A Little About Our Early Childhood 2 Room...
News from the Early Childhood 2 Room:
It has been a pleasure to know and work with your child and meet with you this past week. All the children seem to be comfortable interacting and working with me.
This week we started with some Grace and Courtesy activities such as how to use walking feet, how to use soft voices while speaking, how to walk around the mat and how to carry the scissors. They have been also receiving presentations on some preliminary activities of Practical Life such as Squeezing Sponge, Pouring Liquid from one pitcher to another, How to use a dropper or a baster, How to transfer solids using a spoon and a tong, how to pour water in a vase using a funnel and Dressing Frames such as Large and Small Button Frames and Snap Frames. These activities will help the child develop high level of concentration, develop a sense of order, take pride in completing a job, increase independence and improve fine motor skills. These activities also help the child prepare for further challenging activities such as Washing a table, Washing clothes, Polishing Metal and Wood, Arranging Flowers, Sewing a Button etc.
We would like to thank all the parents who have contributed snacks for the past few weeks.
Ms. Dipali and Ms. Margaret
About the Early Childhood 2 Room Directress:
Dipali Bhanushali - Lead Directress
Dipali joined Magnolia in 2019. Dipali earned her bachelor’s degree in Science from Nagpur University in India. She also holds a Montessori Primary certification from the Association of Montessori Internationale and certification in Psychology and Counseling and Business Management from India. Dipali started her teaching career thirteen years ago in a Montessori School in Ithaca, New York. She was inspired to pursue the Montessori training by observing children being independent and taking ownership of their learning in a Montessori classroom. Her daily experience of allowing children to develop at their own pace, complete tasks and master activities independently in a Montessori prepared environment, confirms her faith in Montessori Method. She firmly believes that these aspects of the Montessori experience are the foundation for the child as a lifelong learner. She also believes that children are very kind and have a natural desire for independence and that the parents and teachers can encourage and give them rich environment for their development. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, painting, reading and spending time with her family.
Welcome to the Early Childhood 2 classroom! We strive for children to have an academically enriched atmosphere that takes place in a well-ordered environment. The wisely selected materials are carefully prepared and are intended to help the children develop their sense of independence, identity, concentration, self-motivation, and a genuine love of learning. The children during these years will hone in on refining their social skills and one example of how we teach them empathy and compassion is through the use of the “peace rose” that is used as a problem-solving technique among peers during disagreements. This example, along with many other approaches, model for the children ways to assert themselves socially and establish ties with peers while problem solving effectively through communication. True to Montessori philosophy and the “cosmic approach” (teaching the children about the whole concept and working towards the smaller parts), the children will learn everything about the world around them down to the street they live on. Other lessons and activities that are given are skills in reading, writing, language expression through drawing, writing, mathematics, geography, nature studies, science, practical life, sensorial, social skills, art, music, fitness, and Spanish.
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