SHOW AND TELL
Bring a picture of a president.
(Money works really well.)
Learn about people who have served
our country as President.
The value is responsibility, which means to take care of something of value. It includes leadership, which is the willingness to take responsibility.
For manners we’ll practice introductions, table manners, and good ways to respond in social situations.
Outside we’ll play mirrors and shadows.
The songs we’ll be singing are Getting to Know You, Happy Talk, America, America the Beautiful, God Bless America, and Lean on Me.
For creative dramatics we’ll learn the Legend of the Cherry Tree.
Our art activities are cherry tree, dictated drawing, kiss on a heart, jump-up heart, and rainbow heart hanger.
For body development, we’ll work on coordination with chorus line, upside over, and listening breathing. For motor development we’ll work on vestibular function with musical chairs, blindman’s bluff, twirls, and elephant walks.
FREEDOM VERSIS RESPONSIBILITY
One of the most wonderful aspects of Montessori education is the freedom for the child to create the adult she is meant to be. This is accomplished by a prepared environment and a Montessorian trained to guide the child gently through the work of education. But with this freedom comes a reciprocal responsibility, both for the child and for the parent.
For parents, it requires a commitment to adopt a philosophy of parenting which supports both personal responsibility and intrinsic motivation. While the child must accept the responsibility of choosing challenging work and executing it, the parent must both allow the choice and support it. This can be hard when the child is choosing to collect every pillow in the house to build a monstrous pillow room in the parlor. It’s really challenging when the time comes to support that project by insisting that nothing gets broken and that every pillow be returned to its proper place.
Parents love the Montessori idea that learning is its own reward, the idea of intrinsic motivation. This is the idea that good work has its own reward. But then we set up a system of external rewards and punishments. We give prizes or stickers or trips to McDonald’s in exchange for desired behavior. As parents, we don’t role model our own belief system of establishing family goals and enjoying accomplishment of those goals for the intrinsic value of accomplishment. When our children recognize that outside forces reward or punish them, then when those outside forces are no longer present, the behavior we desire is also no longer present. It’s a sad thing to watch a 25- or 35-year-old person who has no intrinsic motivation struggling to achieve life goals. If they’re able to define a goal, they’re not able to maintain the energy it takes to accomplish the goal, or worse still, they’re not able to enjoy the goal once it’s achieved.
As we strive to gain these two pretty nebulous concepts for our children, perhaps the most difficult part is parenting ourselves to define our responsibility, to have the energy to accomplish the goal, and then to treasure the total delight of having truly competent children. Fortunately, you have as a resource our teachers who have committed themselves to the study and practice of preparing an environment where the child is truly motivated to perfect himself, where the child is excited to do hard work, and where a peace and beauty permeate the microcosm of our little society. As part of this, your teacher has studied your child to understand what motivates her. Join with us in the adventure. We love to share.
For Your Information
Perceptual Motor Development – Every week in the enrichment curriculum is an item about body development. It comes in two parts: one on body development which focuses on strength, stamina, coordination, and flexibility; and the other part called perceptual motor development. This one specifically focuses on the ability to take in information through the senses so that motor skills can be performed automatically. It has complicated words like proprioceptive skills, vestibular function, bilaterality, postural response, and motor planning. We practice these so our children can learn without having to concentrate on making their bodies work. The kids think they’re having fun.
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Taking the initiative is what Samuel did; after coming inside from afternoon play time he took down all the chairs and placed them at the various tables then he joyfully announced “it’s time for snack.” Alexis saw her that classmate Ellie needed a tissue so she retrieved a couple of tissues and gave them to Ellie so she could wipe her nose.