1st December Update

Dear Agave Families:

This year has been full of up and downs, in some way it has felt like riding a roller coaster! I am so happy to say, “We made it to December!” and what makes us feel very thankful is that we are healthy and happy to be here sharing beautiful days with your children.

Snack & Food prep activities

This month’s snack menu will be:

Morning: pears, raspberries, and mini pretzels.                                                                                   Afternoon: oranges, raspberries, and mini pretzels. 

This month we will add a “food prep” activity. We will make sure to follow the safety and health protocols. Keeping in mind the health of our children, we will show them how to make their own orange juice! We will have a tray with an orange juicer, half an orange and a cup. I will introduce this lesson individually and we will wash all items after each use. At the end of the day the items will be placed in the dishwasher for sanitization process. 

Winter Clothes

As the weather has changed drastically and our mornings are cold, we understand the need of using heavy jackets in the morning. However, your child will be asked to take the jacket off when being inside the classroom. Our classrooms are heated, and they will not be cold inside. Please avoid using sweaters as shirts as they become an obstacle for your children movement when they work in the classroom. We kindly request that the children wear a light long sleeve shirt or warmers under their sweaters/jackets/coats and please make sure the sleeves are not too tight as they will need to pull them up when washing their hands or working with water. 

Please, avoid sending your child wearing multiple layers of clothes. Please, do not put your child in more than 3 layers. We recommend long sleeve shirt/warmer, vest or sweater and coat. If your child is wearing more than 3 layers, we will take the extra layers off. When you put so many layers on a child’s body your child will lose the ability to control movement so accidents involving falling and loosing balance will occur constantly. Also, keeping the body too warm hinders the ability to control the body temperature and in some cases being too hot in a heated environment may cause a heat stroke (We had experience it before, please avoid it).

Kind reminder: Please label your child’s jackets and sweaters. We are not responsible for sweaters, jackets, etc. being misplaced. Thank you for your understanding!

Environment

Many holidays begin with the arrival of winter. As the days grow shorter and nights grow longer, many cultures celebrate light. We provide students with impressionistic lessons that reinforce the idea that people around the world have distinctive yet similar celebrations. The children retain the joy of holiday celebrations as they learn about a variety of cultural observances. Learning about the holidays of different cultures embraces the Montessori principals of inclusion and peace and helps students understand that celebrations have had a great significance to people throughout time and across all cultures.

Holidays are a way that people come together to worship that which they hold dear, to rejoice, and usually to feast with their community and families. It is wonderful to be different and honor what is unique about each culture and person, we celebrate our humanity together. We share with the children these traditions by showing them pictures, singing songs, reading books, and sharing recipes.

Book Exchange/ End of the Year Celebrations

We will be sharing (Ms. Silvia, Mrs. Rosario & Mrs. Lidia) our own family/cultural traditions with the children. 

If you have a family tradition or recipe you would like to share with us, please contact Ms. Lidia.

Friday, December 18th “Book Exchange/ End of the Year Party”

This year we will have a “Chocolate Milk Pajama Party”

On that day, your child can come to school wearing his/her favorite holiday themed pajamas! Please, make sure your child wears sneakers not slippers as the need of movement and gross motor activities outdoors will still be present. Children will have a picnic style snack and we will break a piñata! It is a fun activity we get to do once a year. We also show our appreciation to each other with our book exchange activity. 

COVID-19 Friendly piñata activity:

This year we are being creative and have found a way to still have fun and be safe at the same time! So, this is how our piñata activity will work:

·      We will pack Ziploc bags with goodies and put them in the piñata

·      We will place a large blanket under the piñata so the Ziploc bags will fall there instead of the ground.

·      The children will take turns to hit/break the piñata and once the Ziploc bags fall, we will let them take one bag home.

·      Children will bring their bags home and they can enjoy the candy at home if parents allow it.

On Thursday, Dec. 17th each family needs to bring a book, wrapped and with only your child’s name written on the label. For the activity, your child will get a paper from a jar that will have the picture of a friend and your child will give the book that he/she brought to that child. 

What kind of books should we bring?

We kindly suggest looking for the following characteristics when buying a book for this activity.

·      Real pictures or as real as possible

·      No fantasy, princesses, superheroes, or animals/objects talking 

·      Look for books that aid your child on learning new words (the book needs to be in English as is the common language among us)

·      Books with simple sentences

·      Avoid books with long sequences

·      Fairy tales and long stories are not recommended for this age as they cannot follow through a long sequence of events

What do you need to bring on Dec. 19th?

Bring in your child’s lunch box but instead of lunch, please pack a chocolate milk box, fruit and some cookies as the children will not have lunch at school that day. We will have a picnic snack and our “Chocolate milk pajama party”.

If you have any questions, please let Ms. Lidia know.

Thank you so much!

Thoughtfully,

Ms. Lidia, Ms. Silvia & Ms. Rosario