Dear Parents/ Guardians / Grandparents

Our Mission Statement:

Our job is to develop these little people into confident learners, with good values, independent thinkers that have a strong sense of what is right and what is wrong. We can do this together with the help of our colleagues and parents. This is an extremely challenging job if you are not helping us.

We are committed to ensuring each child’s learning is powerful and purposeful.    We design learning activities for the children to broaden knowledge, build understanding, improve learning processes and skills and explore new interests in a culture of curiosity.

Theme of the Month for September :

Spring ( plants, planting, flowers, trees, vegetables & Mini Beasts     ( Insects): Crawling & flying insects

Homework for Parents: Please send seeds or seedlings for planting in our garden – Thank you to parents who donated outside Garden furniture to school

Bakers Day every Monday for the 3 to 6 year old

Week 1: 02 September 2019

Brooklyn, Musawenkosi, Mikenso,  Owami

Week 2 :  09 September 2019

Adam, Aseelah, Uluthando & CJ

Week 3 :  16 September 2019

Omontle, Shweta, Maleeah & Kiyaan R.

Week 4 :  23 September 2019

School is closed

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

Many happy returns and lots of hugs and spoiling to

Amaka & Shweta

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

Week 1 :  02 September 2019

Xx eg. X-ray, X-men

Week 2 :  09 Sept 2019

Yy eg. Yolk, yo-yo

Week 3 : 16 Sept 2019

Zz eg. Zebra, Zero

NB!! All Show & Tell, & Library day will be on hold until further Notice as we need to continue concert practice

Spring day at TBM MONDAY 2 September 2019

To celebrate and welcome the season of SPRING, please send snacks to school for a picnic as well as make a spring hat for your little one to wear. Please DONOT disappoint your child. Make or buy a hat.

Dates to Diarise: 

                Fri 6 September 2019

 School Photograph orders & payments are due 

Sat 7 September 2019 – pending CITY PARKS CONFIRMATION

Buzzi Bodies Sports & Teddy Bears Montessori Sports day ONLY FOR ALL CHILDREN WHO HAVE SIGNED UP for Buzzi Bodies, it is reflected on your invoice & as long as school fees are UP TO DATE. PLEASE WEAR Teddy BEARS MONTESSORI GOLF SHIRTS as we will be in a PUBLIC SPACE unlike last year we were contained within EPS grounds.

Thurs 12 September 2019           

Creepy Crawlie show all sorts of insects coming to school It will be so much fascinating creepy crawlie frun

Thurs 19 September 2019

International Sing Peace Around the world day

Everyone wears white T-shirts to school & participate in our annual sing peace around the world & record it and send it to the Sing peace around the world website with your written consent off course, creating awareness and international plea from Montessori Children around the world. It is usually done on the 21st September, where the singing starts in Australia and continues time zone to time zone across the world non stop and ends in Hawaii.

Compulsory END OF TERM PARENT – TEACHER FEEDBACK MEETINGS & CONCERT DETAILS:

PLEASE PARENTS WE NEED YOU TO make time to meet with us, so we can update you in detail where your child is at what are their strengths and weaknesses, suggestions as to how we can work together to overcome them without it costing you more money rather with the team work between you & us. As well as our goals for the next term and next year. I repeat you only have the first 7 years of your child’s life to unfold and help him or her mould into the best version of themselves and having the resilience to cope in the harsh & competitive world. We are her to guide not only until they begin GRADE 1 but by planting the seeds now and nurturing them throughout their childhood, the dreaded teenage years & into adulthood with the support & tools you need as well as giving them a solid grounding like no other Montessori School.

An updated meeting schedule will be posted on Calendly.com/teddybears & I will also print out a schedule, because we care about your child & your family.

FYI School will close at normal time on Friday 20 September 2019 & we will return on Tuesday 1 October 2019.

SOLACE is available for counselling, trauma debt counselling, Legal advise, Tax consultation etc Terms& condition apply.

PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE DOWNLOADED

1.THE SOLACE APP – Free

2. Teddy Bears Montessori app –  Free

3. D6. Communicator for schools – Free

Our aim is to ensure that there is always efficient & consistent communication from school to home by keeping you informed.

I still see many younger children coming with shoes that have laces.  NB!! PLEASE NO LACE UP SHOES This is VERY important for your child’s developmental needs & stages & how good they feel about themselves & what they can do ( unless child is a Pre-schooler) Sometimes this alone is reason for stress, anxiety & frustration  in the little ones because their co-peers and friends can take off/ put on their shoes on their own quickly but they cannot because of laces which slow them down. We are happy to take out and put on shoes but that defeats the teachings of Montessori philosophy and the child’s sense of self confidence & self esteem.

Below is an interesting read, I thought to share it with all of you.

What kind of children are we creating???

A few weeks ago, I had attended a birthday party of my daughter’s friend. There they played a game, the age old ‘Passing the parcel’, however, what was different was the way it was played. The child who was caught with the parcel when the music stopped was asked to leave the circle, but with that parcel as the gift, and then a new parcel was introduced. The game continued till every child got a gift. I asked the mother what was wrong with the earlier version, the version we had all grown up with.

She said – “I do not like kids to be disappointed. See, here every child is happy as he or she gets to take a gift home.”

In another instance, I was in the park with my daughter. She was playing lock and key with her friends. Now, one of her friends fell down. Her mother, who was on the other side of the park ran to his son, all confused and upset. She scooped her son in her lap and started inquiring – “Are you hurt? Let me see! Do no cry! Shush, mama is here.”

The child, had a scraped knee, who was perfectly OK till then, started crying earnestly.

I was at a friend’s home for lunch. Her 5-year old daughter refused to eat what was cooked for lunch. My friends felt so guilty that her daughter would go hungry, that she cooked up her favourite pasta immediately. According to her, it was not the first time this had happened.

At the School Sports Day, there are no races, no competition. No first, second or runner ups. Because, everyone is equal, there should be no competition between the kids.

Kids today have a room full of toys and games. Some they ask, some they do not. But, they still get them.

Everything in excess is the new mantra of life.

Our parents taught us self-reliance, while we hover around our children and want to protect them at all costs. We like to hold our babies closer to the protection of the nest. We go out of our way and rustle up something when they don’t eat what’s cooked at home for everyone else, because we don’t them to sleep hungry. Instead of letting them play outside, we organize activities for them. We do their homework and their assignments. We even resolve their conflicts for them.

It makes me wonder, what will happen to these kids when they grow up?

Will they get a gift everytime they fail? Will they be able to handle disappointment? A child who has never been denied anything, how will he cope with rejections? There are a growing number of cases when kids run away from home or commit suicide because they are not able to deal with low marks in examinations or when they fail to secure an admission in an institution of their choice.

Will their parents keep them hidden in their bosom all their life? Our mothers never ran after us, a scraped knee was just that. She would ask us to wash it with some water and then forget about it. But, there was no drama that followed.
Falling and hurting was a part of daily life for us. We cycled, climbed up trees and jumped from the stairs. Today, kids travel in elevators and escalators (because they might fall down the stairs and get themselves hurt). Earlier, kids walked and cycled. I hardly see kids walking nowadays, unless it’s for a kids’ marathon and they are required to pose for selfies with their cool mommies.

Will they shy away from competition or be able to survive it? OK, so we can accompany our kids till the college gate and sit in the waiting area while they appear for a job interview.

A child who is never used to losing – how will he survive in the big bad world?

We are raising our kids to be adult babies.

So what should we do?

Stop telling our children that they are special all the time. They are not, at least not always. So reserve the praises for the times when they actually deserve.

Stop going out of the way to create happiness in their life. The life is a mix of joys and sorrows, and it is for a reason. We have no right to interfere with the nature. So let’s stop pretending that everything is all right when it’s not. Let the kids have their fair share of disappointments at an early age. It’s better to fall at 10, than at 40 !!
shared by a friend. Author Unknown.

Parenting Work shop with UNITRAC

If you have missed any off the workshops make up sessions can be done at R150 per person per hour for 2019 only.

To get our QR Code please visit our website

www.teddybearsmontessori.co.za

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