In this Issue
Environmental StudiesEnvironmental Studies within the Montessori curriculum covers four areas; geography, science, history and biology. Geography is designed to give children a broad experience and impression of people, lands and cultures of other nations. Montessori Science explains how the concept of science is all around us in the natural and man-made environment. History introduces children to the concept of time and biology is the study of plant and animals. The activities are sensorial and hands on. The children’s interests have been aroused with the changes of season and new activities on the shelves.
Christmas Whanau Party
Thursday 11 December 5:30pm-6:30pm, Woolston Park. Please bring along a picnic dinner for our fun filled Christmas party. It would be lovely if you could dress the children in festive costumes as Santa would love that!! Ponies, songs, and the annual tug of war.
Abacus are striving to achieve the Pa-Harakeke award with the Heart Foundation. Recently Chloe from the Heart Foundation set up a display in our car pack which was full of Family nutritional ideas. We as a community need to work together, encouraging healthy lunch box ideas, and sharing recipes. Below is some links to low cost recipes, interesting articles and tips to make all meal time nutritious and easy!!
Have you seen the Health Promotion Agency’s new website yet? My Family – Food is a family-friendly website. This new website builds on the Breakfast-eaters work and is based on audience research that found families want tasty, quick meals everyone will enjoy, and information about making good food choices. Information on fruit and vegetable markets in your region will shortly be added to the site. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us where the good vegetable and fruit markets are in your area, what they sell and when the market is on, so we can add them to this website.
The children have been enjoying time outside with all the beautiful days we have been having. The garden has been a hub of activity, planting many flowers and vegetables. Making pizza with toppings brought in from home and some from our garden was a great hit, the children being into the process of creating the pizza more than the end product! We welcome Edan, Elliot, Soren, Miles and Kaleb. So lovely to see you all settled and enjoying meeting new friends.
PreschoolThis past school term has flown. The past school Holiday programme we focused on Emergency Services, having the Fire, Police and Ambulance all come to visit. Everyone had a turn in both the fire Truck and Police Car. The fireman’s hose was especially popular! There has been much activity in our community garden , the children have planted, raspberry’s, blueberries, strawberries, corn, watercress, carrots, many petunia’s, pansies and sunflowers. We welcome Sienna, Manaia, Jaxon and their families into the Abacus Community.
The Pod / Extended DayKim and Lisa recently completed a Montessori Workshop focusing on the development of Maths within the classroom. This involves working with the Montessori Golden Beads which are based on the decimal system, i.e. tens, 100s and 1000s. The Montessori Maths Curriculum helps children sharpen and refine the mathematical mind. The children are absorbing this new information and love the idea that they can count up to 1000 with ease.
Abacus supports and encourages the development of our professional staff. Currently we are busy with the following; Montessori Diploma Book Two; Lisa. Montessori Final Ex- am: Katrina and Mel. Ministry of Education Self Review; Kim and Mel. InterLead Consultants, Professional Learning, Re- flection and Teacher Growth; Doc, Mel, Kim and Renee. Montessori Maths Curriculum: Kim & Lisa. In November we had a Music and Movement Workshop, fresh ideas and good times.
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.
- Katrina goes on Maternity Leave 28th November
- Tessa leaves us for Wales