Agaves- January Update

Dear Agave Families:

Happy New Year to all and we wish you the best for this 2019!

Environment

We are very excited to add new language materials to our shelves. The children are thrilled to learn more and more words every day. We added Forest and Jungle animals’ replicas and the children totally loved them. We also have replicas and matching pictures of insects, office tools, carpentry tools, garden tools, kitchen utensils and clothes. 

Snack

This month we are making “Hummus and veggies”. The children are enjoying the process so much!  Peeling a cucumber and slicing it has been a successful activity that also brings a lot of concentration in the process. When making hummus, the children are developing the skill of “spooning” by transferring the garbanzo beans from a bowl to the food processor.  We also need freshly squeezed lemon juice for this recipe, so the children are squeezing a lemon every day and this activity is helping them to get both hands dexterity developed, and it brings strength to the hands and arms muscles. Also, by working with both hands at a time, children a putting both brain hemispheres to work simultaneously.   

 This a healthy snack that all of them have loved so I am sharing the recipe with you.

Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 can of garbanzo beans, drained ( 15. 5 oz can)
  • 6 tablespoons of Tahini
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, more as needed
  • 1 -2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of water, more as needed

Preparation

  • Have your child spoon the garbanzo beans into the food processor.
  • Blend the garbanzo beans by themselves for 1 minute until powdery clumps form. Scrape down (your child can help using a wooden spoon) the sides.
  • Add garlic and blend again until everything is the same consistency.
  • Add the tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and blend until smooth.
  • Add water and blend again until you get very smooth, light and creamy mixture.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt, garlic or lemon if needed.
  • To serve, drizzle it with a little olive oil, and sprinkle it with paprika (if desired).

Serve with fresh veggies and enjoy!

 

Montessori Journey

We are having an amazing opportunity for your family to get to know the Montessori Method closely and in all levels!

You can explore the classrooms and have a “hands on” experience with the materials. You will be amazed by the simplicity with which materials were created to aid the students to develop (not just to learn) complex academic concepts in every age group environment (from toddlers to adolescents).

Experienced Montessori guides will be here to give you lessons and presentations on the materials and to have your questions answered.

So please join us on Friday, January 25th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. for the Silent Journey and Saturday, January 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the “hands on” experience.

This activity is FREE so if you are planning to attend, your presence is required for both days. Child care will be provided, and lunch will be served on Saturday. RSVP required through SchoolCues.

 “This is education, understood as a help to life; an education from birth, which feeds a peaceful revolution and unites all in a common aim, attracting them as to a single centre. Mothers, fathers, politicians: all must combine in their respect and help for this delicate work of formation, which the little child carries on in the depth of a profound psychological mystery, under the tutelage of an inner guide. This is the bright new hope for mankind.” (The Absorbent Mind, p. 15)

We hope to see you there!

Pictures

I am sharing pictures of the children at the ‘End of the Year’ Celebration. Enjoy!

Ms. Lidia & Ms. Mia

 

Agave students at their "End of the Year" party

 

Bryn picking up a candy caneWesley and Bryn opening their books