April Newsletter 2018
We hope you
had a wonderful Easter vacation (although the weather in Europe was not great,
but thankfully is getting very much better) and have returned well rested.
very early this year, which made March an extremely busy month. We continued
the topic “nutrition” for the first two weeks. In the middle month Shaun the
leprechaun put in an appearance. He played a few tricks on us, but we found his
pot of gold hidden under the old oak tree.
Then we had
to get prepared for Easter. The children made Easter baskets, decorated the
blown out eggs and traced and cut out paper eggs.
The Easter-egg-hunt was the grand finale.
beginning to bloom, buds are opening, leaves are appearing and fruit trees are
coming into blossom. What better time can there be to talk about flowers? We
shall talk about various kinds of plants, the different parts of a plant, what
plants need for growth, etc.
little green house the children can sow seeds and hopefully we will be able to
plant the seedlings in the garden a few weeks later. In keeping with this
month’s theme we shall visit the botanical gardens on Wednesday, April 25 th .
On Thursday, April 26 th the dentist
will be coming at 10.00 o’clock.
Sophie school has invited our 4, 5, 6 year-olds to see a puppet show. These
children will leave the preschool on April
18 th at 9.00 o’clock
with Anusha and Madalena, while the oldies, Mary and myself, will stay here and
work with the two and three year-olds.
The preschool will be closed on Monday, April 30 th .
welcome to Julian (Ellie’s little brother), who will be joining us this month.
And now last but not least THANK YOU all so much for
the beautiful flowers, the cinema tickets and delicious sweets you gave me for
We wish you
all a wonderful April!
Your Montessori team _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
In the short month of February lots of children were missing due to illness
and our group shrunk to ten children. We are happy to see the absentees slowly
but surely returning, some still a little pale but all excited to be back
In February we first had a most enjoyable carnival party. Early in the morning the
children busied themselves with carnival related artwork, which was followed by
lots of party games. Thank you once again for the wonderful party snacks.
Then for Valentine’s Day the children
had fun tracing and cutting out hearts and making and sending their Valentines.
And last but not least we
talked a lot about nutrition. The first week was our fruit week; followed by
our vegetable week. Coming week we shall talk about grain and as a cooking
project, make our own bread.
From the 12 th of March on we shall start to get our pre-school
On March 17 th each year, the Irish and Irish-Americans celebrate
St. Patrick’s Day by the “wearin’ of the green” and the Irish in New York City
hold a huge parade. We shall make lots of shamrock art for the school and it
would be nice if the children could wear green on Friday the 16th.
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 lots of Irish music and dance to it.
On the 16 th we shall go to the Theater Lichterfelde to look at “Kanin
Kurzohr” (leaving the preschool at 9.15) and on our way back we shall walk
through the forest 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 we shall start with Easter preparations: ‘rabbits’,
As I’ve been blowing out eggs for months we should have enough for the
children to decorate in different ways but should you like to bring in some
more blown out eggs please do!
March 29 th , the last day before the holidays, we
shall have a small egg-hunt in the garden just to practice for the real hunt should you have one.
The preschool will reopen on Monday,
April 9 th .
We wish you all a happy Easter, a successful Easter-egg-hunt and relaxing
Your Montessori team
February Newsletter 2018
„Quiet January“ has come to an
end and with it the month‘s topic – dinosaurs.
The children know the names of the largest plant eaters and the fiercest
meat eaters, they know which means of defence the plant eaters had and which
theories there are, why the dinosaurs are now extinct. Our field trip to the
“Naturkunde Museum” was long, but is always very special. The abstract huge
dinosaurs suddenly become so real. Our children were the best behaved and we
were so proud of them. Thank you Annemieke, Dinara and Emily for joining us. It
makes it a more worthwhile trip for the children if they are in small groups
with a grown-up.
This month we have three major
topics: ‘Fasching’ (Carnival) and Valentine’s Day (which unfortunately lie fairly
close to each other this year) and nutrition.
February is the month of
hearts and heart art will occupy a lot of the children’s time. We will trace out
hearts, decorate hearts, make heart people, heart mobiles, make ‘window-colour’
hearts and talk about Valentine’s Day.
The ‘Faschings-party’ will take place on
Tuesday, February 13 th from 9.00 – 13.30
and we look
forward to seeing wonderfully dressed up, happy children. Should your child not
want to dress up – no problem; then we will only have a happy child that is not
dressed up J.
The snack-party-list will be hanging
out in the hall, for you to add something to it.
We shall make the traditional
Shrove Tuesday pancakes for our cooking project on the Wednesday after
During the second part of the
month we shall talk about nutrition. March 7 th is the day of healthy
nutrition, so by then we ought to know all about that J.
We wish you a hearty and
January Newsletter 2018