September Infant Newsletter

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Hello September~

Welcome back, infant families! A warm welcome to our new students, Jack and Rose. Lyla will soon transition to the toddler classroom—we will miss her but know she will thrive in her new environment.

This month, our theme is fruit. Fruit will be incorporated into weekly lessons that promote language development, fine motor skills, sensory development, and self-expression.

Weekly focus—

  • Week one: Language (fruit flashcards)

  • Week two: Fine motor (fruit-cutting puzzle)

  • Week three: Sensory (fruit-biting work)

  • Week four: Self-expression (stamp art project)


 
Focus on quality and ease of movement, not on the age a milestone is accomplished.
— RIE Principal
 

Dates to remember:

  • September 2: PFM closed for Labor Day
  • September 3: First day of school

Classroom reminder:

Please label your child's bottles and/or food with their first and last name, date, and the type of milk or food. Let us know if your child has dietary restrictions! We'll update thier file and ensure these are monitored during communal snack times. Thank you!

September Birthdays:

Coming soon!

 
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September North Preschool Newsletter

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Hello September~

 
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This month, the North Preschool students will study trees! They’ll study the life cycle of trees, the many types of trees, parts of a tree, and enjoy tree exploration in the sensory bin. At circle, the students will sing, “Way Up High in the Apple Tree,” “Five Little Leaves,” “I’m a Little Pine Cone,” and more.

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”--Maria Montessori


Dates to remember:

  • September 2: PFM closed for Labor Day
  • September 3: First day of school
  • September 26: Curriculum Night 4:30-5:30pm

Quick Classroom Reminders:

  • Please be sure your child has extra clothes in his/her cubby.

 

 

 

September Birthdays:

Coming soon!

 
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September South Preschool Newsletter

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Hello September~

 
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This month, our themes are apples and worms! The preschool students will study the life cycle of both. They’ll enjoy making delicious, homemade applesauce and practice digging for worms in the sensory bin. During circle, the students will read, “Ten Apples Up On Top” and sing “Way Up High in the Apple Tree.”

“Indeed there are powers in the small child that are far greater than is generally realized.”--Maria Montessori


Dates to remember:

  • September 2: PFM closed for Labor Day
  • September 3: First day of school
  • September 26: Curriculum Night 4:30-5:30pm

Quick Classroom Reminders:

  • Please be sure your child has extra clothes in his/her cubby.

 

 

 

 

September Birthdays:

Coming soon!

 
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September Toddler Newsletter

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Hello September~

 
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This month, the theme in the toddler classroom is the home. The students will read books about families, practice setting the table, and work with “The Napping House” felt board. During circle, we will read, “Henry Helps with the Laundry,” “Let’s Nosh,” “At Night,” and more.

“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education.”--Maria Montessori


Dates to remember:

  • September 2: PFM closed for Labor Day
  • September 3: First day of school

Quick Classroom Reminders:

Please check to see that your child has extra clothes and diapers in the classroom.

 

 

 

September Birthdays:

Coming soon!

 
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Head of School Newsletter: September

Hello PFM families,

I am so proud of our amazing teachers getting their classrooms in tip-top shape and set up beautifully for the new school year! The children have had an amazing day back to school and our new friends are already enjoying their time here as well. It is so fun to watch them all play together and look through their classrooms for new things to do.

Some exciting news was announced at our in-service day on Friday (in addition to all the cleaning and meetings). We are excited to tell you that Teresa (infant room) will be training to be a co-lead in the infant room. And Mimi (infant room) has become our afternoon infant lead teacher. You will now see Mimi in the afternoons with Brenda and our new employee, Yoanna (pronounced Joanna) who began today!

Erika (North Preschool) has become the North Preschool co-lead teacher with teacher Lex! Teacher Lex and Erika are excited to work together in North Preschool and have very compatible skill sets. Lex will be in charge of the Montessori lessons, emails to parents, tracking student progress and Erika will focus on classroom management, organizational duties and making materials for the classroom, among other things. Both teachers have their teaching degrees so this is sure to be a plus for the classroom as they can share in the responsibilities of teaching!

Today we welcome Kelsey back to school from her maternity leave. She is co-leading the preschool afternoon program with Teacher Liz! They have lots of fun things planned for the afternoon program and are excited to get started.

Have a great week everyone!

Teddi Blades

Director & Owner, PFM

August Infant Newsletter

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Hello August~

This month, our theme is ocean! The infants will learn about animals that live in the ocean, work with sand and shells in the sensory table, and experiment with water by making sensory bottles.

Weekly focus—

  • Week one: Sensory (beach bottle shakers)

  • Week two: Gross motor (manipulating pillows)

  • Week three: Fine motor (dolphin shakers)

  • Week four: Cognitive (base with rings on a dimensional gradation)

  • Week five: Language (colors and types of fish)


 
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 2: The Reptile Man visits PFM
  • August 30: PFM closed for teacher in-service

Classroom reminder:

Please label your child's bottles and/or food with their first and last name, date, and the type of milk or food. Let us know if your child has dietary restrictions! We'll update thier file and ensure these are monitored during communal snack times. Thank you!

August Birthdays:

Coming soon!

 
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August Toddler Newsletter

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Hello August~

 
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This month, the theme in the toddler classroom is birds! The students will learn about the anatomy and life cycle of birds. They will enjoy bird-related matching work, and in the sensory table, the students may work with eggs, feathers, and miniature birds. During circle, they will sing, “Five Feathered Birds,” “Found a Feather,” and “Little Bird, Little Bird.”

“The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.”--Maria Montessori


Dates to remember:

  • August 2: The Reptile Man visits PFM
  • August 30: PFM closed for teacher in-service

Quick Classroom Reminders:

Please check to see that your child has extra clothes and diapers in the classroom.

 

 

 

August Birthdays:

Coming soon!

 
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August South Preschool Newsletter

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Hello August~

 
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This month, our themes are the ocean and things that float. The South Preschool students will learn about different forms of transportation on the water, including boats, submarines, jet skis, paddle boards, and kayaks. They will enjoy matching toy boats to photo cards. Additionally, the students will study the depths of the ocean. At circle, we will sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Take Me Out to the Ocean.”

“The child has a mind able to absorb knowledge. He has the power to teach himself.”--Maria Montessori


Dates to remember:

  • August 2: The Reptile Man visits PFM
  • August 8: Field trip to Volunteer Park
  • August 16: Field trip to the Fire Station
  • August 30: PFM closed for teacher in-service

Quick Classroom Reminders:

  • Please be sure your child has extra clothes in his/her cubby.

 

 

 

 

August Birthdays:

Coming soon!

 
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