Chestnut Montessori Newsletter January, 11th 2017

Happy 2017 Everyone!

It feels good to be back with the children after such a long break (and a snow day). We loved all the happy smiles coming through the door. The children picked up right where they left off and are busy playing with the play-dough, tracing the sandpaper letters, and spreading jam on crackers. Since we completed so many projects over the 2 weeks in December, it feels good to return our focus to reading, writing and counting lessons. There is a lovely energy about the classroom and the children are ready for more advanced lessons. Many preschoolers are reading little books like "I Am Sam" and writing messages home using inventive spelling.

It is time to sign-up for winter conferences. We love chatting with parents about their little ones and we have more stories, pictures and samples of work to share with you. Times will be listed on our sign in & out clipboard for easy viewing.

It was lovely to see so many happy faces at our holiday party. Thank you to Megan and Harmony for bringing extra snacks. It all paired quite nicely with our mulled wine. Thank you Gertie! We loved listening to the children sing and everyone did an excellent job. I am proud of Jaxon, Ritvi and Vivienne for remembering and reciting the poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost. Thank you parents for attending.

The kindergarten children are currently learning the song "My Favorite Things" from the Sound of Music. I hope they are singing it around the house when they get home from school as they have such sweet voices. I've presented them with a challenge; to each learn a verse of the song and to sing their verse on their own...I think they are up for it! Maybe we can sing it for the parents after school on Friday, the 20th. We are also working on our riming skills. The kindergartens completed a riming page and we are currently reading many rhyming books. I sent home their riming pages as a study guide.

There is NO SCHOOL Friday the 13th and Monday the 16th. Chestnut will be open for EXTRA CARE DAYS. We will make waffles for snack, go for a walk to the park and make jewelry and crafts in the afternoon. Children ages 2 - 10 are welcome to attend.

Warmly,

Gertie & Bridget

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