Happy New Year!

I. TODDLER NEWS
Happy New Year! We hope everyone enjoyed their vacation with their families. We are so happy to welcome back our toddlers. It may take some time for the children to return to their regular schedule, so we will be busy establishing our normal routine and diligently reviewing our classroom rules.

It is the beginning of January and we are looking forward to having a great year. We will start our year with our Montessori lessons in math. Also during this month we will be talking about cold weather and snow and we will be making some art projects about winter time.
We are happy to have new friends in our class; we say welcome to Chandler and twins Eden and Asha, who joined us in December.

II. PRESCHOOL NEWS
Happy New Year! We are glad to welcome all of you back to school. I hope you all had a happy holiday and got relaxed and ready for a new semester. We are happy to welcome Kaleen to our class this month; she just graduated from our toddler class. For the first week we will review what we learned last semester; then we will continue to gain new knowledge. We have many new materials for our students to explore and new concepts for them to grasp. Our students love learning with our Montessori materials and methods. This is one of the reasons our students are so successful. I have heard many times from our students how much they want to work on the materials. With their curiosity, ambition and confidence in learning, we believe that will be having another successful semester.

We have a lot of fun activities prepared for the science experiments. They will be testing how chemicals, such as soap or detergent react with different things. In art we will work on winter related projects; the snowman and snowflakes are some of our favorites. Since the weather is cold, we will have more playtime indoors than outdoors. We have prepared indoor games and physical activities for the children to enjoy and use up some of their energy.

III. ELEMENTARY NEWS
December 2014 was full of excitement. We celebrated two birthdays in December, Tavian turned 5 on the 14th and Ethan turned 5 on the 18th. We made some holiday crafts played games for the holiday. They enjoyed learning fractions and were enthusiastic about learning the body parts of the fish, the tortoise and the bird.

During January, we will continue to work on our family chart project. The children have started to organize their family pictures. We will begin working on the pictures of your child from infant to present age and still need a few more pictures for this project. This project will serve as a keepsake for your child to remember their childhood as they grow older. Some of their favorite class work will also be included in this album. You might also like to add some of the work they are bringing home weekly.

This month we will have three students from the primary classes joining the elementary class. We are happy to welcome Trenton, Isaac and Andrew to our elementary.

Welcome back to school! We hope that you enjoyed your winter break. We are ready to start another great year. 2015 is going to be a fun filled learning experience!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I. TODDLER NEWS
November has arrived!  This is the month of giving thanks!  We will be working on some Thanksgiving projects and learning what it means to be thankful or grateful.  We will be having our Thanksgiving party on November 25th.  It will be a fun day of culture and special snacks.  Children will be able to wear traditional clothing to celebrate their heritage.  We will be learning this special song for our lesson on being thankful:

Thank You
(sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
“Thank You” are two magic words.
Say them loud so they are heard.
“Thank You” are the words we say.
We give thanks in many ways.

During the month of October, we started to work diligently on letter sounds. As you may have noticed, we are not introducing the letters in alphabetical order; instead, we are going in an order that allows the child, in their future lessons, to make many words with the letters they have learned. For example, they have learned the letter sounds of s, m, a and t so they can make words like sat, Sam and mat. We will continue introducing new letter sounds throughout the month of November.

II. PRESCHOOL NEWS
The holiday season is coming. We have so many fun activities planned for our students. We will be learning songs and rhymes and doing arts and crafts related to Thanksgiving. This is a great opportunity to learn about our country’s history. We will be talking about Pilgrims, Native Americans and the Mayflower voyage to the Americas. In addition, we will do a project on “The First Thanksgiving” and the children will celebrate Thanksgiving with a Thanksgiving party/cultural day.

The first months of the school year have been such a success as children have settled into daily routines and schedules of the classrooms. The children all have respect and care for each other and for our school. Last month we worked on some cool science experiments. We mixed primary colors to make secondary colors, made rainbow swirls using milk, food coloring and liquid detergent and learned how to float a paper boat on top of the water.

We have now made it to the middle of the semester. The students are all working very diligently on their respective Montessori materials, all grasping many new concepts and making improvements in their handwriting. We are very proud of their progress and believe our students are making this a very successful semester so far.

Fall is a colorful season of harvest. It was a good time for the students to revisit the garden and look at our colorful harvests of fruits and vegetables. They recognized a variety of fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes, banana peppers, green onions and eggplants; they also found pomegranates, persimmons and apples growing on the trees. Our students got to experience the harvest season first-handedly, observing where some of their foods come from, which satisfied their curiosity.

III. ELEMENTARY NEWS
The children enjoyed and showed much excitement during their exploration inside and outside the school identifying herbaceous plants during September and October. This month we are starting to form different shapes out of geometric plane shapes, such as making a parallelogram using two triangles.

November will be a colorful month for us. We will investigate some characteristics of colors. Bugs and crawling creatures are subject for scrutiny this month, too. Bugs are very cooperative with us as we find some of them on our playground useful for our investigations, such as grasshoppers and rolly-pollies. We will also continue working on plants and animals, living and non-living things and incorporate shapes into our environment.