LHMS Newsletter

May 20, 2016

Acorn Room Teacher Announcement

It is thrilling to announce our new teachers for The Acorn Room next year, Natalie Ferrao and Megan Chester. Both teachers bring extensive, diverse skills, and a passion to teach young children. What has instantly bonded this dream team is their energy and excitement to be a part of the new Long Hill Montessori School.

Mrs. Ferrao and Mrs. Chester have worked together for many years at Albrook Montessori. This well established collaboration is sure to bring harmony and effectiveness in their lessons and prepared environment. Collaboration between Montessori co-teachers is a vital part of enriching classroom instruction and management.

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Natalie Wilson-Ferrao

Natalie was born and raised in England. She moved to the US in 2000 and lives in New Providence with her husband and 3 year old son and daughter twins. Natalie has her N.N.E.B (National Nursery Examination Board) diploma from the UK. Upon arriving in the States she became a qualified 3-6 yr and 0-3 yr Montessori teacher. Natalie taught at Nyack Montessori school in NY for 6 years before moving to NJ to teach at Albrook Montessori school for 7 years, leaving to raise her own children.

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Megan Morrison-Chester

Megan Chester grew up in Basking Ridge, and still resides there with her husband and two children. She received a BS in Early Childhood Education from West Virginia University. Megan went on and completed her Toddler Montessori training at Princeton Montessori. She worked at The Albrook School in Basking Ridge as a toddler teacher for over 10 years.

Farewell, Mrs. Mahood

What a great year in The Acorn Room! Mrs. Mahood's sweet disposition with the children has been infectious. The children have grown so much under her direction. Thank you, Mrs. Mahood! May your love light always shine bright!

School ~ Home Connection

Creating Calm Tip #5: Give choices, when appropriate, so the child feels some control over his own life.

Put a few weather-appropriate outfits in low drawers, or on a low rod, so they child may choose what to wear.

Offer a child a series of choices to guide them through experiences. For examples, we might ask a child, "do you want to do this work or that work? on the floor or on the table? with a friend or alone? etc. At home, you might ask, "would you like to set the table or wash the lettuce?"

Peace Corner: Our Yoga Practice

Our little yogis really enjoy our yoga practice at school. We set the tone by dimming the lights, lighting a candle, and listening to Pandit Ravi Shanker.

Here is our current sequence of asanas (poses):

  1. LOTUS POSE: Sit with a tall spine, cross your legs, and rest the palms of your hands on your knees. Relax and breathe
  2. SITTING FORWARD BEND: Come to sitting on your buttocks, with your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your torso forward while keeping your spine straight. Dangle your arms in front of you like the tentacles of an octopus and stretch. We sing, bend and stretch (2 times), This is yoga. (2 times), Ohm-sweet-ohm (2 times), Ohm (2 times)
  3. STANDING FORWARD BEND: Come to standing position, with your legs straight. Bend your torso forward while keeping your spine straight. Dangle your arms towards your feet and stretch. We sing, bend and stretch (2 times), This is yoga. (2 times), Ohm-sweet-ohm (2 times), Ohm (2 times)
  4. MOUNTAIN POSE: Stand tall with legs hip-width apart, feet facing forward, and straighten your arms alongside your body (This is the pose we like to do while waiting for snack or waiting on the line to go outside.)
  5. TREE POSE: Stand on one leg, bend your knee, place the sole of your foot on your inner thigh, and balance. Sway like a tree. Repeat on other side.
  6. TABLE TOP: Come to an all-fours position with your fingers spread out and palms flat on the ground. Ensure that your back and neck are in a straight but neutral position. Your shoulders should be over your wrists and your hips should be over your knees. The tops of your feet are flat on the ground. They love to then balance something on their backs.
  7. BUTTERFLY POSE: Sit on your buttocks with a tall spine, bend your legs, place the soles of your feet together, and gently flap your legs like the wings of a butterfly. We sing Fly like a butterfly (3 times) in the sky. Adjust pose and lean slightly forward and sing, sit like a butterfly (3 times) in the sky. Adjust pose and rest your head on your feet and sing, sleep like a butterfly (3 times) in the sky. Repeat.
  8. COBRA: Lie on your stomach, place palms flat next to your shoulders, press into hands, lift head and shoulders off ground, and hiss like a snake
  9. CHILD'S POSE: Sit on your heels, slowly bring your forehead down to rest in front of your knees, rest your arms down alongside your body, and take a few deep breaths.
  10. CANDLE POSE: Sit on your heels, with palms together resting on sternum. We pretend their hands are the flickering flame/love light and we light their candles.
  11. DEEP BREATHING: Return to lotus position and take several deep cleansing breaths by smelling the rose and blowing out the candle.

We end of practice with the namasté gesture, by placing our palms together in a prayer position in front of our hearts and slightly bowing our head. "The love light in me honors the love light in you."

We encourage you to practice yoga at home too.


You Asked, we Listened

You asked, we listened...topics to follow in upcoming newsletters... stay tuned

  • preparing friends for Kindergarten that are moving on
  • loosing graciously

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Grandparents Week

Monday, May 23rd, 8:30am to Friday, May 27th, 3pm

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This is a special week for children to invite their grandparents or another special relative/friend to come see their classsroom and their work from 8:30-10:30am.

Memorial Day - School Closed

Monday, May 30th, 8:30am-3pm

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September/October tuition due for the 2016-2017 School Year

Wednesday, June 1st, 8:30am-3pm

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End of Year Performance

Thursday, June 9th, 9-10am

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All children arrive by 8:45am to their classrooms and guests make their way upstairs to Pollard Hall. Performance starts at 9am sharp. Celebrate the everything your children have learned throughout the year at this wonderful event.
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