December 2018

Happy Holidays! 

This month, we started off the holiday season learning about three very important holidays: Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza. 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a peaceful and joyous holiday season! 

Our children had a great time creating beautifully shaped holiday ornaments out of playdoh. They learned how to make the playdoh by mixing flour, salt, water, and cinnamon. Thank you, Nermina Dilman, for the exciting cooking and art class! 

We continued our curriculum about Native American culture by learning about the various native houses such as tepees, wigwams, and adobe houses. We also learned about Native American foods, how they obtained oil, why they used canoes besides for fishing, how they bartered for goods, etc. The children had a great time creating their own tepees, totem poles, canoes, instruments, and Native American inspired jewelry. 

We are frequently asked similar questions from our parents such as, “It seems like my child is working on water activities every day. Is this normal?” or “Should she/he focus more on numbers or letters?”.  We encourage our young children to start the day in the Practical Life area. Practical Life materials are categorized into four basic aims; independent care of self, grace and courtesy, care of the environment, and control of movement. The activities include button and zipper frames, sorting objects, solid pouring, liquid pouring, spooning, squeezing, bubble making, washing objects, lids and containers, etc. These activities help the children develop foundational skills, independence, hand/eye coordination, concentration, and a sense of order. These fundamental skills help the children progress to the next steps: sensorial, math, and language activities. Maria Montessori realized that the skills developed in Practical Life are the foundational learning required for overall success, not only in future academics but throughout life. 

We hope you are having wonderful holidays with your family. 

Have a happy and healthy New Year and we will see you in 2019!

Chizuru Fukuda