South Preschool Newsletter January

Happy New Year all!

Happy New Year all!


Happy New Year all!


I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing break filled with family, food, and lots of love!

This month in our classroom we will be learning about the Arctic and Antarctic! We will learn about ways to get around on the ice, what type of clothes you would need, and what kinds of plants and animals live there.

In the zoology area we will talk about hibernation versus migration and adaptation, and in the science area

In the practical life area of the classroom we will be introduced to polishing…with the leaves of our plants looking so shiny from all of our leaf polishing practice, we are ready to move on to wood and metal polishing using all natural polishes and cotton balls! We will polish things all around the classroom to make our environment sparkle!

In the math area of the classroom we will explore temperature with some cool ‘glaciers’ and thermometers. We will also learn about the clock- we will learn about the parts of a clock, the numbers on the clock and how to tell what hour it is. We will even be creating our own clocks to explore with and take home!





Dates to remember this month:


Tuesday January 2nd: First day back to school


Monday January 15th: PFM closed for MLK Day

Only poets feel the fascination of a tiny rivulet of water trickling over the pebbles as it is felt by the child, who grows enthusiastic over it, laughs, and wants to stop and touch it with his hand as if to caress it.
— Maria Montessori

Birthdays and transitions this month…


  • We will celebrate Kellan’s birthday this month on January 9th


  • We will welcome a new friend Finn to our class who is moving to Seattle from Bainbridge Island!

Sounds this month: Our sounds have been put in order by the AMS sound groups- the easiest to pronounce and write to the hardest:

January 2nd-5th: Cc

January 8th-12th: Rr

January 16th-19th: Pp

January 22nd-26th: Ii

January 29th- February 2nd: Ww

Gentle reminders…


  • Please check your child’s folder daily and take their work home.


  • Thank you for labeling all your child’s belongings- even mittens and socks!


  • Please do be sure your child has all of the necessary belongings in their cubby for the cold weather, rain, even snow!

How to bring some Montessori into your home this month...

Have your child help around the house with polishing…

o Wood polishing: mix a tiny amount of olive oil with the juice from half a lemon in a spray bottle and have your child spray wooden surfaces and wipe with a clean washcloth.

o Mirror and metal polishing: place a small amount of white toothpaste into a small bowl and use a small wet cloth or napkin to cover the mirror or metal surface. Allow to dry and then wipe clean with a dry washcloth.