Emmanuel's Update 9/8/22
It's so exciting to be back!
Yesterday we hit the ground running, starting our day with morning expectations and journaling about our summer. We also completed our first morning and afternoon work cycles of the school year. To help us adjust to our new lunch procedures, we ate lunch outside before joining the other Lower Elementary students on the playground. We ended our afternoon with silent reading before leaving our first day of school behind!
Please see the attachments for our general weekly schedule.
With our indoor lunch, we are using fabric mats to eat on. Are there any families who would be interested in taking home the mats to wash on the weekends?
No nut allergies:
Our class currently does NOT have any nut allergies. Your children are welcome to bring peanut butter or other nuts for snack/lunch.
Silent reading books:
We do silent reading for about 30 minutes a day and visit the school library once a week. Your child is welcome to bring a book from home to read during this time.
Please send your child with a pair of hard soled, slip-on shoes for them to store at the school. We will be using these shoes while working in the classroom. They should also be shoes that are easy to walk in in-case of emergency (or the more likely safety drills).
Normalization and Montessori terminology:
During the first six weeks of school, the classroom is in an important phase called "normalizing." In Montessori terminology, this means we are adjusting to the expectations, becoming comfortable with the rigorous work cycle, and working on being a collaborative community. In this period, we will focus a great deal on learning procedures and increasing our stamina. To help us with our focus, we do not allow volunteers in our classroom during this six week period. You can read more about this concept here.
Montessori philosophy has some very specific terminology and those of us who work in that realm can forget that these phrases are unfamiliar. Feel free to ask questions if you are confused/curious about these terms!
I'm looking forward to this next year and can't wait to see your children grow!