Dear Parents

Welcome to the 2nd Term of 2019! Autumn is creeping in. Mother Nature is making her adjustments.

To Divya, Jennica & Zoe, wish you many many more with loads of love and spoiling!

Theme of the Month: Birds, Autumn & Madiba

Important dates

Sat 13 April 2019

Our Second & Third Parenting Workshop – Communication Skills & Establishing Rules Time 10h00 to 12. Limited seats kindly sms Preshanie to reserve a seat for you/ go to our app click on Calendly, click on Unitrac Parenting workshop

Value is R300 per person per hour, however it is included in the 2019 fee structure terms & conditions apply.

26, 29 & 30 April 2019

School Holiday will be closed for our annual training/ conference. NO HOLIDAY CARE AVAILABLE.

Bakers Day every Monday for the 3 to 6 year old

Week 1: 1 April 2019

Enocentia, Atlegang, Omontle & Mikhenso

Week 2 : 8 April 2019

Jayseelan, Maleeah, Vutomi & Zara

Week 3 : 15 April 2019

 MJ, Nihal, Salma & Kayla

Week 4 : Public Holiday/ Easter Monday

PLEASE bake with your little ones on the weekend and send it to school for their group of 8 to 10 children per week, use your creativity to link the themes or alphabet of the week into the Mondays, Baker of the week &/ or Tuesdays, Show & tell added learning & fun days for the 3 t 6 year old classes

Alphabet of the week  for the 3 – 6 year old class

Week 1: 1 April 2019

Gg eg. gate, gold, girl, ghost,

Week 2 : 8 April 2019

Hh eg. Hat, hot

Week 3 : 15 April 2019

Ii eg. igloo, ink

Week 4 : 21 April 2019

Public Holiday/ Easter Monday

Tuesday : Show & Tell

Wednesday : Tuck shop day all children get to “ buy”  teaspoons full treats to gain exposure to managing money & how it works

Thursday : Gardening day – on hold until the back yard is clean & fixed

Friday: Library Day/ Bring a book to school day.

Uniforms

Teddy Bears Montessori uniform

Kindly place your orders with Onica, please fill out order forms.

We are awaiting orders anytime from April .

Buzzi Bodies T-shirt

Please note that the coaches are also awaiting stock.

Every one is required to wear a Buzzi Bodies T-shirt on a Friday as well as on Sports Day date to be confirmed. PLEASE NOTE that Sports Day is for all the Buzzi Bodies children from Teddy Bears Montessori & their parents.

Suitable for children 2 yrs & older or depending on each child

Stimuzone; ( extra Mural)

Wednesday at 10h30 Cost:+- R170 pm plus registratiom

Madressa :

Classes Mondays & Wednesdays +- R400 per term

Intra Murals ( invoiced by the school)

  1. Upbeat Music programme with Teacher Antje ( pronounced similar to unsure) on Monday mornings at 10h00 sharp. Cost is R250 pm x 12 months.
  2. Buzzi Bodies gross motor, sport skills development programme by qualified coaches ( Bret, JP & Candice). R150 pm x 12 months plus admin fee.

 These come highly recommended by the school and are far more cost effective as 80% of the school is doing it.

If you would like your child to start these classes please drop Preshanie an email/sms.  And you will be invoiced for it on your next invoice.

PLEASE NO LACE UP SHOES ALLOWED

( unless child is a Pre-schooler)

It is important not to set a child up for failure, putting on lace up shoes creates these feelings unless they are able to tie & untie their laces.

& NO BEACH TONGS ALLOWED .

We have found that children trip & fall too often with these type of shoes.

D6. Communicator for School & TBM App

Please download this Free app onto your phones & desktops especially for urgent ALERTS.

PS.  Teddy Bears Montessori App will be used for Newsletters, photos ( as soon as I can upload all 7000 of them), calendar, Calendly

This app will include a tab to set up an appointment instead of going to Calendly/teddybars.com

To get our QR Code please visit our website

www.teddybearsmontessori.co.za

Payments 

Please note that all school fees paid via YOCO at school will be at an additional service charge of 4% per transaction.

Some feed back from the South African Montessori Association meeting attended on 

Health & safety as these are common challenges at many schools & we need parents & staff to all work together for the greater good and well being of all our children while at school:

illness & fever

Please note that if your child is ill, it is your responsibility to pick up your child ASAP and take to the doctor, no children with fevers will be allowed to stay at school without a clearance letter from their Doctor. This is in keeping with Health & safety regulations at schools and with the South African Montessori Association & school policy.

Injuries/ Biting/ Wrestling:

If a child is biting another child ( age appropriate or not) or hurting another child repeatedly or more than one child in a day, school policy & procedures are followed and parents of the child biting/ hurting other child/ren must please come to school to discuss a mutual safe way forward for everyone and in severe cases the child must be picked up so that you can talk/discipline your child depending on the situation, if a child needs medical attention even though we may have medical aid information we are unable to move your child nor are we allowed to give consent on a parents behalf to paramedics/ doctors. Absolutely scary to know that we have no power during emergency situations except for our First Aid Level 1 training.

That is your duty/ responsibility as a parent. Children are children boundaries are tested both at home & school. in most cases we need to either reinforce the rules at home & at school, spend some quality time with our children as they sometimes act out because they are seeking attention negative or positive. Any attention works. They are little masters of manipulation 🙂

Please refrain from using me or any staff members name as a method to discipline your child as it creates unnecessary negative feelings towards us and learning.

Lets work together for the best interest of your child so that the magic in their development can unfold with as little stress as possible. Parent – Teacher – Child

Lots of inspiring ideas & tips to be a GREAT Parent J

Thank you so much from the team J

Preshanie, Onica, Monica, Brenda, Mendi, Ella & Patrick

I hope to see as many of you as possible on the 13 April 2019 for our Parenting workshop on Communication Skills & establishing Boundaries.

Comparison between Montessori & Traditional Schools

Tradition School Grade R Goals by end of year Teddy Bears Montessori  3-6 yrs environment
1. To recognize his/her name & surname 1. TBM children can do this from 3 – 4 yrs old
2. To be able to write his name & surname 2. TBM children can do so from 4 yrs old on
3. To rote count 1 – 10 3. TBM children can do this from 2- 3 yrs old sometimes younger
4. To recognize numbers 1 -10 4. TBM children can do this at 3- 4 yrs old
5. To count backwards from 10 5. TBM children can an do this at 4 yrs old
6. To cut paper on a straight line 6. TBM children can do this at 4 to 5 yrs old
7. To sit at their ( same desk daily)desk and complete a task within a specific time frame 7. TBM children choose a favourite place to sit at everyday from 5 yrs old yet they are allowed to sit anywhere
8. To be emotional mature to settle into school without crying. 8. TBM children achieve this with a few weeks after they first start at Teddy Bears.
9. To follow instruction individually & as part of a group ( class) 9. TBM children achieve this with us from 3 yrs old & they do this willingly in preparation for big school.
10. Age appropriate independent includes carrying own school bag, packing own school bag, remembering to pack belongings in own school bag daily. 10. TBM children achieve this with us from 2 yrs of age. Depending on size of bag & height of locker.
11. To remove ones jersey/ jacket independently 11. TBM children achieve this with us from 2 yrs old sometimes younger.
12. To write their name  & surname, count 1 to 20, identify numbers 1 to 20, write numbers 1 to 20, apply all knowledge onto paper. This is practiced daily from 4 yrs old. 12. begins to do this from 4.5 yrs old and masters writing by the ages 5 to 6 years old, dependent on each child’s personality & parent involvement.
13. To put on and removes ones shoes and socks independently 13. TBM children achieve this from 18 months old & they do this willingly in preparation for life.