The first two weeks of October has been very busy. All the children are settled into the classroom routines, and know what to expect. We are steadily moving through lessons, and each student is receiving a one-on-one lesson each and every class. Our focus this month is sensorial materials, but we continue to progress through our language, mathematics, practical life and more. We have begun gymnastics lessons and classes are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, along with free play time on Wednesdays. Our notebooks are all created and if you are wondering why your child doesn’t bring much home- its because any written work is put into their notebook for them to take home at the end of the year.
We have a Halloween celebration coming up on Halloween- you will be getting a note home regarding this in the next couple of days- this will be on October 31st, during class time. If your child doesn’t regularly attend on Tuesdays but you would like to have your child attend please read your note home and let Miss Tammy know.
This week you will also be getting a note home about our session end party on December 8th. We are having Mad Science come do a workshop and then will have a pizza party! More details to follow.
Our first Parent Education event is Saturday November 4th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Cost is $5.00. Theme is “An introduction to Montessori Sensorial Materials: What are they and what do they do?” Coffee/ Water and Muffins will be provided. This is for PARENTS only, please don’t bring your little ones. If you are attending, please sign up on the board or send us an email to confirm.
Some of what we have been working on so far this month:
- Sandpaper Letters and Numbers
- Tracing Letters
- Building and reading phonetic words
- Buttons, zippers, snaps
- thermic tablets
- Comparison of abstract numbers and quantities
- geometric shapes
- Nuts & bolts
- Teen Numbers
- The Decimal system
- opening and closing containers
- grace & courtesy, social skills
- cleaning up spills
Please remember to send your children in clothing and shoes that are easy for them to handle without assistance, and take them to the bathroom before sending them into the classroom. Indoor shoes are important (as any of you whose little ones came home covered in play dough can attest)- for safety especially- if we have a fire alarm go off, we don’t want to waste any time trying to find shoes. Also please have your children practice putting their own socks and shoes on, it helps save time after gymnastics.
As the weather begins to deteriorate in Calgary, please give yourself lots of time to be on time for pickups and drop offs.
If you have any questions, please do email or text me! I will try my best to get back to you as soon as possible. At drop off or pick up it’s often hectic and difficult to chat.