School News 10/8-12/18

Greetings Families!

It has been another busy week for the children in the preschool classrooms as they continue their study of North America. The toddlers have been busy moving, singing, reading stories, and enjoying the outdoors!

In the Cedar Room during large group the children explored a map of North and South America and talked about Columbus Day. The children then completed a Columbus Day activity. In Practical Life the children worked on the zipper frame to continue to master zipping and enhance their fine motor skills. The Sensorial Presentation was the Color Box 3, Triangle. During the Geography Presentation the children learned about direction, hemiphere and continent. During the Science Presentaton the children learned about parts of the apple and the life cycle of a pumpkin. The Grace and Courtesy lesson focused on greeting friends and good manners. The cultural studies focused on the Christoper Columbus story.

Please note that the center is a nut free environment, please do not send any snacks with any type of nut so that we keep all of our children safe. Please make sure to check your child’s folder each day. Please send a jacket or sweater as we continue to go outside as the weather changes and  wewant the children to be comfortable while playing on the playground.

In the Maple Room this week during large group the children learned about Christopher Columbus. The math presentation focused on the hanging bead bars 1-10. The Geography presentation focused on the layers of the earth (crust, core and mantel). The children also enjoyed listening to Halloween audio books. The Practical Life presentation focused on stringing beads and snapping on the dressing frames. During the Sensorial presentations the primary and secondary colors were introduced. The layers of the earth were introduced during the Geography presentation and the Science presentation focused on parts of a tree. For the Grace and Courtesy lesson the children listened to the book “I’m sorry” followed by a discussion about respecting others and care of the classroom materials.  Please have your child bring a show and tell item that is related to the theme. Please use the Maple Room door when picking up your children from the playground.

Please note that small group presentations are given regularly in the classroom.

In the Pine Room the children continued their study on mapping and directions and the hemisphere. The children engaged with the three part cards of the continents. Practical life presentations focused on putting on and zipping our coats. New work was put on the shelves geared towards Halloween. During the Sensorial presention small group presentations on red rods and rough and smooth continued. The Geography presentation discussion continued about North America and the state where we live and also the USA. We also talked about Christopher Columbus and the three ships, the children made the ships in the art area. The Science presentation was a continuation of our study on apples, frogs and parts of a tree. The story “What is mapping” was read during the Grace and Courtesy lesson. In math the children are working on introductions tray, and the bank game ( quantity and numbers). The older children continue their work on addition, work books and reading.

In the toddler classroom this week the children enjoyed large body movement to music, enjoyed listening to “Brown bear, brown bear” ( a book on colors) and enjoyed singing “down by the station”. The children practiced cutting bananas in Practical Life, during the Sensorial presentation the children were introduced to color tablets. This weeks theme was pumpkins, the children created paper plate pumpkins during art. The children observed a pumpkin being cut in half and then were able to scoop out the pulp and the seeds of the pumpkin. The visit to the Apple Orchard is this Friday, October 19th, parents may take their children to particpate or bring them to school. The infant and toddler classrooms are open in the morning.

 

The visit to Erwin’s Apple Orchard is this coming Friday, October 19th. We are asking families to meet staff at the orchard between 9 and 9:30. The hayride leaves promptly at 10:00. Each child/adult will receive 1/4 bag of apples, a small pumpkin, a glass of cider and a donut. The charge is $8.75 per person. You will receive a charge for this event through Sandbox. We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Halloween Party is Friday, October 31, 2018 from 9:30-11:00 pm. The children will engage in Halloween activities, prepare a snack, etc. Between 10:00 and 10:30 the children will trick or treat at the fire department followed by trick or treating in our parking lot. We are accepting donations of treats from families. If you are able to make a donation, please place it in the kitchen. Thank you in advance!

Enjoy these photos from the toddler classroom!

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School News 10/4/18

 

Greetings Families,

Picture Day is coming! On Monday, October 8 beginning at 8:30 the infants, toddlers and the Pine Room will have their pictures taken. On Tuesday, October 9 at 8:30 the Cedar and Maple Room will have theirs taken. The children DO NOT need to wear their uniforms. Options for purchasing your child’s picture will be send approximately one week later.

Please mark your calendar for our upcoming visit to Erwin’s Apple Orchard on Friday, October 19, 2018. There will be a sign up sheet at the sign in area above the fish tank. This will help us with the count for reserving the hayride wagons.  Please note how many people total will be attending from your family.

The address for Erwin’s Apple Orchard is:

61475 Silver Lake Rd, South Lyon, MI 48178

The preschool classrooms will be closed on the day of the apple orchard visit.  This is a family event so an adult(s) must attend with their child.  The school will not be arranging transportation to or from the apple orchard.  Please plan on arriving at Erwin’s between 9:00 and 9:30 am. The hayride wagon leaves PROMPTLY at 10:00. Each person will receive 1/4 bag of apples, a small pumpkin, a cup of cider and a donut for $8.75.  You will be billed for this through Sandbox.  The preschool classrooms will be CLOSED for the morning and open at 12:00 for the afternoon session. The infant and toddler classrooms will remain open. All of the preschool teachers will be attending, we hope to see you there!

On Wednesday, October 31 the center will celebrate Halloween with a party in the morning. The children may wear their costumes (no weapons) over their clothes or you may also bring their clothes and the teachers will help them change. The party will begin at 9:00 and end at 11:30. We will provide specific information on activities one week before Halloween.

News from the Cedar Room

This week in the Cedar Room the children began to study North America and North Amercian animals. In practical life the children experienced flower arranging. Please see the picture of Jampei below, his flower arrangement is at the front sign in area! The Sensorial Presentation was Geometric Circles, the Geography Presentation was presenting the parts of a globe and it’s function. The Sciene Presentations were focused on the parts of a tree, naming the three parts of a tree and exploring objects that are magnetic and non magnetic. The Grace and Courtesy presentation was about the Peace Rose and the Cultural Studies presentation focused on the USA. The teachers are requesting that families send spoon or fork that is labeled for your child’s lunch. Also, please check your child’s file on Fridays or Monday of the next week if your child does not attend on Friday.

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News from the Maple Room 

This week during Large Groups the children enjoyed songs about the North American map and a book  There was a zipper presentation so children are able to zip up their coats in preparation for the colder weather. The children also enjoyed pumpkin stamping. In Practical Life children practiced spooning with jelly and bread (food preparation). During the Geography presentation the children looked at the globe and engaged in a discussion about the equator. The Grace and Courtesy lesson focused on children covering their mouth while coughing ( in preparation for the cold and flu season!). The teachers are requesting that when parents drop off to please hang up the child’s coat, check to see if they need to use the restroom and then walk into the room and begin a work. Please be aware that the children and teachers are already at work. Please also send in silverware for your child to use at lunch.

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News from the Pine Room

This week the older children participated in the bank game. During large group the concept of odd and even and mapping and directions were introduced. The children also learned the continent song. The Practical Life Presentations involved spooning and stringing and lacing. Children also practiced putting on and zipping their jackets. This week in food preparation the children pulled grapes of the stem, spread cream cheese on bagels and made a sandwich with bread and jam. The Sensorial Presentations involved the Color box2 and the Constructive triangle box. Geography Presentations consisted of lessons related to the globe, a world map and the hemiphere. The was a discussion of about the layers of the earth followed by the children making a booklet of the layers of earth. The Science Presentation focused on parts of the apple including the three part cards of the life cycle of the apple and an apple sequence card booklet. The Grace and Courtesy lesson focused on when to say “please” and “thank you” and “excuse me” and a reminder to cover our mouth when we cough.The children also had the opportunity to paint dab an apple shape and also push pin an apple shape. Monday is our picture day. The children do not need to wear their uniform, if you want to dress your child in a nice outfit and would like your child changed after pictures, please send in an extra outfit and let one of the teachers know.

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News from the Toddler Classroom

The theme for the week was Pumpkins.  For large motor the children enjoyed jumping in a circle.  The teachers read “Over in the ocean” and “Five little monkeys jumping on the bed”.  For the Practical Life Presentation the children observed and participated in pumpkin washing, they also enjoyed scooping  rice and pasta. The Pink Tower and the Spindle box were introduced during the Sensorial Presentation.  In the art area the children enjoyed leaf printing. Picture day for the toddlers in Monday, October 8, you can dress your child in a nice outfit and send in extra clothes and the teachers will change them. (Photos to come!)

 

 

 

School News 9/28/18

Greetings Families!

We had a successful Parent Orientation  with many of our new families on Thursday, September 27. Here are some of the items that were reviewed last night:

Please read the Parent Handbook ( it is on line) and use it as a reference for any questions you may have during the school year. All of our policies and procedures are explained. Please stop in at the office if your question or concern is not resolved with the information in the handbook. We are happy to assist you in any way we can.

  • We briefly talked about our program philosophy which is also in the handbook. Our goal is to support children to develop a love of learning and become life long learners. We meet each child at their level, following their lead. We do not push them ahead of what they are ready for nor do we hold them back. If you have specific questions regarding your child’s academics please contact your child’s lead teacher(s).
  • For children to receive the full benefit of the Montessori curriculum it is important that they are here by 8:30. Please make sure to pick up your child at their designated pick up time; otherwise it may cause us to be out of compliance with our adult-child ratios.
  • Food policy- please know that the teachers encourage children to eat their lunch/snack. We cannot force or punish them for not eating everything that is packed for them. Also, we cannot keep them at the table until they eat everything (this is a licensing policy). They will be given reminders to finish eating and once lunch or snack is over, any remaining food will be sent home.
  • Please remember that it is a center policy that uniforms are worn Monday-Thursday. A light blue top and a dark blue pant or skirt (or jumper) can be worn.
  • If you have not signed up for Remind, please do so to receive school closing information. We close if  Novi and Walled Lake Schools are closed due to the weather. A notice will also be emailed and on the news.
  • Please read and follow the illness and health policies in the handbook. Children that have a contagious disease must be kept home until they are fever and symptom free for 24 hours. Children may not received a fever reducer and then brought to school. Please notify the office so that we can post the information to inform families.
  • We want to offer opportunities for families to be involved in our program. Please contact the classroom teachers for opportunities to prepare materials for the classroom at home, help with minor repairs or other items and/or read to the classroom. Amanda is also forming a Parenting Group for parents to learn more abut parenting, child development, discipline at home, and many other topics. Please send us an email with your interests.
  • Tuition is due on the first of each month, and considered late on the 5th of each month. A $35.00 late fee will be applied for all late payments received.
  • The Remind text system: Text the number 81010 and type @nwm2018 as the message.

CALENDARS WERE HANDED OUT WITH THE AGENDA- THERE ARE EXTRA                          COPIES AVAILABLE AT THE FRONT.

We will be putting out Scholastic book orders at the front. We now have our class code which is RJH3C. Please use this code online to place any further orders. The books will be delivered to your home. The teachers receive points towards free books and other items.

This week during our Montessori work time the preschool classrooms have were introduced to parts of a flag, parts of a frog and the continents. Food prep for snack is a favorite, the children enjoy various snacks in each classroom. To learn about your child’s work, we suggest using the school’s terminology: ask them what work they did, what did they do in Practical Life or in Sensorial. In all three of the preschool classrooms the children were introduced to and engaged with monomial, binomial and trinomial cubes. These Montessori sensorial materials visually introduce the concept of cubes of binomials and trinomials, while providing a fun challenge.

Dates to put on your calendar for October:

  • October 1- tuition is due
  • October 2- story time with Ms. Emily the librarian from the Novi Library
  • October 5- late fee applied for late tuition payments
  • October 8- the infant, toddler and Pine room children will have their pictures taken in the am (children do NOT need to wear their uniform)
  • October 9 – the Cedar and Pine room children will have their pictures taken in the am (children do NOT need to wear their uniform)
  •  October 19- Family event at Erwins Orchard-details to follow
  • October 31 – Halloween party in the am-details to follow

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

Weekly Newsletter 9/21/18

Greetings Families,

Each weekly newsletter will have an overview of the work that is taking place in the toddler and preschool classrooms.

This was another busy week as the children learned about the life cycle of the frog, parts of the frog as well as discovering what is living and non-living in our world. The children are also studying the continents utilizing the classroom globes to understand land forms, islands and lakes. In practical life the practices were with spooning, polishing objecs and sweeping. The children were also able to cut bread.

The pictures below show some of the preschool children working with Montessori materials during their work time. One of the photographs depicts two children working on a rug with the pink tower. What is the Pink Tower and why is it pink? The Pink Tower was designed by Maria Montessori herself. The 10 solid cubes vary in size from 1 cubic centimeter to 1 cubic decimeter. These are a pale pink wood. The purpose of the Pink Tower is: coordination of movement, perfection of hand movements, preparation for understanding cubed roots in later math.

Reminder: New families please plan on attending the Parent Orientation on Thusday, September 27, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 pm. It is mandatory for one parent to attend. Returning families are welcome to attend as well. Please no children, we are unable to offer child care for this meeting.

Also remember to be careful in the parking lot.  Please go slow and watch for children popping out behind or between cars.  Back out of spaces carefully.  Safety is our first priority and please take caution with all of our little ones.

Happy fall! the Autumnal Equinox begins on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Please check your child’s extra clothes to make sure they are weather appropriate as the season changes.

With the changes in the seasons comes colds and flu. Please refer to the Parent Handbook, section 20. Health, Illness and &Medical care under Illness at School and Exclusion from the program for our guidelines when a child is ill. If your child exhibits any of the symptoms listed please keep them home until they are symptom and fever free (without a fever reducer).

Please mark your calendar for our annual trip to Erwin’s Orchards & Cider Mill on Friday, October 19th. More information will follow as the date gets closer.

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Greetings Families!

During the month of September the teachers are establishing classroom routines and procedures. This week the children continued to learn the proper way to work with the Montessori materials. The teachers continue to do presentations as they introduce new materials. There is repetition and reminders so that all of the children understand the classroom expectations for their success in the classroom. Also during this time the teachers continue to observe, documenting their observations to learn where each child is academically.

This week the Dance and Tumble Tots instructors began their programs. Ms. Miyuki, the Japanese teacher started this week on Wednesday.  Ms. Fumi, the Chinese teacher and Ms. Jacki, the Spanish teacher will start their lessons beginning next Tuesday.

Oakland County vision screening will take place on Monday, September 24 in the morning for all children age 4 and over.

The Parent Orientation meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is a requirement for new families but returning families are welcome to attend as well. The orientation will begin in the Cedar room with a brief presentation by the office.  Families will then move to their child’s classroom for the presentation by the lead teacher.

We have a pesticide company coming tonight to help control insects that attack our boxwood plants.

Have a great week!

Weekly Newsletter 9/7/18

Welcome back to our returning families and welcome to our new families, we are excited to have you join our school community. We are also excited to welcome the kindergarten class of 2030!

This first week the teachers supported the children’s transition into the classroom. They also introduced the Montessori Cycle of Work and the classroom schedule. Time was spent outside on the playground, enjoying lunch time with teachers and classmates and resting as needed.

As the school year progresses this weekly newsletter will include the children’s Montessori work  and the skills that they are learning.  We will also share the theme or topic of study. If there is ever a time that you would like to share your knowledge about a theme or topic please speak with your child’s teachers or office staff. Parent participation is welcomed!

Parent Orientation is cancelled for tonight due to student & staff illnesses.  We will let you know when it is rescheduled as soon as possible.

A new sessions of Gymnastics is starting.  Click on the Registration Form to learn more.

Novi Woods Montessori Center, Inc. occasionally uses pest management applications to protect children on the playground from mosquitoes, or other pests.  Parents will receive advance notice of any pesticide application at least 48 hours in advance.  When possible, we try to have these applications done on a Friday evening or weekend.

 

 

Summer Camp News 8/17/18

We are winding down the summer.  Next week is the last week of Summer Camp.  Please make sure to take all your belongings home, even if you’ll be returning in September.  Teachers will be working hard to prepare the classrooms and each student may have a new coat hook/cubby when they return.

Remember we are closed 8/27-8/31 for staff in service, training and building maintenance.

If you have registered for fall, you should have received a welcome letter.  Please let us know if you have not.

Check out some of our food preparation pictures from this past week!

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Summer Camp News 8/10/18

Hello Parents,

We had fun learning about pre-historic animals this week.  On Tuesday, we had a Dinosaur and Reptile show.  We didn’t see  a real dinosaur but boy did we see some other amazing reptiles including a huge boa constrictor!!!  Se the pictures below.  We also did a lot of fun dinosaur projects & the dinosaur hats were a bit hit.

As we wind down summer, please don’t forget to sign up for fall if you haven’t already.  We have very limited spots in each of the preschool classrooms.  You may not be guaranteed your classroom if it fills up.

Please help us welcome Debbie Jones.  Mrs. Jones joined us Monday as our new Program Director and we are so happy to have her!  Make sure you say Hi!

Reminders:

  • We are closed 8/27-8/31 for teacher in-service, training & building maintenance.
  • If you are not registered for fall, please do so immediately at noviwoods.com/register.  There are only 10 preschool spaces left!
  • At the end of summer, please take all your child’s belongings including sunscreen and extra clothes.

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Summer Camp News

 

Parents,

It’s hard to believe it’s already August!  We finished up a week of Sea Creatures and saw an amazing show all about Michigan Swamp Creatures!  See photos below!

Reminders:

  • Bring your bathing suit, towel and water shoes each day (especially Wednesdays, our scheduled water day)
  • Bring your bike/helmet on Fridays for bike day
  • Next week we have a Dinosaur show at 10 am at the school.  Don’t miss it!
  • See the August calendar below.

 

New Director:  We are very happy to announce Mrs. Jones  is starting with us next week. She will be the Program Director overseeing Novi Woods Montessori.  Ms. Debbie comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience.  She has her Master’s in Early Childhood and many years’ experience as a Program Director.  Please stop by the office to say Hi!

 

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School News 7/27/18

We had fun during Magical Science week.  Classes made slime and we had an AWESOME magic show on Tuesday.  I’ve never heard so much squealing and laughter!  See the pictures below.

Reminders:

  • Do not hold the door open for anyone!  Allow each parent/guest to enter their own code or ring the doorbell.  Do not worry about offending someone.  This is for the safety of all of our students.  If you don’t recognize someone, you can always allow them to go first to the door so they can ring the bell.
  • Check your child’s schedule at parentportal.runsandbox.com to check your confirmed enrollment.  Click on Calendar when you log in and you will see a green line through your scheduled days.  We have a high enrollment this summer and cannot always accommodate last minute schedule changes.  Please give us 2 weeks’ notice.
  • Are you registered for fall?  You can check by going to your parent portal with the link above and clicking on calendar.  Click over to September to make sure you see green lines through your preferred schedule.
  • Label everything with your child’s first and last name
  • We are closed August 27-31 for teacher preparation, training and building maintenance.

Mosquito Joe’s will be out to school tomorrow 7/28/18 to spray the perimeter of our property for mosquitoes.

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