Montessori for Flint
December 2018 Newsletter
Meet Our Teachers!
We have a stellar team of teachers in Flint's Montessori program, and will be featuring them over the next few months in this newsletter. This month, we have a profile of Mrs. Nadia Rodriguez.
A Profile of Ms. Rodriguez
My name is Nadia Rodriguez and I'd like to thank you all for inviting me into your Montessori family! I was a stay at home mom of two beautiful boys before entering the classroom on the "other side of the desk." I'm a graduate of the Flint Community Schools and have raised my children here. I've always taught kindergarten or first grade because I just love this age! I'm looking forward to being a part of the exciting journey your children are on. Go Dragons!
Montessori Corner: Ways to Genuinely Connect With Your Child
Let the child lead – "This tactic requires a bit of observation and carpe diem on your part. You have to get to know your child and embrace their hook. Your child must own the time and the activity during your 'connection' time."
Set a timer – Providing children with clear boundaries can be helpful
Ask your child to teach you something – Especially something they love, follow their interests and ask lots of questions. If you come to something they don't know, research the answer together.
Set an alarm – In order to spend quality time together in the mornings. "It might be worth getting a child out of bed 20 minutes early to embrace the quiet and avoid the chaos."
Allow space & time for slowness – "Instead of getting up and racing through your morning, take time to cuddle on the couch and to begin your day with dim light. Maybe listen to an audiobook or read out loud. Listening to calming music is a fantastic way to begin the day and to spend time together."
Go outside your house – "The home, for all is awe & wonder, can often be a source of stress." For some ideas for activities and events outside your home, that the whole family can enjoy, see the Resource Corner section below.
Participate – Play with, read with, imagine with, create with your child.
“We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.” ― Maria Montessori
Montessori Materials - Binomial Cube
Composed of 8 wooden blocks which fit together in a binomial pattern, the cube represents the cube of two numbers, (a + b). All the blocks fit into a natural wood box.
Each box contains color coded blocks;
1 red cube a³,
1 blue cube b³
3 red and black blocks “a²b”
3 blue and black blocks “ab²”
The algebraic expression represented is :
(a + b)³ = (a + b)(a + b)(a + b) = a³+3a²b+3ab²+b³
Company Change for Substitute Teachers
Register by contacting EduStaff. Call (877) 974-6338 if you or someone you know is potentially interested.
Please register as soon as possible.
If you could be a good fit for the program but do not yet have Montessori training there are training options available. Contact Elizabeth Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (810) 610-7209 for more info.
Reminder: Contact Guide for Montessori Families
Concerns about specific student situations or classroom questions should be addressed first to teachers and, if not resolved, brought to the DTM Principal.
Teachers are unable to meet with families during arrival/dismissal—please arrange to meet with teachers before or after school.
Montessori for Flint can help families determine the right person to speak with if they are unsure or have questions about Montessori more generally.
Parent Involvement & Input
Teacher Wishlist: Ms. Rodriguez
Fine tip dry erase markers
Runner for boots
laminating pouches (from Office Depot)
Printer Ink (contact Ms. Rodriguez for details)
Thank you, in advance, for helping support our classrooms!
Holiday Happenings - December 7
Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 5-8pm
1310 East Kearsley Street
Visit Santa Claus and enjoy caroling, festive live music, planetarium shows, arts and crafts, fun holiday activities, refreshments, and more!
This is a FREE community event; however, we ask those who can to bring personal care items, clothing, and non-perishable food that will be donated to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
Festival of Lights - Flushing - December 7
Christmas at Crossroads: Genesee County Parks
Ticket booth sales start 15 minutes before the Village opens and end at 8:30pm for that day. *** It is highly recommended that you purchase your Huckleberry Railroad train tickets early as they often sell out in advance.***
Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad is open during all weather conditions and only closes for state mandated emergencies.
November 30 and December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 20-23, 26-30, 2018
4 – 9pm
Buy Tickets Here
Candle Walk - December 6 & 7
Thursday, Dec. 6th, 9:30pm
Flushing, MI, USA
You'll find chestnuts roasting on an open fire in the middle of Main Street, warming stations throughout the area, and Santa Claus arriving in a grand parade to light the ceremonial tree. The Flushing Candlewalk Tree is a beautiful tradition for all generations.
The 2018 Flushing Candlewalk kicks off this year on December 6th, with a Parade of Lights that bring Santa into town to receive the key to the city, and then the official Christmas Tree is lit. After Santa arrives, he will sit in Goggins Hall visiting with kids of all ages.
You will also be able to take in the sights and sounds at local businesses along Main Street for some "old fashioned" holiday festivities!
About Montessori for Flint
Montessori for Flint serves as the advisory group to the Flint Community Schools' Montessori program. To be added to the advisory group email list, or to get more information, call (810) 610-7209.