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The Quailblazer Times is the monthly newsletter for Children's House Montessori School.
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DECEMBER 2016
Volume IV, Issue #3
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Korey's Corner

Wishing you, my Children’s House family, the very best holiday season. As I look forward to having my 3 grown daughters with me for the holidays and with that so much fun and festivities, I still look back fondly on our memories of when they were as young and carefree as your children are right now. Enjoy these special days with your delightful children, and may the new year bring you continued joy in your lives. My deepest thanks for giving me and my staff the opportunity to share in that joy. Cheers to health and happiness, love and friendship in 2017!
TODDLER
These chilly days have been beautifully busy in the Toddler classroom. There are so many lessons to share, so much work to master, so many activities to learn, so many new books to discover, so many bonds of amazing friendship growing, so many moments of development, so many beautiful children to share and fill our school days.
Savannah and I wish all of our Children's House families an amazing and magical holiday season.
                       ~Jen


PRIMARY
Primary has been exploring South America! We are learning about the rain forest and the different animals that live in South America, please feel free to come in and check out the new work on our continent shelf! We are also feeling quiet festive and have started making paper chains. We can't wait to sing for you at the Winter Performance!
~Tori

 
Where do snowmen get their information?



The Winternet!
KINDERGARTEN
I learned all my sounds! Now I’m so excited to start pink reading!



You have to read the words and then label the class with the cards. When you’re done you have to pick eight cards to write in your grammar book.



The card showed me what beads I had to get from the bank. I like to open the bank.



We worked with the addition board. We sorted the red and blue strips and then we added them and wrote the number. 8+5=13
from the Lower Elementary Class...
“Connecting the Dots Between Curriculums”
 
Although Dr. Montessori reminds us to isolate new concepts being taught, we are constantly drawing connections between every area of the core and cosmic curriculum. A fractional sampling in the last month has led us from the story of Squanto to the Wampanoags to Chief Seattle to ecological preservation to the use of natural resources for meeting the primary needs of people, to using knowledge of nature to develop independence, to Sam Gribley’s survival tactics (see student-constructed replica of Sam’s tree home in photo above) in My Side of the Mountain to the astonishing ill-preparedness of the Pilgrims in 1620 which of course leads us back to Squanto. We have been applying this knowledge and more in our winter show “Where the Rebels Are”, a creative American history about standing up for ourselves and seeking independence. Hope you can make it.

from the Upper Elementary:

Upper El has been getting into the holiday spirit! They and their Kindergarten buddies gave back to the community, volunteering at Loaves and Fishes in Atascadero and packing up food for those in need. In the classroom, the children have been busy working on holiday cards for their buddies and parents, as well as hand crafted gifts. Last Friday, much of the class and some amazing parent volunteers, held our first CHMS Babysitting/Parent's Night Out, to raise funds for our trip to Washington DC in the spring. Thanks to all who participated! Happy Holidays!
John's Tree no longer has any green! We had four sets of buddies who guessed the correct day, December 12th: Katie D. & Juniper, Hannah & West, Maya & Logan P., and Kirra & Henry H.
Goodbye to John's Tree... until next year!

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