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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.
Thank you to all the families who joined us for our PIM meeting last Thursday. We covered a lot of information, and I hope you found it interesting and helpful.
The toddlers are getting used to the schedule at school. We have observed more children becoming normalized to the classroom. Normalization is a process, and it typically has four characteristics;
1) love of work (choosing freely or engaging in work independently; finding joy in work)
The first characteristic of the process of normalization is love of work. Love of work includes the ability to choose work freely and to find serenity and joy in work (Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, p. 202).
2) concentration (focusing on the work at hand)
To help such development, it is not enough to provide objects chosen at random, but we [teachers] have to organize a world of 'progressive interest' (Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, p. 206).
Meaning, as teachers observe the child being able to master a skill or work, we must have the next level of work ready to keep the child interested in refining the skill.
3) self-discipline (completing the work, putting the work away, cleaning up the work)
Dr. Montessori says: After concentration will come perseverance . . . It marks the beginning of yet another stage in character formation . . . It is the ability to carry through what he has begun. The children in our schools choose their work freely, and show this power unmistakably. They practice it daily for years. (The Absorbent Mind p. 217)
4) sociability (understanding the classroom is a community; respecting others work, )
There is only one specimen of each object, and if a piece is in use when another child wants it, the latter—if he is normalized—will wait for it to be released. Important social qualities derive from this. The child comes to see that he must respect the work of others, not because someone has said he must, but because this is a reality that he meets in his daily experience. (The Absorbent Mind, p. 223).
Normalization is partly dependent on your child's arrival to school on time. If you come after 8:30 am, your child is tardy, and has missed an important start to the day. The best time for normalization to occur is in the early morning, and we see children who arrive early or on time achieve success faster and feel more a part of the community. They also tend to take better naps because they have been up earlier, and working longer. When they nap, they process all the information they have learned that morning, and work the next day is better. It is a cycle that can work beautifully.
Birthdays; Happy Birthday to Ved and Veer, Sept 11. We will be having a healthy treat in class for all the children to share to celebrate their birthday.
Thank you to; Tonia Klein who brought Sara and I Starbucks coffee! And to Karen Morris who provided coffee for everyone the morning of our PIM, and who has provided snack for all the toddlers for the past three weeks. Also thank you to the Hope family for the Starbucks gift card! We feel so loved!
Sept. 18 -Toddler Two Individual and sibling portraits
Sept. 20- Primary PIM 4:30-5:45
Sept. 27-UE/MS PIM 4:30-5:45