Staying Home this Summer?
Simplicity and accessibility
Children strive on having an orderly environment that they are able to clean up on their own. Their physical environment at home should be at their height (as much as possible), have child sized furnishings, and be well organized. Ways to help your child at home is rotating toys through out the summer. You should have 8-10 toys available at a time that have a set place for them to return to and rotate every 2-3 weeks to keep the child interested. Examples of toys/activities to rotate are Legos, toy animals, Non-Fiction books, painting, gluing, and coloring.
Indoor activities are great to have available in this Arizona heat! Having a yoga mat accessible to the child with yoga cards allows them to take it out when they would like, a music player with a playlist of their favorite songs that they can listen to, and arts and crafts that they can do and access when they want to.
Children should have access to the kitchen to prepare their own snack. Give the child their own drawer of snacks in the fridge that they are able to access on their own and that you are okay with them eating at any time. You can also prepare a small child size table with a cutting board, peeler, and knife for them to prepare their own vegetables and fruit when they feel hungry. Allow the child to help you with everyday chores and preparing meals. The child wants practical life exercises and will be happy to help!
Three Hour Work Period
Throughout the summer keep a consistent routine and sleep pattern for your child. I know days of traveling can be hard but when at home your child will succeed with a set routine. The child works for a full three hours while at school, allow them this same type of stimulation while at home.
Technology should be limited through out the summer. Instead of screen time here are some great local family activities in Arizona that you can check out!
Traveling this Summer?
There’s no better time to enrich your child’s language than when you’re traveling! A few suggestions include reading books from places you visit or exploring a local library in a new town. Take the time to slow down and point out differences in nature that may be new or exciting to your child such as different types of trees, plants, or wildlife.
To support your child’s development of writing, send postcards from your destinations to friends and family. Invite your child to create a daily reflection journal of their travel highlights. If your child cannot write yet, perhaps they can draw their experiences or collect little treasures from nature.
Count the objects they find in nature, i.e., seashells or pinecones. Create a calendar outlining your trip details for them to track the days of the week. Scavenger hunts are fun tasks, even in hotel rooms. “Let’s count how many pillows are in here.”
Create math equations out of packing tasks. For example, “How many shirts will you need for our seven-day trip if you wear two in one day?”
Connecting your child with nature will help them to develop strong sensorial impressions. The scents of the sea, the color of the pine trees, the tastes of foreign foods. Let them explore and build with local items. Estimating how many buckets of sand it will take to build that sand castle, discriminating the dimensions of the spaces between the logs in the forest will help the child create internal order.
Present your child with a map, show them exactly where they are in relation to home and invite them to track their destinations as you travel. Point out land and water form you find or fly over: “This is a lake. Do you see that island out there in the distance?”
Slow down and appreciate the simplicity of togetherness this summer! The most valuable experiences you child has is when they’re spending time with those they love.
Peek Inside our Children’s House Classrooms
Dear Gray Fox Families,
May was an excellent month, rounding out a wonderful year. Thank you to all of the families for joining us during the Spring Social. I was happy to introduce Ms. Tess to our community! Also, a huge thank you for all of your thoughtfulness in celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day! We are so proud of our Fly-Up students; they worked hard to prepare for their ceremony and will be tremendously missed.
For teachers, the end of the year is often a time of reflection. Montessori work is inspiring, dynamic, and quite satisfying. Watching your children grow into kind, capable humans is the greatest gift for educators. From the moment they step into the Children’s House, we begin to imagine the child they will become. By honoring their unique personalities and special interests, their journey toward developing a lifelong love for learning unfolds. Each moment and milestone cherished. Each day anew. The bond between Guide and child is just as important as the relationship of teacher to parent. We sincerely appreciate your trust, support, and generosity throughout the school year.
Wishing you a happy, safe, and memorable summer!
Ms. Lauren and Ms. Yadira
Dear Bobcat Families,
Thank you to all who came to Parent Teacher Conferences, it was wonderful to meet with you and discuss your child’s growth over the school year. Reflecting with all of you on your child’s year and the classrooms year has been incredible. The Bobcat children have grown together into a supportive, kind, and curious classroom. I am so thankful to have been their Guide this year and be a part of their lifelong path of learning.
Ms. Leydi and I would like to thank you all for making us feel so special during Teacher Appreciation week! Also, thank you to all who came out and joined us for our spring social. It was a great time to plan some summer play dates and watch the children play together before summer break comes and some of our Bobcat children move up to elementary. We will miss our Fly-Up students but are excited for their new journey into Lower Elementary!
Thank you for your trust and support this year. We wish you a wonderful fun filled summer.
Ms. Haley and Ms. Leydi
Dear Cactus Wren Families,
Summer is near and the children are excited for what the next few months will bring for them. Their conversations are filled with information on what their summer plans entail. We have been preparing for five of our Cactus Wren children to fly-up soon. We will miss them and are happy for their new academic journey in the lower elementary program.
Thanks to all who were able to come out to our last Cactus Wren social of the year. It is always nice to visit, make summer playdates, and just relax and unwind. A big thank you for all the wonderful thoughts given to Ms. Marali and I during teacher appreciation week. Being able to spend time with your child everyday is truly an honor and privilege.
As the school year comes to an end, Ms. Marali and I wish you all a well deserved restful summer filled with fun, new adventures, and amazing new memories.
Ms. Johna and Ms. Marali
Hard to believe the end of the year is here. It has been a very busy month. The Jackrabbits gather together for their final social and they had a blast. Thank you for all who were able to attend and for our amazing room parents for all their help. Claudia and I would also like to thank you for all the kindness and love your shared with us during teacher appreciation week. We were showered with cards, gifts, and hugs that made us feel so special. Congratulations to our fly up children who are moving up to elementary this coming fall. Bobby, Brooks, and Kaia you will be so missed. We wish you a great journey!
Thank you so much for entrusting your child to our care. They are a daily reminder of what kindness and humanity is all about. We wish you all a wonderful and fun summer filled with new adventures.
Ms. Marcela and Ms. Claudia