DECEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER - Mrs. Kashif's class
"The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." - Maria Montessori.
A big "thank you" to all the parents who attended parent/teacher conferences on Tuesday, November 7th. What a joy to have meaningful conversation concerning your child's growth and development. Thank-you for your support and I look forward to continuing this journey with you!
Our class has settled into a focused, productive and busy atmosphere. It’s fascinating to see the range of work that is taking place at any given moment.
Younger students are learning to care for our classroom, leading to concentration, fine motor development and the ability to make conscious work choices. The class is a lively, vibrant and an interesting place to be each day!
We are focusing on the Grace and Courtesy concepts of taking turns, talking instead of talking over a friend, placing a hand on a teacher's arm if a child would like the teacher's attention and when the teacher is speaking with someone else, walking in line in the hallway or taking an available chair instead of grabbing one from someone else.
In the month of November, we carved a pumpkin and enjoyed exploring the inside, what an interesting texture. We also got to taste roasted pumpkin seeds. We learned about the lifecycle of the pumpkin. The children were excited to learn about composting. We got a classroom mini composter ready, so they can observe and learn how composting works and then took it to the next level when a family donated a regular size one. The children are creating their own fertilizer for our gardens.
This month, as fall faded away and holiday work was added to the shelves, we increased our vocabulary as we discuss the new work and strengthen our fine motor skills. We will continue to add new winter work when we return in January.
What a wonderful time we have had learning some historical facts about the tradition of the first Thanksgiving feast, such as the name of the ship - "Mayflower", or the name of the man who taught the Pilgrims how to grow food - "Squanto". We continue demonstrating to each other kindness, patience, empathy, awareness, and gratitude.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
In the end, Mrs Cadena and I would like to say thank you all for the Christmas gifts that you sent in. We loved your generous and thoughtful gifts. Truthfully, we love our job! All the children are so special, and this is a gift each day.
We wish you all a wonderful and peaceful holiday. We look forward to the new year of 2018 and spending time with our MCS families. There is always something exciting in the future when it comes to the children! We are thankful to be a part of it!
P.S. I hope you enjoy the attached video of your children.
Rehana Rahman (Mrs. Kashif)