October - Children’s House News

 “There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all of the life to be found around them in a real forest.”

                                                                                                            Maria Montessori

 With this invitation to go out and enjoy the beautiful leaves on a sunny autumn day, we will go over our activities in October.

 Daily Living/ Sensorial

The children practice to put on jackets, turn the sleeves the right side-up, to fold a sweater, to put on mitten and gloves, to button and zip. Please assess their clothes and keep home those that are too tight, with rigid buttons or zippers.

The leaves gave us plenty of choices for color-grading exercises, and pounding cinnamon rewarded us with a homey scent.

We tried three varieties of locally grown apples. The children marked their favorite apple on a graph that showed more choices for Cortland, followed by Golden Delicious and Red Delicious.


The younger children began to work with metal insets and are getting used to holding pencils (please encourage correct pencil grip). As they show interest, they are introduced to sandpaper letters and sounds. Word games with beginning sounds and rhymes are part of our circle discussions. We read about Johnny Appleseed and followed his journey from Massachusetts to Indiana. Shell Silverstein helped us with his story “The Giving Tree” in our discussions about friendship, love and how many times over we can enjoy a tree..


Counting, comparing quantities and sizes, and estimating exercises are used in games at circle time. Individual lessons are presented according to the child interest and ability. The bead cabinet is the most coveted material, and even the very young children have started their way up with the square chains.


The trees continued to be in our lessons as providers of many of the life’s essentials and commodities. A display table with some examples was available to look, touch, think and try out.

We talked about healthy choices for good, nourishing food and looked at some farm animals.

Books about bats, spiders and owls showed us where and how these animals live, what they eat, and why people associate them with scary stories.

We stepped into Central American countries as on a bridge to our next continent.

Art: Hands on with collages, and dropping colors on watered paper leaves;

Appreciation of art: The importance of the background in a picture, how to look at a painting, and commenting on isolated details.

For November we are planning to use “The Quiltmaker Gift”, a beautiful story by Jeff Brumbeau, as a starting point for our themes:

- Loving and sharing

- Native Americans (we would appreciate some Indian corn for our activities)

- Animals in winter (focusing on birds and more mammals).                            

 Kindergarten and JKG

 We see good progress in working habits and acquired skills. All children practice writing, adding with beads, strip boards, and number rods. Some of the students  were introduced to the decimal system, working with bead and card layout.. Association of quantities and symbols in the teens, and 100 board are other routine works in the math area that require long attention span, and concentration.

.Phonogram booklets and associated objects are adding new dimensions to the reading skills.

Starting as word games we discovered the magic(silent) e, the oo, ch, sh, th, and ow.

 Writing and illustrating a sentence is another choice for those who have enough practice in sounding out and writing words. It creates a strong motivation for looking into a dictionary to find the favorite words and go back to practice reading (““cause there are soooo many words” one can read!)

 Two Requests

 We are in need of “Fall Corn”. A favorite activity is tweezing individual corn kernels from the cob. It is excellent for the children for several reasons: It fosters concentration, eye-hand coordination, and strengthens the hand for writing! Donations are appreciated.

 Also, with the cooler weather on the horizon, please send in a seasonal change of clothing for your children complete with extra socks, shirt, sweater or sweatshirt, pants and underwear.

 Did You Know?

 Your children are treated every Friday afternoon to 45 minutes of gentle yoga and stretching with Mr. Rob? We are extremely pleased and fortunate Ms. Sue’s son, Rob, who is a Plymouth graduate teaching Phys Ed in Compton Elementary School has volunteered to be with us this Fall.


Hope to see you all on Friday, at Ledgewood…….

  Dorina Nimigean