School News- 5/17/19

Hello Families!

Please plan on attending our Parent Night(s) next week with your child; you will have the opportunity to “work” with your child as they show you some of their favorite work(s) from this school year! Cedar Room Parent Night is Tuesday, May 21, the Pine Room is Wednesday, May 22 and Maple Room is Thursday, May 23. Please join us from 6:00-7:00 pm.

The center will be closed on Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday! Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend!

Thursday, May 30th is our Spring Concert at the Novi Civic Center from 6:00-7:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

It was another busy week at Novi Woods Montessori!

In the Toddler Classroom the theme was flowers. The children learned the parts of the flower-petal, stem, leaves and buds. The children created a Hyacinth flower by painting with a bottle cap over a piece of construction paper. The children enjoyed listening to “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and “Ebb and Flow”. Our Grace and Courtsey lesson involved saying please and thank you, being mindful, avoid talking with a mouth full of food, how to cough and sneeze, how to blow our nose, etc. These lessons will help the children through out their life to be respectful, compassionate and to be caring members of our society. The sensorial presentation was the pink tower-by using this material the child is able to understand the concept of “large” vs “small”. This activity also helps develop body control, as well as sizing, dimension, order and concentration. The children have also enjoyed running and playing outdoors in the nicer weather! Please make sure to label all of your child’s belongings. Thank You!!

In the Maple Room we have started practicing for our spring recital which is on May 30th. The children are excited to perform for family and friends.

The children are doing very well reviewing the concepts they have learned throughout the school year. Thank you to Ritu’s parents for donating materials to the classroom for her birthday. The older children are into reading and sentence formation. Bring a Parent to School Night is Thursday, May 23 for our classroom. We hope to see you there!

In the Pine Room we are continuing our study on Antarctica and penguins. The children have been practicing for the spring concert. We have been observing our caterpillars and most of them have gone into a coccoon so we will be putting them in the habitat today! The children are very excited as we will be observing them as they become beautiful butterflies. The children participated in banana cutting and learned portion control as they measured by spoonfuls. We also reinforced what to do when coughing and sneezing (cover and washing hands). The younger children are working more in the sensorial area and are learning more about sizes such as the pink tower and the brown stairs (smallest to biggest). In science we have been reviewing what we have learned throughout the year. For our Grace and Courtesy presentation we are practicing our manners by saying “excuse me” when we need to get by someone instead of pushing our way through. Parents- if you have any problems getting the outfits for the concert please let Ms. Dee know right away, again girls pink or purple tutu with the top to match and boys plain white t-shirt and dark pants or shorts. Ms. Dee does have some white t-shirts for sale for $2.00 each, She has size 6/8and size 4. You can look at them and if you need to purchase one just let one of the teachers know. Please feel free to take a look with your child at the caterpillar habitat but please remind your child to not touch as we do not want to disturb this delicate process. Just a reminder-Bring a Parent to school night is Wednesday, May 22 from 6:00-7:00 pm. Please only one parent to participate as we do not have enough space for both parents and your child. If you have any questions please contact one of the teachers. Have a great weekend! Pine Room Staff.

In the Cedar Room the children continued their study of Antartica and penguins. The childen are practicing for the spring concert which is Thursday, May 30th. If you are having trouble finding the outfit for the concert, please see Ms Aruna. The children are reviewing the math and science lessons they have learned througout the school year and continue to work on their favorite lessons each day. Please plan on attending our Bring Your Parent to School Night which is Tuesday, May 21 from 6:00-7:00 pm. Have a great weekend!



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School News 5/10/19

Hello Families! Please mark your calendar for our “Bring a Parent to School Night”! The Cedar Room will host this event on Tuesday, May 21, the Maple Room on Wednesday, May 22 and the Pine Room on May 23rd from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Our Spring Concert is Thursday, May 30 at the Novi Civic Center beginning at 6:00 pm.

In the Pine Room this week we continued our study of Antarctica, we watched a video on penguins. Ms. Linda from the Maple Room came to visit to tell us abut her trip to Australia. The children continue to practice for the Spring concert. We have been reviewing our hygiene habits as well as taking care of our plants and observing the caterpillars that are ready to make their cocoon. The children are working with color box 3, they are learning the different colors and how the colors go from darkest to lightest (color grading). The older children are working with division, skip counting, and multiplication. The younger children are continuing their work on numeral recognition.

Parents-for the recital attire for the children; boys can wear a plane white t-shirt and dark pants or shorts. The girls can wear pink or purple tutus with a top to match. For show and tell please try to bring something geared towards to the weekly theme. To all of our moms have a Happy Mother’s Day and a great weekend. Pine Room Staff.

In the Cedar Room we discussed Antarctica and penguins, the children watched a video on Antarctica. We had a discussion on Mother’s Day and learned the story behind it. We learned the story about “Ann Reaves Jarvis”. The children learned about different land forms on the earth and were presented the island, lake, cape and peninsula as a geography presentation.

In the Toddler Classroom the theme was the caterpillar. The children enjoyed hearing, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and constructed a caterpillar on construction paper using a sponge and a ball to give the caterpillar effect. The children also learned the parts of an apple from stem, seeds, skin and flesh of the fruit. The children were curious to see the apples arranged on the plate, we discussed the different colors of apples, what color the seed is and how the fruit tastes. They enjoyed feeling the seeds, the skin and the stem. The Sensorial Presentation was the Colored Tablets. The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate the primary colors red, blue and yellow mix and form the secondary colors, green, orange and purple. The ability to identify color is considered a marker and milestone in a child’s cognitive process. The Practical Life presentation focused on cleaning up and putting work away when the work is finished. The children learn and develop good life skills, independence, and gross and fine motor skills. It also helps in the development of mental order, concentration and self direction.

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School News 4/29-5/3

Hello Families!

It has been a busy week this week, the children have been preparing for the Spring Concert on Thursday, May 31st. This special event is held at the Novi Civic Center from 6:00-7:00 pm. Please let your child’s teachers know if they WILL NOT be participating. The toddler classroom will not be participating.The children have also been preparing special “gifts” for moms for Mother’s Day which is Sunday, May 12th.

You still have time to enroll in both our Summer Camp Program and the Fall 2019 school year! We are excited about the summer camp projects we are planning and we are looking forward to another great school year!

Please mark your calendar for Monday, May 27th. This is Memorial Day and the center will be closed. The Spring Concert is Thursday, May 30 and Parent/Teacher Conferences are Friday, May 31st. The center is closed on this day.

This week in the Toddler Classroom the theme was Mother’s Day. The childen created handprint flowers. They enjoyed hearing, “In the Garden” and “Farmer Cat”. They also enjoyed the days they were able to be outside running, jumping and chasing each other. The children continue to work on juicing. They loved the taste of the fresh orange juice. They also worked with playdough and pasta (tube shaped) This activity encouarages children to manipulate and mould materials and it builds up their fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. This is the purest sense of exploratory learning. The teachers presented several farm animal sounds to the children, oink, quack and moo. These sounds are simple for children to learn because they connect different senses including touch and sight. It is a language building block that prepare a child to speak, read, and write and it’s fun and engaging. Please label all your child’s containers, personal belongings and extra clothes. Please also include an ice pack in their lunch bag to keep food cool, this is a State of Michigan licensing rule. Thank you! Ms Evelyn will be on vacation starting Monday, May 6 and returning Monday, May 20. Substitutes that the children know will be working for Ms Evelyn each morning.

In the Pine Room this week the children finished their work with the continent of Australia. Starting in May the continent to be studied is Antartica. We viewed a video on Antartica and learned about how cold it is and that it is all ice. We began talking about pengins and read a book about penguins. The children have been practicing their dance for the the Spring Concert. There is a new addition to the classroom, Ms Dee refers to them as “her babies”, there are caterpillars in the classroom and the children will be observing them over the next several weeks as they turn into butterflies. The children watched a video on the life cycle of the butterfly, it was amazing watching and hearing the children discuss what they saw, a lot of “wow” and “ooh”s! We would like to thank Ms Jones for getting them for us. In our food preparation area the children have been doing orange juicing (this is a fine motor skill) and they get to drink the juice! Some of the children are working with the rough and smooth board while others are studying the globle and naming the continents. PLEASE remember that we are a nut free center, we are noticing that some children have nuts in their lunches. We are sending them home unopened, please be aware that we have a child in our classroom that has a nut allergy. Have a great weekend-The Pine Room Staff

In the Maple Room the children were shown how to prepare a sandwich out of cream cheese and crackers for the practical life snack. We are reviewing our planets, Mercury was discussed in detail. Antartica is the continent for the month of May. Penguins were introduced as part of the study, the children viewed a video on Antartica. The older children are being encouraged to read and everyone is working at their respective levels.

In the Cedar Room there was a recall discussion on Australia and a new discussion about Antartica. We reviewed the classroom ground rules and the children listened to , “Ms Nelson is Missing” and “Excuse Me”. The children have enjoyed preparing a special Mother’s Day gift! The older children are reviewing their studies on math and language while the younger children are studying according to their level.

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School News 4/22-26/2019

Hello Families!

The month of May will soon be upon us! Please mark your calendar for these important events: The center is closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day, our Spring Concert is on Thursday, May 30 at the Novi Civic Center from 6:00-7:00 pm and Parent Teacher conferences are Friday, May 31st. As with our fall conferences, the center is closed for the day on the 31st.

This week in the Toddler Classroom the theme was Farm Animals. The children listened to the story, “Over in the Farm” and “Down by the Station”. The children worked to squeeze orange juice, this task helps them to develop control and build strength in their hands which will be required when learning to write. The children also explored the magnet sensory bin which is a great way to explore the science of magnets and the property of attraction, the children were able to discover these properties on their own. The class also participated in pretending to milk a cow (make sure to check out the pictures on Shutterfly!)followed by a discussion about where milk comes from. This activity helps children develop bilateral coordination, fine motot skills, grasp and hand strength.

In the Cedar Room this week the children engaged in a discussion about Earth Day and recyling. The children learned the many ways that we can help protect the environment. The children participated in an Earth Day project using child choice open-ended materials. They also engaged in a discussion about birds ,their habitat and the about the parts of a bird using three part cards. We watched a video clip about birds. Math lessons were given on fractions and subtraction for the older children.

In the Pine Room the children discussed different types of birds and continued their study of Australia. We also discussing Arbor Day and what it means, and watched a video clip about Arbor Day and planting trees. We read the books, “The Only way is Badger”, “The Best Nest” and Dr. Seuss “Oh Say You Can Say”. We have also been practicing our dances and songs for our concert. To listen to the songs you can go on youtube under just dance kids 2, Barbara Ann and The gummy bear song can be viewed. Please let us know if your child will participate, the concert is on May 30th. Have a great weekend- The Pine Room Staff.

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School News 4/15-18

Hello Families!

Part of this week the children enjoyed engaging in Easter activities, the favorite was dying the eggs although taking home an Easter treat bag was also a favorite!

Please remember that we are closed on Friday, April 19 for Good Friday. Enjoy the long weekend!

We had our first parenting seminar last Saturday morning. It was great to have like-minded parents come together and share ideas, recommendations and to learn a new discipline technique. Check out noviwoods.com/parenting to read our notes! Do you have a topic you’d like us to cover? Click HERE to let us know!

In the Pine Room this week we continued our unit study on Australia as well as continuing our discussion on the earth and recycling. We also continued our discussion about community helpers, who they are and what they do. The children worked on several Easter projects which included egg coloring, making baskets and cards for parents. We read, “Strictly No Elephants” and listened to audio books of “Peter Rabbit” and ” I Love You Grumpy Bunny”. The children continue to progress in multiplication and division. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter, and remember that we are closed Good Friday. The Pine Room Staff.

In the Toddler Classroom the theme was Easter. The children enjoyed the books “Easter Bunny” and “Over in the Ocean”. The children enjoyed the experience of whisking-this activity is essential in practicing the muscles in the hands and arms and muscles for developing motor skills as well. The children continue to work on the rainbow arch activity. They love to use their imaginations as they construct buildings, tunnels, boats and create mazes. The children made a rabbit headband and colored eggs. The children enjoyed the process of dying the eggs, they were able to explore colors and mixing, texture (the egg) and cause and effect as the egg changes colors.

In the Maple Room this week the children enjoyed listening about Ms. Linda’s trip to Australia and New Zealand. She shared interesting facts about that continent. The topic discussed this week was Easter, the meaning behind Easter and Good Friday. The children dyed eggs, made a bunny mask and cut and pasted an Easter basket. The children continue with their regular work and are gaining confidence in the level that they are on.

In the Cedar Room the discussion on Australia continued. The children enjoyed watching a video on Australia. The week was also spend discussing Easter. The children dyed eggs, made Easter bags and also practiced for the spring concert.

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School News 4/8-12/19

Hello Families! Please plan on attending our annual science fair this evening between 5:30 and 6:30! The older children are very excited to present their science experiments!

You still have time to register for summer camp and the fall 2019 school year! We are actively recruiting new families, if you know of a family looking for a Montessori program, please send them our way!

In the Toddler Classroom this week the theme for the week is the Frog. The children enjoyed the books, “The Icky Sticky Frog” and the “Rain Forest Discoveries”. The children made frogs out of construction paper and were presented with the life cycle of the frog. This is a great way to help them understand the world around them and to connect with nature. The children participated in cutting a banana for snack. This is a simple food preparation activity that helps the children develop independence, while supportiing the their self-esteem and provides snack all in one! The Sensorial Presentation was the Rainbow Arch Activity-the children enjoyed exploring this activity. This is a fun way for them to build color recognition skills, creativity and imagination.

This week in the Maple Room the children learned about community helpers. We discussed different professions, doctors, teachers, fire fighters, lawyers, bus drivers, dentistis, ect. We also had a discussion about the various territories in Australia. We talked about the native people and aboriginal art. We talked about the kangaroo in detail. The children continue to work well at their respective levels, the older children are looking forward to the Science Fair this Friday.

In the Pine Room this week the study of Australia continued. The class also discussed earth day and recycling, watching a short video on recycling plastic bottles. The children enjoyed dancing to the song “London Bridge is Falling Down”, they listened to a book about recycling and “Mr. Happy”. The children are progressing very well in language, the older children are continuing with their sentence writing and reading skills. The children are also working on a balancing board with small blocks, they enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to make the board even on both sides so that it is balanced. The children are also working on parts of the kangaroo, making a kangaroo booklet There was a discussion about the Australian flag, the children were able to color the Australian flag. The classroom is also working on fractions! Have a great weekend everyone!- The Pine Room Staff

In the Cedar Room this week there was a discussion and learned various facts about the different animals that live in Australia; the kangaroo, koala bear, dingo, salt water crocodile and the emu. The children have practiced using the button, lace and snapping frames. The younger children have begun to make three letter words using the movable alphabet while the older children are reviewing their language lessons. The children are learning about community workers and how they contribute their service to the community. The older children are learning subtraction on the subtraction board and reviewing math lessons. The younger children are continuing their studies at their level. We are excited to see the older children present their science experiments this evening! Parents-please make sure to put an ice pack in your child’s lunch box.

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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!

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School News 4/1-5/19

Hello Families!

Welcome to April! It is with sadness that I am informing you that Ms. Bonnie has resigned her position as our toddler assistant teacher. Ms Bonnie’s last day with us will be Tuesday, April 16th. Please join me in wishing her well.

The Front Door now as a sensor that detects when someone is leaving the building. There is no longer a need to press the green button!

Please mark your calendar for our annual Science Fair next Friday, April 12 from 5:30-6:30. Children 4.5+ years are invited to choose a science experiment/activity to present to families (everyone is invited to this event, no childcare provided during the event). If you need ideas/inspiration please talk with the classroom teachers, they will be able to offer suggestions. If you have questions please direct them to the lead teachers. We hope to see you there!

Tumbe Tots will begin another session beginning April 11th from 12:10-12:40 pm, for 6 weeks for $58.00. Enrollment forms are requested by April 11th. Enrollment flyers are available at the front counter.

The Program is closed on Friday, April 19, 2019 (Good Friday).

If you haven’t turned in your fall 2019 application, there is still time! We are also enrolling for our summer camp program. We look forward to continuing our relationship with all of our families this summer and with returning families this fall!

On Monday, April 1, Ms. Emily the Novi librarian read to the children, they all enjoyed the session!

This week in the Toddler Classroom the theme was spring! The children enjoyed hearing,”The Grouchy Ladybug”, “Pete the Cat” and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and “The Wheels on the Bus”. For the Practical Life lesson the children learned how to take care of the classroom plants by watering them. This lesson shows children how to care for living things; building compassion, respect and responsibility. This is also a good activity for developing gross motor skills, fine motor skills and coordination. The Sensorial Presentation involved a Mystery Bag or Stereognostic bag. The purpose of this activity is to help children develop their stereognostic senses-an ability to identify objects inside the bag based on touch alone, this supports their material visualization. For an art activity the children created a Cherry Blossom Tree using construction paper, paints and an empty bottle to produce the flower effect. The pictures are hanging in the classroom. Other lessons the children enjoyed were the bug bin sensory activity- the children enjoyed and were fascinated with the plasic bugs and the texture of cooked pasta. This is a fantastic tool for imaginative play, fine motor, and language development. A REMINDER TO PARENTS: please put an ice pack in your child’s lunch bag and please write your child’s name on their water bottle, snack box and lunch container. Thank you!

This week in the Pine Room the children and teachers engaged in a discussion of Australia and the different animals that live there; the kangaroo, koala bear and the platypus. The children listened to “Does a Kangaroo have a Mother too?”, “Biscuit Wants to Play”, “Pete the Cat”, “Wheels on the Bus”, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, “Old MacDonald had a Farm”, “The Greedy Python” and “How to Catch a Star”. The librarian from the Novi library came this week to read a story about fishes and counting, they children participated in a dance. The Practical Life Presentation involved plant watering and leaf washing (care for the environment). The children are working with Geometric Solids and learning the names of the shapes. The children are progressing well in the language area. For our Science Presentation the children participated in an experiment with an egg in vinegar, ask your child what happened to the egg! The children are working with the large map of Australia, coloring a map and writing facts of Australia. They also worked on the three part cards of Biomes of Australia; it tell about the wetlands, tropical forest, desert and the grasslands. The children are working well in math with numeral recognition, division and multiplication. PARENTS, if your child is 4.5 + years old, please encourage them to join us at the Science Fair on Thursday, April 12 from 5:30-6:30 pm. You can go on YouTube and type in experiments for children, there are alot of activities to choose from. You can also ask one of the teachers for suggestions. Have a great weekend! The Pine Room Staff.

In the Cedar Room there was a dicussion on the Australian Continent with the children working on the large map and coloring the states of Australia. We also read a book of “Kangaroos and Wallabies” by Steve Parish. Individual lessons were given to the younger children on 3 letter blend sounds and beginning sounds. They are progressing on their studies, starting to read and making three letter words. The Science Presentation was given on the parts of the leaf using the three parts cards. Individual lessons were given on beads addition using short beads, the multiplication board, teen boards, carrying over and making complex numbers.

In the MapleRoom the theme of the week was birds. The children learned the various parts of a bird and their habitats. We also read books on birds. The older children are learning sentence formation and improving their reading skills. They are also reviewing math. The children enjoyed the pounding of cereal in a mortar and pestle as well as weaving a mat in the practical and sensorial areas. The continent this month is Australia. Please send books to read for show and tell related to Australia if you are able. The Novi librarian visited this week and the children thoroughly enjoyed the session. The Science Fair is coming up next week, please look for the informational flyer posted outside of our classroom.

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School News 3/25-29

Hello Families!

It’s hard to believe that next week is April 1st! Please turn in your child’s summer and fall applications! Fall applications received on April 1st will receive the 2% discount off of tuition!

This week in the Toddler Classroom the theme was Bugs & Insects. The children enjoyed listening to the story, “Snappy Bugs” and”Fireflies”. The children made ladbybugs. The Practical Life Presentation involved a mortar & pestle- this is a useful tool for developing a child’s fine motor and gross motor coordination as well as hand strength and preparation for writing. The Sensorial Presentations involved the Spindle Box. This activity encourages the child to associate different numbers to specific quantities by completing the task of introducing the right quantity of the spindles into the correct compartment. After setting the activity correctly and demonstrating how it is done, the children become more independent by completing the task themselves. The children were also introduced to the parts of a flower. The basic parts of a flower was presented in class and children were excited and focused on working on this activity. This activity enhances their vocabulary skills and helps them understand and appreciate the beauty of nature. PLEASE remember to label all of your child’s belongings and also include an ICE PACK in the lunch box. The children continue to enjoy the outdoors, throwing, catching, kicking and rolling soft balls.

In the Maple Classroom the teachers and children revisited the topics covered during the month of March. Our focus was mainly on Asia (Japan, China and India). We talked about cultural values, traditions, and lifestyle. In the same spirit we ended the month by celebrating in our classroom. All of our children of Asian decent came in their respective traditional attire. The children continue to work well at their respective levels. They are getting more and more thorough and confident with their concepts. We are looking forward to spring!

In The Pine Room we talked about reptiles. We continued our study of Asia, the children are working on the large map and coloring the whol map of Asia, we also watched a short video on Asia and the children were able to look at artifacts that we have in our cultural box. We are reinforcing our work on pouring and twisting. The children were introduced to extensions through a Sensorial Presentation so that they can explore and use their imagination, it’s great to see what they come up with. The younger children are working ont their writing. Please practice with your child at home, even if it’s only writing their name. The children viewed a short video on reptiles as well as push pinning, they painted a snake and collaged a turtle. The children put a lima bean in a paper towel and sprayed water on them, we then hung them up in our window. The children will be monitoring them to see how long it takes to sprout. The younger children continue to learn how to put on their coats and are learning right from left so they know which foot their boots/shoes go on. Some of the children were introduced to the ten board, this is to teach quantities and number symbols up to 99. The children are working on skip counting, multiplication and the older children were introduced to division. Our younger children are working hard in our math area which includes numeral recognition. Please remember that Fridays are our show and tell days, children can bring anything geared to our monthly theme. Parents just a reminder to put an ice pack in your child’s lunchbox. Monday, April 1st we will have a pizza lunch to celebrate Zachary’s Birthday. Have a great weekend! The Pine Room Staff.

In the Cedar Room the children continued their study of Asia and talked about Japan. We colored the flag of Japan. The children classified reptiles and amphibians and learned about the life cycle of a frog and made a booklet. They also learned how seeds grow into a plant. The children were given individual language lessons on their level. We grew a bean seed as our spring plant experiment. The children are observing and were able to see the life of the seed. They observed how the root come out of the bean seed. Individual lessons were given to the older children on the multiplication board and static addition. The children were also given the opportunity to use a mortal and pestle.

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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.

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School News 3/18-22

Hello Families!

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend our Curriculum Night on Thursday, March 21st. We hope that you were able to see your child and the other children complete their work during this event.

Time is running out to enroll your child and receive the 2% discount off of the academic year tuition! Enroll today, the deadline is April 1, 2019!

This week in the Toddler Classroom the theme was gardening (seeds, flowers and plants) The children enjoyed listening to the books, “In the Garden” and “Down by the Station”. The Practical Life Presentation focused on flower arranging-the process of flower arranging is sequenced with care to best support the development of coordination, concentration, order and independence. The child puts on an apron, fills the vase with water and takes the flower and places it inside the vase. This is an opportunity for children to contribute to the beautificiation of the classroom environment. The Sensorial Presentation was with the Salt Tray. Salt sensory play is a great medium to practice drawing and writing letters and numbers. It encourages children to manipulate and mould materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination. For the art activity the children created Tulip “Fork’ art using a fork, paint and construction paper. Other lessons presented were coloring mixing, the children used a multitude of fine motor skills while squeezing, pouring and mixing, working on controlling their fingers. The children had hands on learning and experience with primary and secondary colors. The children are having so much fun being outdoors! Please label all of your children’s belongings to avoid confusion about ownership of items. Thank you!

In the Maple Room the topics covered this week were, Asia, amphibians and reptiles. The children classified amphibians and reptiles. We continued our discussion on Asia and the teachers showed the children artifacts from India. We talked about the Indian national flag and also sang the anthem.

In the Cedar Room this week the class discussed insects, talking about the main body parts, and common features of insects. The children made an ant using spoons, pipe cleaners and black marker as the project. The children enjoyed the book “Bugs” and “My Very First Encyclopedia”. The children studies seeds and were given a presentation on germination. Thank you to all of the children that participated in Curriculum Night, thank you for all of your hard work.

In the Pine Room this week the teachers gave presentations on living and non-living. The children did a lot of movements with music. We read the books, “The Friendship Garden”, “Little White Rabbit” and “Hail to Spring”. The children worked on lacing, locks and plant washing. The children were introduced to the parts of a grasshopper and the three part cards of grasshopper. We continued our studies of Asia. It was a great turn out for our curriculum night, we are very proud of the work that the children did. Have a great weekend-The Pine Room Staff

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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.

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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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