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Elementary School News, January 2017

Dear Parents, December was a whirlwind of activity for the Willow Room! We were very busy practicing our songs and yoga moves for the Winter Celebration. Didn’t they do an amazing job? The children absolutely loved painting and outfitting their gourds, as well as playing with them afterward. We made a scrapbook for Miss Jule to take back with her to Germany. Each child created their own page, with writing, artwork, and photographs. Miss Jule […]

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Fake Snow Montessori Sensorial Activity

Fake Snow Montessori Sensorial Activity This  Montessori Sensorial Activity for toddlers and preschoolers will keep kids busy indoors while it’s cold outside. Make fake snow with Epsom salt, glitter and tinsel. Mix ingredients together and pour into a plastic tub. Young children will love scooping and pouring it. Older children will have fun creating a winter wonderland scene with little figurines, houses and animals. Ingredients: Epsom Salt Silver Glitter Cut up tinsel garlands

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Make Holiday Decorations with Homemade Dough

Make Holiday Decorations with Homemade Dough • 4 cups all-purpose flour • 1 cup salt • 1-1/2 cups water Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Combine the flour, salt and water; mix well and knead for 10 minutes. Roll out on a lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes and make holes for hanging. Bake for 30 minutes; allow to cool. Decorate with poster paints or tube paints. Allow to dry and spray with clear […]

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Elementary School News, December 2016

Elementary School News, December 2016 The Willow Room is bustling this fall! The students planned and made all of the arrangements for a trip to Lucky 33 in Old Saybrook. There, we mined for gemstones and found some really beautiful specimens. Everyone went home with a large bag of rocks and minerals. We also went to Dinosaur State Park, where we had a picnic lunch and went for a nature walk. Inside, we explored the museum, […]

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Preschool News, December 2016

Preschool News, December 2016 Dear CTMS Families, It has been a wonderful and busy November upstairs in Primary! We started out the month by having a ballet presentation by former CTMS student Ellie Weiss. She shared a ballet story and her ballet shoes with the students, and also taught them how to do 1st-5th position. She will be in the performance of the nutcracker that our Kindergarten and Elementary students will be attending this month. […]

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Toddler News, December 2016

Toddler News, December 2016 Jack Frost is coming to us. Our Maple friends are enjoying the last warm weather before he comes. It is time to prepare the winter gear. Please send in warm mittens and a warm hat. In the winter, as long as the weather is not dangerously severe, we will go out to play. Young children need the time outside, since it is our nature and they learn lots of things from it. […]

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Preschool & Kindergarten News, November 2016

Happy November! Wow, how did that happen! It has been a very busy month at our school. We had the opportunity to learn all about fire safety, visit the inside of a fire truck and learned about Kendo, the Old Saybrook police officer dog. His owner/police officer partner Shannon Miller, gave a fun presentation with Kendo and let the children visit her police car as well. They were very impressed that Kendo has a badge, […]

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Banana Muffins, Egg & Dairy Free

Using a stand mixer or electric hand mixer, blend the bananas until smooth. Add oil, milk and vanilla, mixing until combined. Slowly add in the dry ingredients, while mixing the batter. Spoon the batter evenly into 12 greased muffin tins. Bake at 375 for 16-20 minutes. Cool in the muffin tins. Makes 12 muffins. 1-1/2 c flour 3/4 c sugar 1 t baking powder 1 t baking soda 1/2 t salt 1/4 c vegetable oil […]

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Elementary News, November 2016

October was an exciting month in the Willow Room! We enjoyed special visitors from the Old Saybrook Police Department and Old Saybrook Fire Department. Outings to Scott’s, Acton Library, and the CT River Museum were enjoyed by all the students. We talked about the origins of the use of B.C. and A.D. and examined a timeline showing the development of written language throughout history, from cave paintings to texting. We used a stream table to […]

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Montessori Education Provides Better Outcomes Than Traditional Methods, Study Finds

A study comparing outcomes of children at a public inner-city Montessori school with children who attended traditional schools indicates that Montessori education leads to children with better social and academic skills. The study appears in the September 29, 2006 issue of the journal Science (see article full text; available free through Montessori-Science.org). Montessori education is characterized by multi-age classrooms, a special set of educational materials, student-chosen work in long time blocks, a collaborative environment with student mentors, […]

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