Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

 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!

A Moment of Silence

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Celebrating St. Lucia Day

Just a few favorite photos from a wonderful day at Helping hands Family School!  See my same name post at my other blog: Montessori Mama
PEACE and Happy St. Lucia Day from our family to yours.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Orange Peels Potpourri

 Clementines are on sale!  Here at Helping Hands we save the peels, we dry them and then we take turns breaking them into tiny pieces.  This is a wonderful fine motor exercise by the way and is helpful in strengthening the same muscles you use to hold a pencil.  This aromatic activity is very popular presently; every child wants to have a turn doing this.

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.    
Blessed Be,