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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