School News for the week of 12/3/18

Hello Families!

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

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

Winter Festival Recital

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

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

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

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

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

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

School News 11/26-30

Greetings Families!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some samples of children engaged in their work!

Links you might need…

School News 11/12-16

Greetings Families!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy these pictures from our Cultural Day celebration!

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School News 11/5-11/9

Greetings Families!

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

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

Please enjoy these pictures from our Diwali celebrations!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parenting Group Form


School News 10/26-11/2

Hello Families!

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

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

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

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

Have a great weekend! Pine Room Staff

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

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

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

Weekly Newsletter 10/22/26

Greetings Families!

The children are excited about Halloween next week! The morning of Halloween the teachers are planning Halloween activities in the classroom. The children will also decorate Halloween cookies! The children will then walk to the fire station next door to “trick or treat”,  returning to the center to “trick or treat” in our parking lot.

We are asking for donations to fill the “trick or treat ” stations for the children in the parking lot. Donations can be dropped off in the kitchen.

Children are able to wear costumes, please make sure that they are appropriate for school, no masks (too hard to see) and no weapons.

In the Pine Room the children enjoyed the song “Five little pumpkins” during large group. The children were introduced to the large hexagon box. The children have been able to work on learning to count by ten’s to 100 with a new math work. The Practical Life presentations continued practicing pouring and lacing. The children are also working on flower arrangements and enjoyed washing a pumpkin. The Sensorial Presentation focused on the children working with the large hexagon box learning to make different shapes like the parallogram, rombus and hexagon. The children are working on the names of the geometric solids and labels. During the Geography Presentations the children continued  the study of North America while the older children continued to work on push pinning a minature hemisphere. The Science Presentation had the children continuing with their study of the parts of trees and pumpkins and the life cycle of the pumpkin.

Show and tell is on Fridays, please send items related to the themes of the month. Any treats you would like to share for Halloween-please send them by Monday, October 29.


In the Toddler Room this week the theme was shapes and transportation. The children participated in painting activities and enjoyed the books, “Icky sticky frog” and “Snappy little bugs”. The children practiced putting on, taking off and hanging up their own clothes as their Practical Life lesson. During the Sensorial presentation the children played with play dough and a bat ring stacking activity. The children created transportation collages using shapes ( the children’s work is displayed on the windows). The children enjoyed the Halloween sensory bin.





In the Cedar Room the large group activities, songs and stories were related to Halloween. The class helped to carve a pumpkin and observed the life cycle of the pumpkin. Using the pumpkin the children particpated in a hammering activity using gold tees that were pounded into the pumpkin. The Geography presentation focused on land forms ( a bay and a cape), the Science presentation was an investigation of the pumpkin life cycle from seeds to plant. The Grace and Courtesy lesson focused on helping in our community ( classroom jobs), children sign up weekly for a certain job in the classroom. The book of the week focused on sharing is caring and learning about gernerosity.



Newsletter for the week of 10/15

Hello Families!

The weather is turning cooler so that means warm jackets, hats and gloves for the children so that they may participate comfortably in outdoor play every day!  The office has received several questions regarding the children going outside when the temperature is below 50 degrees. Here is the State of Michigan’s licensing rules regarding children and outdoor play: A center operating with children in attendance for 3 or more continuous hours per day shall provide daily outdoor play, unless prevented by inclement weather or other weather conditions that could result in the children becoming overheated or excessively chilled. Cold weather does not make children ill. Studies have indicated that children who are taken outdoors, even during cold weather for short periods of time, have fewer incidences of respiratory illnesses. Infectious disease organisms are less concentrated in outdoor air than indoor air… Being outdoors in the fresh air helps children stay healthy. The following is taken into account when making our decision about outdoor play: the temperature outdoors including wind chill factors and the heat index, severe weather conditions (lightning, heavy rain or snow, etc).    PLEASE MAKE SURE TO LABEL YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHING, MANY ITES LOOK ALIKE ESPECIALLY BOOTS, SNOWPANTS, HATS AND GLOVES:)

The center Halloween Party is Wednesday, October 31 in the morning. If you would like to donate a treat for the trick or treat portion of the party please put your donation in the kitchen or give to the classroom teachers.

In the Toddler Room the theme this week was the harvest season. The children enjoyed big body movement outdoors, running, walking, jumping and sliding on the slides. They also enjoyed gathering up leaves and throwing them up in the air! They enjoyed listening to the books, “On the Farm”, “Over in theOcean” and “My Busy Bus”. The children learned to juice oranges in Practical Life and engaged with the Red Rods as a Sensorial Presentation. The children created collage traffice lights with red, green and yellow bits of construction paper and also painted pine cones. The children also explored different types of fruits and vegetables: pears and apples, oranges, pomegranate and bananas. They also explored carrots, pumpkins and potatoes. A REMINDER-Please label all of your children’s belongings so that we return them to the correct owner 🙂

In the Cedar Room the children were introduced to land forms, flags of North American countries (Candada, and the United States and Mexico),  a strait and an isthmus, gulf and peninsula. The Science Presentations involved researching animals. The Grace and Courtesy presentation was about classroom manners. The Sensorial Presentation was the exploration of the sound cylinders.

In the Pine Room the children explored the life cycle of an apple, continued their study of mapping and directions, learned songs about pumpkins as well as the life cycle of the pumpkin. The Practical Life presentations reinforced the classroom rules and using manners, showing how to get and put away their work properly, small posting activity. The Sensorial Presentation involved extensions with the red rods and the knobless cylinders, making a maze with the red rods and a review of geometric solids. The Geography Presentations were on maps of North America-the children matched with a control map. Teachers read information to the children on North America and assisted the children with learning directions: north, south, east and west. The Science Presentation revolved around the three parts of the life cycle of a pumpkin and parts of a tree. The Grace and Courtesy presentation was a continuation of the discussion on how to ask for help and saying thank you, some of the children are helping others when help in needed. The Kindergarten children continue to work in their journals, the 45 layout in math, static addition, single and four digit and the bank game. The children enjoyed hearing the stories, ” I am a Apple, I am a Leaf” and “All about Manners”.  Parents please be mindful that the cooler weather calls for warmer clothing, we go outside twice a day every day. If you would like to donate a treat for the Halloween Party on 10/31, please put it in the kitchen or give it to one of the classroom teachers. There will be a sign up sheet posted outside the classroom door one day next week for parents to volunteer to help with the Halloween Party. Have a safe weekend! Pine Room Staff.

This week the Maple Room enjoyd hearing Halloween related stories, a story about Johnny Appleseed; the children sang the 5 Little Pumpkins song and Scare crow, scare crow. A small group presentation introduced an addition strip board to the older children. The Practical Life presentation was a continuation of zipping practice and flower arrangement. The Geography Presentation reintroduced direction and the children listened to a book on North American culture. The Science Presentations explored the parts of an appleand the Grace and Courtesy Presentation related to sharing and caring for a friend.  We are reinforcing the classroom rules, please talk with your child about what they are and that it is important for the children to follow all of the rules. The children enjoyed the apple orchard visit today. The the children are getting into a successful working routine and are showing interest in learning!

Enjoy the slideshow of children working this week!

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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.


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.


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.


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!)