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


School News 12/17-21

Greetings Families!

The Winter Festival Recital was a huge success! Thank you to all of the  families that were able to participate! It was a fun time for all!

Just a reminder that we are closed from Monday, December 24- January 1, 2019. We re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

On Friday, January 17 the children and teachers will participate in a Peace Celebration. We will provide more information closer to the date!

Please plan to attend a Parent-Teacher Conference on Friday, January 18, we will be closed for children this day.

Mark your calendars as a reminder that we are closed on Monday, January 21. This is in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. The teachers will participate in an in-service day.

Please make sure to sign you child(ren) in and out each day. We must have an accurate count of the number of children in the building at any time.  We need this information especially in the event of an emergency, we need to keep everyone safte!

Please make sure that you are signing your child up for hot lunch if needed. Over the past several weeks we have had children without a lunch and have not been signed up for a hot lunch. We want to make sure that we have enough food available and prepared for all of our children.

Please review our illness policy to help us prohibit, contain any illness in the center. If your child exhibits any of the following symptoms, please keep them home and call to inform the school of the absence. To protect all children at Novi Woods Montessori Center Inc., your child will not be accepted at the center if he/she has any of the following symptoms:

  • thick, colored discharge from nose or eyes
  • persistent and productive cough
  • red or runny eyes with persistent sneezing
  • Fever- children must be fever-free w/out the use of fever reducer for 24 hours
  • diarrhea and persistent abdominal pain.
  • nausea and vomiting
  • Pink eye
  • Lice or Nits
  • Listless, refuses to eat-often a sign of the flu

Please see the parent handbook for a complete list of symptoms

The children enjoyed story time with Ms. Emily from the Novi Library. She visits at least twice per season. Novi Woods Montessori has been asked to be a test site for the Library’s new lending library, Raising a Reader in Novi. Beginning in January there will be books on display at the front counter. Children may borrow the book(s) for a few days or a week, all books must be returned to the library on Monday, February 25, 2019. The goal is to get good early childhood books into the hands of our children!


Have a safe and happy holiday! Everyone at Novi Woods Montessori wishes you and yours a very happy and prosperous New Year!

School News 12/10-14/18

Greetings Families!

Thank you to everyone that was able to donate a pair of pajamas to the Scholastic Classroom  Pajama Drive! For each pair donated Scholastic will donate a book to a deserving child!

Please note that Tumble Tots will send out a new flyer on January 2, 2019 for the new session  beginning Thursday, January 10, 2019. If you turned in a payment for this past week and would like to have it returned to you, please notify the office and we will provide it or we can hold it and give it to Mr. Robbie in January.

The children have been practicing  for the recital this coming Thursday! Please note that the Center will close at 3:00 pm so families and teachers can prepare for this special event!

Novi Woods Montessori will be closed on Monday, December 24 and re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2019. 

In the Toddler Classroom this weeks theme was Winter! The children enjoyed the books, “The Penguin Who Wanted to Fly” and “Over in the Farm”. The Practical Life Presentation involved the children learning how to use the mortar and pestle to pound and grind cereals,  pretzels and crackers for the birds. The children enjoyed decorating a Gingerbread Man with glitter, googly eyes and glue! The children also engaged in a lesson of sorting mittens and socks into pairs of the same color. PLEASE don’t forget to send in your child’s winter snowpants, boots, gloves and a winter jacket. We do outside everyday weather permitting. Thank You!

In the Pine Room the children and teachers discussed the layers of the earth, continued their study of dinosaurs and invertebrae and vertebrates. The children received a presentation on volcanoes. The ground rules were reinforced as well. The children continue to work on writing sentences and sounds including blends. We also continued our study of dinosaurs and fossils. Volcanoes were introduced and we watched a short clip on volcanoes. Some of the older children were introduced to multiplication. We have been practicing our dance for the winter festival, the children are doing great in the classroom. Please don’t get discouraged if your child does not perform on stage, it takes alot for our young ones to get up in front of a crowd. If your child has a Santa hat, please let them wear it the day of the festival. Ms. Dee has 12 hats, not enough for all of the children. If you have any questions please contact the morning teaching staff. Have a safe and great weekend! The Pine Room Staff

In the Maple Room the children continued working on types of dinosaurs, fossils, vertebrate and invertebrate. Layers of the earth were presented (normanclature card). We also discussed holidays around the world, the history of Christmas was discussed. The children were taught how to cough and sneeze as part of a Grace and Courtesy lesson in practical life. We are all busy practicing for the recital on the 20th. The older children are working on static addition and in language we are working with blends, (fl,pl, fr, tr, and cl). The class is running smoothly and the children have adjusted well to the Montessori environment. Parents- if you have any questions regarding the recital, kindly contact the morning teaching staff.

In the Cedar Room Ms. Alya has been out of the classroom and will catch up with her information next week.

On Monday the children particpated in a Winter Solstice lesson with a group called Wild Child! They made luminaries and bird feeders. They also has cider! Enjoy these pictures of this fun event!

School News for the week of 12/3/18

Hello Families!

A new session of Tumble Tot Gymnastics is starting.  This program is on Thursdays at 12:30 and is an extra fee, payable to Tumble Tot.  Click on the Registration Form for more information.

A parenting group is forming on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30 pm, starting January 16.  At the meetings we’ll discuss a parenting book and strategies for raising healthy, happy children.  This group is open to the public, so consider asking a friend to come.  Register HERE.

Winter Festival Recital

This week the children were practicing their songs and dances for the Winter Festival recital! They are very exuberant singers, we in the office have enjoyed listening to them practice!

The recital is Thursday, December 20 from 6:00-7:00 pm. Please have your child at the Novi Civic Center no later than 5:45. There will be signs and staff directing you to the room where the children will wait until it is their turn to perform. The toddlers will perform first, toddler parents are welcome to join their child(ren) on stage and then take them to their seats after their performance. The preschool children will return to the same room for pick up as drop off. You are welcome to return to the performance room for cookies with your child and teachers! We have the venue until 7:00 pm and must leave promptly at 7:00 pm.

This week in the Pine Room there was a discussion about Dinosaurs, volcanoes and land forms. In the Practical Life area the children were exploring  new puzzles, putting them together without the control board. They were also working with different types of water activities. In the Sensorial area the children continued to explore all of the extensions with the different materials. We also continued to work on our sound groups for our language activity while the older children also continued to work on their workbooks, journals and writing sentences. During our Science Presentation the children were introduced to vertebrates and invertebrates, working with three part cards on vertebrate and invertebrates. During the Geography & Cultural Studies Presentation the children were introduced to land forms (lake and island), what is the difference between them and also being able to pour water to make the difference. The children continued to work with the red and blue rods 1-10 with the older children working on carry over addition. The teachers introduced fractions, whole, half, one third and one fourth. A few reminders: Our Winter Festival Recital is Thursday, December 20th. Please have the girls wear a holiday festive dress and the boys wear a green or red shirt with black pants.

In the Cedar Room this week we read books about volcano’s including the types and the parts. We discussed the parts of a snowman and also types of dinosaurs! In Geography we discussed how holidays around the world are celebrated, we read about Hanukkah. To prepare for the Winter Festival recital we began to practice our songs. The children enjoyed making Christmas crafts. A lesson on the three parts of land forms was presented to the children as well as the metal inset. The children are enjoying learning every day! A few reminders: Please make sure that you child has gloves or mittens to wear outside every day. The school recital is Thursday, December 20. If you have any questions regarding what your child needs to wear for the recital, please contact the Cedar classroom teachers! Have a great weekend! Ms. Akosh.

The theme of the week in the Toddler Classroom was outdoor and indoor sights and sounds. The children were busy this week moving blocks from one area to another and making a train that everyone rode! The children enjoyed the “Touch and Feel-Winter” book. In Practical Life the children practiced simple flower arranging. The Sensorial Presentation was the texture box with grains, beans and shells. The children created mini bird feeders using cardboard tubes, flour and strawberry jam. They really enjoyed watching the birds eat the seeds that are hanging on the fence. The children also enjoyed learning the names of different insects and sea animals. A few reminders: Please send in your child’s winter clothing, we do go outside and we want them to be warm.

In the Maple Room this week the children studied Dinosaurs including the Stegosaurus and the T Rex. We read a dinosaur book by Adam Karlson and an article on digging up the fast ( fossils). The volcano was presented and we discussed the terms magma, pathways, lave rock and layers. We continued our discussion on holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The children also learned facts about reptiles, amphibians and mammals. We represented the Montessori materials presented so far. Everyday we have been practicing our songs for the recital. Kindly make sure that your child has their  outfit for this special event (red dress for girls, boys red shirt and black pants and black shoes for both boys and girls if possible). for this special event. The addition strip board and the multiplication board was introduced to the older children. Thank you!

School News 11/26-30

Greetings Families!

During drop off and pick up, children have been observed running into the parking lot and between parked cars.   Our goal is to keep everyone safe at all times!  Please make sure you have your child with you as you enter and exit your vehicle. Also, please make sure you are entering and exiting the parking lot slowly and carefully.

It seems like “winter” in here to stay although it doesn’t officially begin until December 21, 2018!  What happens in the event of severe weather?  Our first priority is the safety of our families and staff but we make every effort to remain open for our families. How will you know if we are closed or on a delayed opening? Families will receive a message from REMIND and an email. You can also check the local news stations as it will appear there as well.  If you’re not signed up for our REMIND text messages, click HERE to do that.


Thursday, December 20, 2018- The Winter Festival Recital from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Novi Civic Center. The Center will CLOSE at 3:00 pm for staff to prepare for the event.

Monday, December 24-January 2, 2019- The Center is closed for the Holiday. We re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Thursday, January 17, 2019 is our Center Peace Celebration. More information to follow.

The Center is closed on Friday, January 18, 2019 for Parent/Teacher conferences. More information will be provided closer to the date.

We will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is an in-service day for teachers.

Here are the highlights for the week from the Cedar Room-The theme for the week involved the study of dinosaurs, how a fossil is formed and the difference between vertebrate and invertebrate. Songs about dinosaurs were sung and dinosaurs were created from clay!  Dinosaurs and seasonal objects were added to the Practical Life area. The children practiced their songs for the recital and created Christmas trees from popsicle sticks! For the math presentation the children were exposed to the clock and time and what also the value of  American coins.

Last week in the Pine Room the children enjoyed working on Thanksgiving projects, the children enjoyed putting their hands on the large turkey that hung on our classroom door. Highlights from this week include discussions of the human body, parts of the body as well as dental care. We introduced teeth brushing with our giant set of teeth. Children are also enjoying water activities in the practical life area. We continue to work on our song and dance for the Winter Festival recital. The children are also exploring all of the extensions in sensorial with the Pink tower and the brown stairs and all of the knobless cylinders together. Our language presentations are the continuation of of our work on beginning sounds. The older children are working in workbooks and making sentences while also working on verbs. During our science presentation we  introduced the five senses, the children are working with three part cards and work sheets. Our grace and courtesy lesson is a continuation of putting our coats on and zipping along with hand washing and nose wiping. We continue our study of South America, coloring the map push pinning and working on the large puzzle map. The children are working with land-air-and water three part cards. The children are working on the different objects/pictures to find where they go. In math the older children are working on the 45 layout, addition and carry over addition. Other children are working on  number recognition as well as counting up to 50 and some children up to 100! Our Winter Festival  is December 20, the children will be singing a song and dancing to one. Please have the girls wear a holiday, festive dress, boys wear a red or green plain shirt with black pants. Any questions, please let one of the teachers know. We would like to welcome Ms. Vikia to our classroom in the afternoons.

This week in the Toddler Room  the theme of the week was Fruits and Vegetables. The children practiced large body movements by going up and down our set of stairs and our indoor slide, they also enjoyed rolling a ball. The books the children enjoyed were “The Way I Feel” and “Garden”. The sensorial presentation involved introducing colors and textures of different fruits and vegetable to the children. The children enjoyed fruit and vegetable printing as well as color mixing. Please send in your child’s winter clothing so that they are comfortable when outside. Toddlers go outside twice per day as long as the weather conditions are conducive to outdoor play. Please write their names on each item so it goes back to the right child!

In the Maple Room the children studied land forms (isthmus and strait), practiced bow tying with the dressing frame; the children especially enjoyed learning about the magnifying glass and it’s purpose. They were very excited when looking at each other and various objects in the classroom. The metal inset (2 and 3) was also introduced from the pre-writing area. The layers of the earth were introduced as well as the 10 board in math. We continued to learn about North America.

We will celebrate many child birthdays during the of December !! On Monday, December 3rd, Advika from the Maple Room and Aditi from the Pine Room. On Tuesday, December 4, Vincent from the Maple Room will celebrate his birthday and Akhil from the Maple Room will celebrate his birthday on December 7th!!

A new Parenting Group is forming!  Amanda Pullukat is hosting an 6 week group that will meet Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30, beginning January 16 at Novi Woods Montessori.  The group will focus on parenting strategies at home and is not connected with your child’s enrollment at Novi Woods, so consider inviting others who may want to join!  At this time there will not be child care so consider one parent attend or alternate weeks.  There will be resources to share with your parenting partner at the end of each session!  If are interested, please fill out the Parenting Group Registration Form

Some samples of children engaged in their work!

Links you might need…

School News 11/12-16

Greetings Families!

The children have enjoyed the few snowy days we have had this past week, we are requesting that all of your children’s outdoor clothing and extra clothes are labeled. Black snow pants and black boots are hard to tell apart and sometimes children forget what their clothing looks like!

It is a State of Michigan licensing rule that children go outside every day; we use the temperature of 20 degrees or above with the wind chill and take in the weather conditions when making decisions about outdoor play. The children are outside for typically no more than 20 minutes. Please send the proper clothing so that your child will be comfortable when outside: gloves or mittens, snow pants, boots and hats.

It is also a licensing requirement that children are signed in and out each day on the iPad. We must have an accurate count of how many children are in the building. We ask that you bring your child to school between 8:15 and 8:30, this is when school starts, and the children begin their Montessori work, they lose some of the instruction and group meetings when they arrive after 8:30.

This is a friendly reminder that Novi Woods Montessori is closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We hope that you enjoy this time off to be with family and friends!

Please mark your calendar for our Winter Festival on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm at the Novi Civic located at 45175 West 10 Mile Road in Novi. More detailed information will be provided as we get closer to the date!

Scholastic books is hosting the Pajama Program, Good Night are Good Days, a pajama drive to provide  pajamas to children in need. As a program we would like to support this activity and ask that if you are able to donate a pair of pajamas, we will collect them here at the center and then then turn them into Scholastic. For every pair of pajamas that are donated, Scholastic will donate a brand new book to the Pajama program!

In the Maple Room this week the teachers and children discussed more details about South America. The children have been able to memorize up to 5 countries. This week the teachers also discussed how our brain works and the 5 senses. The Pledge of Allegiance is recited every day. We have been reviewing with the children how to handle the Montessori materials and giving individual presentations as needed. The children were excited to see the model of our teeth on the Practical Life shelf! They are learning the right way to brush their teeth and overall dental hygiene. Some of our older children have been introduced to dynamic addition and some have stepped into reading. The children have enjoyed singing, ” Senses Work in Harmony” this past week.

In the Cedar Room the large group activities focused on the Food Pyramid, the human body system and healthy living. The children enjoyed making turkey paintings one afternoon. The Practical Life activity focused on healthy food for our body. The Sensorial Presentation involved the children using primary and secondary colors. During the Geography Presentation the children discovered the countries of South America. The Science Presentation focused on parts of the human body and body patterns. During the Grace and Courtesy presentation the Cedar room discussed health and safety and sang the song, “When You have to Sneeze”. For our cultural studies the children will celebrate Cultural Day and also discuss the Thanksgiving Holiday traditions.  Please make sure to send gloves for your child as we do go outside when it is cold!

In the Pine Room during large group the teachers and children discussed parts of the human body. We reviewed using our manners, keeping our hands to ourselves and saying excuse me when needed. We are practicing the song that we will sing at the winter festival. (The lights on the tree). In the Practical Life area the children worked on color mixing, we have added more water work to our water area. The children continue to work on tonging and tweezing. During the Sensorial Presentation the teachers introduced the color box 3 and a review of the triangular and hexagonal box. We continued our study of South America as our Geography presentation, A human body booklet was worked on as part of the Science Presentation and our Grace and Courtesy Presentation was a continuation on blowing noses and then remembering to wash hands. Parents, please reinforce this at home as the weather has changed and there are more runny noses in the classroom. Just a reminder-please send in the appropriate clothing for outdoor activities. Per the State of Michigan licensing rules children are to go outside everyday so please bring hats, gloves, snow pants and boots in addition to a warm coat.

In the Toddler Room the theme of the week was Thankfulness. During large group the children engaged in animal yoga and enjoyed hearing “Fat Cat”. The Practical Life work focused on opening and closing containers with various lids, children manipulated sound cylinders during the Sensorial Presentation to discriminate sounds. The art activity centered on Our Thankful Tree. The children also poured water using a teapot. Parents-please send in your child’s winter accessories-snow pants, boots, hats and gloves. Thank you and have a good weekend.

Thank you to all of our families for donating a cultural dish to share with classmates! Thank you to the teachers for their hard work putting the meal together and talking about each dish and what being thankful means!

Enjoy these pictures from our Cultural Day celebration!

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School News 11/5-11/9

Greetings Families!

Please have your picture money turned into the office no later than Monday, November  12. George Stewart will be stopping in on Tuesday to pick up all of the orders.

Please know that there are two confirmed cases of pink eye in the center. One in the Cedar Room and one in the Infant Room. If you notice that your child’s eyes are red with a yellow discharge please have them checked out with your pediatrician.

Please enjoy these pictures from our Diwali celebrations!

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This week in the Maple Room the children studied the continent of South America, the flag of Brazil and animals of the South American rainforest. Thank you to Ms Mari for a wonderful presentation, the children enjoyed the Brazilian music. The parts of the human body were introduced and in the Practical Life presentation the children practiced lacing and zipping on our zipping frames. The Cultural Studies presentation focused Diwali. Thank you to Ms. Asha ( Cedar Room) for a very informative talk about Indian culture of bursting crackers.

This week in the Cedar Room the children have been practicing two song; “Senses work in Harmony” and “If your senses help you grow, say (they do). The art activities this week  focused on Diwali, the Festivals of Light. The children have been learning and creating animals that live in the rain forest. The Practical Life presentation added how to take care of our teeth and brush twice a day. The Geography presentation discussed the animals of South America, the flag of Brazil and the Amazon rain forest. The Sensorial presentation featured the Colored box 3. The Science presentation involved mixing colors, children learning about primary colors and what two colors to mix to give us a secondary color. We learned about parts of the body and our five senses. The Grace and Courtesy presentations focused on self-awarness (how to take care of our bodies for example hand washing, teeth brushing and taking a bath). There will be a Diwali celebration that the children will celebrate with songs and art projects. Please Cedar Parents, make sure that you send gloves or mittens and hats. We go outside every day for at least 20 minutes in the morning and afternoon. Thank you and have a good week.

In the Pine Room this week the Large Group lesson focused on the parts of the human body. We also introduced color mixing to see when two colors are mixed together,what they turn into. We have also been talking about Diwali, the Festival of Lights. During the Practical Life presentation we introduced water pouring and color mixing. During the Sensorial presentation the children worked on the trinomial cube. The children are enjoying the fact that they can take more than one work and combine them together and use their imagination to create an extension. Our Geography presentation is a continuation of our unit study on South America, the Amazon river and the rain forest. The Science presentation involved color mixing work.  We will be celebrating Diwali on Friday, please dress your child is their ethnic clothing and if you have anything for your child to bring in for show and tell regarding your culture, please send them in we will take very good care of them:)

Please enjoy the slide show of Diwali activities and classroom activities!

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This week in the Toddler Classroom the children enjoyed parachute play and exploring musical instruments. The children also enjoyed ” In the Wild” (naming jungle animals), and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. Our Practical Life presentation focused on the care of the environment and watering the plants. The Sensorial presentation involved a presentation of the five senses through activities -touch, smell, taste hearing and seeing. The children sorted by color. The theme of the week was the Festival of Lights. On Friday, November 16 we will celebrate Cultural Day, your child is invited to wear their ethnic outfit and we would appreciate a cultural dish for the children to sample. Thank You! Have a nice weekend!

Amanda Pullukat is starting a Parenting group in January for our families as well as anyone in your community who you think would benefit.  We will discuss parenting strategies, ideas and read a parenting book over the course of 8 weeks.  We will soon narrow down a day & time but if you’re interested, please follow the link below to mark your preference & interest.  This group will not include child care, so consider just one parent attending.  There will be resources to share with your spouse!  Currently Monday or Wednesday evenings 7-8:30 is the most popular day/time.

Parenting Group Form


School News 10/26-11/2

Hello Families!

The Halloween Party was a huge sucess! Thank you to everyone that donated treats for the Halloween trick or treat walk. The children enjoyed joining in Halloween games and completing Halloween crafts in the classroom.

Enjoy these pictures of the toddlers and the Pine room participating in Halloween fun!

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This week in the Pine Room in addition to the Halloween activities (pumpkin carving in four different shapes, reading “Pete the Cat Halloween”, sang Itsy Bisty Spider and Five Little Pumpkins, the children also listened to Halloween songs) this week the children and teachers talked about all of the North American animals, the children were introduced to the South American map. The Practical Life presentations introduced pumpkin pounding with golf tees, learning how to lace a spider web and continuing to practice putting on and zipping up coats. The Sensorial Presentations included presenting the Rectangular box and the small Hexagonal box. The children are still exploring all the things they can do with the red rods, pink tower, brown stairs and knobless cylinders. The older children were writing facts on South America and animals. The Science Presentations were a continuation of the life cycle of a pumpkin. During the Grace & Courtesy Presentations the children practice good hygiene, practicing how to use a tissue and wiping their noses then washing hands after.

The Halloween party was fun with so many wonderful costumes! The children did some crafts along with making ghost suckers. The children decorated and ate cookies. Sorry if your child’s feet were stained black! We did a footprint project that was sent home, we hope that you liked them! The younger children are continuing to work on the beginning sounds and numeral recognition along with the hanging beads 1-10. Please send silverware for your child’s lunch, and please make sure they have extra clothing here at school just in case of a toileting accidents or they get their clothes wet.

Have a great weekend! Pine Room Staff

In the Toddler Classroom the children practiced jumping on the tape line (balance) and stepping on bubble wrap on the floor (fun!). The children enjoyed hearing stories about water animals and a touch and feel farm. During the Practical Life presentation the children spread cream cheese on crackers. The Sensorial presentation featured textiles and fabrics. The art activities were related to the Halloween theme, the children made Halloween bats, a spooky pumpkin collage and painted mini pumpkins. The children participated in tasting pomegranate – See the pictures below! Please label all of your child’s winter clothing, assessories, sippy cups and food containers. Thank You!

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In the Cedar Room this week the children enjoyed the Halloween party and trick or treating. They participated in a spider web game, a spider ring toss game, decorating cookies, making a pumpkin with a cinnamon stick and a ghost! The children were introduced to the large hexagon box during the Sensorial Presentation and South America, specifically Brazil this week during the Geography Presentation. During the month of November the Grace & Courtesy Presentation will focus on how to give thanks every day for the people and things around us.  Please check your child’s folder each week and bring a change of clothing in their backpack. We will celebrate Diwali next week, we invite parents to share cultural information with the children, please contact the Cedar Room teachers to arrange a time to visit. Also, if you have any books to share related to South America, that would be great. Please remember to label all of your child’s belongings.

In the Maple Room the children enjoyed listening to the “Lonely Scarecrow” book. The teen board was reintroduced so the children understood the correct way to use the material and the children engaged with geometric solids for their Sensorial Presentation. For Practical Life the children practiced stringing, tonging and the teachers presented twisiting. The map of the USA was presented during the Geography presentation and during the Grace & Courtesy presentation the teachers emphasized how to treat friends. The older children were introduced to the bank game.  For Halloween the children enjoyed decorating and eating a sugar cookie for snack. They children made cinnamon pumpkins and ghosts. We also played a few games and read “Horrible Harry and the Green Slime”, “The Teacher from the Black Lagoon” and ” Dinosaur Bones”.  Please help your child pick out theme related show and tell which is every Friday. Please make sure that there is silverware for your child in their lunch box. Please let them hang up their jackets by themselves before they enter the classroom. Have a nice weekend!