Wildlife Friends!

We made new friends on the playground today!

While playing outside, we found a large praying mantis had come to visit.  He walked around on Stormi’s hand and climbed all the way to her shoulder.  The children loved seeing him up close.  After letting him climb into the tree, we came inside and learned more about them in the classroom.

One of our students discovered another friend on our playground when he came to school.  The deer was enjoying our animal feeding station.  Look at that smile!

We went for a nature walk in our woods to see what other creatures we could see.  It will be fun to see how things outside change as we enter into the Fall season.

Welcome to School!

We had a great first day of school!  We made new friends and learned new things.  Our natural playground was enjoyed by all.  While we were working inside one of the children looked through our large windows and saw a flock of 6 wild turkeys.  We all went to the window to watch them strut around and explore.  We talked about them and even sang a song with a turkey in it.  We love opportunities to extend learning through fun experiences and observations.

Montessori Philosophy

Stormi’s Montessori is child-centered and we genuinely respect children as unique individuals

  • One of the goals of Montessori Philosophy is to help children to become life long, independent learners.
  • Children learn the ability to ask their own questions, think, and not memorize, feedback, and simply forget.
  • Montessori children are encouraged to discover how to find the answers to their questions.
  • Children are encouraged by the teacher to think for themselves and become enthusiastically involved in the learning process.
  • Children are intrinsically motivated. They will be successful if the learning process combines movement and opportunities for independence.
  • The Montessori environment represents a social and emotional atmosphere where children can be appreciated, cherished, and empowered as individual human beings.

Sensorial Exercises

Elements of the Sensorial curriculum:

concrete to abstract
hand to mind
motor to cognitive
exploration to mastery

Sensorial exercises are the heart of Montessori.  Children learn about the world around them through their senses.  Children’s senses are at their peak of development between the ages of 2 ½ and 5 years old.  Human development occurs through freedom and environmental experience.  The child refines his abilities through problem solving, reasoning, discrimination, comparison, and observation.

Sensorial lessons help bring a child’s body in tune with the thoughts in their head.

Maria Montessori

Benefits of Outdoor Play

There are many benefits of outdoor play for children.  Outdoor play boosts problem solving skills, focus and concentration.

Other benefits include emotional/social well-being, cooperation, self-awareness, flexibility, and reduced aggression. Positive things happen for children when they have an appropriate amount of time, play structures and activities to enjoy outdoors.

Children are happier when they have the opportunity to explore outside and connect with nature.

Enjoy this lovely weather and spend time outside!

Bootsie our classroom pet

Bootsie our classroom pet

Bootsie is a guinea pig and will be our classroom pet.  She was adopted by our teacher LeeAnn.  She is really excited to go back to school and see her friends and make some new ones.  She loves carrots and other fresh vegetables.  When she hears people near her, she squeaks hoping they will stop by to say hello and possibly give her a treat 🙂  She also loves it when her friends read her stories.