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November

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How can November already be almost half over?!? Our days in the classroom have been so busy. We are steadily moving forward in our routines and lessons. All of the students have been working hard and learning so much! We had lots of fun at our Halloween Party, and the children were SO cute!

As we have hit some of our cold spells, we are trying to get into the gym every day, even on non-gymnastics classes days to burn off that energy that comes with no outside playtime. We practice yoga and mindfulness mediation in the classroom…..some days it works better than others!

A reminder that our Fall session ends on December 8th with our Mad Science Pizza Party from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Our SNOW camp is from December 11th to 15th from 9 am to 12 pm. If you would like to sign up, please send us a message.

Our November focus is LANGUAGE. We have been reading stories, sequencing (what comes next?), identifying letters and words, listening for comprehension, writing and reading. Just some of the things we are working on and continuing through are:

Dressing Frames,

Binomial Cube

Constructive Triangles

Moveable Alphabet

Pink and Blue Montessori reading materials

Using Scissors appropriately

Sandpaper Letters

Geometry

More advanced practical life activities

We have been having a little inappropriate talk in the classroom and so have reviewed what it is ok to talk about…and what words aren’t good ones to share. If you hear a word at home that you wouldn’t want them to share in the class…please remind them. 🙂

Happy November everyone- let’s keep our fingers crossed that the warm trend continues!

October 2017

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
  • Sequencing
  • Building and reading phonetic words
  • Buttons, zippers, snaps
  • thermic tablets
  • Comparison of abstract numbers and quantities
  • geometric shapes
  • addition
  • Nuts & bolts
  • Colours
  • Teen Numbers
  • The Decimal system
  • weaving
  • opening and closing containers
  • playdough
  • grace & courtesy, social skills
  • pouring
  • 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.

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September

 

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Our first couple of weeks of classes are out of the way! The students have all begun to adjust to the routines of school, they know where to go and when, and have learned how to handle the materials in the room. We begin our days with songs, the calendar, letter sounds practice, a story. It is then work time where they are able to choose from some familiar items, along with things they have received lessons in. The teachers give lessons throughout this work time. Towards the end of our activity period, we meet back on the carpet for some group lessons- these may be practical life, sensorial, grace and courtesy and may also include math and language work. Its then time to tidy our classroom, put away our mats, wash our hands and have snack. After snack we may do some art, we may go to gymnastics, or we may do yoga and mindfulness work. Beginning next week a regular schedule of gymnastics classes will be occurring for 30 minutes most days.

Some specifics that we have learned in our first two weeks:

  • rolling and unrolling a mat
  • sitting beside and walking around our floor mats (we call them our “tables on the floor”
  • following instructions
  • I-Spy
  • Introduction to rhythmic movement
  • balancing objects
  • carrying objects
  • wiping up a spill
  • pouring beans
  • transferring objects with tongs
  • transferring water with a sponge, with a dropper, pouring water
  • dressing frames
  • opening and closing containers
  • folding clothes
  • using a broom/sweeping
  • clipping clothespins
  • arranging flowers
  • metal insets
  • Sandpaper Letters
  • Pink Tower
  • Brown Stair
  • knobbed cylinder blocks
  • knobless cylinders
  • Counting with the short bead stair
  • This is not an all-encompassing list as we have done more, but this gives you a general idea! 🙂

In October our focus will be our sensorial materials- lots of photos will be posted on FB and please feel free to send us a message if you want to know more about what you see in the photos. A  parent education night is being planned for October and details will be posted here, posted on FB, and posted on our bulletin board outside the classroom.

  • Our classroom is a nut free room- please don’t send trail mix, almonds, peanuts or peanut butter with your child in their snack.
  • Please help your child put on their indoor shoes BEFORE they enter the classroom so they are ready to begin as soon as they enter. 

 

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much….

As we count down to our first days of classes, we finished up our parent orientation and classroom setup begins! I’m so excited to see all the little faces that I missed over the summer, and the new little faces I haven’t yet met! Please like our page and our FB so you stay up to date on everything that’s happening with your children over the year.

VOLUNTEER CALL

Parents are the heart of our classroom and we have many opportunities available this year for volunteering. No expectations at all- please know that! We love it when you can help, but I have NEVER been the mom to bring homemade cupcakes and 30 individually created gifts for a party. (I’m the mom who runs into Safeway the morning of the party and hopes for the best!). The last thing any of you need is to feel any pressure to be “that parent” when your little one is just starting their school career….you will have plenty of years to feel guilty when your child says “Tomorrow’s my school art and I need cupcakes for 60 kids!”. (True story- this has happened in my house.)

Please find following our wish list for volunteer opportunities. Some of them are in class, some are at home projects, some are planning, some are each month. If any of these opportunities interest you, please send me an email and we can get you set up. The ones that occasionally pop up will be posted on the bulletin board outside the class, and I will also share them here and via email so if something comes up that you would like to participate in, then hooray! And if you don’t want to…hooray too! 🙂

LIBRARY PROVIDER: go to the public library once ever 3 weeks (or less) and take out books for our classroom library. 15-20 books, preschool age. When it gets close to the end of the 21 days, pick up books and return to the library…to get 15-20 more! This can be a whole year responsibility, or it can be split between a number of parents so not one parent has to do it all year.

SCHOLASTIC ORDER FORM PREP: Every month we get an influx of book order forms- these need to be separated, then stapled and dated for return. This can be done at home.

PLAYDOUGH MAKER: We need a fresh batch of play dough made about every 2 weeks- I will provide the recipe and this requirement will be posted on the bulletin board for sign up (or you can email me if you don’t regularly drop-off / pick up your child).

AT HOME PROJECTS: These are periodically required- could be photocopying, laminating, cutting/ pasting, organizing into booklets etc. (all materials provided by us). A note will go home when we need some of these done, or will be up on the bulletin board.

ORGANIZING PARTIES/PARENT WORKSHOPS/FUNDRAISERS: Periodically required- info will be provided by us, along with dates/requirements

GUEST STORY READER: Once a week- various parents. Grandparents, aunts, uncles etc welcome!

ASSESSMENTS: Periodically we need a parent volunteer to come in and help with individual child assessments. A notice will go out when we are planning them.

CREATING BULLETIN BOARDS: Creative? We have a small bulletin board out front of the classroom- if you have a creative bend and would like to create monthly bulletin boards around themes, holidays, seasons, the students? Let me know and I would be happy to have you create!

GUEST WRITER: Do you love to write? Have something to share? Would love to have you do a guest writer post on our blog! Message me if you have ideas for a guest post/photos/ etc.

GUEST PRESENTER: Share your expertise! If you would like to come in and do a presentation on something you do for a living, or are passionate about, we would love to have you. (An example: one of our lovely parents is a music teacher so she will be coming in regularly to present a music class to our little ones).

Any other ideas you have that I haven’t listed are also welcome. We also have the opportunity to come in once or twice a month to do a “worker bee” classroom cleanup activity- cleaning shelves, scrubbing materials, washing mirrors or walls, washing carpets and table mats, sharpening pencil crayons, repairing materials etc. volunteer-652383_1280

Classes schedule

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Hello families!

Just an update on our daily schedule. You will receive this in your parent orientation packages but it’s always great to have another reference point in case paper goes missing!

Our daily schedule will look something like this:

Drop off 

Morning Meeting/ Attendance/ Yoga

Montessori Materials Work & Lesson Period

Snack/Meditation & Mindfulness practice/ Art 

Home Time! 

Our daily routine is important, and we try and keep it structured so the children always know what is coming next. Obviously special events like gymnastics classes, in-class guests and special events will alter our regular day, but above is the basic schedule for our day to day operations.

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It’s the most wonderful time…

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Back to school is almost upon us. It’s a bittersweet time of the year- summer has (as usual) flown by, and here we are back at the beginning of the school year. Our classes begin on September 18th, and our parent orientation is on September 11th. Please let me know if you are unable to attend the orientation and I can send you out the information you will need to make your year a success at Hand in Hand. I look forward to a fun and exciting year of learning, yoga, mindfulness, art and language with your children. Our program is carefully planned to help develop children’s habits, attitudes, skills and creative learning. Our goal is to create independence, and little human beings who love learning for the sake of it! See you all on September 11th at 6:30 pm. 

Love, 

Miss Tammy

Winter is Coming…

I apologize for the much over-used Game of Thrones quote…but it IS one of my most favourite shows. And I just started reading the books…so I won’t need any other books for at least a year, based on the size of them. But Game of Thrones is NOT what this post is about! 

Please take a look at our winter camp offerings for December 11th to 15th and December 18th to 22nd, 2017. 

Camps are half day (9:00 am to 12:00 pm & 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm), or full day (9:00 am to 3:00 pm). 

You do NOT have to be a current student at Hand in Hand to attend our camps, all you need is to want to have fun! Camps will be appropriate for ages 3-8- great for little ones, and homeschoolers!  Email us at admin@handinhandmontessori.ca to register! 

NOW>>>> go back to enjoying your summer! 

CHECK FOR MORE INFO HERE: 

WINTER CAMP DOCUMENT