’s Day, the names of the Presidents and the White House. The children made a booklet of Abraham Lincoln. We also discussed the rain forest including the Amazon rain forest and the layers of a rain forest and the animals that live in each layer. The Practical Life Presentation  focused on sorting and matching objects and sponge squeezing. This is a new activity for our younger children and a review for our older children.  The Language Presentation focused on a grammar lesson on the verb with the verb symbol being introduced to the older children. The children learning how to find a verb in a sentence through activities with the teachers. In Math individual lessons were given on dynamic addition.

Please mark your calendar for Curriculum Night on Thursday, March 21 from 6:00-7:00pm. This event is for parents to explore what the Montessori classroom has to offer an older student (4-6 years) and for our students four years and older, who will be presenting our Montessori work!

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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.

Parenting Seminars

 

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School News for the week of 2/11/19

Hello Families!

Thank you for your treat donations for the classrooms! The children enjoyed frosting a cookie for snack and passing out Valentine’s cards.  Ms Amanda visited each classroom and shared the story of St. Valentine.

On Tuesday, February 19th, the children will participate in a worm presentation by a local group called “Wild Child”. The presentation begins at 10:00 am.

This week in the Cedar Room the children continued to learn about the European countries and discussed the geography of the continents. The children were shown the British flag and engaged in push pinning and coloring of the European countries. At large group there was a conversation regarding the importance of Black History month and  influential people such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks,  and Jackie Robinson.

This week the children were engaged in Valentine’s projects and enjoyed hearing the story of St. Valentine from Ms Amanda.

The Sensorial Presentation to the children was the trinominal cubes. The Practical Life presentation focused on spooning and tweezing. The older children were working on static addition and caring over numbers.

Please make sure to label your child’s water bottle, lunch box/bag.

In the Pine Room this week the children continued their study of the European countries as well as wild animals. The children also enjoyed working on Valentine projects and hearing a Valentine story. They also enjoyed hearing the story of St . Valentine from Ms. Amanda. The class had a nice Valentine celebration, the children distributed their valentine cards, decorated cookie, enjoying them for snack. The class is also discussing Presidents’ Day. The Practical Life presentation focused on pouring and hand transfer, the Sensorial presentation focused on sound cylinders and the triangular box.

We want to thank everyone for all the treats! We hope that you had an enjoyable Valentine’s Day, have a great weekend! The Pine Room staff.

In the Toddler Classroom the theme of the week was Valentine’s -the celebration of love and affection. The children enjoyed hearing the story, ” The Love from My Heart”. The Practical Life presentation focused on the children putting on their gloves. The Sensorial presentation focused on hot and cold, using water bottles filled with warm and cold water for the children to experience the difference in temperature. The children made a hand print on a red heart made from construction paper.

On Monday in the Maple Room we welcomed back Ms. Girija! This week the children continued their studies of the European countries, they also enjoyed preparing for Valentine’s day. On Valentine’s day the children enjoyed frosting and eating a cookie and giving out their Valentine’s cards to each other. The children were very excited to take home their treat bags! Thank you parents for sending in treats for the children. Ms. Amanda came in to tell the story of St Valentine, which the children enjoyed hearing.

In the Infant Room the theme for the week was feelings and emotions. We enjoyed our books abut emotions and activities about identifying emotions from pictures and from making expressive, emotional faces. Our Practical Life presentation focused on crushing paper. During meal and snack time we continued to learn table manners: staying at the table until everyone is finished and taking time to taste and enjoy our food. Our Sensorial Presentation was to pour and mound oatmeal a we enjoyed the texture and experience of working in a large container of dry oatmeal Our art activity involved the emotion of love. We discussed love in our families and created a special Valentine gift for our parents.

Please see some important information below!

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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 free parenting seminars once a month on Saturdays at 10:00 am.  There will be different topics and you can come to whenever you’re available!  These seminars are to help your parenting journey at home and are open to the public.  Please consider inviting a friend!  Click on the link below.

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School News 2/4-8/19

Greetings Families,

We have updated our events form on the bulletin board at the front counter. It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is next Thursday! I wanted to share some general information with you about the celebration that the classrooms with have in the morning. Prior to Thursday, the children will decorate bags in the classroom that will be used to hold Valentine’s Day cards. Please have your child sign the card but leave the envelope blank (if it comes with a envelope). Some cards do come with lollipops or other candy, you can include this with your child’s card. Please have the cards ready before coming to school. Please check with the classroom teachers about how many cards are needed. If you are interested in donating a treat for the Valentine’s bags please no peanut products, non-sweet treats are preferred. The daily routine will still be in place with a few special activities from 10:00-11:00 am.  Ms Amanda will be telling the Valentine’s story to the children, the children will also decorate a cookie to enjoy and participate in a Valentine activity. If you would like to send in a Valentine card with a special message to your child, the teachers will read it to the group.

Here is what happened in the toddler classroom this week: The theme of the week was Feelings and Emotions. The children enjoyed listening to the books, ” We Go on a Bear Hunt” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. The Practical Life presentation focused on table manners- washing hands before eating, staying at the table until finished, not talking with food in our mouths. The Sensorial Presentation was to touch and feel heart shapes. The art activity involved emotions and facial expressions. Another lesson presented focused on good manners. Reminder: PLEASE send in boots for your child.

In the Pine Room this week the children began to learn about Europe, we discussed European animals and the British flag.The children are push pinning the continent Europe as well as coloring it and also coloring the British flag. The children have been able to see artifacts like a replica of Big Ben, soldiers and a European taxi.

The children have enjoyed working on a valentine project and craft. The Practical Life presentation involved working on twisting and lacing and reviewing our ground rules. The younger children are progressing so well working with sounds. The children enjoyed participating in planting bulbs and are very excited to watch what is happening, so far we have had 5 sprouts growing from 1 inch to 11 inches.  The older children are progressing well with their work on carry over and multiplication.

Parents, please send in all of the appropriate clothing to go outside, the children are very excited to have a chance to run and play outside. For Valentine’s Day please, if you are sending Valentine cards to share only have your child’s name on them and if you want to send in something to share with the children please bring enough for 25 children. Parents, if you would like to send in a Valentine’s card to your child telling them how special they are, send them in by Tuesday, February 12, they can be a card you made, it doesn’t have to be store bought. We will read the message to your child at group time. Have a great weekend!-The Pine Room Staff

In the Maple Room the class discussed Groundhog Day and the children watched  a video on the groundhog seeing his shadow. Our unit study in Europe. Ms. Linda who lived in Norway discussed the food, culture, habits, dressing and lifestyle of the Norway people. She also showed the children artifacts from Norway. Thank you to  Queena’s mom for talking about the Chinese New Year. Some of the children continue to work in their workbooks and continuing with their Montessori work. Parents are welcome to bring  26 Valentine’s cards to share with the class and any treats are welcome. Please bring a Valentine card made out to your child from you telling us what is special about your child. We will read each card to the whole group.

In the Cedar Room we talked about Europe and the countries that make up the continent.  The children were shown a map of Europe.

The children were presented the Binomial Cube. The children were presented carrying and making complex numbers for kindergartners. The kindergartners were presented static addition using GBM for kindergartners.

The children are welcome to bring in signed cards to give to classmates, families may send in a treat to share. Please plan on 26 children. If you would also like to send in a Valentine card to your child with a special message, we will read it at group time.

School News February 1, 2019

Hello Families,

We hope everyone was able to stay inside and stay warm these past two days! It seemed that the children and teachers were ready to come back to school today!

We have updated our events form on the bulletin board at the front counter. It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away! I wanted to share with you some general information about the celebration that the classrooms will have in the morning. Prior to Thursday, the children will decorate bags for the Valentine’s cards that will be delivered by the children. Please have your child sign the card but leave the envelope blank, this will help the delivery go smoothly.  Please check with the classroom teachers on the number of cards needed for the classroom.  Please have the cards ready to go with your child’s signature and put into the envelopes. If there is a treat attached please make sure that it is also ready to go. The teachers are not able to assemble any cards, treats in the morning.

The daily routine will still be in place with a few special activities and treats from 10:00-11:00 am. If  you are interested in making a  treat donation (preferrable non sweet treats and peanut free!)  please talk with the classroom teachers about quantity.

We will resume with the classroom information next week

Have a great weekend!

1/14-1/25

Hello Families!

Remind Text Message System:  We use an app called Remind to send out important messages, last minute reminders and notices of closure.  We will also be sending out our newsletter this way as well.  Previously, we added all parents via Remind text messaging, but Verizon users will no longer receive our messages via text messages.  So, it is very important that all parents download the app instead of relying on the text message.  Again, if you are a Verizon customer, after next week you will no longer receive our text messages, so please download the Remind app to continue receiving these important messages on your phone.  Follow these directions:

  1. Download Remind:  School Communication from your App Store.
  2. Create an account and confirm you are signed up to receive messages from Novi Woods Montessori.  If you aren’t, click “Join a Class”.  The class code is @nwm2018.
  3. Important:  Make sure you turn on notifications for the Remind App so any messages will pop up on your phone.  If you have any questions, please email Amanda at novimontessori@gmail.com.

We have set up a Shutterfly Shares account in order to better share our class pictures.  This site is password protected and the link is only shared with parents.  Feel free to download pictures of your child or make a photo book of your child’s preschool experience!  The site is https://noviwoodsmontessori.shutterfly.com/pictures and the password is 4555.

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The school day begins at 8:30, we hope that families are able to drop off between 8 and 8:30. After 9:00 am please bring your child to the office and we will take them to the classroom. If no one is available please make sure that the classroom is not outside.

Parents- if you have any type of scrap paper for the children to draw on, we would appreciate the donation for child care. We are also looking for recycled materials for child care. Small yogurt containers, paper towel rolls, containers of various sizes, lids, ribbon, yarn, thread,  cardboard, generally we are looking for “beautiful stuff” for the children to use to create with.

The Peace Celebration was cancelled due to staff absences so has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 am. Parents are welcome to participate in this event. At 10:00 all of the children gather in the Cedar Room to hear the story about the Black Elk, the Medicine Wheel and Martin Luther King Jr. We then sing the Peace Song and parents are then invited one by one to approach the Peace Tree with their child(ren) and say something about their child(ren) and then put the provided flower or animal on tree.

Here is what the infant room worked on this week: the children leaned about and explored their emotions. In the practical life area they practiced pouring and their language presentation involved labeling the parts of the body including the face. The Grace and Courtesy lesson focused on waiting patiently and counting bouncing balls, 1,2.

Here is what the toddler room worked on this week: The theme of the week was colors. The children enjoyed hearing “Brown bear, brown bear”. The children enjoyed exploring colors on the new easel. The Sensorial Presentation was a wintry sensory bin activity, with snow in a bin the children added water colors, they enjoyed the colors in the snow as well as the texture. The children also participated in a color matching activity. Outside the children explored and played in the snow!

Last week in the Pine Room the children continued their unit on Africa, we discussed ocean animals and the seasons. We continue to practice blowing our noses and washing our hands. Our Sensorial presentation was a reinforcement of the sound cylinders. The children continue to work on sounds and the older children are continuing their work on making sentences. We have also had discussions and a worksheet on the seasons. For our geography and cultural studies we continue to learn about Africa and African animals, and the flag.

This week in the Pine Room the children continued their study on mammals, we are also talking about Peace Day and the Black Elk. The  Practical Life Presentation focused on lacing. The children continue to work on sounds and sentences. For a Science Presentation the children put soil in a pot and planted a bulb. The children continued their study on Africa and completed a worksheet on mammals. In math the children are working on recognizing numbers, the older children are working on carryovers and multiplication. Please send in snow pants, gloves and a hat for your child as we go outside every day.

Last week in the Cedar Room we discussed peace day and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we read the book, “Peace” and the children received a presentation on how to have peace in the classroom using the peace rose. The brown stairs and the pink tower extensions were presented.

This week in the Cedar Room we discussed mammals and peace day. The story about black elk and how he shared is vision of love and peace with others was shared with the children. We sang a song about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and practiced our peace song.

 

 

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.

 

 

School News 1/2-4/19

Dear Families,

Happy New Year!

This week was a short but busy week! Here is what happened in the classrooms!

The Toddler classroom wishes everyone a Happy New Year! The children are adjusting well in class after the holiday break. Ms Evelyn presented to the class, self care-hand washing, nose blowing, etc. We will get back to our normal routine next week.

Happy New Year from the Pine Room! We hope everyone had a nice holiday. The children are adjusting well after the break. We would like welcome new students Daphne and Shivika to our classroom. This week we revisited the classroom ground rules. The older children were introduced to punctuation for sentence writing and we began to explore how a volcano works with baking soda and vinegar.

Happy New Year from the Cedar Room, we hope you had a nice holiday. We introduced Africa and talked about the seasons. We also revisited classroom ground rules and discussed parts of the snowman. Please remember to bring your child’s snow pants, boots and gloves.

Happy New Year to all of our dear families from the Maple Room! This week we reinforced the ground rules. Individual presentations were given in Ten board (math). In language we introduced sentence construction (by using punctuation). In science we talked about the seasons. We also read the book, ” What makes weather?” For a presentation we used nomenclature cards for the seasons. We also talked about snow and read the books, “Frosty’s New Friends” and “The Smallest Snowman”.

A new Parenting Group is forming.  Amanda Pullukat is leading the group on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 beginning 1/16/19.  This group will focus on parent strategies at home and we’ll start with discipline.  Here’s what you’ll be learning!

  • Controlling Negative Behavior: Learn an amazingly simple technique to get the kids to STOP doing what you don’t want them to do (whining, arguing, tantrums, etc.).
  • Encouraging Good Behavior: Learn several effective methods to get your kids to START doing what you want them to do (picking up, eating, going to bed−and staying there, etc.)
  • Strengthening Your Relationships: Learn powerful techniques that reinforce the bond between you and your children. 

The method you’ll learn is simple and gentle-but-firm approach to managing the behavior of 2 to 12-year-olds.  It is free and is separate from school so you are welcome to invite your friends to join.  Join at: Parenting Registration Form