October is upon us here in the Primary Classroom and the students of Garden City Montessori are settling in beautifully. The changing of the seasons has brought about a big change in our students, and we see them become more and more accustomed to the culture of the Montessori classroom each day. In the past few weeks there has been a noticeable shift in how the students are able to come in and choose their work independently, and work for sustained and happy amounts of time. There is so much good work happening in the classroom including potato scrubbing, leaf rubbing, geometric cabinet shape books, metal inset monsters, addition booklets, and extensive work with the sandpaper letters and vowel boxes. It is so lovely to see the children find their way comfortably around the abundance of works and engagements. They really seem as though they are at home, and happy to explore the classroom each and everyday.
This month we have begun to delve into the topic of space! Montessori emphasizes a cosmic approach to education, and the children are enthralled while learning about their place in the universe. Their awe and zeal is invigorating, and each day we have had a new lesson on space, beginning with the Milky Way galaxy. This is truly a time to inspire wonder! Ask your child to share the “Family of the Sun” song with you. You will not be disappointed.
Outside the classroom, autumn has been an incredibly active time. We are so thankful for Ms Kailey and the time she spends in the garden with the children, digging, harvesting, and exploring. The falling leaves have been a huge draw for the children, and we spent time earlier this month talking about the changing of the seasons and frolicking in the mounds of leaves at our nearby Boyd Park. We have also had the opportunity to swim at the YMCA through our weekly swim lessons . The children have been so brave and courageous in their swimming pursuits. Overall, the class loves these swim lessons and are truly impressive how they work so hard to get dressed independently! Thank you for preparing your children each week for swim lessons and encouraging their participation. We could not do it without the numerous volunteers who assist with the walk and the changing process. Your help is deeply appreciated.
Upcoming this month is our Halloween Family Celebration on Tuesday October 31st. We will be singing songs and dancing with the ever musical Mr. Matthew. See the newsletter for details!
Thank you again for all the work you do with your children. They are a delightful group, and it has been wonderful to witness their grow in community and exploration.