Happy New Year to all of our friends and family at the Children’s Tree Montessori School! The month of December kept us very busy and productive. Along with our preschool and Kindergarten curriculum studies, we also spent time learning about the different December holiday celebrations. Thank you so much to John Meisel and his family for making dreidels to share with the Cedar room, as well as teaching us about Hanukkah. The children enjoyed these lessons so much, and will remember that rich experience for years to come. As part of celebrating Christmas, our elementary and kindergarten children attended a beautiful performance of The Nutcracker. We thank all of our parent chaperones who helped make this possible.
As we continued working through December, we began practicing special songs for our winter celebration. The children worked so hard on learning the songs, and they could not wait to share their talents with all of you. We extend a huge thank you to Brigitta Jansen for singing, directing the children, and playing the guitar. Thank you to the fabulous musicians, Abe Wilson and Cobe Cokas for playing percussion and guitar, alongside Brigitta. The music sounded beautiful. We also thank Raquel Farray for directing the sign language during the performance of “This Land is Your Land”. After the spectacular show, we were all treated to some delicious baked goods. We thank all the parents who helped the children bake and share something. Additionally, our winter celebration would never have happened without all of those who helped set up, and clean up after our guests had finished.
We also express sincere gratitude to our wonderful parents who use their time to come in, and volunteer as “Lucky Listeners” each week with the children. You will never know how much this experience means to the children, and the teachers. We hope that you are feeling blessed by this as well. We always welcome regular or drop in lucky listener volunteers.
Finally, we thank all of the parents who so generously donated funds for the upcoming teacher conference in Philadelphia. You are all amazing! We hope that your holidays were filled with joy, peace, and rest.
As we begin a new year, we will study the fifty states using songs, new geography lessons, and food preparation to coincide with each state we are working on. If anyone has any interesting items, recipes, or experiences to share, we welcome you into our classrooms. We will also learn about fossils, reptiles, and dinosaurs while continuing to discover new, exciting things about wintertime. In addition, we will begin to deepen our knowledge of color, by experimenting with color mixing. We are preparing some very unique experiments that the children will enjoy. As we learn about telling time this month, let us just say, “Where has the time gone?” It passes so quickly, so we must cherish each precious moment in 2015. We again wish a Happy New Year to all of our families. We look forward to all of the exciting, future learning opportunities and wish you all blessings and love in 2015.
The Primary Team (Preschool and Kindergarten)
Miss Pam, Miss Kelly, Miss Rachel, and Miss Jen