MONTESSORI TIMES

Maitland Montessori School, Inc.

March 2016

A Note from the Directors:

 The tax deadline is bearing down upon us.  Our federal ID number is 59-2805765.  If you need to request a statement for tax purposes, please contact the main office at (407) 628-0019 or our bookkeeper at maitmon@earthlink.net.  Please be sure to allow at least seven days for your request to be processed.

Spring Break will be March 21-25We will hold Spring Break camp only if we have a minimum of 12 paid camp registrations by March 4.  We thank those of you who have returned your camp enrollment forms and payments.  If you have not returned your form and payment, please do so by March 4 to avoid the camp being canceled due to low enrollment.

Also, if you have not yet re-enrolled for the upcoming school year you should not hesitate any longer; spaces are filling up quickly in both of our schools and we would hate for your child to lose his/her spot.

Adele Fondo, M.Ed.          Muriel Owens

IMPORTANT DATES
March 2:  Shakespeare Alive In-House Field Trip for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade Students
March 3:  Shakespeare Alive In-House Field Trip for 4th-8th Grade Students

March 4:  DEADLINE FOR SPRING BREAK CAMP REGISTRATION
March 5:  Parents’ Night Out, Preschool-3rd Grade
March 8-10:  Camp Wewa Overnight Field Trip for 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Students
March 10:  Autumn Oaks Petting Zoo & Pony Rides, Preschool/Kindergarten & Elementary/Middle School (Pony Rides at Preschool/Kindergarten Only)
March 11:  Student Holiday/Teacher Workday/PTA LEGOLAND Event
March 11, 12, 13:  American Montessori Society (AMS) Conference
March 13:  Daylight Savings Time Begins (Turn clocks forward.)
March 16:  Elementary/Middle School March 30 Sub Wednesday Orders Due & 4th/5th Grade Field Trip Permission Slip for “Forever Florida” Due
March 21-March 25:  Spring Break/Schools Closed; Preschool/Kindergarten & Lower Elementary
Open for Spring Break Care(
if minimum enrollment is met by March 4)
March 28:  School Resumes; End of Third Marking Period for Elementary/Middle School
March 29, 30:  Scholastic Book Fair
March 31:  Off-Campus Field Trip to Forever Florida in St. Cloud for 4th & 5th Grade Students
April 2:  PTA Spring Fest,12:00-3:00 P.M.
April 7:  Bee Lady, Preschool/Kindergarten & Elementary/Middle School
April 9:  Parents’ Night Out, Preschool-3rd Grade
April 13:  Elementary/Middle School April 20 Sub Wednesday Orders Due
April 25-29:  Standardized Testing, Grades 1-8
May 2:  “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” Cast Rehearsal at Maitland Civic Center, 3:00-5:30 P.M.
May 6:  PTA Teacher Appreciation Lunch
May 7:  Parents’ Night Out, Preschool-3rd Grade
May 9:  “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” Cast Rehearsal at Maitland Civic Center, 3:00-5:30 P.M.
May 11:  “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” Cast Rehearsal at Elementary/Middle School

MAY 13:  End-of-the-School-Year Performance of“Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” at Maitland Civic Center, 7:00 P.M.  Please mark your calendars!
May 19:  End-of-the-School-Year Elementary/Middle School Concert
May 26:  Kindergarten Graduation and Middle School “Leavers’” Lunch
May 27:  Middle School Talent Show
May 28:  Parents’ Night Out, Preschool-3rd Grade
May 30:  Schools Closed for Memorial Day
May 31:  Last Day of School & Russell Willi, Magician, at Preschool/Kindergarten & Elementary/Middle School
June 1:  Summer Camps Begin

Thank you, parent volunteers, for always being willing to lend a helping hand!

Education demands, then, only this:  the utilization of the powers of the child for his own instruction.
                                   --Dr. Maria Montessori

Thank you for your donations of new socks and underwear for the orphanage Operation Uganda Hope.  They will be greatly appreciated! 

SATURDAY, APRIL 2 PTA SPRING FEST AT LAKE LILY

Grab your picnic basket, blanket, and family to enjoy this old-fashioned Spring Fest at Lake Lily in Maitland.  Music, games, and buckets of Montessori-inspired fun await you!  For your delight and convenience, there will also be delicious food concessions and amazing gourmet popsicles.  Event hours:  12 noon-3:00 p.m.   Questions?  Contact maitlandmontessoripta@gmail.com or (407) 628-0019.

Activities to Guide You When Reading with Your Child

Focus on a few of these each time you read together:
*Establish a purpose for reading
*Identify the title and the author
*Comment on the cover illustration
*Scan through the pages
*Establish the “w’s”--who, what, where, when, why
*Relate the story and events to your child’s existing knowledge and interests
*Predict future events (read a passage, pause, comment, and ask your child to predict     what will happen next)
*Summarize the main ideas
*Generate questions as you read
*Make inferences
*Clarify difficult words or confusing concepts
*Use imagery or visualization
*Organize ideas, perhaps graphically, on paper
*Retell the sequence of events
*Enjoy the story

25 Reasons to Keep Your Child in Montessori Through the Kindergarten Year
(Reprinted, with permission, from
Tomorrow’s Child; Copyright by The Montessori Foundation. 
All rights reserved.)

 Every year thousands of Montessori parents whose children are about to move up to kindergarten face a common dilemma.  Do they allow their child to remain in a Montessori environment or do they transfer their children to a more traditional kindergarten program?  Although there are plenty of issues that factor into this important decision, most Montessori administrators, educators, and parents will agree that perhaps the most compelling factor for most parents has to do with basic economics.  Simply put, their child can attend a local public school kindergarten program free.

Although each family must make this decision on their own, we offer a number of thoughts which should be considered before transferring a child in the kindergarten years.

1)  Does your child love school and can't wait to go every day?  If so, consider yourself lucky.  Why tinker with a winning school situation when so many families are frustrated and disappointed?

2)  Your child has waited for two years to be one of the five-year-old leaders of her class.  The kindergarteners are looked up to as role models for the younger students, and most children eagerly await their opportunity to play this role.

3)  The third year, the kindergarten year, is the time when many of the earlier lessons come together and become a permanent part of the young child's understanding.  An excellent example is the early introduction to addition with large numbers through the Bank Game.  When children leave Montessori at age five, many of the still-forming concepts evaporate, just as a child living overseas will learn to speak two languages but may quickly lose the second language if his family moves back home.

4)  As a five-year-old, your child has many opportunities to teach the younger children lessons that he learned when he was their age.  Research proves that this experience has powerful benefits for both tutor and tutored.

5)  As five-year-olds, Montessori children normally go on to still more fascinating lessons and more advanced Montessori materials, such as the Stamp Game.

6)  The Primary Montessori curriculum is much more sophisticated than that found in most kindergartens.

7)  Having spent two years together, your child's teachers know her very, very well.  They know her strengths and areas that are presenting challenges.

8)  Your child already knows most of her classmates.  She has grown up in a safe, supportive classroom setting.

9)  If your child goes on to another school, he will spend the first half of the year just getting used to the new educational approach.

10)  Montessori math is based on the European tradition of unified mathematics.  Montessori introduces young children to basic geometry and other sophisticated concepts as early as kindergarten.

11)  In many Montessori schools, five-year-olds are beginning to read the Junior Great Books; kindergarteners in other schools may be learning to recognize letters and numbers.

12)  Five-year-olds have a real sense of running their classroom community.

13)  In Montessori, your child can continue to progress at her own pace.  In traditional kindergarten, she will have to wait while the other children begin to catch up.

14)  Even in kindergarten, Montessori children are studying cultural geography and beginning to grow into global citizens.

15)  In Montessori, five-year-olds work with intriguing learning materials, like the trinomial cube, instead of color books and insipid basal readers.

16)  With the land and water forms, he'll learn about lakes, islands, isthmuses, straits, capes, archipelagos, peninsulas, and other geological forms, rather than circles, squares, and rectangles.

17)  In art she'll learn about Picasso and Renoir, rather than learn her basic colors.

18)  In Montessori, your child has been treated with a deep respect as a unique individual.  The school has been equally concerned for his intellectual, social, and emotional development.  Unfortunately, despite lip service to the contrary, this is often not the case in traditional classrooms.

19)  Montessori schools are warm and supportive communities of students, teachers, and parents.  Children can't easily slip through the cracks!

20)  Montessori consciously teaches children to be kind and peaceful.

21)  In Montessori schools, learning is not focused on rote drill and memorization.  Our goal is to develop students who really understand their schoolwork.

22)  Montessori students learn through hands-on experience, investigation, and research.  They become actively engaged in their studies, rather than passively waiting to be spoon-fed.

23)  Montessori is consciously designed to recognize and address different learning styles, helping students learn to study most effectively.

24)  Montessori challenges and sets high expectations for all students, not only a special few.

25)  Montessori students develop self-discipline and an internal sense of purpose and motivation.

 

If you still have any doubts, spend a morning observing in your child's class and compare it with a morning in a kindergarten class in the other school you are considering.  Sit quietly and take mental notes.

The differences may be subtle, but most likely they will be significant.  Then project your child into the future and ask yourself how the positive differences you observed in the Montessori classroom might help shape your child to become the teenager, and later the adult, you envisioned for your child's future.