Dear Dogwood Families,
It’s been a great first couple of weeks in the Dogwood class! The children have adapted readily to being back at school, and it’s been amazing watching them get to know one another and see their new friendships blossom.
Over the month of September, the works in our classroom have focused on the theme of “farms and farm animals.” The Dogwoods have been loving playing with the barn, which has been a source of comfort and familiarity for children newly adjusting to the classroom environment. The farm animal puzzles and matching works have also proven very popular. Matching and sorting activities form a core component of Montessori teaching, as they allow children to create order and learn logical correspondence, preparing them for more challenging cognitive tasks as they grow and take on more complex works.
In the first few weeks of class, we have been emphasizing the routines and norms of the Montessori classroom. The children are learning how to put their own things away, and prepare to start the day each morning. We are working with them to cultivate independence through all the tasks of the day - putting on their own shoes and sweaters, retrieving their things from their cubbies, and putting away their things after outdoor time. The children are quickly learning to put classroom works back on the shelves where they found them, and take out and put back their work mats, “roly poly.”
At circle time the children have been loving “the Turtle Song”, “Around and Around” and “the Name Song.”
During our outdoor playtime, we’ve been walking to Grover Cleveland Park and enjoying digging with shovels and pails by the “big buffalo”. Other days, we’ve taken the children to a paved area to draw with chalk and play their favorite racing game.
It’s been an awesome start to the school year and we are so happy to be getting to know all of our amazing Dogwood friends!
Marija and Tasha