January Newsletter 2021
We wish you all a happy and healthy new year and hope you had an enjoyable, quiet holiday season. Thank you once again for all the wonderful Christmas presents you and the children gave us. They were greatly appreciated.
Now to another Corona year:
I’m afraid I don’t know yet whether the lockdown for preschools will be longer than January 10 th . From Tomorrow on the “Notbetreuung” will be
from 8.00 – 13.00 pm. Please let us know whether you need “Notbetreuung” as we have to plan meals and staff.
Looking out of the window and seeing the snow lying so beautifully around inspires me to suggest “Winter” as our January theme followed by one of our favourite topics when preschool goes back to normal again “dinosaurs”.
Snowflakes will figure largely in art activities as will white paint. As science projects we shall fill a container with water and leave it outside for a few days to observe what happens to it, and we shall melt some snow to see how clean it really is.
Hopefully it will snow the lovely kind of snow where you can actually see each beautiful snowflake so we can go out with a magnifying glass to look at them more closely.
When move on to “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.
Your Montessori team
December Newsletter 2020
leaps and bounds the end of this absolutely crazy year 2020 has arrived.
We were so
sad that our traditional lantern walk had to be cancelled and only hope that in
2021 we won’t have to miss out on the fun of walking through the streets with
our beautiful lanterns, bringing joy to onlookers and our nice chats around the
bonfire, eating sausages and drinking “Glühwein”.
was celebrated a little at the preschool this year. We talked about the Pilgrims
and Native Americans, turkeys, harvest and giving thanks. The big Thanksgiving
feast with turkey, mash potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie was
delicious and all of the children enjoyed it (naturally the vegetarians didn’t
eat turkey). A big “THANK YOU!” to Kate for the best pumpkin pies ever.
the month that is not long enough. There is so much to do before the holidays
start that it can be a month of stress as well as fun. The children become
increasingly excited as the month progresses. We will be busy decorating our
room for the festive season and making little surprises.
originally planned, our Christmas party
will take place on Friday, December 18 th
- unfortunately this year without
parent participation. The Play will begin at 9:30a.m. After the play we shall
offer a small snack and then busy ourselves with baking Christmas cookies and
artwork. At approximately 11.30a.m. we shall take a breath of fresh air and go
out to the playground. Lunch will be at 12.30 followed by joyful carol singing.
Preschool will start at 9.00a.m. and
end at 2.00 p.m. on that day.
Christmas holidays start on December 22 nd
(last day of preschool) . We look forward to greeting you again on January 4 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 and stay healthy!
Your Montessori team
November Newsletter 2020
Halloween party with those wonderfully dressed up children was very different
to our previous Halloween parties, it was also very nice, as we could only
concentrate on the children and their wishes. We offered art projects to begin
with. Then games and fun in the big hall, followed by “Trick or Treat” in the
building and finally lunch.
In November we shall have two
main topics: St. Martin’s Day and Thanksgiving.
In preparation of St. Martin’s day we shall talk about why we celebrate November
11 th with a lantern parade and why so many Germans eat geese on this
At the Halloween party one of
the art projects was to make a lantern for our lantern walk. Due to Covid
regulations the “Daks” has recommended to cancel lantern parades which we shall
do. So on November 6th there will be preschool as usual, but the children may
take home their lanterns and you could walk the streets as a family.
In the second half of the
month we shall talk about Thanksgiving and I am sure the children will be able
to think of many things for which they are thankful. Naturally we shall also
talk about Pilgrims and Native Americans, the harvest and turkeys. In the
nearby woods we might build a tipi depending on the weather.
Our cooking project of the month will be the making of popcorn in the way
the Native Americans taught the Pilgrim children.
shall celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday the 26 th . I have not
ordered food for that day as we shall cook a turkey, mashed potatoes, corn and
pumpkin pie (the real traditional meal)
In role play the children will
have the opportunity to play with the Playmobil fort and weaving and modelling
with clay will also be projects of the month.
November 19th the photographer will be coming at 9.30 a.m. so please be
punctual on that Thursday.
As St. Martin’s day is a German celebration, we shall sing more German
songs in the first half of the month. For Thanksgiving the children will learn
more English songs.
October Newsletter 2020
finally arrived and Nature is beginning to show 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 9th 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 Thursday.
We shall listen to Bavarian music and cook Weißwürste and eat pretzels.
On Wednesday, October 28 th we
shall go to the “new playground” 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 Friday, October 30 th
The preschool will be open on that day from 9.00 –
We will not
have a certain topic. The children can come dressed up as they like - preferably
spooky. 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.
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 Mila and her family.
‚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 2020
In August our topic was “The Seaside”.
We created a large mural in the hall, talked about creatures that live at
the beach, what we can do at the beach, what we can find on a beach etc.. The
children particularly enjoyed adding and subtracting with the help of shells
and pairing shells.
this month are “sunflowers” and “apples”.
theme involves the drawing of sunflowers, tracing and cutting them out,
handprint sunflowers and sunflower collages.
We shall talk about what you can make out of sunflowers and taste some
sunflower seeds and – bread at circle time.
The second theme will also involve drawing, tracing and cutting out. In the
previous years we went apple picking in Annie’s garden, but due to Corona we
shall give it a skip this year.
Thank you Nadine for all the delicious apples you sent in. The children
enjoy them immensely.
music teacher, will also involve apple songs into her lessons (Tuesdays 10:00-10:45)
as are we at circle time.
As a cooking
project we plan to make apple sauce or apple cake– lots of hand/eye
co-ordination is involved in the chopping and fine motor skills are
forward to a busy, warm September, during which we can spend lots of time out-
doors in our atrium garden.
August Newsletter 2020
It is the start of a new school year and we hope
you all enjoyed your summer holidays.
A big welcome to our newcomers: Lilly; Lia,
Maya, Caspar and Emilia and our oldies Leo, Maxi, Jeremy, Theo, Caspar F.,
Romy, Lina, Fenja, Lina, Oskar, Amanda, Nelefine, Mika, Levi, Akshaya, Milan
and to you all!
Lisa has also returned back to preschool after
her maternity leave. So now we are full staffed and have a wonderful child – teacher
August is 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.
Unfortunately Covid 19 is still with us, which
may make the “Eingewöhnung” a little trickier for the new families.
Up to now, the new parents were asked to sit in
the entrance hall whilst their children got to know the routines. As only one
family at a time is allowed in this area (the other families need to wait
outside until the former family leaves), we shall ask the “Eingewöhnungs
parent” to sit in the community hall. As it is also much larger, more than one
parent could stay there.
Parents are required to wear face masks in the
entrance area and leave again as soon as possible, so that other families may
Let’s hope that these will be the only
restrictions we will have to cope with.
In August our monthly topic will be “The
Seaside”. Maybe some of you have just returned from a beach and the children
can share their holiday experiences with us – show us a shell or two or even a
We shall create a large mural in the hall, talk about creatures that live
at the beach, what we can do at the beach, what we can find on a beach etc.
As the weather forecast is really good, we shall spend a lot of time
outside. The little lawn in the garden has just been mowed and a paddling pool
will be set up.
Should your child have an extra bathing suit or bathing trunks, please send
them in. If not, underwear will also be sufficient. Please also remember to put
on sunscreen in the morning before preschool (but not in the hall, whilst other
parents are waiting to come in).
The dentist and Croco will be coming on Monday, August 24 th at
10.00 a.m. to teach the children how to clean their teeth properly. She will
not examine their teeth this time.
We look 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.
Your Montessori team
July Newsletter 2020
The preschool term of a hopefully most unique year is coming to an end.
After all the rather scary excitement about the Covid 19 virus we are almost back to a normal life at preschool.
We were pleased to have lots of children back and the children were happy and excited to play and work with their friends again.
On Wednesday we would be pleased if you and the siblings could join us for the end-of-the-term-party. We shall have normal preschool from 8.00 – 14.00 hours and then the party will begin.
We shall only offer coffee, tea, juice and cake this year. I have just had a look at the weather forecast with great dismay. Should it really rain on Wednesday we shall have the party in the big hall. Let’s keep our fingers crossed we won’t have to.
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.
For all of you who will be returning, the preschool will reopen on WEDNESDAY August 5 th and we look forward to a happy new term together.
Your Montessori Team
April Newsletter 2020
March was a really short preschool month this year due to the pandemic so unfortunately there is not much to write.
The month started so nicely and we busied ourselves with beautiful spring flowers. The children were able to name the most common ones and we had just got the preschool green for St. Patrick’s day when Corvid 19 hit us (in Berlin).
From the many lovely e-mails you wrote, I understand that most of you are very busy with school work and trying to occupy the children (next to your own home office). That must be extremely challenging. As you know I am rather old school and not a great friend of having children glued to a television, computer, laptop etc. and therefor have not really sent out web-sites where children can only sit and watch. I received the e-mail which you can read in the attachment. Maybe it would be a good entertainment for the little ones. I had a short look and thought: ”I don’t know whether parents want to do a lot of artwork with their little ones too.”
If you would like to present a virtual Montessori environment to your child, Vanina has highly recommended this App. (Mind you, you need to pay for it).
✳The app is inspired by Dr. Maria Montessori,
Jean Piaget and Seymour Papert (computer scientist who worked with a Jean Piaget in Switzerland)
✳You can subscribe only for a month to try it and cancel anytime.
It costs 25€ for 6 months but the first week is free.
✳In the platform (on the web-site) you have a dashboard with very well made concepts for all (known and unknown material in the classroom) which makes the child’s progress in different areas clear and visible.
✳️Also you can choose between 8 main languages (German is one of them)
✳️There’s Playtime restriction - so you can limit the daily usage of the application.
✳️You can limit your children’s access to certain sections of the app.
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✳ You receive seasonal activities (every month)
Check the website for more information
Easter is on its way and I am extremely sad that all the eggs I have been blowing out for the past weeks will have to wait for next year. Should you have the energy, the old tradition of blowing out eggs and painting them for Easter is a nice and not expensive one.
Now mentioning money, it doesn’t seem fair, that you should be paying the extra costs (meals, sports and music), if you are not receiving the ‘goods’. Therefor you can skip the April payment if you wish. Should you continue to pay, we shall donate the money to the three parties (we don’t need a bankrupt caterer – we’re happy we have found a good one J)
We wish you all a happy Easter and a successful Easter egg hunt, but most of all
Your Montessori team
March Newsletter 2020
In March we shall start our
plant theme. We shall talk about various spring flowers such as snowdrops,
hyacinths and tulips. In the art room the children will have the opportunity to
trace, cut out and glue to make many beautiful spring flowers which I am sure
you will admire on the hall wall.
In the coming
week we shall start to get our pre-school green.
We shall talk about Shaun the leprechaun who always
comes to visit us on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17 th ). He likes to
play tricks on us and maybe we will catch him this year. If not I’m sure we
will find his pot of gold which will either be at the end of a rainbow or
hidden under an old oak tree. We shall see what we can find.
On March 17 th each year, the Irish and
Irish-Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by the “wearin’ of the green”.
It would be
nice if the children could also wear green on Tuesday 17 th .
This 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 also was credited for ridding
Ireland of snakes. During the week we shall listen to Irish music and make lots
of shamrock- and snake art.
The cooking project of the
month will be shamrock shaped waffles.
St. Patrick’s Day we shall continue our topic, spring flowers.
This month’s field trip will
take us to the botanical gardens. The crocuses are already blooming (in my
neighbour’s garden) and hopefully in two weeks time we can also admire tulips
or daffodils everywhere. Details will follow.
On Thursday, March 12 th
we shall have a parent evening at 8.00p.m. at the preschool. The main topics
will be meals, measles, movement. Should you have any other topic in mind,
please let me know.
Let’s hope for a happy month with many lovely Spring
February Newsletter 2020
In January it seems we were
the only ones this year to celebrate the “Chinese New Year ”. Due to the Corona
Virus there were no celebrations in China. And as Cissie’s Dad came from China
to celebrate with the family, Cissie, our only Chinese girl, wasn’t at
preschool to celebrate with us - so we celebrated by ourselves. The children
were very busy learning how to use chop sticks and making lanterns and cutting
out rats to decorate the entrance hall. We also made a wonderful dragon for our
dragon dance, which we practiced during the sports lesson.
Now to February:
Due to illness and holidays
the group shrunk down to 5 children and two teachers! We spent the last week as
a small happy family with plenty of time for individual work with the remaining
children. Thank you for picking up your children a little earlier last week.
In February we have two major
topics: Valentine’s Day and ‘Fasching’ (Carnival).
already started to trace out hearts and shall now continue to decorate hearts,
make heart people, heart mobiles, ‘window-colour’ hearts and talk about
Valentine’s Day. Naturally we have started to sing many love songs and have practiced
a few Valentine poems.
The ‘Faschings-party’ will take
place on Tuesday, February 25 th and
we look forward to seeing wonderfully dressed up happy children. Maybe our “Chinese New Year” topic could be inspiring for
an exquisite costume? 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 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
will be hanging on the door towards the end of the month.
welcome to Levi and Milan and their families, who start (back) preschool this
We wish you
all a hearty and healthy February
Your Montessori Team_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________