From Director's Desk by Ms. Christy
Learning happens in incremental steps and always as a result of the child’s actions. Children may watch an adult tie a shoe a thousand times, but must take the laces in their own hands to master the skill. The child must want to accomplish the task in front of them. Children take joy in being able to independently accomplish the things that they observe adults doing every day. Perhaps there has been a time in your life when an opportunity to try a new skill was right in front of you-water skiing, piano lessons, running a marathon, or earning a medical degree. But, you did not act. Why? For the child, just the right amount of challenge must be offered, the fear of adult judgement and correction must be eased, and the task at hand must be something that the child desires to achieve. Through daily Montessori offerings at the Montessori School of Cumming, your child’s motivation will unfold and blossom, allowing the child’s activity in the classroom to continually feed their knowledge and fuel their curiosity throughout the school year.
Teacher-Led Parent Education Nights are happening Tuesday, September 27th and Wednesday, September 28th from 5-6 pm at the school. Elementary and Toddler parents will join your child’s teacher in the classroom on Tuesday. Primary A and Primary B parents will join your child’s teacher in the classroom on Wednesday. Each teacher will be presenting updated, relevant, and pertinent information that will enhance parent and child daily interactions and expand the parents knowledge of what is happening in the classroom. Childcare is provided onsite for both events. Please sign-up at the front desk. The teachers are looking forward to seeing all of our parents at this important event.
Happy Birthday to Jacob, Nash, Eshaan, Aryana, Anna, Kinsley, Arhaan, Kaelina, and Kaien! Thank you all for celebrating your joyous occasion with MSOC.
Toddler Class by Ms. Manisha
We would like to welcome Anika, Nitya and Juliet to the toddler community. The new children are quickly settling into the daily rhythm of the classroom. The children love their routines so much.
“The child who has felt a strong love for his surroundings and for all living creatures, who has discovered joy and enthusiasm in work, gives us reason to hope that humanity can develop in a new direction.” - Maria Montessori
Primary A by Ms. Rashmi
Time concepts are very abstract for children this age. They can't see time so it's very difficult for them to understand. How often have you heard your child use the word 'yesterday' to refer to any point in past? To a young child yesterday can mean last week, last month, or even last year. To them, yesterday simply means in the past. A child may even say his/her birthday is tomorrow when it's actually 2 months away. But I think we should appreciate the fact that the children have come to understand that 'yesterday ' means in the past and 'tomorrow ' means in the future.
We have started our school year by elaborating about the calendar every morning. Last year we started by mentioning the date and day and are now delving deeper into discussing the weather and seasons, as well as reviewing that there are 7 days in a week and 12 months in a year. Sometimes we sing the song for the days of the week and months of the year that the children learned last year.
Apart from the calendar time, there are several other ways in which the children get the sense of time. For example, following our consistent routines the children get to a point when they say, “We are going on the playground! “ “It's 11:00 o’ clock.” “It’s Spanish Day!” “It’s Friday.” The hourglass that the children use during snack time, the timer that they use while baking, and the process of walking around the sun that the children experience while celebrating a friend’s birthday also gives them an understanding of time. The actual Montessori clock material teaches the children that there are 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, and 60 seconds in a minute. The children learn and understand the terms o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter ‘til.
As mentioned in my previous newsletters, the children might understand any concept in bits and pieces for now, but for them to connect the dots, they will have to experience, wonder, and ask questions- not once, but many times. I am counting on you to provide them with repeated and varied exposures to the idea of time.
Primary B by Ms Jiyoung
We had a wonderful Kick Off meeting earlier this month. It was really nice to see all the students and parents back in the building. We are so enthusiastic about the 2016-17 school year and have so much to do and learn. During the first few weeks of school, we are getting to know each other and are learning the classroom expectations for Primary B. The students are doing an outstanding job learning about the rules and procedures of the classroom. The children are already engaged in small group activities. The farm game and the addition golden bead activity have been a hit in August. One of my all-time favorite lessons to observe, grace and courtesy exercises will be practiced this month to assist the smooth operation of the classroom and the social skills of the group. Through the grace and courtesy exercises, children learn how to interact with others in the classroom and in society. These lessons allow the children to understand how to deal with conflicting situations and help them use the right vocabulary to make life more pleasant for them and for others. We are happy to be back with the students and are taking pleasure in seeing their creativity at work again.
We are reading books about manners and kind hearts this month. We need a volunteer to pick up books from library every week. Please let me know if you are able to help. Primary B is off to a wonderful start and will carry our splendid beginning with us throughout the year!
Elementary Class by Ms. Melanie
Three species of butterflies have been identified by the children as well as
two different caterpillars.
The start of the school year fell in sync with the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics which began our study of the antiquity of the Olympic games! The children explored the similarities and differences of the Olympic games from their beginnings in Ancient Greece to modern day. The children liked the change made to the modern Olympic games that allows girls to participate in and watch the Olympic games.
The Great Lesson, “The Coming of the Universe” has been given to the children which aids to bring about an awareness of the immensity of the universe in which Earth resides and aids the children at the second plane to become aware of the reality outside of themselves. The idea of order. Every particle has its own nature and set of laws to follow which are universal. The children see these same laws at work today with science demonstrations highlighting each of the three states of matter which accompany the story.