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.
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.
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”.
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.
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!
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,