Classroom 1 is happy to be back after a lovely winter break! The kids have settled back into the daily routines. Just a reminder to please make sure your child has appropriate clothes to play outside each day. Label everything so it will be easy to find it when it gets lost and ends up in the lost and found. We will go outside everyday unless the temperature is below zero, this includes the windchill.
We have been talking about Antarctica and what animals thrive there, we have also been spending time talking about animals that live in other continents as well, we have a sorting work of pictures of animals and matching them to the continents they live in.
A big thank you to Jerry’s family from classroom 4 for coming in and talking about seeds and making the seed pod necklaces, the children had a great time.
January and February are amazing months in the classroom. The children are all what Maria Montessori referred to as “normalized”. This does not mean that the children have conformed but that the children are independent and confident enough in their abilities that they want to work, they love the order and their work. They are able to make their own choices during the work period and have the self discipline to complete the work. Below is a quote from Maria Montessori about normalized children which sums up January and February in the classroom.
“Only “normalised” children, aided by their environment show in their subsequent development those wonderful powers that we describe: spontaneous discipline, continuous and happy work,social sentiments for help and sympathy for others… an interesting piece of work freely chosen, which has the virtue of inducing concentration rather than fatigue, adds to the child’s energies and mental capacities and leads him to self mastery.” (The Absorbent Mind, 1949)