SHOW AND TELL
Bring a peace flag
Topic: Polar Regions
Learn about the Arctic and the Antarctic
The value we’ll be studying is courage, which means you can deal with something dangerous, difficult, or painful.
For cooking, we’ll be making Eskimo ice cream.
Outside, we’ll have Eskimo Olympic games.
The songs we’ll be singing are Frosty the Snowman, Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer, Red River Valley, Home on the Range, and John Jacob Jingleheimerschmidt.
For creative dramatics, we’ll learn Why Mr. Fox Has a Red Coat.
Our art activities will be inukshuk, whale tooth necklaces, aurora borealis, laced mittens, and paper bag mukluks.
For motor development we’ll work on stamina with jumping jacks and running. For vestibular function, we’ll be shotting a basketball after spinning and passing a ball while laying on our stomachs.
MONTESSORI IN THE HOME
“We must give the child an environment that he can utilize by himself: a little washstand of his own, a bureau with drawers he can open, objects of common use that he can operate, a small bed in which he can sleep at night under an attractive blanket he can fold and spread by himself. We must give him an environment in which he can live and play; then we will see him work all day with his hands and wait impatiently to undress himself and lay himself down on his own bed.”
A great deal of attention is being focused these days on teaching children responsibility, and yet when we come to prepare an environment for the child to live in, we tend to take all responsibility out of it. The child cannot reach the closet rod to hang his clothes, she cannot choose her own clothes, he can’t reach water when he is thirsty, and she can’t turn the light off in her room. We, in effect, tell our children to be incompetent. Here are some ways you can create an environment in your home that enables your child to act responsibly:
o The young child’s bed should be low to the floor. As soon as the child can come out of a crib, the bed should be easy to get into and out of. Bed covers should be easy for the child to spread up neatly, perhaps a comforter or even a sleeping bag.
o Coat racks should be low enough for the child to reach. Closet rods can be hung low enough for the child. Drawers should be easy to pull out so that the child can put her clean clothes away and select her new clothes for the day. A hamper should be easy to toss into.
o Never use a toy box. Imagine the chaos of your desk or kitchen if all your tools were tossed in together. Instead, use low shelves to display books and toys. Encourage your child to display flowers from the field, and hang beautiful art prints at her eye level.
o Notice that in the Montessori class the teacher avoids clutter by placing like items together I a beautiful box, an interesting basket, or on a tray. Sturdy bags work well for unbreakables, and they’re easy to grab to take along for a doctor’s appointment or a long car trip.
o In the kitchen, set aside a low space in the refrigerator for milk, juices, cheese, fruits, and vegetables. On a low shelf in the cabinet, set dried fruits, dry cereals, and nuts for snacks. Your child will eat responsibly.
Probably the biggest detriment to responsible children is the adult in the environment. How have you prepared your home? How have you taught your child to handle the things in your home? They can do it, and do it well, when we teach them.
On the Calendar
Class Time – Class time starts at 9 A.M. and we would like to encourage all students to be at school by the start of class. When you arrive late your child is missing out on many of the morning teachings. In addition arriving late often leads to a disruption of the class making it challenging for the teacher to complete her lesson plans. Please make a point to be on time for school.
Newsletter – If you would like to get our weekly newsletter sent to you via email you can send can your request to MMGS737@AOL.COM
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – The school will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of a man who took a stand against the status quo..
Pajama/Teddy Bear Day – The holidays get so hectic that a sudden let-down afterward can be a bummer. Therefore, let us have fun with pajama day on Friday, Jan. 13. We’ll all come to school in our pj’s bring a stuffed animal and have a cozy day in the mid-winter. Please remember that we’ll still be out-side, so your child will need proper shoes and a coat.
Classroom Treasures – Please make a point to check your child’s pockets for any classroom treasure that may have found their way in to your home. Although these items are often small they are important and needed to complete the work and sometimes nonreplicable.
Contact Information – It’s a terrible thing when we need to get in touch with you, and the telephone number we have doesn’t get us there. Please check the telephone list in the reception area. We need two numbers where we can talk with a person in addition to your home phone.