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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Registrations for Summer & Fall are open. If you register for Fall by April 1, 2019, you will receive a 2% discount off of the regular tuition prices!

Novi Woods Montessori is offering parenting seminars once a month on Saturdays at 10:00am.  There will be different topics and you can come to whenever you’re available!  Click on the link below.

Parenting Seminars

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School News 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!

Novi Woods Montessori is offering parenting seminars once a month on Saturdays at 10:00am.  There will be different topics and you can come to whenever you’re available!  Click on the link below.

Parenting Seminars

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School News 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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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 3/25-29

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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Have a great weekend!

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.

Parenting Seminars

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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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Registrations for Summer & Fall are open. If you register for Fall by April 1, 2019, you will receive a 2% discount off of the regular tuition prices!

Novi Woods Montessori is offering parenting seminars once a month on Saturdays at 10:00am.  There will be different topics and you can come to whenever you’re available!  Click on the link below.

Parenting Seminars

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School News 3/8/2019

Hello Families!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Registrations for Summer & Fall are open. If you register for Fall by April 1, 2019, you will receive a 2% discount off of the regular tuition prices!

Novi Woods Montessori is offering parenting seminars once a month on Saturdays at 10:00am.  There will be different topics and you can come to whenever you’re available!  Click on the link below.

Parenting Seminars

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School News 3/1/19

Hello Families, happy March 1st! Spring is only 20 days away! The first day of spring is Wednesday, March 20, however winter is still here! Please make sure that your child has all of the necessary clothing to be comfortable outside. Please send hats, gloves, snow pants and boots. If your child has cloth gloves please pack an extra pair as they do get wet when they go outside in the morning.

Please consider enrolling your child for the 2019-20 school year before April 1st to receive the 2% discount! Current families only need to complete the contract for the 2019-20 school year! We are also currently enrolling for our weekly summer camps! Please see the links below.

This week in the Toddler Classroom the theme was Transportation. The children enjoyed using the parachute as their large motor activity. They enjoyed hearing the stories “Down by the Station”, “Wheels on the Bus” and “Fire Trucks in Action”. The children continue to practice zipping and unzipping- this is great for their fine motor development. They also worked on buttoning and unbuttoning, this task builds concentration and control of movement and encourages them to become more independent with self care.

The children participated in a shape sorting activity, and have mastered the names of the shapes. This teaches the children cause and effect and object permanence. It also helps to improve their finger dexterity and strengthen their fine motor skills. The art activities consisted of constructing different types of vehicles including cars, boats and a bus using construction paper. The children especially enjoyed a sink and float experiment, they were so excited to drop each item in the water and they laughed as each item either sank or floated! Parents-please label all of your child’s belongings (lunch box, water bottle, coats and winter accessories). Thank You!

In the Pine Room this week the children continued their study of Europe, it’s  famous places, artifacts, and also discussed the animals that live in the rain forest. We talked about Dr. Seuss’s birthday  and some of the popular books that he wrote. We also read the book, “She Persisted”,  about famous women who changed the world. The children also enjoyed listening to the book, “Hat”. In Practical Life the children  worked on locks and posting, in Sensorial they worked  extensions and explorations.

The children continue to progress in the language area. We continue to talk about hygiene with proper hand washing and using a Kleenex to wipe our noses. In a small circle the children are working on large maps, the older children are working on static and dynamic addition and multiplication. The children are doing arts and crafts on the rain forest and Dr. Seuss.

In the Cedar Room the children continued their study of Europe. They viewed a video on rain forest animals and we had a discussion about wild animals. We reviewed the classroom ground rules and learned about Dr. Seuss and his famous books as a celebration of his birthday. The children enjoyed making a Dr. Seuss hat and watching a video clip of “The Cat in the Hat”. The Geometrical solids were presented to the children. Individual presentations were given to the older children on the noun as a part of speech.

Hello parents from the Maple Room staff. The children are enjoying the open ended activities available at the art table.  To celebrate Dr. Seuss we read his books including “Mr. Brown can Moo, can You?”, “Ten Apples Up on Top!”and “The Moose” book. As part of this the children enjoyed playing a rhyming game. The subtraction strip board was introduced to the older children and they were eager to do it. – We have a request for our parents: please ask your child to pick out the objects with the beginning, middle or ending sound of a word so that they are able to identify and isolate the sound, (eg, when you ask them to get an object starting with the letter A, they should be able to get apple or any other object starting with A). This will help them progress to reading. The older children were introduced to blends. The children are able to share two or three points of interest of all of the topics from February. Please send snow boots, pants and gloves (water proof). Please also send a spoon and/or fork for their lunch.

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Registrations for Summer & Fall are open. If you register for Fall by April 1, 2019, you will receive a 2% discount off of the regular tuition prices!

Novi Woods Montessori is offering parenting seminars once a month on Saturdays at 10:00am.  There will be different topics and you can come to whenever you’re available!  Click on the link below.

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School News for the week of 2/18/19

Hello Families!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Registrations for Summer & Fall are open. If you register for Fall by April 1, 2019, you will receive a 2% discount off of the regular tuition prices!

Novi Woods Montessori is offering parenting seminars once a month on Saturdays at 10:00am.  There will be different topics and you can come to whenever you’re available!  Click on the link below.

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School News for the week of 2/11/19

Hello Families!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Registrations for Summer & Fall are open!  If you register for Fall by April 1, 2019, you will receive a 2% discount off of the regular tuition prices!

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

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