November Newsletter 2018
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.
is the time of lantern walks in Germany. We shall learn some lantern walk songs
and talk about the traditions.
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.
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
Your Montessori team
October Newsletter 2018
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!
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
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
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.
project this month will be pumpkin soup after we have carved a Jack-o-lantern
out of a biggish pumpkin.
at the parent evening, our Halloween party will be on Wednesday, October 31 st .
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
Madalena is back with us again – hurrah!
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”
In future we
shall have a sports teacher, Annie, who will come on Mondays. The lesson will
begin at 10.00 a.m
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.
welcome to Ludovica, Innocent and Marcelo and their families.
‚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
Have a happy October!
Your Montessori team
September Newsletter 2018
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
the theme of the month was “fish”.
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
But now to
September (which is already half over).
themes are “All about me” and “apples”
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.
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
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
We are looking
forward to the second half of this lovely warm September,
June Newsletter 2018
In the last few weeks the weather has been fabulous. The children spent a
lot of time outdoors in our little garden, planting tomatoes, potatoes,
pumpkins and flowers and playing in the sand/mud.
The interesting May topic “frogs” has come to an end. Our little tadpoles have diminished in quantity but the few remaining ones got
hind legs and arms. Hurrah, the metamorphosis took place and I was able to
bring at least seven little frogs to my parent’s pond.
In June our Theme will be “Fairy tales”.
We shall read many fairy tales and prepare props for our plays.
Our forest day on the first Wednesday
in June will be at the “Krumme Lanke”. We shall meet at the parking place at the end of the Fischerhüttenstraße
at 8:30 or at the playground in the forest. At 9:30 we shall start walking
through the forest so we can be back at the preschool for lunch.
Now to June’s most exciting topic for everyone – the SUMMER PARTY!
On Friday the 29 th
of June 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 first play will start. After that we shall have
some refreshments and then the second play will begin.
At around 5:30 we shall start
our fun and games – all to do with fairy tales.
Hopefully at ~6.30 p.m. we
shall start our barbecue. Please add something you would like to bring for
supper to the list. After dinner we shall say our good byes to the parents and
to the children who will not be overnighting and then proceed to go on our scavenger
hunt. When we return we shall prepare our sleeping quarters and get ready for
We invite whoever can make it
to come next morning at 8:30a.m. with breakfast (please also sign up on the breakfast
list). As we probably shall all be tired from the night before, school will end
at 10:00 a.m.
The overnighting children will need: a sleeping-bag or blanket, an
“Isomatte” or mattress of one kind or another, night wear, a toothbrush and
their cuddly toy.
On June 5 th
we shall have a parent meeting starting at 2.00p.m. at the Preschool. We hope
to have the meeting at the playground, so that the children can play whilst we
have a little talk.
- General information
- The summer party (Friday,
June 29 th )
- The preschool closure
- When will your child
- Any other concerns you
Have a great June!
Your Montessori team_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
May Newsletter 2018
Here we are in the merry month
of May. We hope you all enjoyed the long weekend at the beginning of the month.
The weather definitely was great!
In May our main topics will be ‘Parents’, Frogs and ‘Insects’
We shall trace and cut out
frogs, make origami frogs, finger-paint frogs and toilet-roll-frogs. Sophia
brought in some frogspawn so we can all observe the metamorphosis which takes
place from spawn to frog. It is really so interesting to see the tadpoles
develop from the spawn and then look to see whether they are already growing
arms and legs. The young frogs will later be returned to the pond.
We shall talk all about what
wonderful things parents do for us and why we are so happy we have them and
last but not least we shall make lots of lovely insects. We hope for some 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
As Mary unfortunately was not
with us on our lovely fieldtrip to the botanical gardens and as there are
hundreds of frogs there to see and hear we shall go there again for our May
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 good 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.
We have observed that it is rather disturbing for some children, when they
get picked up during lunch time. We shall therefor close the kitchen door
whilst we eat. Should you need to pick up your child between 12.45 – 13.30
please write it on the paper hanging on the “parent board” as we will not be
able to hear any knocking on the main door during this time.
A quick reminder that the preschool will be closed for Ascension Day, 10 th
and 11 th of May and for Whitsun/Pentecost on the 21 st of May.
Just in case you might be
planning your holidays, the Summer party will take place on Friday, the 30 th
of June. There will be no preschool that day. The party will begin at 3.00 p.m.
and end next day at 10.00 for the sleep-over-children.
Have a lovely month and don’t
let the May bugs bite!
Your Montessori team
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
We wish you all 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
January is the relaxed month. The pressures of
Christmas are over and everyone is free to do his or her own thing without
worrying about presents and plays.
The “Winter” theme normally dominates January
but because of the lack of a real cold winter feeling we will postpone this
theme and just start with one of our favourite topics “dinosaurs”. We shall
talk about meat eating and plant eating dinosaurs, about dinosaurs that could
fly, swim or only move on land, how they lived and what means of defence they had
and why they are not alive anymore. This theme is normally very much enjoyed by
the children and will probably last longer than just one month. Should your
children own any dinosaurs or dinosaur books please let them bring them to
preschool for us all to appreciate.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held daily
from 8.00 – 9.00 o’clock so please sign up should you be interested in a little
A warm welcome to Lavinia, Florentine’s little
sister who joined us in December and to Leo, Lilli’s little brother who will now
Your Montessori team