August Infant Newsletter

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Hello August, and happy summer~

During the first week of August, the infants will work with sensory bottles. The bottles provide an opportunity for the infant to grasp and stack, while also learning the principle of cause and effect. There will be a lesson on stacking towers by working with a put-and-take shape set. Baby dolls are always a favorite in the infant classroom, and dolls will be available throughout the month for the infants to work with. They enjoy feeding, nurturing, and putting the dolls to sleep on blankets in the classroom. In the afternoons, we will play games, sing, and read books. We will also complete several art projects while enjoying time outside!


 
Learn to move, move to learn:
Babies need to move freely in a safe
place. When babies are allowed to move
and explore on their own, they learn about
their environment and abilities. Babies
develop confidence and problem-solving
skills as they move, explore, and relate to
their environment.
— RIE Principal
 

Dates to remember:

August 30-31: PFM closed for teacher in-service

Weekly Focus:

August 1-3: Sensory (colorful shake bottles)

August 6-10: Gross motor (manipulating pillows)

August 13-17: Fine motor (stacking cups)

August 20-24: Cognitive (put-and-take house with shapes)

August 27-29: Social/emotional (baby dolls)

 
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August Toddler Newsletter

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Hello August, and happy summer~

 
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As summer draws to a close, we will celebrate all the things we like to do and see during this warm, wonderful season. We will learn how to pit cherries, make lemonade, and cut grass!

 

"Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence."--Maria Montessori


Dates to remember:

PFM is closed for teacher in-service on August 30-31

 

Weekly lessons:

Coming soon!

 

 

 

 
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August North Class Newsletter

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Hello August, and happy summer~

 
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This month, North Preschool will be a bunch of happy campers (literally)! We will have a camping unit in the classroom. On our practical life shelf there will be carabiner fastening, camp dish cleaning, and a water filtering work.

At circle, we will sing songs about camping and the outdoors. We will talk about ways to keep ourselves safe when camping and the importance of leaving a clean campsite. During circle will also be a fun time to pretend there is a campfire and tell some stories!

Because we are reaching the end of the summer and preparing for a new school year, we will be doing a lot of cleaning! We will devote one day to dusting the shelves, another to cleaning chairs, etc. August is always a fun month to sneak in the last bits of summer!

Sounds of the week:

August 1-3: Pp / August 6-10: Tt / August 13- 17: Ll

August 20-24: Cc / August 27-31: Ww


Dates to remember:

  • August 2: the Reptile Man visits PFM at 10:00am
  • August 9: Field trip to Seattle Center (via Monorail) at 10:00am
  • August 16: Field trip to Volunteer Park (via bus) at 10:00am
  • August 23: the Bubbleman visits PFM (time TBD)
  • August 30-31: PFM closed for teacher in-service
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Birthdays this month:

August 1, Aurora turns 4

August 18, Cade turns 5

August 31, Maya turns 5

Happy birthday, friends!

 

 

 
 
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August South Class Newsletter

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Hello August, and happy summer~

This month, South Preschool will enjoy movement activities and fun games during these final summer days. We will learn about the sun and why it is important to us. We will make sunshine art and learn a special song, "Mr. Golden Sun."

The lyrics are shared below if you'd like to sing this at home with your child:

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
please shine down on me.
Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
hiding behind the tree.
These little children are asking you
to please come out so we can play with you.
Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun.
Please shine down on me.

Shine down on me. Shine shine shine.
Shine down on me. Shine shine shine.
Shine down on me. Shine shine shine.
Shine down on me.
Mr. Sun, Mr. Sun, Mr. Golden Sun.

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
please shine down on me.
Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
hiding behind the tree.
These little children are asking you
to please come out so we can play with you.
Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun.
Please shine down on,
please shine down on,
please shine down on me.

Sounds of the week:

August 1-3: Pp / August 6-10: Tt / August 13- 17: Ll

August 20-24: Cc / August 27-31: Ww

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Dates to remember:

  • August 2: the Reptile Man visits PFM at 10:00am
  • August 9: Field trip to Seattle Center (via Monorail) at 10:00am
  • August 16: Field trip to Volunteer Park (via bus) at 10:00am
  • August 23: the Bubbleman visits PFM (time TBD)
  • August 30-31: PFM closed for teacher in-service

Please feel free to bring in any of the following:

• Salad scraps/veggies/fruits for the bunnies

• Old necklaces or necklace beads for stringing

• Water or bubble toys for the playground

Thank you

 
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Head of School Newsletter: August

Summertime is so much fun here for the children, as there are lots of events scheduled.  So far, we have enjoyed pajama day, the ice cream social and a visit from Bubbleman. We begin the month of August with a visit from the Reptile Man on Thursday.  This is always a favorite for the children here at PFM -- they get to see a python, large tortoise, Lucy the alligator  and other fascinating reptiles.  We conclude the month with a visit to the fountain at Seattle Center and a visit to Volunteer Park.

August has turned out great for me personally because I am back in the classroom teaching and doing what I love.  I feel truly blessed to be able to work with, teach, and play with all of these great kids. The classroom is where I am happiest, and I want to thank you all for your support in welcoming be back into the classroom.

We are happy to welcome Evelyn and Cameron Ginsburgh to preschool! They recently moved here from Chicago and have let us know that they are NOT Seahawks fans. ☺ They have both settled very nicely into their new classrooms.  Brody has transitioned into the toddler room from the infant room and is making new toddler friends already.  Grace Sullivan will be making her transition into South Preschool mid-month and is very excited to become a “big preschooler”!  Sadly, yesterday we said goodbye to two of our wonderful graduates, Lincoln and Amelia Goodhew.  We wish them the best in Kindergarten!  Aira Aggarwal is moving with her family to California this month and we will miss her very much.

Have a wonderful month everyone!

Teddi Blades

Director & Owner, PFM

How to Teach Your Child to Take Turns

Learning patience is a critical life skill--one that is often overlooked in early childhood. However, even young children can be taught to practice patience (such as sharing, taking turns, waiting in line, etc.). Children are not born knowing how to do this. Rather, they rely on adults and older children to teach them this important life skill.

This article provides insight on how to communicate and demonstrate patience to your child. For example, say to your child, "I see you're waiting your turn to go down the slide." While it may sound intuitive, verbalizing this provides support to the child and celebrates their positive behavior.

At PFM, we encourage the students to wait their turn before going outside, using a work, talking at circle, and while waiting for meals. We discuss "taking turns" and practicing patience throughout the school day. If you have questions as to how you can support this behavior at home, please reach out to your child's teacher!

July South Class Newsletter

 Happy Summer!

Happy Summer!

Hello July!

 
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Happy Summer!

 

This summer we will explore the mysteries of the ocean! We will learn about the creatures that live there, the parts of the fish, and its life cycle. We also have lots of fun and exciting adventures ahead this summer both here at school and out in our neighborhood!

Sarah


 
We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe’, but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.
— Maria Montessori
 

Dates to remember:

  • June 29th - July 6th: Summer Break; PFM Closed
  • Monday July 9th: Pajama Day!
  • Friday July 13th: Ice Cream Social at PFM (3:30pm)
  • Thursday July 19th: Bubble Man visits PFM (3pm)
  • Thursday July 27th: Field trip to the Burke Museum! (depart at 9am)

Please feel free to bring in any of the following:

• Salad scraps/veggies/fruits for the bunnies

• Old necklaces or necklace beads for stringing

• Water or bubble toys for the playground

Thank you

 

Birthdays this month…

Jack turns 4 July 8th!

Arya turns 4 July 22nd!

 

Happy Birthday friends!

 

 

Happy Summer!

 
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July North Class Newsletter

 Happy Summer!

Happy Summer!

Hello July!

 
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Happy Summer!

We will continue our Dinosaur study this July! On our shelves we will keep sorting different dinosaurs by when they lived, where they lived, and what they ate. Our focus will be fine-tuned to learn about the dinosaurs that lived in Washington State way back when. We will add materials to the shelf to help practice a dinosaur excavation, create skeleton pictures and even materials to make some dinosaur costumes! Part of the Montessori method is following the child’s interests. Undoubtedly summer will inspire new topics of study that will make their way into the classroom 
At the end of the month we will be taking a school field trip to the Burke Museum. We will be able to see a life sized T. Rex skull, the first dinosaur fossil found in Washington state, and displays showcasing the landscapes and animals of Washington during dinosaur times. This will be a super fun field trip! Not only will we be seeing a dinosaur exhibit, but we will ride the city bus to get there! Public transit is always an exciting way to go on a field trip.
July will be a great month!

Hope


 
We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe’, but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.
— Maria Montessori
 

Dates to remember:

  • Monday July 9th: Pajama Day!
  • Friday July 13th: Ice Cream Social at PFM (3:30pm)
  • Thursday July 19th: Bubble Man visits PFM (3pm)
  • Thursday July 27th: Field trip to the Burke Museum! (depart at 9am)
 

Birthdays this month…


July 5th Riley turns 5!

 

Happy Birthday!

 

 

Happy Summer!

 
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