Agaves- 2nd December Update

Dear Agave Families:

The end of the year brings no greater joy than the opportunity to reflect upon the beautiful things and all memories we have made together as a Toddler Community!  It is hard to believe how quickly the time has flown and how much your children have grown these pasts few months.

It has been a joy to observe them working and being more independent every day; their little steps through independence are very valuable in our environment. The younger students have started to feel more comfortable around the classroom and have shown interest in playing and learning about their older peers. The older children are exercising their leadership skills by assisting the younger students in activities such as: pouring water into a cup, serving snack, holding hands for nature walks, “reading” books for them, handling paper towels after washing hands, taking off/ putting on shoes and jackets, and the list goes on.

Because of the Holiday Season, we as adults are very aware of it and busy planning our family festivities. The children are also aware of their surroundings but in a different way, they just enjoy it! The ones who have to plan everything, do shopping, have the house clean for relatives coming over, wrap presents, cook, bake or plan a holiday out of town are the adults. Adding that to our regular routine may cause us to stress, we can feel overwhelmed at sometimes and feel the need to “rush” in our schedule to have everything done on time. We understand that, children do not.

It is very important to remember that even at this time of the year the younger ones still need their routine and time to do things by themselves. Their inner call of independence & curiosity is always present, so be patient and understanding if a sudden tantrum happens out of nowhere (in front of the people coming over to our house for dinner for example). Keeping your limits and boundaries consistent and clear (even in front of their grandparents!) will help them go through this process. It gives them a frame of reference for self-control and respect as well as security.

“The child has a different relation to his environment from ours… the child absorbs it. The things he sees are not just remembered; they form part of his soul. He incarnates in himself all in the world about him that his eyes see and his ears hear.”

– Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

Book Exchange/ End of the Year Celebrations

On Thursday Dec. 20th, please bring in a book, wrapped and with only your child’s name written on the label. We will have our book exchange activity in our party on Friday, Dec. 21st. More details about this are in our previous web update.

Celebration of Light

This month we have been reading the book “Celebrations of Light,” written by Nancy Luenn – Ilustrated by Mark Bender. This book describes twelve celebrations of light, a year of holidays around the world. We have read one page a day and also have played some holiday’s music form different countries. This is part of our Cultural Curriculum and also goes along with the idea of Cosmic Education that Maria Montessori has left us as legacy.

Ms. Mia shared about her family tradition of Hanukkah which was celebrated on Monday, Dec. 10th. She brought in a Menorah, lit the candles, and told a short story about it to the children. Then she showed them the ‘dreidel’, taught them how to spin it, sang the ‘dreidel song’, and gave them a coin chocolate as a Hanukkah gift.

Ms. Lidia shared her “Ponche de Frutas” (Guatemalan fruit punch) recipe on Friday. Thank you for collaborating to make this activity possible by bringing a fruit. The children chopped the fruits, put them in a pot, and then waited for it to be ready. We sent home some of it so you can also try it. In various countries in Latin America, ‘ponche de frutas’ (fruit punch) is very common to drink  on Christmas Eve. The children enjoyed this so much!

Winter Break Care

Winter Break Care for those enrolled in the All-Day program. Lead Teachers will be out, and teacher assistants will be in charge during that time.

Please email Ms. Lidia letting her know if your child will be assisting during that time and what days so we can plan the snack contribution based on that. Thank you so much!

The gift of love, the gift of peace, the gift of happiness… May these be yours this Holiday Season.

Happy Holidays and warm wishes for 2019!

Ms. Lidia & Ms. Mia

Ms. Mia talks about Hanukkah.

Ms. Mia talks about Hanukkah.

Children play the "Dreidel Game".

Children play the "Dreidel Game".