I hope you allhad a wonderful Christmas break and a memorable celebration to welcome 2015. Hopefully it was a restful and enjoyable time spent with the children.
The children enjoyed the combined Eid and Diwali celebration at the nursery. Some children (and teachers too) dressed in their traditional costumes to join in the festivities.
On behalf of the Happy Hands™ team I would like to thank all the parents for participating in getting the children involved in the Sponsored Fancy Dress Day for the Strongbones Charitable Trust. We have raised an amazing £375.00 collectively!!! Well done to all involved.
A big thank you also for attending the children’s Christmas Concert and for the food/drinks contribution. The children performed really well on the day and judging from the feedback it was a great success! An enjoyable day over all.
Monday 5th Jan2015– Thursday2ndApr 2015
Before elaborating any system of education, we must therefore create a favourable environment that will encourage the flowering of a child’s natural gifts. All that is needed is to remove the obstacles. And this should be the basis of, and point of departure for, all future education. The first thing to be done, therefore, is to discover the true nature of a child and then assist him in his normal development. [Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood, translated by M. Joseph Costelloe, S.J.
It is a human tendency to communicate with others and this could underlie the emergence of language. Montessori said, “Talk is in the nature of man.” Humans needed language in order to communicate, and soon, the powers that come with language were revealed. The evolution of the human language began when communication was done through pictograms or pictures and drawings. It then developed into ideograms when pictures began to turn into symbols. Later, these symbols became words, words involved letters; vowels emerged; one symbol came to represent one sound, an alphabet was created, and then came the alphabet we now use today and just as language evolved hundreds of thousands of years ago, it also changes with each generation. Unneeded words are dropped and new words come into use. Language rose and continues to rise with the collective intelligence.
When the child arrives in the Montessori classroom, he has fully absorbed his culture’s language. He has already constructed the spoken language and with his entry into the classroom, he will begin to consolidate the spoken language and begin to explore the written forms of language.
Because language is an integral involvement in the process of thinking, the child will need to be spoken to and listened to often. The child will need a broad exposure to language, with correct articulation, enunciation, and punctuation. The child will need to experience different modes of language and to hear and tell stories. Most importantly, the child needs to feel free and be encouraged to communicate with others.
With the child’s absorbent mind the child by age six will have reached the 3rd point of consciousness in language where he understands that sounds and words have meaning and that these symbols can be used in writing. He will become fully articulate, he will be able to express himself in writing, he will be able to read with ease, and have a full comprehension of the thoughts of others.
MONTESSORI LANGUAGE MATERIALS – LEARNING TO READ
NURSERY MANAGER/HEAD TEACHER