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Dec 2015
Kaitlyn Deis

December’s Here!

Winter Festival: Our first Annual Winter Festival was such a success! Thank you to everyone who baked goods for the event and for everyone who attended the event! We hope that you had a wonderful time dancing, making crafts, socializing, and entering to win wonderful items donated by staff and their families! Congratulations to everyone who won a raffle item! …

 
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Dec 2015
Kaitlyn Deis

Walnut Room Songs!

Hello Parents! So many times, parents have asked for lyrics to songs we sing. Sorry for the delay! Here are the lyrics to a few we are currently singing. Cheers! The More We Get Together The more we get together, together, together The more we get together the happier we’ll be For my friends are your friends and your friends are …

 
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Dec 2015
Kaitlyn Deis

M-O-N-T-E-S-S-O-R-I

Primary children in our Afterschool Program have been busy at work painting large letters that will eventually spell MONTESSORI. We are still trying to figure out where this big poster will hang, but you can see each individual letter drying in our classroom as students finish painting them! While we understand how important it is to be able to follow …

 
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Dec 2015
Kaitlyn Deis

November in the Walnut Room

This past month was full of festivals and guests! As the time of daylight grew shorter this November, the children in the Walnut Room celebrated light in a variety of ways from around the world. Dipali presented how to make a rangoli, or sand art designs, and we lit our rangoli with tealights when it was finished, just as people …

 
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Nov 2015
Kaitlyn Deis

Primary Afterschool is FUN!

We have been having so much fun with our Primary students in afterschool.  They are are lovely group and have become much more cohesive, like a family, over the past two months. We welcome them to “Afterschool” when school is dismissed, and then watch (and often join!) as they develop their own imaginative games and role playing. Many students helped …

 
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Nov 2015
Kaitlyn Deis

Sandpaper Letters

Many children are very much interested in learning the Sand Paper Letters in our classroom.  Sand Paper Letters in the Montessori Classroom are to help children learn the phonetic sounds of each alphabet. However, before the child is introduced to the Sand Paper Letters, she/he is introduced to listen to all the different sounds in a word such as beginning, …

 
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Nov 2015
Kaitlyn Deis

The Joy of Autumn in the Walnut room

As the autumn season is upon us, children have been exploring and enjoying various  autumn activities such as cutting apples to prepare their own snack, raking leaves, working in the garden, plucking corn, scrubbing and washing pumpkins and hammering nails into a pumpkin. It was a delightful experience for all the children to peel, core and cut the apples to …

 
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Oct 2015
Kaitlyn Deis

Pictures and a Fall Poem from the Walnut Room

One of the primary goals of the beginning of the year is to establish a tone of concentration in the classroom and encourage and inspire moments of deep focus in individual work. These moments help the children find their equilibrium and the fuel from these moments of meaningful activity help them feel good about themselves as competent and important members of the …

 
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Oct 2015
Kaitlyn Deis

What’s in the lunch box?

The lunches were captured on the same day. What a healthy and colorful variety of foods! **Placemats are an easy way to keep things in order during mealtime, especially for young children. While you have carried through mealtime routines your entire life, they are only now constructing a preliminary sense of what it looks like to have a meal. Our …

 
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Oct 2015
Kaitlyn Deis

September in the Walnut Room

We have had a lovely first month of school! We are delighted to get to know all the children and to watch them become good friends with each other. It is such a pleasure to see the birth of independent activity in a new environment within a new community of children. In a Montessori environment, the children each work according …