Happy New Year everyone! I hope the days since we were all together have passed quickly, joyfully, and with all the cheer intended for this time year. Before I talk about what we have planned for the next six months–this month in particular–I want to take a moment to thank all of you for the monumentously considerate gifts. Your thoughtfulness touched us all and is much appreciated.
It’s a heady time because on top of all of the wonderful holiday gifts, the end of December also brought our classroom the gift of routine. Even our youngest friends have settled into the expectations and opportunities of a day at school and that means it’s time to fly!
Until now our primary goal for the two and (younger) three year olds was entirely socio-emotional. We’ve been working to establish–through the fun of baking, singing, art projects, and familiar toys–that school is a fun, happy, safe place with it’s own set of rules. The whole-systems design of a Montessori classroom (and the always-on nature of your child’s development) means that these same activities just happen to be spoken language, sensory education, and attention development activities, even if that wasn’t the primary purpose. These areas will be our primary focus for the rest of the year. With this in mind, we’ve added a number of short but more involved practical life exercises to the shelves and will be taking advantage of longer attention spans for more sound and sandpaper letter games.
We’re moving away from an inward focus on community and culture building with this month’s theme and we thought we might as well go as far away as possible—space!
As we look outward we start with the whole, the largest point of access and slowly move closer and closer. As always, you can expect to hear about songs, stories, and art projects designed to make this incredibly abstract concept feel fun, close, and concrete. This is an especially exciting time for our returning students who are always surprised to find they are already familiar with the topics we’ll explore. Metti tells me that each month from here to May will be like an intellectual treasure hunt for our four and five year old friends. The glimmers of familiarity, where they find them, draw the children to delve more deeply into topics that piqued their interest in years past. Interest they’ll carry the theme into their play and infect other children with their excitement, it’s been really cool to watch all the planet, astronaut, and orbit games that have popped up in the last two days.
I’m looking forward to seeing where this month takes us, so far it’s been outta this world. Sorry for the pun–occupational hazard!
Happy New Year!
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Parents! It was wonderful to meet so many of you at the winter party and I was overwhelmed by all the gifts, cards and comments!! Thank you for letting me share my love of music with your kids!!
In January we’re going to learn about one of my favorite music forms, the musical!! We’ll learn what a musical is and how it works and listen to examples from ‘Annie’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Wicked’ and ‘Annie Get Your Gun’. The kids usually LOVE the musicals and hopefully they’ll go home singing some showtunes!
We’ll also play our instruments and learn some new songs, and I’ll bring in a guitar to pass around. We’ve got some new games and some dancing to do as well this month!
Dates to Remember
January 16th Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)
February 20th President’s Day (No School)
April 13th Spring Party (6-8 pm)
April 16-20th Spring Break (No School)
April 27th Parent Teacher Conferences (No School)