April Newsletter 2019

Dear parents,

April is the Easter month, so for the first part of April we shall leave the flower theme which we had picked up on and shall talk about Easter instead. The artwork will be in keeping with the topic and so will the songs and stories at circle time.

We shall discuss the difference between roosters, cockerels, hens and chicks. We shall busy ourselves with rabbits. We shall sew rabbits, trace and cut them out and make toilet-paper-roll –rabbits and of course there will be a lot of egg art. We shall also talk about sheep and Beatrice has very kindly organized a field trip on the 10 th of April to the “Museum Europäischer Kulturen” (Arminallee 25, 14195 Berlin) where we shall learn all about “wool”. The fee will be 5Euro per child.

The dentist will be coming on Friday the 12 th with her crocodile to show the children how to brush their teeth.

On Thursday, April 18 th , the Easter bunny will probably pop into the preschool and hide a few eggs, so that the children can practice a little before he comes to their homes.

School will be closed for the Easter holidays from Thursday April 18 th (last school day) until Friday April 26 th (last holiday day) .

We wish you all a happy Easter and a successful Easter egg hunt!

Your Montessori team


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March Newsletter 2019

Dear Parents,

For our 20. Anniversary get together the preschool looked absolutely lovey, with all the various kinds of beautiful hearts the children had been tracing, cutting, gluing, sewing etc. during the first half of the month.

Thank you so much Nuran, Leigh, Anke, Constanze, Beatrice, Tavengwa, Angela, Annielle, Joy and Izabella for the wonderful cakes you donated. They were greatly appreciated and we were very pleased to also see you and the children at the party. Thank you also for the birthday presents.

During the second half of the month we busied ourselves with “experiments”. The children were really interested in all the different kind of experiments, so that we shall offer them more frequently at circle time in future, but not as a topic.

Now to March:

March the first is a very special day in Bulgaria and Vanina (Alek’s Mum) has kindly introduced us all the celebration of Baba Marta. Thank you for all the beautiful Martenizi you made and for the explanation of the Bulgarian Tradition.

Next on our list of March celebrations is “carnival”. The party will take place on Monday, March 4 th during school hours.

The previous parties (Christmas and Halloween) in the large community hall have been with sibling and parent participation. The “Fasching-Party” is normally celebrated on a smaller scale and only in the Montessori rooms. Please bring your children dressed up on Monday.

After carnival we shall start to get our pre-school green.

On March 17 th each year, the Irish and Irish-Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by the “wearin’ of the green”. We shall make lots of shamrock art for the school and it would be nice if the children could wear green on Monday the 18th.

The holiday commemorates St. Patrick who, legend tells us, went about Ireland as a missionary, preaching and using the shamrock as an illustration of the Trinity. St. Patrick was also credited with ridding Ireland of snakes.

During the week we shall listen to Irish music, dance to it and on the 18 th we shall go in search of the pot of gold that Shaun the leprechaun will surely have hidden under an old oak tree.

After St. Patrick’s Day our new topic will be spring flowers.

Have a happy month

Your Montessori Team

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February Newsletter 2019

Dear Parents,

In January the children spent a lot of time making igloos, penguins, polar bears and other animals from the Arctic region and learning about life in the Arctic and Antarctica.

To round up our topic we shall visit the zoo on Wednesday to hopefully see all the animals we have talked so much about during the last few weeks.

We shall leave the preschool at 9.00 o’clock and be back at 2.30p.m..

In February we have two major topics: Valentine’s Day and our 20 th anniversary.

We shall soon (after our zoo trip) start to trace out hearts, decorate hearts, make heart people, heart mobiles, make ‘window-colour’ hearts and talk about Valentine’s Day. Topics during circle time will naturally be “love” and about being kind.

As I had mentioned in the last newsletter, there will be no preschool on the 15 th , but we would be pleased to greet you and the children at our large get together with the former students and their parents from 2.00 p.m. – 5p.m..

We would also like to ask you whether you could help that day as the “hosting generation”, by bringing in a cake, either on the 14 th or the afternoon of the 15 th . We shall offer coffee and cake, juice and biscuits and rolls. There will be a tombola and LOTS of chatting.

We can hardly believe that 20 years could pass by so quickly. That of course is a sign, that it was a lovely time with lots of fun, joy and excitement.

We wish you all a hearty and healthy February

Your Montessori team

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January Newsletter 2019

Dear Parents,

Although the newsletter is really late this month we wish you a happy and healthy new year and hope you had an enjoyable holiday season. Thank you once again for all the wonderful Christmas presents you and the children gave us. They are greatly appreciated

January is the cozy month. The Christmas excitement is over, but there is lots of “telling“ to do.

By now the children are so much at home in the classroom that they are well able to work independently for longer periods of time, giving the teachers the opportunity to work with individuals on a 1 to 1 basis. Lots of development takes place and the teachers also have time to observe more and take each child „one step further“ as necessary.

The „Winter“ theme dominates January. Cutting out paper snowflakes to decorate the windows can give the children valuable cutting practice. Snowmen, polar bears and penguins figure largely in art activities, as does white paint in all art work.

All we need now is snow for our topic to be really up to date!

Next month we shall be celebrating our 20 anniversary.

There will be no preschool on February 15 th .

The party, to which you are all invited will be from 2.00p.m. – 5.00p.m.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9.45 a.m. and 11.00a.m. So please sign up should you be interested in a little chat.

A warm welcome to Fenja and Oskar who started this month.

 Happy January!

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December Newsletter 2018

Dear parents,

With great leaps and bounds the end of the year 2018 has arrived.

December is always the month that is not long enough. There is so much to do before the holiday starts that it can be a month of stress as well as fun! The children become increasingly excited as the month progresses. We shall be busy decorating our room for the festive season and shall introduce the children to the Jewish festival of Chanukka (2 nd – 10 th ), to the Swedish festival of Santa Lucia (13 th )and of course to Christmas. All the planned art and craft activities center around the above-mentioned themes and give the children the opportunity to use their fine motor skills. We shall spend a lot of time making „surprises“ so please don’t stay too long when you bring your children as we can’t start when you are around and the mornings simply seem to be over before we can turn around twice.

St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on the 6 th of December and I’m sure old St. Nicholas will pop by on Thursday and leave something in the children’s cleaned boots. (Shoe/boot cleaning will naturally be the project of the day!)

In December we will not have „show and tell“ during circle time. Instead it would be great if you parents could write down on a little slip of paper a good thing that your child has done that day. I will then read the good deeds out loudly. Hopefully this will inspire each child to want to do something good.

Our Christmas Our Christmas party to which all parents and siblings are invited will take place on Friday, December 14 th . On the party day the preschool will open at 9.00 o’clock. Please bring your child (children) to the preschool in time for them to get into their costumes – let’s say between 9.00 and 9.15. The first play will begin at approximately 9.30 a.m.

After the play we shall have a small snack and then busy ourselves with artwork and baking Christmas cookies. While the cookies are in the oven, the children will perform a second “show”.

At around 12.30 we shall have lunch. A list for the special Christmas potluck snack will be hanging on the door for you to sign up.

After lunch there will be joyful carol singing and maybe Santa will come by to visit usJ. The party will end at 2.00 p.m. We would appreciate helping hands at ‘clean up’.

On December 19 th  we are going to the theatre Lichterfelde to see a Christmas play. The cost for this excursion will be 5.00Euro per child.

December 20 th two other preschools from the neighbourhood will join us for more carol singing in the church.

The last day of school is December 21 st . We look forward to greeting you again on January 7 th  parents well-rested and children happy and eager to start the new year working, playing and learning with us.

Have a happy festive season!

Your Montessori team

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November Newsletter 2018

Dear Parents,

A truly golden October has come to an end – a month of many wonderful activities. We enjoyed them all – the cutting, tracing, folding gluing fine motor projects as well as the painting in fall colours which gave free rein to creative urges. The fieldtrip to the “Elfie Wiese”, where we found our little pumpkins, was blessed with good weather and high spirits and the Halloween party at the end of the month was a huge success. Thank you for your wonderful food and for helping carrying out the party.

November is the time of lantern walks in Germany. We shall learn some lantern walk songs and talk about the traditions.

The lantern parade will take place on Friday, November 9 th . The preschool will end after lunch at 1p.m. and we ask you to bring the children back to the preschool at 5p.m on that day and to join us, with the siblings, on the walk. We will start our parade walking through the streets singing the lantern songs we are presently practising and then have sausages and Glühwein/cacao at the back of the church, chatting around a bonfire after.

For safety reasons we will not be lighting the lanterns the traditional way with candles, but will use lantern-sticks with little bulbs which you can buy at Woolworth’s, Karstadt, at drugstores or at any stationery (Please buy them as soon as possible, as they tend to get sold out pretty quickly. The shorter they are – the better). We need the lantern sticks (with batteries) by Wednesday, so that we can fasten them to the lanterns and have them prepared for the walk.

As in the previous year the children tended to get dangerously close to the fire I just wanted to beg you please to look after your children whilst having a delightful chat.

In November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. We shall tell the story of the first Thanksgiving and talk about turkeys, Pilgrims and Native Americans, with emphasis on how the latter lived at that time. We shall also talk about things for which we are thankful.

Our cooking project of the month will be the popping of popcorn and in role-play the children will have the opportunity to play with the ‘Playmobil’ Native Americans.

As St. Martin’s is a German celebration, we will sing more German songs in the first part of the month. For Thanksgiving we will sing more English songs.

Sadly we need to say good-bye to Joseph and Nate and wish them all the best for their future.

A warm welcome to Alek and Akshya and to their families! We are looking forward to working happily together on the children’s process of growing up and becoming independent.

We wish you all a happy November!    

Your Montessori team

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October Newsletter 2018

Dear Parents,

Autumn has finally arrived. This is my favourite time of the year. Nature is showing itself from a most beautiful side. We often have fine weather in October and go on walks whenever we can. Finding chestnuts and acorns gives us the chance to do lots of sorting and counting activities and we look at the shapes of the leaves and learn their names. Leaves are everywhere. The time for collecting red, yellow and brown leaves and making autumn collages with interesting pieces of nature the nearby forest has to offer, has begun!

In keeping with the season we will be talking about hibernation of squirrels, hedgehogs and other animals and about the birds that prefer living in warmer climates during winter.

The colours that will dominate the artwork will be orange, brown and yellow but will change into orange and black, the closer we get to Halloween. Towards the middle of the month we shall be busy making ghosts, bats, spiders and jack-o-lanterns. We shall draw them, trace them, cut them out etc.

Friday, October 5 th we shall have an “Oktober Fest” at the preschool. Should your child/children own a Dirndl or Lederhosen, a chequered blouse or shirt, an apron or anything Bavarian looking please let them wear that on Friday. We shall listen to Bavarian music and cook Weißwürste and eat pretzels.

On Thursday, October 25 th we shall be going to the “Elfi Wiese” to find pumpkins. This is normally an exciting field trip for the children, as they always have great fun looking for the pumpkins in the fields. The joy in their faces when they have been successful is a pleasure to see.

The cooking project this month will be pumpkin soup after we have carved a Jack-o-lantern out of a biggish pumpkin.

As discussed at the parent evening, our Halloween party will be on Wednesday, October 31 st .

The preschool will be open on that day from 9.00 – 14.00. .

We will not have a certain topic. The children and you can come dressed up as you like. Preferably spooky – but not too spooky so as not to frighten the children. We shall offer spooky artwork and spooky kind of games. At 1.30 p.m. we shall go on our trick-or-treat-tour around the building.

A list for a special snack for the party will be hanging on the door one week before the party, but you can already have a look in the internet for a special kind of Halloween snack, you may like to bring J.

Lucy, our music teacher, has been with us for a month now and the children really enjoy the music lessons. Please put 50 Euro in an envelope with your child’s name on it and give it to us. We will forward the money (for five months) to Lucy. Thank you!

Madalena is back with us again – hurrah!

From November onwards the preschool will be open from 8.00 – 16.00.

The time for the families with the 5-7 hour voucher will not change. Should you want to take advantage of the longer opening hour, then you will need to have a “Ganztagsgutschein” (7-9 hours)

In future we shall have a sports teacher, Annie, who will come on Mondays. The lesson will begin at 10.00 a.m

As the weather in autumn can also be quite nasty please remember that we will go out every day, may it be windy, cold or rainy, so please dress your children accordingly.

A warm welcome to Ludovica, Innocent and Marcelo and their families.

During our ‚nature month‘ we look forward to beautiful walks in our neighbourhood and many projects with leaves, acorns, chestnuts, beechnuts and berries and two wonderful  small parties (Oktober Fest & Halloween).

Have a happy October!  


Your Montessori team

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September Newsletter 2018

Dear Parents,

I am sorry this month’s newsletter is so late, but I was busily travelling around Scotland and have only just realized, that you haven’t received a newsletter for September yet.

In August the theme of the month was “fish”.

The children enjoyed the fish topic immensely. It involved the drawing of fish, tracing and cutting them out, naming their parts and making origami fish. We also talked about the largest mammals on our planet (whales) and about jellyfish.

We wanted to see how well the little newcomers settle in first before going on a field trip. Therefore we did not visit the aquarium like we normally do, when we have the fish topic.

But now to September (which is already half over).

This month’s themes are “All about me” and “apples”

The children have been busy drawing self-portraits, their families and homes, naming body parts, weighing and measuring themselves, talking about feelings and senses and singing songs and playing finger-plays.

 

During our second theme there will also be lots of drawing, tracing and cutting out. Last year we were invited to my father-in-law’s garden to pick apples. Maybe someone else also has some heavily laden apple trees in their garden and would like to invite us all around to help?

 If not, Pa-in-law will surely enjoy having us again.

Lucy, the music teacher, is also involving apple songs into her lessons (Tuesdays 9:30-10:30) as are we at circle time.

As a cooking project we plan to make apple sauce and/or an apple cake – lots of hand/eye co-ordination is involved in the chopping and fine motor skills are strengthened.

The doctor is coming on the 20 th to look at the 3 ½ - 4 ½ year olds. Please remember to bring in the filled out papers and the booklets the doctor required.

 

We are looking forward to the second half of this lovely warm September,

Your Montessori team

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