We hope you had the most wonderful Thanksgiving making memories with your loved ones and, of course, yummy food! Speaking of yummy food… check out what the children pulled out of our garden this week! We've said it before, but this is REAL magic for the children and much anticipated. It was marvelous to see how many really enjoyed them - some even begged for more! Our tomatoes are still growing as well as a potpourri of other veggies. We are eager to begin making organic 'homegrown vegetable salads'!
Thank you to all of the parents who attended our classroom meeting on Wednesday. It was lovely to introduce you to Ms. Dinora and hear a bit about her background and home-life.
We discussed the Montessori Planes of Development (focusing on the first - and outlining a bit of the second plane as our children are heading there). The Planes of Development begin at birth and end at adulthood (0-24). They are bracketed by six year age spans with sub planes displaying several overlapping qualities. For this blog update, I will briefly outline the First Plane.
The first Plane of Development (birth-six) is considered as the Constructive Rhythm of Life. The aspects of development include: physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development. The first plane is truly the period of self-construction. The child's personality is basically being formed during this period and fundamentally they are not join to change as far as personality traits. It is not the adult who constructs the child, we provide the environment and the child constructs himself.
Characteristics of the First Plane:
- Greatest Physical Changes Occur
- Fragile Health: more susceptible to colds/illness. We spoke of the importance of teaching your child and enforcing hand washing with soap at home. I shared that I show them how to clean each finger, front and back, up to the mid-forearm. Also some have learned to sing themselves "happy birthday" (in their mind) while washing.
- The Mind and Body Coordinate
- Passionately Interested in Everything
- Learns Through Social Exploration
- Great Need for Order
- Prefers Individual Activity
- Strong Impulse Towards Independence
- Preoccupation With Present: we discussed time awareness and it's development/progression
- Need for Consistent Love, Protection and Security: we discussed differences between adults in the child's life and how the Montessori guide provides consistency as a form of love.
- Interested in Manners, Culture
- Natural Generosity
- Cannot Make Moral Decisions: adults must model. i.e., running in the classroom is not a moral issue.
How does the Montessori Children's House support the characteristics of the First Plane Child?
Our environment focuses on the microcosm of the physical world (culture and science). Physical characteristics include: order, beauty, child-sized, designed for independence, material: means for development. The Psychological atmosphere characteristics include: freedom, sense of community/acceptance, spontaneous helping, working atmosphere, freedom to choose activity (of course, within limits), freedom to repeat, freedom of movement and freedom to communicate. The role of the adult is to (also helpful hints for at-home): observe, put the child in touch with the environment, give individual, avoid unnecessary help, give love and protection.
We are SO very excited to announce the birth of Ms. Yadira's baby: Lorenzo. He was born happy and healthy on Thanksgiving morning!
Thank you for your continued support!
Ms. Lauren and Ms. Dinora