September Newsletter 2019
In August the themes of the month were supposed
to be “fish” and “sunflowers”.
The first theme involved the drawing of
fish, tracing and cutting them out, naming their parts and making many kinds of
The children enjoyed the fish topic
immensely, so that we didn’t even get around to the second topic “sunflowers”.
Our trip to the aquarium was once again a
worth while experience and we discovered most of the fish we set out to find.
The themes this month are “sunflowers” (it
is always such a lovely one, so we won’t just skip it) and “bears”.
As I had mentioned in the previous
newsletter, the first theme involves the drawing of sunflowers, tracing and
cutting them out, handprint sunflowers and sunflower collages.
The second theme will also involve drawing,
tracing and cutting out and maybe some children might even like to sew their
own teddy bear.
0n Wednesday we shall have our first forest
day of the new school term. We would like to go to the Grunewald and have a
teddy bear’s picnic there, so it would be nice if the children could bring in
their favourite teddy on that day -although it would not be
“show-and-tell-day”. Should their favourite teddy be giant size, maybe you
could persuade them to choose a smaller one.
As a cooking project we once again plan to
make sunflower seed bread, which we shall enjoy with butter at snack-time.
We look forward to a busy, warm September.
Your Montessori team
August Newsletter 2019
It is the
start of a new school year and we hope you all enjoyed your summer holidays.
welcome to our newcomers: Theodor, Nelefine and Casper and to our “oldies”: Maxi,
Junia, Jonah, Livi, Gigi, Marcelo, Valentin, Michal, Oskar, Leo, Akshaya,
Jeremy, Fenja, Romy, Alek, Lina, Amanda, Leonard, and to you all!
the settling-in month for our newcomers, the month in which the children get to
know each other and routines are established. A lot of time is spent working
individually with children, showing them how the materials are used.
the themes of the month are “fish” and “sunflowers”.
theme involves the drawing of fish, tracing and cutting them out, naming their
parts, making origami fish and “fishy” songs and finger plays.
theme will also involve drawing, tracing and cutting out. We shall make
sunflower hand prints and sunflower collages.
As a science
activity we will offer “sink and float” exercises in the garden where we have a
large water table and hope that the weather will stay warm and nice so that we
can go out.
We plan to
make sunflower seed bread as our cooking project this month, which we shall
enjoy with butter at snack time.
The dentist came
on Thursday to teach the children how to clean their teeth properly. She did
not examine the teeth this time.
the sports lesson will take place on Fridays at 10.00 .
parent evening will take place on Wednesday, August 21 st , at
8.00p.m. at the preschool.
forward to a busy, warm August, during which we can spend lots of time out-
doors in our atrium garden and to a happy new school year.
merry month of May, which was extremely cold this year, has come to an end and
with it our insect theme.
children made beautiful ladybirds, bees and butterflies, which can be admired
in the hall and on the bulletin boards. We went to the Botanical Gardens on Wednesday
to see the gorgeous flowers and observe the insects which were attracted by the
smell and beauty. As usual it was a lovely fieldtrip.
the preschool term ends, we still have two special events -the daytrip to the
Erlebnis- and Tierpark Germendorf on Wednesday and our summer party on Friday,
14 th .
have just seen the weather forecast for Wednesday and am horrified – it will
probably be the worst possible weather. If things don’t change I shall have to cancel
the bus as we can’t spend the day there if thunderstorms have been forecasted.
Should the weather change though, we shall leave the preschool at 9.15, spend
the day at Germendorf and return by 15.00. The fee for the trip will be
25Euro/child. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we can go.
The second event will be the SUMMER PARTY (I’m only
hoping the weather will not ruin that).
On Friday, June 14 th there will be no
preschool in the morning. We look forward to welcoming you all at 4:00 p.m.. At
approximately 4:30p.m. the play will start. After the play there will be a
small snack (juice and biscuits) and then the games will begin! At
approximately 6.00 p.m. we shall have a barbecue and the party should end at
about 8.00 p.m. We shall supply the meat and cheese for the bbq and there will
be a list hanging up for salads, bread, juice or whatever else you may like to
21 st Sofia has invited us to her home as a little farewell party. We
shall leave the preschool at 9.00 o’clock and be back at 13.00.
At last our
beautiful preschool t-shirts have arrived. They can be purchased for 10.00 Euro
From the 17 th - 26 th
we shall have a trainee, Paula from Zaragoza (Spain).
last day of the school term will be Wednesday, June 26 th .
For all of you who will be returning the preschool
will reopen on WEDNESDAY July 24 th and
we look forward to a happy new term together.
For all of you who will be
leaving we wish all the very best. Thank you for trusting us with your wonderful
children. We will surely miss them and you.
hope you all have a wonderful relaxing holiday in Berlin or elsewhere.
Postcards are appreciated!
P.S. Friday, 7th will be the photographer’s
3 rd try. He will be there at 8.30._____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Monday, 10 th is Whitsun and the
preschool will be closed.
May Newsletter 2019
Here we are in the merry month
of May. We hope you all enjoyed the Easter vacation. The weather definitely was
April was dominated by our
Easter preparations and the children spent a lot of time decorating and
painting eggs, tracing and cutting out bunnies, learning Easter poems and songs
and finally practising for the Easter egg hunt at home.
Spring flowers also played a
large role in April and the children made many beautiful artwork flowers. They
learnt to recognize the main Spring flowers and it was very rewarding passing
by the gardens in the neighbourhood to hear shouts of recognition: that’s a
daffodil, hyacinth or tulip. In May our main topics will be ‘Parents’ and ‘Insects’.
We shall talk all about what
wonderful things parents do for us and why we are so happy we have them and we
shall make lots of lovely insects.
Hopefully there will be many nice warm days so
we can go for small walks through the forest in search of insects hidden under
leaves or between the bark of trees. Naturally we shall take our insect glasses
along so that we can bring back and identify the more interesting specimens.
Now is the time for planting
the seeds of summer flowers, so we shall spend more time in our garden, sowing
seeds, watering them and enjoying the hopefully better weather. We won’t only
be gardening in our little garden, but shall also take out other working
materials from the “Montessori room” the nicer it gets outside.
The photographer will be
coming on Wednesday 8 th ,
so we shall postpone our forest day by a day and go on the Thursday.
The dentist will check the
children’s teeth on Thursday 16 th ,
so please make sure to brush them on that morning J.
Should the weather be nice on
the 22 nd we shall visit
the botanical gardens.
We are happy to welcome back
Mia, one of our former students, who will be with us for two weeks doing a
A quick reminder that the
preschool will be closed for Ascension Day,
May 30 th and 31 st .
Have a happy month and don’t
let the May bugs bite!
Montessori Team _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
April Newsletter 2019
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.
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.
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
March Newsletter 2019
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.
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.
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
Next on our
list of March celebrations is “carnival”. The party will take place on Monday, March 4 th during
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
Have a happy
February Newsletter 2019
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..
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
January Newsletter 2019
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.
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.