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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.
I am writing this letter the day after our Celebration of Twelve day. Our class planned and executed a special day of celebration. We started the day with a math lesson and Mrs. Wildman helped the students determine that it will be 89 years before the dates will line up similarly again! We set up 12 stations around the room and the children moved through these in much the same manner that we conduct every day in our Montessori classroom. But what I really want to tell you is how gracious they were and how maturely they handled the day. They were very courteous while they waited for their lunch, they helped each other complete the projects we had planned for them and they tidied the room at the end of the day. The way they expressed their gratitude was very heartfelt! You have every reason to be proud of how they conducted themselves.
Please note that there will not be spelling homework until the week of January 7. The next test will be on January 10, 2013. Since there is no homework assigned over break, your child will have extra time for pleasure reading. If you are looking for extra things to give this holiday season please consider buying your child books. “Calvin and Hobbes” and “Garfield” are books that help make reading fun. Additionally, books that help children learn to draw are also great choices. I have always liked the drawing books that are written by Ed Emberly. My family has also listened to a lot of books on CD while travelling. Children listening to an engaging book in the car are far less likely to fight and argue, unless that can’t agree on a book!
Recently the children studied a famous explorer. They researched information about their assigned explorer and wrote a paragraph. I used a special website to create a handwriting practice sheet with the paragraph that they wrote. The third level students created a group map that showed the route that was taken by each explorer. Finally, the teams of students presented their reports to the class. The final reports were beautiful and represented a piece of work that helped them practice penmanship, history, language and reading. They also gave children a chance to mentor others and build confidence in speaking before a group.
As we reach the end of 2012 Mrs. Wildman and I want to say again how much we enjoy your children. Every single day something happens that makes us smile. We are in awe of how much we have already accomplished this year. What a gift it is to be able to come and spend each day with such confident and kind people! Thank you for trusting them to us.