SHOW AND TELL
Bring a thing we use that comes from an animal.
(Think feather, belt, or fur hat.)
Topic: Domestic Animals
These are animals that help us.
The value is responsibility, which is to take care of something important.
For cooking, we’ll make both butter and popcorn.
Outside we’ll play doggie, doggie, where’s your bone.
The songs we’ll be singing are Over in the Meadow, Little White Duck, Old MacDonald, Three Blind Mice, Farmer in the Dell, and She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain.
Our art activities are mazes, pigs, what’s in a circle, chick in a shell, and corn on the cob.
Creative dramatics will be to learn lots of animal names and to find our way through a maze.
For body development, we’ll work on stamina with lots of running. For motor development we’ll do vestibular function exercises with snake roll, compass, pathways, and leap the brook.
During conferences you were provided an analysis of your child’s learning style. All teachers in every class, including infants, does such an analysis for every one of their children. Approximately 30 percent of this analysis is the child’s learning style. There is no right or wrong; it simply is. These are the teacher’s estimations on whether the child needs louder or quieter, warmer or cooler, brighter or darker. Does she need to sit close to the teacher or does she prefer to work away from the adult; does he need a team to cooperate with or is independence more his style; is her activity level high or low; is this a child who needs lots of variety or is this a status quo kid; is his intensity of response high or low? We judge whether the child seems to learn best by kinesthetic, auditory, visual, or tactile input. All of us fall somewhere on a continuum in all of these categories. Those children who are closer to the extreme ends will react measurably better if we provide input in the way that is most useful for them.
For our primary children, we also begin to develop and analyze social skills, which includes such abilities as accepting responsibility, making requests, receiving negative feedback, reporting peer behavior, resisting peer behavior, empathy, sense of fairness, and engaging in conversation. As children approach their sixth birthday, there is marked developmental increase in these areas because of the physiological brain change that occurs around that age. This is also the time when children can begin to work effectively with computers and can begin to imagine concepts such as infinity and forever.
More connected to the child’s personality is the creative aspect of our analysis. In that area, the teacher analyzes the child’s level of persistence (did you call it stubbornness?); the tendency to check for accuracy (perfectionism?); willingness to take risks, tolerance for ambiguity, and level of questioning. Although many children have these traits naturally, the traits can be taught, and out of these come the characteristics that are going to be so needed in our new global society. If you recall, these are the traits of work ethic and professionalism, critical thinking and problem solving, teamwork and collaboration. If you have more interest in this aspect of the work your child’s teacher does on behalf of your child, ask to see his personality analysis. It’s a wonderful tool as you set up your home and routines to accommodate this unique individual who lives with you. We find that it’s also useful information for designing our own best adult environments and education plans.
Mother’s Day Tea – The children delight in preparing a gift for the most wonderful woman in the world. They eagerly look forward to showing their work and entertaining their mother’s at tea. Please put Thursday, May 10, on your calendar. The event will begin at 3PM and should last about an hour.
What We’re Learning – As a part of our domestic animals enrichment curriculum, we’ll be learning lots of vocabulary, like beef/pork/poultry and rooster/hen/chick. These make fun games for children during wait times like in the car or at the market. If you need reminders, check out our curriculum books for some of these words.
Parents Meeting – This month we talked about assistant teacher retention and Montessori training for our teachers. All MMGS team members must acquire 24 hours of training each year. Our school along with other Montessori schools network to design 2 – 4 training workshops a year. Our workshops cover various topics under the umbrella of Montessori. Whenever we attend workshops we’ll announce it our newsletter.
Insect Repellant – In order for us to apply insect repellant and sun screen parents will need to fill out a medicine authorization form. We ask that parents apply in the morning and we will reapply in the afternoon as necessary.
Picking Up Two – In the effort to keep the infant classroom sanitary we are asking parents not to allow their older child into the infant environment, consider on picking up your baby first. If your child is used to visiting the infant class with you maybe a heads up Monday morning will help break the cycle.
Bottles – As a reminder all bottles should be labeled with your child’s name.