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 Holidays!

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I. TODDLER NEWS
I can’t believe December is already here, bringing us 2015 right around the corner. We have been diligently working on introducing the sounds of the letters a to z. As we are working on the last set of letters, you might want to pick up on this great learning opportunity at home, too. Just remember that we are learning the letter sounds, not the letter names. The children really enjoy repeating the sound and then finding an item that starts with that sound. For example, say “a” (sound for short a) then say alligator, apple, etc.

November was full of excitement as the children worked very hard on their November and Thanksgiving art projects. They made a wreath using their hand tracings, a corn stalk, a turkey and a basket with fruits. The children love keeping their little hands busy with arts and crafts.

II. PRESCHOOL NEWS
This semester is almost over and the holiday season is about to start. I am very glad that the students have made significant progress academically and in other areas as well. Their communication skills have tremendously improved; they learned how to take care of themselves and the environments; they learned how and why to respect others, to behave and to use good manners; they gained self-confidence and self-esteem. I am very proud of them. I look forward to the parent-teacher conference to share the detailed information on their progress with you at the end of this semester.

We did our “First Thanksgiving” project. It is our tradition to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and learn history at the same time. We also learned rhymes and songs and did art and craft projects about the Pilgrims and Indians and the turkey. We had a wonderful time at our Thanksgiving party and our performance for our friends in the other classes was very successful. In science we studied how materials with different densities reacted in water. They learned the words ‘density’ and ‘volume’ and discovered how to raise and lower water levels using marbles. The students were excited and had so much fun during these experiments.

This month we will continue introducing the children new knowledge while reviewing the concepts we have previously learned. We will be learning and singing holiday songs and doing arts and crafts about Santa, reindeer and other holiday related projects. We are looking forward to meeting with you at our parent-teacher conference.

III. ELEMENTARY NEWS
We have been studying the countries and capital cities of North America and South America. The students are now able to name the body parts of the frog and the fish as well as the parts of a tree. The parts of an atom were introduced and they expressed amazement in learning that everything is made of atoms. We made projects and learned songs related to the Thanksgiving celebration. We discussed the Thanksgiving holiday and reasons for celebrating it.

During the month of December, we will continue to study the structure of the first ten kinds of atoms. We will practice playing different rhythms using rhythm sticks and other percussion instruments.

We will also continue working on reading and spelling skills as well as studying about colors and musical notes. We will begin to name the body parts of the tortoise and bird. We are planning to finish our family chart, using pictures of the child and his/her family members.

May the peace and joy of the holiday season be with you as we culminate the year of 2014 and welcome 2015!