Dear Parents and Caregivers,
November was a long and busy month with all the practice for the Christmas Concert and Graduation performances, but we’ve pulled through and in spite of the virus outbreak our Concert was successful. A big and warm thank you to all the families who made an effort to attend our postponed and shortened repertoire, your children were very proud to perform for you. Our Angel Tree Project charity was a big success, as well. Ms Glenise from the Prison Fellowship picked up all the donated presents yesterday and will send us a letter of confirmation. This is what our classes were up to last month:
Monet and Michelangelo Class: The start of November saw some very big changes with Michelangelo and Monet classes merging together. The two age groups merged into one which meant rearranging the furniture and children having full access to all areas of the room. With this big change for not only the children, but parents and educators as well, we spent the first two weeks ‘normalising’ the children and the routines. During circle times and uncertainty moments we spoke about why we changed the classroom around and tried to make the transition as easy as possible. By week three most of the children were well settled, so we decided to explore the theme ‘sea animals’. We presented activities where the children could learn about some marine animals such as shark, stingray, turtle, shells, starfish and fish. Some children were drawn to sharks, showing most interest to this animal, probably because we have sung the baby shark song quite frequently. This was one of the songs the children sang for our Christmas concert. The last week of November was relaxed and filled with a lot of ornament decorating. Our Christmas concert was a success, apart from the little glitch of the brick wallpaper falling in the middle of our performance, but the children still managed to stay focused and continued on singing.
Mozart and Kindy Class: After celebrating Halloween in October and carving the pumpkin to make lanterns, the children showed interest in learning more about pumpkin plants, trees and flowers. They had a good time learning about parts of plants, trees and flowers, which motivated them to do planting and to join in taking care of plants in the center’s garden. They were engaged in planting spider plants, collecting leaves for their creative art work, pressing flowers and making butterflies using sepals and petals of flamboyance tree flowers. During the last week of the month, the children were enjoying the decorating of their class and making Christmas-related art work for the Christmas concert. We had a successful Christmas concert, thank you to all who joined us!
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and if you’re traveling have a happy holiday!
- Montessori Early Education Taringa Team