While we’re in the season of Parent Teacher Conferences, it is a perfect time to reflect upon the dynamics that make a Montessori Children’s House so special.  One of the first observation parents share is how peaceful the classroom.  It is wondrous to witness a community filled with 26 children living in harmony while demonstrating selflessness, curiosity, and concentration.

First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
— Thomas A Kempis

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that through education, children could develop a new type of peaceful world.  There are many elements of Montessori education which support the development of peace from social and academic standpoints.  Across all areas of a Children’s House, you’ll notice children moving carefully, respecting the environment, and each other.  The children first develop an inner peace.  We use Grace and Courtesy vignettes to model positive communication and opportunities to development mindful refinement of gross motor movement.  We aid the child’s quest to develop independence while caring for all living things. We honor that children from birth to six are naturally inquisitive to the natural world, exploring with their senses.  

Our Geography extensions support a larger concept of peace for the young child.  We present the children with the world.  We give them the concept that earth is our home and provider, sharing the great responsibility that humanity has to care for Mother Nature.  Through our work in Geography, the children are presented with opportunities to study humans; we search for commonalities across the globe which are aligned with the basic Human Needs and Tendencies.  For example, the children learn that throughout various cultures, the need for communion is present.  We all gather around for meals, family time, and to share knowledge.  Some ways we enrich these experiences include cooking various meals, listening to music, examining artifacts, reading, and creating art from cultures, and places around the world.

As children identify similarities amongst their own familial, cultural, and personal values which correspond with humans across the globe, they develop respect for others. They cultivate an urge to explore the world and help all living things.

Peace is what every human being is craving for, and it can be brought about by humanity through the child.
— Dr. Maria Montessori
 
 

Peek Inside our Children’s House Classrooms

Gray Fox

Dear Gray Fox Families,

November brought us such joy and appreciate for the abundance of opportunities we have. With ‘giving thanks’ on the mind, we observed the children’s understanding present in different ways. One way they have displayed their attitudes of gratitude was by sharing what they’re thankful for each day at lunch. It is fascinating to hear how well they are able to articulate their thoughts, and feelings. From, “I am thankful for my family” to, “I am thankful for my freedom”, each day brought beautiful, organic glimpses into the life of each child.

Some of the children visited the crispness of the Fall season in Northern Arizona and shared some lovely leaves for us to examine on our ‘museum table.’ We also discussed parts of the turkey, parts of corn, and a bit about the Native American culture. The children have also enjoyed hearing some of Robert Frost’s poetry. One of our favorites is, The Last Word of a Bluebird, as told to a child. They love watching for birds ‘arriving’ south for the winter outside.

As I went out a Crow
In a low voice said, “Oh,
I was looking for you.
How do you do?
I just came to tell you
To tell Lesley (will you?)
That her little Bluebird
Wanted me to bring word
That the north wind last night
That made the stars brights
And made ice on the trough
Almost made him cough
His tail feathers off.
He just had to fly!
But he sent her Good-by,
And said to be good,
And wear her red hood,
And look for skunk tracks
In the snow with an ax—
And do everything!
And perhaps in the spring
He would come back and sing.

The children have been busy working in the garden and getting our compost up and running. Thank you to GiGi for all of your help! We also welcomed Portia into our classroom as she transitioned from our Butterfly classroom. We are so happy to have her! A special thanks to our volunteers (Carly, Rebecca, Lucy, Teresa, and Jillian) for helping get our Charity Event project and basket started; we can’t wait to share the final products with everyone!

May your hearts and bellies be full this Thanksgiving,

Ms. Lauren and Ms. Yadira

 
 

Cactus Wren

Happy Fall Cactus Wren Families,

It has been so nice to see the children enjoying our outdoor environment now that the weather is cool enough to work outside all day long. They are enjoying tasting the herbs, smelling the beautiful flowers, and watching the tomato plants flower and produce fruit. This was all possible under the loving guidance of Ms. Gigi. Thank you so very much for bringing life to our outdoor environment!!! 

The children have also been busy working on our class art project for Creo’s annual auction. They are being guided by Ms. Marina, Ms. Lynnsie, Ms. Carly, and Ms. Renae to design and make their loving contribution to the art project. It is wonderful to see the children so excited and eager to work on their portion of the project. We all are anxious to see the final product. Thank you all for helping the children in their efforts to give back to our community.

I love this time of year. It is a wonderful time to build memories and sensorial impressions that will last a life time for our children. The sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and textures of our family traditions, whatever they may be, will bring comfort, joy, and love. 

Last but not least, we are welcoming Ms Marali into our classroom. It is a pleasure to have her in our classroom while Ms. Eugenia prepares for the birth of her precious child.

With peace,

Ms. Johna, Ms. Eugenia, and Ms. Marali

 
 

Jackrabbit

Hello! Hard to believe we are almost half way through the school year. Thank you to all of you for attending observations, parent-teacher conferences as well as parent education night. We enjoyed having you over in our environment and sharing with each of you some highlights of your child’s days at school and a peek of what we do every day. The children were delighted to offered you a cup of tea! Hope you enjoy your visit.

The charity even is soon approaching us and with that the children have been busy helping to put together their class’ donation with the help of three amazing moms, Yezzica, Stacie, and Rajwant. Thank you for all their help!

With the weather getting cooler the children spend more time working in our outdoor environment. We are starting to see little signs of growth in our garden. The children love to water it and take care of it. This month we also read about the story of Thanksgiving and gave the opportunity to each child to share what are they thankful for…the answers go from cute and beautiful, to funny and unique! Well let me just say that we are thankful for each and one of your children for bringing so much happiness to our lives and to you for sharing your most valuable treasure with us.

Warm regards,

Ms. Marcela and Ms. Claudia

 
 

Bobcat

Happy November, Bobcat Families!

Thank you for those who attended our parent education night on the Sensorial materials. It was wonderful having all of you in the classroom exploring the different materials your children work with each day. We have also enjoyed opening up our classroom for observations so you can see into our environment and observe all we are working on each day. 

The children have been working on our auction project for Creo’s annual auction. Thank you to Sarah, Carol, and Carly for volunteering their time to come in and help the children paint.

As the holidays approach we have begun to talk about what we are thankful for. The children have some fun answers and love to draw pictures or write with the movable alphabet what they are most thankful for. We have also been spending a lot of time outside, as the weather is perfect! Our garden is beginning to grow and the children love to care for and water it. Thank you to GiGi for coming in and talking to our class about composting and helping us get ours started!

We have welcomed Taliana and Sofia into our classroom this month! We are so happy to have two new faces join the Bobcat room.

Thank you,

Ms. Haley, Ms. Leydi, and Ms. Julia

 
 
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AuthorLauren Marques