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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.
Dear Room 9 Parents:
Welcome back, and Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed your two weeks off with family and friends. The children settled back into the routine very quickly and are happy and working hard already.
Three new students have moved up from the Toddler rooms into our room this month. Please join us in welcoming Addie, Alex, Anderson, and their parents to our Room 9 family!
We are beginning the new year with new work in the classroom. In science, we have begun our study of zoology with vertebrates and invertebrates, the five classifications of vertebrates, and our first animal focus-dinosaurs! Our geography focus this month will change to Antarctica, which includes materials and books about penguins, a very popular topic for study. Needless to say, there will be a high level of excitement in the science and geography areas this month.
The kindergarteners are hard at work on cursive handwriting. From tracing the cursive sandpaper letters to writing on the salt tray, chalkboard, and marker board, they are working on individual letter formation. They will also begin their cursive handwriting booklets this month. Kindergartners are always very excited about taking this step, so be looking for them to start writing in cursive more at home.
Another big step for the kindergartners will be the introduction of the daily work plan later this month. We will begin using work plans to help the children build skills in time management, increase each child’s awareness of their own challenging work, and to ensure that the kindergartners are working throughout all of the areas of the classroom in preparation for Lower Elementary. The children do a lot of their own writing on the work plans, so they will refine their handwriting skills and work on spelling practice as well.
January Montessori Gift: Individualized education is our focus this month. This one may seem obvious, but it’s the one we find that parents most often take for granted. We offer your child a truly individualized education. The biggest fallacy in traditional education is the idea that if you have a group of children who are the same age, they’re all ready to learn the same skills at the same pace. Every child is unique, and every child learns at an individual pace. This doesn’t even just mean that some children learn quickly and others need more time. It means that one child may jump into reading very quickly but need a lot of repetition with addition. Another child may grasp math facts with ease but need twice as much time to learn handwriting. Another child may have advanced academic skills but struggle with practical Life skills. In our Montessori classrooms, your child will always have as much time as he or she needs to master new skills. Truly, no child is left behind in a Montessori classroom. At the same time, once a child has mastered a skill, that child can move on without having to wait for peers to catch up. While this approach obviously creates an ideal academic environment, it also fosters stronger self-esteem in the children. Individualized education is one of the greatest gifts you’re giving your child with a Montessori education.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us,
Mia Lee & Tanelle Murphy