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Montessori Academy's vision is that each student
will become an independent, confident, motivated learner, and a responsible community member as a result of the dynamic partnership between
students, parents, and teachers.
This partnership within the exceptional Montessori environment, while developing these characteristics, enables each student to become a life-long learner.
November is definitely in full swing! We survived the excitement of Halloween, and now the children eagerly await the upcoming Feast scheduled for this Wednesday, November 14th at 11:30. You may drop off any food during arrival time on the 14th so that the food tables will be ready for the children’s celebration. We hope you all will be able to attend this special luncheon. Because our Feast coincides with the Second Harvest Food Drive, we encourage your family to contribute to help feed those less fortunate during this holiday season. Non-perishable items like peanut butter, baby food, canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruit, mac-n-cheese and cereal are highly desirable. There is a box in the foyer for your contributions.
With holiday fever in the air, we are so amazed at how hard the children are working. Each day they are receiving lessons on a variety of materials throughout the room. In Practical Life, the children are busy enjoying the new seasonal work. . They have also begun water exploration. They have so much fun with the water while learning how to manage their environment, keeping it mess free. As it is Fall, we will soon begin nut-cracking, a favorite work, along with bean snapping and other food prep. They will be excited to see how we use the end result in a surprise recipe!
In Language, many of the children continue to work on sound mastery. Others who have learned to blend and are proficient have been reading to Mrs. Ingram, Nola’s mom. Some of the older children are also journaling with James’ mom, Mrs. Vincion. A special thank you to both of those ladies for their hours spent working with your children!
In math, many children have transitioned from Sensorial work to working with numerals and quantity. Many children learned 0-10 and can tell the difference between “even” and “odd” numbers. Some are enjoying counting golden beads to 99 or short bead chains to 100. At the same time, many others embark on practicing and perfecting their number writing skills. Some of the older children have begun learning more about money equating the value to the currency.
Students in our class are continuing their study of Earth science by learning about the seasons, trees, and leaves. They have enjoyed the time spent outside as we move deeper into Fall. In Geography, the children are beginning the study of North America, with an emphasis on the United States. They will learn about Native Americans and the various landscapes, animals, and plants of our beautiful country.
The Kindergartners spent one morning last week visiting an elementary classroom in preparation for first grade next year. They enjoyed their visit, work time and routines for the morning. Their next visit will be on February 5th. We encourage parents to set up times with the office to observe the elementary classrooms when considering your child’s future education.
Thank you all so much for attending the Materials Fair last month and purchasing new materials for the classroom. We received them and had the children share which items they purchased. Many are put out on the shelves and are already being used.
The Thanksgiving break kicks off with a skating party this Friday afternoon (November 16th) from 12-2. Remember this is a half day with dismissal at 11:15. Montessori Academy is closed the entire week of November 19-23th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will let you know more about the winter holiday program on December 18, as it approaches.
We hope to see you all on Wednesday and wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family.
Mellynne Dickason and Andrea Johnson