Dear Fox Tail families,
Happy October! These past few weeks in Fox Tail Cottage, we have been continuing to practice and learn both familiar and new guidelines of the classroom. These include: keeping our work neat and tidy by bringing it to a table or a mat, pushing in chairs to help keep the classroom orderly, waiting for work to be back on the shelf before we begin to use it, and making work ready for the next person before returning it to the shelf. We've also been learning how to stand with composure on a line and to patiently follow the line leader in or out of the classroom. I hope you've been enjoying having a chance to see the photos of the children, and to get a glimpse of how these habits work to maintain the functionality of the classroom, and therefore support the children's concentration.
A few of our recent Grace & Courtesy lessons have included:
- how to express a need or desire in a friendly way
- how to listen and respond to others
- how to acknowledge or excuse oneself when we've accidentally bumped into someone or disturbed someone's work
We've implemented jobs in the classroom with our job chart! Some of the favorites are line leader, chime ringer, message reader and bird chooser. Asking your child which job he or she is doing could be a good way to begin a chat about the school day!
For the bird chooser job, we've been using the message birds from a box of ceramic birds that Emma and her mom, Jessica, gave as a gift to the class last year. The birds carry messages like, "patience," "gratitude'" and "gentleness." These messages remind us to be patient and gentle with ourselves, with others, and with our work. They also help us to remember to be grateful for all the wonderful things in our lives and to focus on the positive. Thank you, Emma and Jessica!
To acknowledge the change of seasons from summer to fall, we had a lesson at circle about the fall equinox. I used one of globes to demonstrate how Earth travels on its orbit around the sun, how it spins on its axis, and how its tilted axis causes the seasons due to how much sun any certain part of the earth is getting throughout the year. The candle that we light each morning at circle to sing our "Good Morning" song acted as the sun in this demonstration. We are so fortunate to have these concrete materials with which to learn such interesting science!
Outdoor work is open! Yay! The children have been having a blast on our big back porch engaging in fun work such as: cleaning and writing on our huge chalkboard, using the tool bench and safety goggles to connect pieces of wood with a hammer and nails, or a screwdriver and nuts and bolts, collecting acorns and sending them down the shoot, or using our lock board, all while honing fine motor skills and hand eye coordination! :D
- Observations will be opening very soon - sometime in the next couple of weeks, and I will send an email to announce the official opening date and schedule.
- The Fox Tail fall conference schedule is up! Here is the link to sign up: conferences. You can also find it under Fox Tail Cottage on the parent connection on the Cedars website. The new parent connection password is deeppeace.
- Silent Journey is next week! It's a beautiful and very informative event which I view as a must-do for any parents or adult family members of Montessori students. Please come! I so hope to see you all there. It's so worth attending!!
- Here's an article I'd like to share, with some ideas about supporting your child's independence.