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01/28/2016

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What’s Happening Right Now…

Infant: An infant picks up a yellow textured ball from a basket.  The child gives the ball a squeeze, a quick taste, and then rolls it across the floor.   Realizing what a fun game this could be, the infant races across the classroom, crawling as fast as their arms and legs will let them, and retrieves the ball.  An exciting game of solo-fetch has begun!   The child rolls the ball again, races across the room again, and looks around to make sure someone is watching.

Amanda’s Primary:  Students move purposefully around the classroom gathering materials such as glue sticks, colored paper, tracing paper, and so on.  They continue, in various stages, their work on the continent maps. A student walks gently with a quite music box to announce a group science demonstration of melting snow to show the chemical change of a solid, to a liquid, to a gas….Science!

Toddler: A group of bundled up toddlers make their way outside to the frozen tundra (or the slushy playground).  Two children work together to make a snowball.   The ball grows and grows and soon they have the makings of a snowman!   A second piece is added and the snowman has a belly; a third piece and the snowman has a head.  Mulch is added and the snowman gets a face and buttons.   The final step-a green bowl on top of his head and Ricky the Snowman is complete!

Venessa’s Primary:  The snow on the playground has inspired hard work in the classroom! Students return from collecting snow for a special spooning work in Practical Life.  The conversation turns to snow related activities and the results of bringing in snow on shoes into a warm building.  A third year student gives a lesson to a first year student on scrubbing. The first year student happily gets into their hard work.

Lower Elementary: A group of friends lay out a timeline of transportation starting from the wheel in 5000 BC to modern day transportation. Another student receives an introductory lesson on using a protractor, which develops into an afternoon of exploring illusions, angles and multiplication of double digits.  Critical analysis exposes the angle’s relationship with the number of objects reflected within 360 degrees.

Upper Elementary and Middle School: The pristine snow on the playground has been officially teacher approved for….snowball making! Students negotiate and agree upon the rules (not in the face) for a whole class snowball fight. The playground that just an hour earlier had been used for scientific inquiry is transformed into a glittery, chilly battleground full of laughter and happiness.

Calendar Updates: (Please check Central’s website for a downloadable 2015-2016 calendar) http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

January 29-30 Silent Journey- This is recommended for new parents and beneficial for all parents.  Teachers and parents come together to receive an 8 hour comprehensive overview of a Montessori program from the child’s perspective.  This is a “must see” for all parents who truly desire to know and understand the intricacies that make Montessori a much sought after educational experience for children from toddler-hood through elementary.  Reservations required.

February 12-Elementary Meet and Greet 6:30 Spend some time with primary parents and teachers.

February 12- Elementary Parent Information Night (PIN) 7:00 there is no better venue for parents who wish to know and understand their child’s school development and to meet our elementary teachers and hear about classroom events and curriculum.  SPECIAL NOTE:  This is an excellent venue for Primary parents who have a child that may be a candidate for early advancement into our elementary program, to attend.

February 15-19 Parent Visitation Week- Parents are invited to spend a bit of time in their child’s classroom during this dedicated time.  Meet your child’s friends and see your child’s work.  Children love to have their parents in their “space” and impress them with their accomplishments.  Parents are treated to refreshments are offered by volunteer parents and small classroom performances.  RSVPs are required-more information coming soon! 

Primary 9:00-10:00 and 10:00-11:00

Elementary/Middle 2:00-3:00, and 3:00-4:00

Infant/ Toddler 4:00-4:30, 4:30-5:00 (our little ones will leave after visit)

January (and some of February) is conference month.
 


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04/07/2016 10:15am

Play can also improve the value of life for the entire family. This research paper highlights how important play is in the development of children, in terms of physical,social,intellectual and emotional growth.


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