SHOW AND TELL
Bring a picture of a frog.
Topic: Biomes – Forest/Wetlands
How forests and wetlands support
The value is frugality, which is our responsibility to never waste.
For manners we’ll practice how to report peer behavior, how to apologize, and how to disagree.
Outside we’ll play ‘can you do what I do?’ and bridge across the river
The songs we’ll be singing are Ants Go Marching, It’s a Small World, This Land Is Your Land, Mr. Sun, and You Are My Sunshine.
Our art activities are biome wall hanging, biome bookmark, pasta creatures, and floating art.
Creative dramatics will be animal charades.
For body development, we’ll work on flexibility with arm swinging. For motor development we’ll do bilaterality exercises by being skiers, rolling game, balloon bump, and parachute.
Montessori probably sounded like a good idea when you first enrolled at the school, but we forget exactly why months and years later. The Montessori philosophy has the fundamental tenet that a child learns best in an environment that supports each individual’s unique development. Dr. Maria Montessori based her program on observations that young children learn best in a homelike setting filled with developmentally appropriate material that provides experiences contributing to the growth of self-motivated, independent learners. Montessori’s theories included these premises:
- Children must be respected as different from adults and as individuals who are different from one another.
- Children create themselves through purposeful activity.
- The most important learning years are birth to six.
- Children possess extraordinary mental powers for absorbing information from their environment.
The mixed-age classroom offers a learning environment that is unique in education. Younger children learn by watching older children, and older children reinforce their learning by teaching the younger children. In order to master any new concept, there are four levels of learning that take place. First, the child is introduced to the new concept. The child then practices with the material alone as he learns to do it by himself. After that, the child is tested by showing the teacher that she is competent. The true test of mastery is that the child applies her knowledge by then helping another child. Allowing children to apply knowledge successfully adds immeasurably to their self esteem.
When children leave the Montessori classroom, typically to go to a much more conventional classroom, we find that they tend to be unusually adaptable. Any change requires a period of adjustment for any child, of course. Montessori children, however, have learned to work both independently and in groups. Since they’ve been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, they tend to be problem solvers who can make choices and manage their time well. They have also been encouraged to exchange ideas and to discuss their work freely with others. These good communication skills ease the way in new settings. Research has shown that the best predictor of future success is a sense of self-esteem. Montessori programs, based on self-directed, non-competitive activities, help children develop good self-images and the confidence to face challenges and change with optimism.
For Your Information
Conferences – We’ll be having our parent/teacher conferences the week of April 23. Look for signup forms in the foyer by Monday April 9, to list the time you’d like to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss the progress your child has made. In an effort to stay on schedule if you’re running late for your conference consider on re-scheduling. If you need more time choose two time slots. We have scheduled conferences twice a year. If you are unable to meet with your child’s teacher let us know and we can reschedule.
The Manners We Teach – For our run up to Mother’s Day, we’ll be working on manners in the Forests Biome enrichment curriculum. We work on ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ all the time, of course, but in this week, we’ll be working on how to report peer behavior (as in tattling), how to apologize, and how to disagree. It seems these are important skills for our children to learn these days. If you would like to use some of the same standards we’re using, ask to see our curriculum for the week.
In the infant class, Remy is working on her fine motor skills, and her problem solving abilities as she works with the animal puzzle, she identifies each animal by the sounds they make. While working with Kingsley on vocabulary she’s learning how to identify her body parts.