From Primary B
Beginning of a new semester always brings new challenges for students and teachers. Along with the new friendships that are taking shape, they are learning new letters, words, numbers, theories...which can be somewhat stressful for the little big minds that grace our school every day. Some children need a bit more time to adjust to the experience of the changing environment and that is perfectly normal. We take extra time with these students to ensure that they feel safe and capable while they navigate the new terrain. The children have settled in nicely and have begun to find harmony in the classroom and accepting each other.
We have also been working on and mastering Preliminary exercises. Children spend a great deal of time, at the beginning of the year, on mastering these activities. Preliminary exercises are the basic movements in all activities and are designed to be purposeful work that lead the child to an understanding of their environment. The activities help children develop their hand eye coordination and fine and gross motor skills and guide the child to function independently in the classroom. In Preliminary exercises, children learn how to sit and stand from a chair, eat with manners, carry a tray and a pitcher, roll and unroll a rug, opening a lid on a jar, folding clothes and so on. Once they master preliminary exercises, children can focus more on the care of their environment and self, control of movement, and grace and courtesy.
“If teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence. It must initiate them into those kinds of activities, which they can perform themselves. We must help them to learn how to walk without assistance, to run, to go up and down the stairs, to pick up fallen objects, to dress and undress, to wash themselves, to express their needs, and to attempt to satisfy their desires through their own efforts. All this is part of an education for independence.”-Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child
Observations begin this month. A signup sheet will be provided for you to claim a time when you would like to observe the classroom. We offer observations so that parents can see their child at work and in order to familiarize you with some of their tasks. Please come and observe us and see how your children are doing in the classroom. Please share your thoughts with us and give us feedback.
Thank you for the book donations. The books will help fill the new bookshelf that we recently bought with early donations from parents. Children will enjoy many hours of reading and learning from the books. Thank you again for all the support.
October brings crisper weather so please be sure to send your child with a jacket every day, one that it is clearly marked with his/her name and be sure to replenish your child’s clothes with long pants and long sleeves. Happy Autumn everyone!
From Primary A
Since September 2017 was the most energetic month for hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean ever recorded, the children's curiosity of knowing more about them could only be satisfied by learning more about them.
With that in mind, the children of Primary A learned that Hurricanes are giant tropical storms that produce heavy rainfall and super-strong winds. That hurricanes are also called cyclones or typhoons depending on where they occur.
Atlantic Ocean- Hurricane
Pacific Ocean- typhoons
Indian Ocean- Cyclone
That they rotate around a circular center called the 'eye' , where it is calm with no clouds . Surrounding is the eye-wall; the most dangerous part of hurricane with strongest winds, thickest clouds and heaviest rain!
The children also learned that the Hurricanes are given names by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) so that they can be distinguished. Each year storms are given names in alphabetical order according to the list produced by WMO and the name stays with the storm if it develops into a hurricane.
The most fascinating fact for the children was to learn about the 'Hurricane Hunters'- special planes that fly directly into the storms and drop sensors to measure the wind speed, temperature and air pressure providing cues to the hurricane's direction.
The workers had a lot of fun drawing the North American continent on paper with the surrounding Atlantic and Pacific oceans and choosing to decide where they would like to have the hurricane/ typhoon form in the respective oceans.
It was touching to have some children relate to the struggles that the victims of the hurricanes might be going through. That led to the discussion of how everyone around us can and are helping those in need. The elementary' s fundraiser for the victims of hurricane was a very good example of how even children can take the initiative towards such situations and make a difference!
In conclusion, I would like to welcome Om and Jacob to our class and hope that all of you are as excited as we are to have you observe our class next month.
“Learning to use the toilet is a natural process that begins when your child’s desire to be grown up and his neurological development have reached the point where he can control his bladder and bowels. We don’t train children to use the toilet; we support them when they are ready.”
How to Raise an Amazing Child
Once the child is showing interest in using the toilet, the bathroom can be set up to give the child as much independence as possible.
- If using a portable toilet, it is a good idea to keep it in the bathroom rather than moving it around the house so your child can always find it.
- The bathroom can also have a pile of cloths for cleaning, a bucket for wet clothing, and a pile of clean underpants.
- Find ways to make the child feel confident.
- Incorporate toileting into the child’s routine. Offer the toilet at times when the child normally pees, for Ex. after awaking from nap, before going outside, after coming in from outside, after lunch/before nap etc.
- Say “It’s time to use the toilet” rather than “Do you want to go to the toilet?” (the answer will always be no) or “I think you need to go to the toilet” (the adult becomes involved). As the child becomes more aware of their body they will be able to tell you, “No, I don’t need to go.” You can then say something like, “Of course, I know you will tell me if you need any help when you need to go.” You can also use an alarm clock set at regular intervals to remind them to go, “The clock says it’s time to use the toilet.”
- Never force a child to use the toilet.
- Never scold or over-congratulate—going to the toilet is the most normal thing to do and we should keep it in its proper place, for eg: avoid clapping and celebrating
- Do not interrupt the child to use the toilet.