March Newsletter 2018

Dear Parents,

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 again.

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 green.

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’, ‘roosters’ and‘eggs’.

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!

Thursday, 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 holidays!

Your Montessori team


February Newsletter 2018

Dear Parents,

„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 Fasching.

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 healthy February

Your Montessori team


January Newsletter 2018

Dear Parents,

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 appreciated.

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 chat.

A warm welcome to Lavinia, Florentine’s little sister who joined us in December and to Leo, Lilli’s little brother who will now join us.

Happy January!

Your Montessori team


December Newsletter 2017

Dear parents,

With great leaps and bounds the end of the year 2017 has arrived.

In November we celebrated St. Martin’s Day by making lanterns, talking about St. Martin and going for our traditional lantern walk. Unfortunately the weather was not the best and the entire building was full of strangers. But worst of all (for me), I could not participate. Hopefully you all enjoyed yourselves never-the-less.

Thanksgiving was celebrated at a smaller scale. We only talked about Pilgrims and Native Americans, turkeys, harvest and giving thanks and had a Thanksgiving meal.

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 will be busy decorating our room for the festive season and making little surprises, so please don’t stay around too long when you bring your child as we can’t start when you are around and the day simply seems to be over before we can turn around twice.

Our Christmas party to which all parents and siblings are invited will take place on Friday, December 15 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 play will begin at approximately 9.30 a.m.

After the play we shall have a small snack and then busy ourselves with artwork and baking Christmas cookies.

Should the children then want to take a breath of fresh air we shall go out to the play-ground .

At around 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.

After lunch there will be joyful carol singing and maybe Santa will come by to visit usJ. The party will end at 2.00 p.m.

On Thursday, December 21 st we shall go to the Atze Musiktheater ( Luxemburger Str. 20, 13353 Berlin) to see “Eine Woche voller Samstage”. Please bring your child/children by 9.15a.m. The show will cost 5.00 Euro per child.

The Winter holidays start on December 23 rd .  We look forward to greeting you again on January 3 rd , parents well-rested and children happy and eager to start the new year working, playing and learning with us.

Have a happy festive season!

Your Montessori team


Newsletter November 2017

Dear Parents,

The autumn school holidays are over and the preschool is filling up again.
Although it was far less work not having a Halloween party this year, something was missing – all the fun and games.
And now I shall also be missing the next party - our beautiful St. Martin’s lantern parade
, but fortunately Mary and Anusha will have a few extra helping hands.

The lantern parade will take place on Friday, November 10 th . On the Friday preschool will be open from 8.00 – 13.30. Later we shall meet at the preschool at 5p.m from where we shall start our parade through the streets singing the lantern songs we are presently practising and then have sausages, cocoa and “Glühwein” at the back of the church. .

For safety reasons we shall not be lighting the lanterns the traditional way with candles, but shall 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.
In the second half of the month we shall talk about Pilgrims and Native Americans, turkeys and things we are thankful for.
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.
From Monday the 6 th , Marcella, one of our former students will be doing a two week internship at the preschool.

We wish you all a happy November!

Your Montessori team

p.s. please practice the lantern songs, so it will be a happy, LOUD parade.


October Newsletter 2017

Dear Parents,                                       

Autumn has finally arrived. 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!

After the long weekend the children will probably be all bouncy, so we look forward to a wonderful forest day on Wednesday, although the weather prognosis is not that good.

In keeping 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 during winter.

We shall trace and cut out squirrels, hedgehogs and mushrooms and make little kites. The colours that will dominate the artwork will be orange, brown and yellow.

This month we were thinking about a special field trip (as there will not be a Halloween party). We want to meet up with you all and former students and parents at the Tempelhofer Feld, to fly kites and have a picnic. The only problem is, that it would need to be a on a Saturday and the weather forecast for the next few weeks is not promising. Next Saturday looks the best – windyish and not too much rain – but let’s see. It will probably have to be a rather spontaneous get together J.

Now talking about weather, in autumn it can also be quite nasty. Please remember that we will go out every day, may it be windy, cold or rainy, so please, please dress your children accordingly.

Rosie, our new music teacher has started giving the lessons, which take place on Tuesdays from 10.00 – 10.45. Please bring your children punctually, so they don’t miss out. Annemieke (Tom’s Mum) will be collecting the fee for music (10,- Euro per month). Please give her an envelope with the money and your child’s name and for which month/months the money is for.

A warm welcome Jeremy, who started preschool at the beginning of the month.

During our ‚nature month‘ we look forward to beautiful walks in our neighbourhood and many projects with leaves, acorns, chestnuts, beechnuts and berries.

Have a happy October!

Your Montessori team


September Newsletter 2017

Dear Parents,

It is the start of a new school year and we hope you all enjoyed your summer holidays.

In August the theme of the last week was “All about me”. It involved the drawing of self-portraits, naming body parts, drawing homes and family members. The week simply flew by and the first group of new children already seem quite at home.

September is generally 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 the children, showing them how the materials are used.

The topics this month are “sunflowers” and “apples”.

The first 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.

On Thursday September 21 st  we shall go to some gardens (Laubenpiper) to look at the beautiful sunflowers and to pick a few apples in Annie’s garden. We shall then go to the neighbouring playground and shall be back at the pre-school by 12:30.

As a cooking project we plan to make apple sauce – lots of hand/eye co-ordination is involved in the chopping and fine motor skills are strengthened. At circle time we shall sing lots of apple songs.

Lucy, our former music teacher, has unfortunately left us, but I’m happy to say that we were able to find Rosie our new music teacher, who will hopefully start this month.

The first parent evening will be on Tuesday, September 5 th  at 8p.m at the preschool. We hope many of you can make it as it will be the first parent evening of the new school term and it is always nice to meet and introduce the old and new parents.

We look forward to a busy, warm September, during which we can spend lots of time out- doors in our atrium garden and to a happy new school year.

Your Montessori team


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