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S e p t e m b e r  8 - O c t o b e r  15,  2 0 2 1 

 

Hello all and Happy Fall!!  

 

We are so excited to have started off this school year on the right foot!  The children have been settling into their environment nicely. They are learning their routines and following the classroom rules.  We are so happy that the children were able to make a smooth transition into school life (especially after being home with mommy and daddy for so many months)!  This is a big milestone for all of them.

 

Please know that I am beyond excited to have started my first year at Alcott! Although this is my first year at this school, I have nine years of experience working with this age group as a Montessorian!  I love working alongside my new team, Ms. Nancy and Ms. Lillian, who have both been working at Alcott for 10+ years. 

 

Montessori is about process over product!  We have many materials in the classroom that the students are manipulating. Even if your child does not bring home physical work, that doesn’t mean they are not doing activities in the classroom! We are constantly learning and exploring!

 

Some of our basic beginning Montessori lessons have already been introduced. Our Practical Life area is very important for developing motor control, coordination, a sense of independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility.  Children are using their motor skills to pour from one container to another or how to use a spoon.  Our dressing frames help to learn how to use snaps, buttons, and zippers for the child’s independence and care for oneself. 

 

In our Sensorial Area, the children have learned how to correctly work with the Pink Tower, Knobbed Cylinders, Brown Stairs, and Red Rods.  These are all materials that the students explore by using their visual sense.  They all contain ten cubes/cylinder blocks/rectangular prisms that decrease (or increase) in size to teach them how to recognize and discriminate the differences of size. The base ten system is indirectly preparing the child for Math.

 

Math work can be seen not only through the materials, but also in circle time.  When we are doing our calendar, we are constantly counting (the date, the number of days in the week/months in the year).  The children are also counting the number of days we have been in school.  We add one bead each day and will count all the way to the 100th day of school!  Some of the beginning math materials to teach numbers 1-10 are The Spindle Box, The Number Rods, Numbers and Counters, and The Bead Stair.  

 

Oral Language is a huge part of the day and is constantly taking place.  The children are hearing new words through books, songs, nomenclature objects, classified cards. Much of the beginning work includes matching objects or picture cards.  Children will also match objects that Go Together and words that Rhyme.  To explore each letter sound, objects that begin with that sound will be used as reinforcement. 

 

 

Our typical day:

 

8:45- Arrival 

8:45-9:10- outside playground 

9:15-9:30- circle/story/songs

9:30-10:30- work time

10:30-10:55- bike yard/snack

11:00-11:30- indoor gym 

11:40- 12:15/12:30- lunch

12:30- 1:30/1:45- nap

1:30-2:30- work time

2:30-3:00- outside playground 

3:00-3:10- goodbye circle

3:15-dismissal 

 

In addition, on Fridays the children have music class with Ms. Melissa at 10:00-10:25 and beginning October 4th, will have Spanish class with Ms. Estelle on Mondays (time is TBD).

 

In October, we will be celebrating Eduardo’s birthday!!

 

We are thrilled for this school year and welcome all the families!  My email is Vcapparelli@alcottschool.org.  Please feel free to email me with any notes and I am also more than happy to set up a phone call if needed. 

 

Reminders:

  • Back to School Night is Thursday, October 7th: 7-7:30pm via zoom.  Link to follow.

  • School is closed on Monday, October 11th for Columbus Day

 

Fondly, 

Ms. Valerie, Ms. Nancy and Ms. Lillian

 

 

Our theme is: Fall and Apples

 

Art:      We are first learning how to cut and paste! Art is open-ended.  The children are coloring, making apple trees with tissue paper, making apple collages, using the parts of an apple to make an apple!

 

Cultural Arts/Geography:    Children are learning the names of the continents.  We also have a material that allows the children to match the faces of different people around the world. It is so important for the children to learn acceptance and that it is okay to look different on the outside.  We also discussed Christopher Columbus.  

 

Language:     Oral Language is a huge part of the day and is constantly taking place.  The children are hearing new words through books, songs, nomenclature objects, classified cards. Much of the beginning work includes matching objects or picture cards.  Children will also match objects that Go Together and words that Rhyme.  To explore each letter sound, objects that begin with that sound will be used as reinforcement. 

 

Math:              Math work can be seen not only through the materials, but also in circle time.  When we are doing our calendar, we are constantly counting (the date, the number of days in the week/months in the year).  The children are also counting the number of days we have been in school.  We add one bead each day and will count all the way to the 100th day of school!  Some of the beginning math materials to teach numbers 1-10 are The Spindle Box, The Number Rods, Numbers and Counters, and The Bead Stair.  

 

Practical Life: Our Practical Life area is very important for developing motor control, coordination, a sense of independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility.  Children are using their motor skills to pour from one container to another or how to use a spoon.  Our dressing frames are used to learn how to use snaps, buttons, and zippers for the child’s independence and care for oneself. 

 

Science:         We started talking about the four seasons and how Fall (Autumn) just began! We learned about the parts of an apple as well as its life cycle.  We learned the names of different kinds of apples, such as Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, McIntosh, Gala and Fuji. 

 

Sensorial:   In our Sensorial Area, the children have learned how to correctly work with the Pink Tower, Knobbed Cylinders, Brown Stairs, and Red Rods.  These are all materials that the students explore by using their visual sense.  They all contain ten cubes/cylinder blocks/rectangular prisms that decrease (or increase) in size to teach them how to recognize and discriminate the differences of size. The base ten system is indirectly preparing the child for Math.

Valerie Team Photo Sept21.heic