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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.
It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is approaching. During this time of the year, we feel that we are at the peak of our collaborative work with the children in the environment. The children have learned so many skills that are helping them to take ownership of the classroom by helping to take care of the environment throughout the day. We iron the table cloths for snack tables, fold towels, straighten tables and chairs, dust, or clean up spills. Kindergartners have been taking more responsibilities cleaning up after lunch time cleaning tables, sweeping the floor, washing dishes, cleaning the easel, feeding Sparky and cleaning its home, rolling work mats, recycling and watering the plants, and one of the most caring and nurturing jobs, rubbing the backs of young sleepers. There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to lend their hands in helping out others. Our future kindergartners have also enjoyed taking some of these leadership roles. They couldn’t be happier when we give them some responsibilities, and even had to create some when we ran out. Yes, all these works seem to be chores for us, but they are work that builds a sense of independence, confidence, pride, self-esteem, responsibility, community, care of others and environment, and much more, for your children.
Friendships have been in bloom. Friends seek a perfect time to have snack together in between their work. We see a lot of hugs, helps, and nurturing each day. They care for their friends by getting an ice pack when one gets hurt. They check on their friends’ feelings or resolve conflicts to everyone’s satisfaction. They help clean up if mats or work are left out. Although we emphasize individual work choice, we encourage peer teaching and collaborative work when it involves a large scale task. We know that the children are having this love and joy of working in this classroom as much as we do. We have such a harmonious and loving class and it will be hard to think that soon this wonderful class will adjourn before summer begins.
This is also the time when children have reached their peak of learning for the year. All the isolated skills they learned have come together to help them with more advanced concepts and difficult tasks. All our pre-kindergartners have become readers. They are learning number concept to 100 and the decimal system. Some have started working on addition and some will soon be starting. Our youngest group is continuing to build skills that will help them reach the point where their older friends are now. Kindergartners are ready to fly off to first grade with skills and knowledge that reach far beyond the level. We are thrilled to think of what work each one of our students will embark on in the next several weeks.
We had a wonderful Open-House on Friday with parents, grandparents, and special friends who joined us. Everyone enjoyed this special time with their child or grandchild. Many thanks are to parents who sent in breakfast snacks and to Mrs. Barkley for organizing them.
Reminders: Spring Picnic is next Friday, April 19, from 5:30-7:30 at Granny White Park. (Aftercare will close that day at 4:30.) We would love to see each and every one of you there!
Mrs. Carlson and Mrs. Chintanaphol