In the month of October, we focused on the human body and pumpkins. The children enjoyed learning the names of body parts. We also studied skin, bones, muscles, and and organs. We learned the parts of the pumpkin and the lifecycle of a pumpkin. The children, of course, LOVED the field trip to Tanaka Farms.

In the month of November, we will begin studying nutrition. We will learn the food groups as well as what foods we should eat that are healthy for us. We will have another small unit on Thanksgiving, focusing on why we should be thankful and what we are thankful for. There will be a sign up sheet to bring in a different fruit or vegetable every day. Please sign up to help the children gain a better variety and taste for all the yummy fruits and veggies!

Tuesday, November 11th, the school will be closed for Veteran’s Day. November 24th-25th school will be closed for Thanksgiving.

I hope that you are still enjoying the Parent Support Program. Keep watching as each week gets better and more informative. As a class we are striving for 100% completion. Thank you for your support!

Montessori Corner
After the child has been exposed to the various exercises in Practical Life, he is introduced to the sensorial area of the classroom. The sensorial area has very unique self-teaching materials that were designed by Maria Montessori. The work in the sensorial area was created to heighten and refine the child’s senses. The materials do this by isolating and highlighting one sense through hands on experiences. The different senses that the sensorial materials develop are visual, tactile, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, and stereognostic. The sensorial area’s main purpose is to educate the senses, which provides sensory exploration, aids the child’s development, and helps the child organize and interpret his world.

The sensorial materials are based off of what the child experiences and uses everyday: his senses. The biggest difference is that the sensorial materials isolate a specific sense, so that the child is better able to discriminate, categorize, compare, and refine that sense. For example, the rough and smooth tablets isolate the tactile sense. The child gets to really focus on how the tablets feel, because she is blindfolded. Other senses are eliminated so that the child can focus on the different feelings of the rough and smooth tablets.

The sensorial materials are crucial to a child’s development in a Montessori classroom. They help the child create order and make sense of their environment. The main aim of sensorial is to educate the senses and through refinement of the senses the child is better able to understand his environment.

Dates to Know!
  • 11/11 Closed for Veterans Day
  • 11/17 Thanksgiving Feast
  • 11/24 - 11/25 Closed for Thanksgiving
  • 12/14 Holiday Show
  • 12/22 - 1/1 Closed for Winter Break

Our Thanksgiving Feast will be on Thursday, November 17th. There will be a sign up sheet for food as well as parent volunteers. You’re help is very much appreciated! Thank you!

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