November – Jen Bonwell and Sara Pasquarello
Hello Parents! Welcome to our new web site and our November blog! We are having a wonderful time in our classroom and on the play deck. Our first year friends are enjoying the help of our kindergarteners and 2nd year friends. The kindergarteners and 2nd year friends are enjoying being the older role models and […]
Welcome to our new web site and our November blog! We are having a wonderful time in our classroom and on the play deck. Our first year friends are enjoying the help of our kindergarteners and 2nd year friends. The kindergarteners and 2nd year friends are enjoying being the older role models and helpers. A loving and caring community of friends is evolving.
We have begun some exciting new activities. Every Wednesday Ms. Sara plays the guitar at circle time. We remember promising many parents a video of some of her songs when we met at conference time. We have not forgotten. Be on the lookout for it. Every Thursday, we have Movement class with Ms. Jena. Ms. Jena splits up our class in half and takes one group at a time to the 3rd floor for some fun movement activities.
We have begun celebrations of both Hannukah and Christmas. If you celebrate a holiday other then one of these at this time of year, please let us know and we will include it in our classroom.
As you know, one of the goals of the Montessori pedagogy is to guide children towards becoming independent in the areas of Care of Self and Care of the Environment. Your children are working diligently throughout the day practicing their independence. The more independent (in daily activities) your child becomes, the more confidence they will build. Here are some of the ways your children practice independence (actions done without the help of the teacher), in our classroom, on a daily basis:
-taking off their coat and hanging it in their cubby
-using the “up and over” method to put their coat on, trying to zip up their coat, putting their hat on, putting their mittens on
-taking off their outdoor shoes, placing them on the shelf, putting on their indoor shoes
-snacktime: pouring a glass of water, carrying a glass of water to the table, opening a snack container, pouring it on a plate, carrying the plate to the table, sitting down at the table with legs and feet underneath, taking off their mask, putting their mask back on, putting a dirty dish in the basin, tucking their chair under the table, sweeping the table, sweeping the floor
Reminders and things to know:
-We go outside everyday. Please send your child in a warm jacket, hat, and mittens.
-We are practicing our independence in the area of dressing. Your children are receiving lessons from us on how to zip up their coats. Each day your child is being asked to “try it themselves”. Please practice this at home as well. Ask your child to try to zip themselves up before you offer help.
-We are practicing putting our masks on by ourselves. Your children are receiving lessons from us on how to put their mask on their face all by themselves. We encourage them to look in the mirror when doing so. Please practice this at home as well. Ask your child to try to put their mask on themselves before you offer help.
The motto of the child ages 3-6 is “Help me to help myself!”
I will be getting in touch with each parent in the coming week to ask if you would like to have a check in phone chat. It is entirely your preference and you can say yes or no thank you. I just want to offer myself to those of you who may have questions. Be on the lookout from an email from me.
Enjoy the photos!
Mrs. Jen and Ms. Sara
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