Dear Primary Families,

Dashing through the snow! What a pleasure it was to watch the children delight in our snow covered playground during the last few days of January! The weeks of cold weather that kept us indoors for most of the month were tough on everyone, but we made due with exciting new lessons and indoor movement activities. Thank you to Treyton Laconti and his family for their “bean bag jump” gift for our movement room! It has been a big hit with the children from both classes!

image7The Oak and Cedar rooms spent January focused on the 50 states. We sang patriotic songs and made flags and maps. The children from the Cedar Room enjoyed sharing information from their travels within the 50 states, while the children from the Oak Room enjoyed learning about the different biomes within the continental USA. Both classes learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and his success in helping to change laws which segregated our country.

Our February Vacation this year is the week of 15th. When we return to school on the 23rd we will change our focus from North to South America. We will do our best to learn as much as we can about Mexico before the break, however, the snow days have derailed us a bit in this endeavor. In the Cedar room the children have been making quesadillas on the griddle and loving them! We hope to have the chance to experiment with some different art forms inspired from Mexico before the break as well. Miss Iza will be providing the children from both classes an introduction to Mexico during Spanish class on Tuesdays.

On the last day of school before vacation we will be making strawberry shortcake to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The children are invited to wear any combination of red, pink, white and purple to school on Friday. Please refrain from bringing in valentines from home. If your child would like to send valentine’s to their friends please do so through the mail. Sending cards in the mail is a nice way for children to learn how to address envelopes, and purchase and use stamps. A list of students’ addresses can be found on Montessori Compass.image9

Thank you to all of our snack helpers for bringing in such beautiful snack and food prep items for the children. It is a great support to our practical life and cultural studies to receive specific food items for our food prep table!

We continue to seek volunteers to be Lucky Listeners in our classrooms. Thursday is listed as our day for lucky listening, however, we can be flexible on the day of the week if we have advance notice so please let us know if you would like to help out!

image10We hope that you are all finding ways to enjoy the winter weather with your families! Thank you again for all that you do to help your children have successful days at school! Please feel free to email us with any questions about your child’s day at school on Montessori Compass or via our school Emails:

Rachel@childrenstree.com, Jen@childrenstree.com, Kelly@childrenstree.com
Pam@childrenstree.com

In Peace,

The Primary Teachers

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