Children’s House June 2011
“One test of the correctness of the educational procedure is the happiness of the child”–Maria Montessori
Looking back to where we started and where we are now, we can see many other achievements along with a happy day-to-day life. The summaries in the monthly newsletters were meant to help you connect some bits of information your children may have offered here and there about our time together.
Here are the highlights of this busy last month of school:
- Human Body (skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, nervous systems, skin, senses, growth)
- A second round of measurements showed an average growth of 2 in, with some children growing with almost 2 3/4 in.
- Healthy food and nutrition
- Experiments with solar panels and a radiometer; talks about the positive and negative effects of solar radiation.
- Favorite authors: Keiko Kasza, Eric Carle, Leo Leoni, Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein.
It has been a joyful journey that stirred the best in us to keep up with such a fine company: your children. To those moving to other schools we wish them a good time, a smooth transition and good new friends. Please do bring them back for a visit, whenever possible; we will be so glad to listen to them!
For the returning students, we can’t wait to see you back and hear about the summer happenings. Mark your calendars for our next meetings:
- August 31st – Meet the Teachers (9:30 -11)
- September 1st & 2nd – returning students only, for ½ day school
- September 6th - regular school schedule starts for all students
- September 22nd, 6-8 pm – back to school night for parents
- September 25th- potluck – family picnic
I will leave you all with one of my favorite quotes:
“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children: one of these is roots, the other, wings.”
The end of a school year is particularly important when one graduates from kindergarten. It is such a delight to see the bonding, the growing initiative, the responsibility and importance that every kindergartner seems to suddenly develop.
Beginning with the field trip to Beaverbrook (photos) and continuing throughout the month with the homework and classroom projects, giving lessons to younger classmates, helping the visitors, and practicing for an early graduation celebration kept the six year olds busier than ever.
It is hard to believe the time has come to let these children go. As hard as it may be to say goodbye, we are happy to see them spreading their wings. We are confident they are well prepared, and will be successful wherever they may be. They have what they need to build upon in the next stage of development, as characterized by Maria Montessori:
“Education between the age of six and twelve it is not a direct continuation of that which has gone before, although it is built upon that foundation. The elementary child has reached a new level of development. Before he was interested in things: working with hands, learning their names. Now he is interested mainly in how and why…the problem of cause and effect.”
We kept this in mind in teaching and encouraged the children to think all the time “why” and figure out “how”. They have an acute sense of observation, a great power of recollection, and can make amazing connections. Train their minds to be inquisitive, engage them in discussions and listen to them. Keep feeding them good food, good books, and a good part of yourself.
Thank you for sharing your treasures with us.