Saturday, December 31, 2011
Please join Ian, Mallory and me in welcoming a new friend to our school, Piper. She is starting this week! Welcome Piper, and your beautiful family, to our school community.
2012 brings with it mitten weather, our second all family pot-luck on January 17th and another DATE NIGHT.
When you return to school, please take a moment to sign up for snack, check your child's extra clothing bin and to remove any artwork from your children's cubbie. Many thanks!
Happy New Year to All!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Once the orange peels are broken up we will begin the next step in making our holiday potpourri. Then when the fir tree needles have all been snipped and the whole cloves ground up into powder; we will mix all the ingredients together!
Next the children will prepare small satchels filled with the combination of yummy smells that they, together as a class community, helped to prepare. These potpourri satchels will be small enough to fit in your children's pockets and treasured by their little hands.
This is a beautiful tradition taught to me by my son Max's wonderful kindergarten teacher. I am grateful, especially every holiday season, for having been a student/parent/teacher at such a lovely Montessori school. And I appreciate that from our children sharing their special school traditions, often family traditions are born.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
J is for Jane ~
Many more letters to discover. Names to be written. It all starts with one little letter.
Thank you all for the well wishes. I'm on the road to recovery.
I miss your children!
Hugs all around,
Monday, October 31, 2011
"Miss Jennifer, we made a flower family!"
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
One of the children mentioned this at morning circle and not much was said about it. However, later on the playground, questions arose.
"What will happen to our insect friends?"
Saturday, October 1, 2011
PEACE be with you,
Saturday, September 24, 2011
September 24—September 30 Annually
Take A Child Outside Week is a program designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world. By arming parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources on outdoor activities, our goal is to help children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live, and a burgeoning enthusiasm for its exploration.
- connects children to the natural world
- helps kids focus in school
- reduces chances of obesity
Visit this site so you can:
- pledge to take a child outside and record your outdoor experiences
- get ideas for outdoor activities
- find participating organizations in your area
For more information or to offer financial support, contact Liz Baird, Director of School Programs, at 919.733.7450 x601.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The first days of school are approaching. For some, this means a happy return to a beloved routine. For others, it means starting a whole new way of life. Either way, it's a transition, and a biggy, especially for the littlest ones.
It's an adjustment for parents too, but our main job is to do everything we can to help the children (and parents) feel secure and supported during this important time. Separation anxiety, new teachers, new spaces and routines... it's a lot for a small person to take in. So Mallory and I are getting ready to do our part to make the transition back to school as seamless as possible for everyone.
For help with separation anxiety please read this article from Savvy Source.
Our classroom and play yard will look a bit different than it has over the summer camp weeks. New things have been added and during these first few weeks of school, more changes to the outdoor space will take place. Our play yard is an ever evolving natural play scape.
We would like to say a special thank you to everyone who has helped build this space. From the veggie garden to the fence, flower gardens and tree cookies; it's because of everyones joint efforts that our children have such an inviting space to play in! Thank you.
It's going to be a wonderful year! Reminder: OPEN HOUSE for new and returning students is September 3rd. Also please spread the word that our new after school program has openings. Thank you!
Jennifer, Mallory and Ian
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
We all know and love her and now it's official. Mallory accepted the position of full time Assistant Teacher beginning September 6th.
Words can not express how happy we are to have Mallory, who has been in the classroom every Wednesday since Helping Hands began, transition from part time to full time!