We wish our friend a very happy 4th birthday! Thank you for the yummy watermelon and the memorable first celebration of the year!
One week or week one (perspective) flashed by faster than a monsoon lightning bolt in the middle of a Sonoran Desert July. Slow the clock! This year is going to be OUTSTANDING. Our group is already so cohesive and receptive. We are radiating love. We were astonished to see such big work exploding for the first week, the thirst for knowledge is contagious.
The children were so excited to name our new fish and snail! The names are "Mikey the snail," "Zebra the fish" and "Golden Bead the fish." We have also been enjoying our group times, walking on the line (rhythm and movement), listening to Mozart, reading books about peace around the world and singing songs from different cultures. Ask your child to recite the poem: "I offer you Peace."
Lunch will continue to be a point of interest. The children are readjusting and perfecting their process. This is a wonderful opportunity for socialization and teamwork. Each day they are gaining order and sequence. Our lunch poem is:
For the Earth's been good to me … so I thank the Earth of giving me … the things I need. The sun and the rain and the appleseed … for the Earth's been good to me.
We are extremely appreciative of your smooth drop offs, attendance at our first classroom meeting and for making our new families feel welcomed. For those who were unable to attend the meeting, we outlined our schedule and policies. Remember to refer back to Creo's handbooks if you have any questions.
During our first classroom meeting, collectively as a group several of us mentioned Grace and Courtesy. These are Montessori buzz words and continuing focuses in an authentic Montessori environment. We define grace as, economy of energy and efficiency in movement. Graceful movement has no superfluous movements (no wasted efforts). Grace refers to the individual and her way of using energy and movement efficiently.
We define courtesy as, economy of energy and efficiency of movement towards others. Other elements of courtesy include; interest, dignity and respect for self and others. Think of this example: carrying a chair through an empty room could be graceful. Carrying a chair through a crowded room would be courteous. Generally speaking, when we are trying to be courteous, it adds a little bit of extra stimuli for us to be graceful.
The Lessons in Grace and Courtesy are geared toward the child becoming a master of her own actions in daily life. When given early, the child is able to approach people and know what to do and how to respond. The adults model Grace and Courtesy by doing exactly what is expected. For example, if we ask that children do not stand on chairs, we wouldn't stand on a chair (in front on them). We also don't expect that the child is this way all of the time, imagine all 25 children rushing to greet an observer.
The children begin to act intrinsically, securing their energy and respect of those around them. The lessons are presented based on observation and never corrected in the moment (i.e., "you didn't say excuse me!"). If we observe this interaction, we will re-present 'how to beg pardon' to this concept to the child in a small group without isolating them. These are fun little reminders involving role-play to spark understanding rather than punishments.
We are looking forward to further discussing Grace and Courtesy along with Practical Life, Montessori at Home and Freedom and Independence at our next Classroom Meeting. A request was submitted regarding music, culture and art in the Children's House. We will touch on different aspects of these integral topics each meeting through a hands-on approach. You will be moved through these encompassing meetings, living a day in your child's life with us.
Please correspond through email and gold notes! We love to hear from you. A funny story, an exciting weekend, a question - you name it. We are a team on behalf of your child and look forward to working together.
Miss Lauren and Ms. Yadira