In this Issue
Welcome new friends to Abacus, Jonty, Frank, Claire, Averie, Isaac, Merina, Hamish, Ataahua and Raukura we look forward to getting to know you and your families. Goodbye to friends that have gone to school or moved away from Abacus, we farewell Caezar, Dylan, Ashveer, Oliver, Nick and Marcus, we wish you all the best for the future, don’t forget to come back and visit!
At Abacus Montessori we aim to provide an environment where all learners are supported to develop a strong sense of belonging. Within this nurturing environment children become independent learners and resilient risk takers who grow and adapt to our changing world.
Learning is a continuous process motivated by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. The Montessori approach creates a unique learning environment that supports this process.
Through our commitment to the Montessori Philosophy Abacus provides an environment which encourages all children to have the freedom to express and grow their individuality, which in turn fosters the development of self-confidence and independence.
Welcome to Aoibhe, James, Harry, Declan, Ashton, Ethan and Daniel in the nursery. What a busy start to the year. Great to see all the children so well and happy! We have been out exploring the community on many outings;
- The Sensory Room where the tamariki were encouraged to explore all of their senses.
- Pioneer Stadium for tumble times, which was a hit with the children! They were immersed in the different gross motor obstacles and challenges set up.
- Woolston Plunket; It was great that we were able to visit the local playgroup where the children enjoyed expanding their relationships with children.
- Friendship picnic at the park with some of ‘The Pod’ children! Such fun to running around the park with our balls and parachute.
Our current group inquiry is exploring each other’s cultures. If you have anything you could contribute it would be warmly welcomed.
Recently in the sandpit the children have showing a keen interest in digging holes to get to the bottom, creating castles, motes and treasure hunting.
This interest began with one of the children asking to make a castle with a mote with lots of water around it. With all the lovely hot days having the water in the sandpit was not only exciting but also refreshing. The children then took their interest further and were asking for treasure hunts in and around preschool. It wasn’t until Zach mentioned “treasure in the sandpit” they then dug a hole and buried imaginary gold and gems. Cameron created a cross to mark the spot.
It has been great to see the children creativity exploring, allowing their imaginations to run wild while working alongside their friends.
We have noticed monarch butterflies in the garden landing on our swan plants. We wonder if these are some of the butterflies that hatched out of the chrysalis last month. After observing a monarch land on our swan plant, we noticed that she was laying eggs, what an experience to watch! We have been monitoring the eggs each day and have slowly been seeing the caterpil- lars hatch and grow. The children have been very interested in what is happening and we have planned a number of activities to support their interests such as colouring, cutting and sticking the life cycle of a monarch onto paper; decorating our own butterflies; drawing what we have been seeing and reading stories about butterflies and the monarch life cycle. Watch this space for the progression of the caterpillars and our inquiry into the life cycle of monarchs.
For the entire month of February ‘the Pod’ has been investigating what it takes to have a healthy heart. We examined textures, tastes and smells, observed ways our environment can keeps us sustained and studied ways in which to keep our heart active. The children were hands on in their experiences and shared language from home bringing new understandings and values to our learning.
Call or email for more information about THE POD programme
Ph: 381 2721
On the 5th of March we had a family picnic evening, what a great turn out it was on such a lovely night. Great to see all the parents interacting and all of the children enjoying them- selves. What a nice surprise it was when Mr Whippy arrived giving out ice-creams with sprinkles, a special treat on such a warm night. Thank you to all parents that came along.
Spending the day learning and playing requires the right sort of fuel. Good nutrition can lead to better concentration and improved learning as well as healthy growth and development. It is our purpose to provide an environment that recognises the importance of all children’s health, we thank you all for helping us work towards a healthy heart environment.
Abacus supports and encourages the development of our professional staff. Currently we are busy with the following;
- Montessori Diploma Book One: Ali, Caz and Jo
- nterLead Consultants, Professional Learning, Reflection and Teacher Growth; Doc, Mel, Kim and Renee
- Incredible Years: Caz and Jo www.incredibleyears.com The Incredible Years Parenting programme is currently being offered to our parents, please contact Mel if anyone is interested
- A Whanau Tree is being created. This is such a nurturing way to settle children who are transitioning while encouraging self awareness and enhancing learning about family and our wider community. Would you please bring us in a family picture to add to our new display.
- Another step closer to a sustainable centre we would like to ask all whanau to supply a water bottle and spoon with the lunch boxes.
- Holiday programme coming soon
- Grandparents morning tea – Friday 24th April @ 9am
- Some of our Montessori Equipment has gone missing. Would you please check to see if any pieces have made it into your homes. Our pink tower (pink wooden cubes) has two cubes missing and our short bead stair is all missing. Please see foyer for the pictures
Policies are reviewed monthly by management and staff. Copies are in the foyer for you to read and comment on should you wish. Your input would be greatly appreciated.
New to the team this year is;
- Jo Johnson – Diploma in Early Childhood Education. Jo has recently moved to Christchurch from Timaru where she grew up. In her spare time Jo likes to spend time with family and friends. Alongside Jo’s passion for Early Childhood she also loves baking and decorating cakes. In the summer she enjoys boating at Lake Tekapo.
- Grace Tillier – Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education. Grace has recently moved back to Christchurch after living in Nelson for six years. Grace has a 6 year old daughter and they live in New Brighton. Grace graduated from Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa with a bachelor of teaching in 2012, Grace is passionate about working with children and aiding their knowledge and growth.
- Aaron Beaumont – Currently at ECE College. Aaron has recently returned from Australia to live back in Sumner. Being a keen surfer this is the only place he wants to live. Aaron has always wanted to become an ECE Teacher and we wish him well with his studies.