Tuesday, January 30th
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
50% of the proceeds will be donated to SWSM!
In order to give you a broader insight and better understanding of your child’s time at Southwest Suburban Montessori, view the January curriculum here.
Museum Free Days which are offered by most Chicago museums (typically to Illinois residents with valid proof of residency) are the way to go.
Check out Chicago Museums Free Admission Days for 2018.
Come to the informational meeting for parents of next year’s Extended Day/Kindergarten children. This meeting is designed to give you an overview of the curriculum, meet the teachers and help give you the information you need to make a decision regarding your child’s kindergarten year. It will be held on Wednesday, January 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Extended Day room.
As we enter into this holiday season, I often stop to think about my own family traditions. Especially now that my family has expanded to include two wonderful daughter-in-laws and two precious granddaughters, new traditions are happening.
Holiday traditions serve an important role in the lives of children. They instill a sense of security and provide a source of strength for the entire family. Customs and family are what the holidays are all about.
Predictability is provided by holiday traditions. To feel secure, a child needs to feel his life is predictable. He needs to believe that no matter what happens in the world around him, some things remain the same. Just the fact of knowing that the Christmas angel will sit atop the tree or that the Menorah candles will be lit exactly the same way this year as last will comfort him. Traditions give children something to depend on year after year and provide an ongoing sense of continuity — important for creating stable, secure adults.
Family uniqueness is celebrated with customs, and holiday traditions allow each member to embrace that special uniqueness. These unique family traditions create lifelong memories and allow children to feel as if they are an important part of a special group.
Traditions bond generations together and allow us to teach our children about where we came from and how we’re connected to one another. They allow a wonderful opportunity for family members to bridge the gap between the past and the future. When grandparents talk about their own lives and family’s history, children gain knowledge about the past. Isabelle is becoming very interested in Great Grandparents Dollie and Bob and hearing about traditions of when I was growing up. On a recent visit to see Santa and eat under The Great Tree in the Walnut Room, she was fascinated to hear her daddy and Uncle Billy had done so as children every year too. I think this strong feeling of connection to their family’s history is one of the most important gifts a grandparent can give to their grandchildren. The celebration of Kwanzaa was founded with this purpose in mind — to commemorate culture and food and to reconnect with African heritage.
So this year, make an effort to include elderly family members and friends in your festivities. Encourage grandparents and grandchildren to decorate Christmas cookies together, prepare Latkes and jelly donuts or discuss the seven guiding principles of Kwanzaa. Find ways to connect the generations, even if everyone can’t be together in person.
Two grandmothers . . . two religions . . . instead of seeing this as a dilemma, view this as an opportunity to blend each side of the family’s customs. Many families today honor a combination of Christian and Jewish holidays as an example. Children will perceive this as having the best of both worlds, and they’re probably right. Teaching acceptance and tolerance of other religions and customs is a wonderful gift to our children.
As this holiday season approaches, use its many opportunities to help your children learn about gratitude, empathy, generosity and courtesy. Incorporate these ideas into your home and create a more peaceful world.
Most importantly, keep the traditions that truly mean the most to everyone and start a few new ones of your own. No matter how you celebrate the season, may it be beautiful and peaceful.
Happy Hanukkah Go Jul Buon Natale Feliz Navidad Happy Eid
. . . Ms. Kathy
¡ Felices Fiestas! (Happy Holidays!)
It seems that I have just blinked, and it’s now December!
Spanish class has been busy, and the children jumped right into learning. Everything we have learned has been practiced in English first before learning in Spanish. Each class begins with singing and dancing to Hola Amigos, and the boys and girls really amazed me as to how quickly they mastered the song.
During the month of Septiembre, we studied a few basic commands — listen, silence, stop, sit and stand. We then worked on numbers 1-12, primary colors and expressing our emotions.
Octubre was a fun month! We learned secondary colors, our días de la semana (days of the week), La Arana Pequinita (Itsy Bitsy Spider) and then ended the month with Día de los Muertos. The children set up an altar to honor those who have passed away and enjoyed a piece of sugar skull candy!
In Noviember, we learned about our familia (family). The colors brown and black were added, and we played ¿Dónde está el perro? by hiding a toy dog under colored bean bags. The classroom was labeled in Spanish, and they enjoyed the macarena as the meses del año (months of the year) were practiced.
Now that the holiday season is upon us, I am excited to be sharing some of the holiday traditions of Mexico, such as Las Posadas, Buena Noche, and El Día de los Reyes. The poinsettia will be discussed, and the children will have the opportunity to taste Mexican hot chocolate as well as other traditional food.
Although we are always busy learning new words, time is repeatedly made to review what has already been taught. Repetition is so important with grasping anything new! Having the children greet me in the hallways with hola or Cómo estás? reaffirms that they are learning. I hope that your children are speaking some Spanish words at home also. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like a copy of the words or lyrics we are learning.
¡Feliz Navidad! (Merry Christmas)
Yet another school year is well underway, and we have been busy making music. All of the children have been super, and I am always happy to see them excited for music class. My youngest son Anders has even stepped in “assisting” with the morning classes.
So far this year, I’ve continued the curriculum from last year while introducing a few new elements. The new students are able to catch on easily while the older boys and girls are developing a better understanding of the material. Each music class begins with Sweet Beets. You may have heard your little one singing it at home. Please practice at home . . . they love it! This time around I’ve put more emphasis on the fundamentals of rhythm and playing in small groups. A variety of instruments and shakers have been brought in for the kids to play. They seem to really enjoy making music in a group setting and are always very curious and enthusiastic about new instruments. The week before Thanksgiving, I brought in a large drum with mallets and taught a song about Squanto. After the holiday break, we will have a kindergarten songwriting project that I’m very excited about! Look for more news to come about that.
I’m interested in getting a few parents together who play an instrument or sing to explore the idea of a short musical performance at this year’s Silent Auction fundraiser on March 2nd. Please let me know if any of you rock star parents want to join me on stage!
Feel free to reach out to me with any music related questions at email@example.com. Again, I’ve really enjoyed being a part of the special offerings at SWSM.
Very happy holidays to you and your family . . . Mr. Jason
Registration for the 2018/2019 school year will begin on February 7, 2018. NOTE: Current students need not submit an application. All new students must submit an application before registration. Applications are now being accepted and are held in the order they are received. To obtain a 2018/2019 application, please click here. For a sibling/alumni application form, click here. You may also contact us at (708) 448-5332 to obtain a copy of either form.