We are not quite at the end of the school year, but I wanted to take some time to reflect on all of the growth that has happened since August. At the start of the school year, we all joined together – some returning students and some new students – and set off on our developmental journey through the year. As separation gave way to concentration, students remained engrossed in learning the social norms and customs of a classroom community.
Now, we often see the children enacting these norms and customs without the help of the teacher. They step up to help one another out, and then also let one another know when they have crossed a perceived boundary. From the beginning of the year, we have set clear and respectful boundaries as consistently as possible. Within those limits, the children have thrived in their care of self, others and the environment.
The developing sense of “other” also is growing rapidly in our classroom. The younger students are beginning to dabble in collaborative play with others (vs. parallel play, which is where they work and play next to others). Their impulse is to say “no” to other children trying to work with them, but we are seeing them more and more experiment with allowing others to work with them beyond the “no.”
The older students in our class are immersed in constructive and imaginative play, all of which build basic developmental skills (i.e., concentration, coordination, language, social-emotional resiliency, etc.).
As we reflect on all of the changes since August, we wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all that you do for your children and for choosing our classroom at Montessori Tides School for your child. We look forward to supporting the continued development of each child and of our classroom community as a whole through the end of the school year.
Themes & Activities
Language: Turtles, Snakes, Lizards, Frogs, Spring, Letter “O” sounds
Color: Red + Blue = Purple
Activities: Sensorial bin aquarium with turtles, snakes, shells and tropical birds; sound box with the letter “O”; turtle and snake paint stencil; turtle window clings; red and blue water color mixing
Songs & Fingerplays
Earth/Food Song – Spring Performance
Earth who gives to us this food
Sun who makes it ripe and good
Dear earth, dear sun by you we live
Our loving thanks to you we give.
The Shape Song
(Tune: Twinkle Twinkle)
Put your circle in the air
Hold it high and keep it there
Put your square behind your back
Now please hold it in your lap
Put your triangle on your toes
Now please hold it on your nose
Hold your circle in your hand
Now it’s time for you to stand
Wave your triangle at the door
Now please put it on the floor
Hold your square and jump, jump, jump
Now throw your square up, up, up!
(Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
The farmer plants the seeds (x2)
Hi Ho and Cherry O
The farmer plants the seeds
The rain begins to fall
The sun begins to shine
The plants begin to grow
The buds all open up
“To assist the child we must provide an environment which enables him to develop freely. A child is passing through a period of self-realization, and it is enough simply to open up the door for him.” – Dr. Montessori
April 2: Half day/Planning day
April 20: Teacher Institute Day – No School
April 28: Spring Performance, 10 a.m. at Palms Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville Beach