These past two weeks have been fantastic. I am really beginning to see the children develop normalization in the classroom. We had our first fire drill and the children did phenomenal! I would recommend continuing to follow up with this by practicing your fire escape route at home. Also, help your child learn their phone number and address.
We celebrated Kylee’s third birthday last Friday! The children were delighted to practice the sun celebration, see her photos and sing her happy birthday. They loved the yummy fruit she brought to share!
The release of the ladybugs into our garden with the afternoon children sparked great enthusiasm and conversation about the role of insects in our ecosystem.
The children have been bringing in beautiful leaves, squash, sticks, pinecones, etc. to share with their friends. It is truly so fun and magical to hear their enthusiasm about nature and fall. We are looking forward to baking pumpkin seeds as well as studying parts of the pumpkin this week.
Thank you to all of the parents who attended our Classroom Meeting on Thursday. I really appreciate your dedication and commitment to learning more about Montessori and willingness to implement the principles in your home. I look forward to reconvening at our November meeting and promise to start promptly at 6:00 p.m. Here is a brief outline from the meeting:
Who was Dr. Maria Montessori?
Medical Doctor, Philanthropist, Anthropologist, Psychologist, Scientist, Skilled Observer. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that the education of children is the means to create a better society.
Montessori Education has been around for over 100 years. There are more than 22,000 schools worldwide in 110 countries.
Casa de Bambini “The Children’s House”
Montessori opened her first school in 1907 in one of Italy’s poorest neighborhoods in San Lorenzo, Italy. Children showed great development of concentration, manners, organization and intelligence through Practical Life exercises as well as scientifically developed didactic material.
The purposes of practical life are independence, concentration, control of movement, order and sequence, adaptation, to accept error as a natural part of life and to prepare a specific path to cultural activity. The groups are: Preliminary Exercises, Care of the Person, Care of the Environment, Social Relations and Movement. I demonstrated sweeping, table washing and tying a bow with the bow frame.
As promised, here is a list of some ideas to create a home environment that encourages exploration and learning.
NOTE: Identify one or two of these at a time, be patient and give your child time to develop their skills. Do not overwhelm your child (or yourself). Be sure you SHOW your child how to do an activity and repeat as necessary. Practice the activity yourself before demonstrating and remember analysis of movement.
“We must give the child an environment that he can utilize by himself: a little washstand of his own, a bureau with drawers he can open, objects of common use that he can operate, a small bed in which he can sleep at night under an attractive blanket he can fold and spread by himself. We must give him an environment in which he can live and play; then we will see him work all day with his hands and wait impatiently to undress himself and lay himself down on his own bed.” – Dr. Maria Montessori
The child’s bedroom should clearly reflect their personality and interests. Even though on their own they may tend to create chaos, young children have tremendous need and love for an orderly environment. Everything should have its own place and should be organized to make it easy for the children to maintain a neat, well-organized atmosphere.
*Pictures, clocks, high quality art prints of children or animals hung at their eye-level
*Show your child how to make their bed.
*Hang a bulletin board that your child can reach for their school papers.
*Do not use a toy box! Use a shelf with just a few toys/books/puzzles to be rotated out after you observe your child returning things to their proper places.
*Music should be an important part of every child’s life. NOT THE TV/TABLET. Set some space aside for a simple stereo system and collection of recordings.
*Your child should be able to reach the sink, toothbrush and toothpaste. They should also be able to reach the sink and turn on the faucet all without help.
*Make room in your kitchen for a child-sized work table for young cooks.
*Put ingredients for a snack in a low drawer in your fridge. Give your child a low cupboard with access to their dishes, silverwear, etc. Show children how to make their own snack.
*Your child can pour their own milk and water.
*Your child can set the table.
*Children can help around the house if presented correctly.
*Give your child opportunities to mop, dust, polish, vacuum, window-wash, etc.
*Hang a feather duster on a low hook.
*Your child can fold laundry, put soap in washing machine, etc.
*Create an art station for your child.
*READ to your child! Let your child read to you! Tell your child stories about your family history, where your family came from. Show them on a map.
For more information please visit http://amiusa.org/parent-resources/
I hope this is a good starter list. Please contact me should you have any questions or concerns.
Miss Lauren and Miss Yadira