WELCOME BACK AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!
I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas break. On behalf of the Happy Hands team I would like to thank all of you for attending the children’s Christmas concert and for your generosity in making contributions towards the food/drinks for the children’s party. Thank you all also for the lovely cards and gifts that you have given us. I am sure you will agree that the day was fun and the children’s concert was a memorable one!
UPDATE ON STAFFING
We are pleased to inform you that we have an additional member of staff who joined us as from the 6th Jan 2014.
Ms Meena Sugandha
I am certain that you are all aware of who your children’s key persons are. The list of key persons and children are on the Parents Notice Board. Please do not hesitate to liaise with the respective key persons with regards to updates on progress and planning the next steps. We at Happy Hands highly recommend and encourage parental involvement with regards to observations at home and input towards individual planning for your child or parental involvement in activities at the nursery.
INFORMATION ON MONTESSORI PRACTICAL LIFE EXERCISES
Why Practical Life Exercises?
“A child who has become master of his acts through long and repeated exercises, and who has been encouraged by the pleasant and interesting activities, in which he has been
engaged, is the child filled with health and joy and remarkable for calmness and discipline. He has also acquired in a natural way many practical skills.” – Maria Montessori
“Why is my child asked to learn how to wash pots and pans or pour grains from jar to jar and not something academic such as mathematics?” Such question is what many adults,
who are not familiar with the Montessori Method, are confused about or may contemplate on. By performing these activities with coordination of mind and body, children are able to develop fine motor skills, power of the will, concentration and ability for decision making and judgement. As we are aware, these aspects are vital to solve mathematical problems and to read and write.
The Practical Life activities are organised into four areas: Elementary Movements, Care of Self, Care of the Environment and Social Grace and Courtesy. These activities allow children to perform with interest and repetition until the urge to master the skill has been achieved.
No activity is a play for a child but “work” and the materials are prepared to be complete and functional. Thus the transition period from home to school environment, where the
activities are purposeful and child can choose an activity and repeat as often as desired, with no time limits, they are able to explore with guidance and feel secure, the activity is
mastered independently. In that, Practical Life activities lay the foundation for children’s personality.
We have considered the various nutritional values of foods that we have prepared for the children during the last term. We aim to ensure that the children eat enough vegetables
and get a balanced diet. The vegetables that they had were mixed vegetables of carrots, peas and sweetcorn. We appreciate that some children can be fussy eaters and are not
keen on trying out new foods. I have had lengthy discussions with the nursery’s cook Ms Hannah and have formulated several recipes that incorporate vegetables for the children’s menu. We have trialled the menu over several weeks and have discovered that some new recipes with vegetables proved to be quite popular with the children. We have introduced various new vegetables in the children’s diet such as broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, swedes, parsnips and butternut squash. Please do not hesitate to see me or Ms Hannah for recipes, suggestions or advice on your child’s dietary menu.
The two weekly menus are displayed on the Parents Notice Board.
Meet FLUFF our most loved teddy. Children will have the opportunity to take turns in taking FLUFF home for the weekend. FLUFF will accompany your child for the weekend and returned to the nursery on Monday.
FLUFF has his own diary for you to help record his adventures. Please feel free to insert a photograph of your child with FLUFF and record their adventures in the diary.
Purpose of exercise: Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Enjoys responsibility of carrying out small tasks.
Communication, Language & Literacy
Can retell simple past events in the correct order.
Starts on 6th January 2014
Ends on 4th April 2014
DATES TO NOTE
31/01/2014 ‐ Chinese New Year
14/02/2014 ‐ Valentine’s Day
04/03/2014 ‐ Pancake Day
30/03/2014 – Mothers’ Day
31/03/2014 ‐ Happy Hands Montessori Nursery will be holding a Coffee morning at the nursery for all mothers to celebrate Mothers’ Day.
04/04/2014 ‐ Last day of Spring Term
RE: SUMMATIVE REPORTS – WEEK BEGINNING ‐ 24/03/2014
(Please liaise with your child’s key person to arrange for the date and time of consultation.)
NURSERY MANAGER/HEAD TEACHER