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December 2016

Montessori Corner is where our children love to learn.  Our students are busy all day, every day!  Our customized lesson plans allow for each child to challenge themselves each day.  Their successes are the fruits of their labor and each child takes pride in their accomplishments.  We offer large group instruction, small group instruction, individual one on one learning and independent opportunities for our children to make choices and master lessons they find interesting!   There is so much going on at Montessori Corner.  Here’s a glimpse of what you will see in the classroom on any given day.

As we strive to reinforce independence in our students, this month we have focused on younger children learning to write their names, putting on coats, working on dressing frames, folding napkins, while the returning children have continued working on refining their practical life skills.   The practical life lessons introduced this month include, but aren’t limited to, wet pouring, leaf sorting, raking the leaves, pumpkin sorting, and tonging work.

In sensorial we started working toward the refinement of the tactile sense using the touch boards. Children are enjoying the mystery bag filled with fall objects including apples, leaves, pumpkins, acorns and pinecones.  The children are working to identify rough and smooth objects, further reinforcing their ability to compare and contrast based on materials such as metal, plastic and wood. Secondary colors were introduced by mixing two primary colors.  Hands on science experiments are just one more way our students have the opportunity to learn, engage and interact.

Even our littlest students are working with great concentration. Math and language work are progressing nicely. On any given day we see children choosing work, practicing and learning new concepts with great joy and fulfillment.  In language, identifying the sand paper sounds while matching the corresponding beginning sound to the sand paper sound with the use of objects is a hit with our younger students, while many of our emerging readers have vastly improved their reading skills and word building is a favorite among our younger friends.  The introduction of sight words are an important part of their reading skills and many children will be bringing home sight word booklets or will incorporate these activities into their marble notebooks, so please review these words with your child each week.

The holiday season also serves as a reminder of just how fortunate we are and how much we can give to others and make a difference. The need is bigger than ever in our community and even children want to do their part to help. So in between reading, writing, and other academic activities our students are learning about the importance of giving back.  By incorporating the theme of giving into our literature circle and reading groups we have discovered the importance of kindness through books like The Giving Tree.    We follow our read aloud opportunities by introducing group discussions and a reading response. It teaches them the importance of giving, caring, and sharing.  We will also be participating in a coat drive in response to the needs of the Trenton Rescue Mission.  Coats, hats, scarves, pajamas and socks are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off in the office until December 9.

For Thanksgiving, we read stories about the history of Indians and Pilgrims. We talked about the meaning of Thanksgiving and its importance, which involves gratitude for our families and friends. The children learned about the Native Americans coming to America on the Mayflower and how the Indians helped them to settle in their new land. Our Thanksgiving feasts were great successes. Many classrooms invited their children to wear their special Native American boy/girl or Indian hats and enjoy a special Thanksgiving feast with their peers and teachers, which may include Friendship Soup and cornbread. We also learned about parts of corn (husk and kernels) and parts of turkey (bill, feathers, wattle).

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season!

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