Dearest Fox Tail families,
We’re going to have a play! It is scheduled for Friday, May 6. Since all the children are participating we’re going to have it in the morning, at 9:30. It will take place at the stage on the elementary side of campus. You’ll all get a chance to see where that is when you come to Spring Festival on Saturday!
Speaking of which, the children’s Spring Festival art project is almost complete and it will be up for silent auction there! It’s sooo nice!! I can’t give too much away about it now, but a little birdie told me that every child has contributed her or his talents to this multi-media piece. Miss Toni created a couple of cool art works that the children could do independently, and which they could decide to include in the piece. They all love how it’s turning out. Come see it and make a bid... Maybe it will fly home with you to alight upon your wall! ;)
On another note:
Parents often ask me, “What can we do at home?" to help or to support what the children are learning and practicing at school. While I always talk about reading together, having fun together, and giving your child the chance to contribute meaningfully to the household, there is another, more abstract, yet vital and perhaps most effective thing that I have noticed promotes the children’s success in the classroom. This simple and essential thing is when their parents have faith in the choice they’ve made to enroll their children into the Montessori educational method. Children internalize the values that their parents hold, and when they feel that their parents are confident in the choices they’ve made for them, that imparts a positivity about going to school which the children embrace. With that sense of assuredness about their direction each day, the children come into the classroom feeling satisfied and eager to learn, ready to make great use of their educational environment! They enjoy challenge and spend their days productively engaging with the Montessori materials. So, please do continue reading with your children, and having them read to you (even if they are just telling you what they see in the illustrations - that isearly reading and great practice in garnering information through observation and context). And do, please, include your children in the daily functions of the household, by teaching them how they can be responsible for their own self-care and environment, doing things that may seem little to us but are precious self-empowerment actions for them, and by giving them appropriate responsibilities which benefit thewhole family. (If you need suggestions, we can talk! :)) And with that, be confident in the choices you’ve made for your child’s education. When you send your young ones off with a smile on your face in the morning, they do feel it and it does help them to learn effectively and enthusiastically!
Some group lessons we’ve done are:
yoga and deep relaxation
wildflowers of Texas
telling a story from a picture
comparing two different stories that share the same title
insects are pollinators
the parts of the flower
Here are a few books we’ve read:
Little Kangaroo Finds His Way, by Ariane Chottin, adapted by Patricia Jensen, illustrations by Catherine Fichaux
Ten Little Rabbits, by Virginia Grossman and Sylivia Long
Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Lost Dog Named Baltic, by Mônica Cranes
Verdi, by Janell Cannon
Thanks to Charlie’s family for bringing home an artichoke from the Cedars garden and cooking it for us us to try. Some of the children already knew that artichokes are delicious and a couple knew that they don’t like them at all! For many it was a whole new experience. Everyone tried at least one piece and many found it was delicious! One friend said artichokes taste kind of like peas, while another remarked that it tasted like coconut! Pretty much everyone was surprised to learn that an artichoke is a flower! :D
Hope to see you all at Spring Festival!
M-F: 8am - 4pm
Primary Office 512-288-1245
Elementary Office 512-288-2776