February is known as the month of love around the world, to many including myself, it’s just another day. However, at Teddy Bears Montessori, it’s one extra special day of sharing bear hugs & kind words of appreciation to everyone who brings a smile to our day.
Sat 9 Feb 2019
Parents information morning PLEASE attend so that we can answer ALL your questions without being distracted. Keep you well informed so that your little one benefits the most out of these meetings. I would like to see more than my regular dedicated parents who have made to every meeting we have had. 1st Parenting workshop which is the stepping stone for the many to follow. DO NOT miss this one.
Time 9 to 10 am.
14 Feb 2019
Valentines Day : Picnic at school bring & share pref vegetarian ONLY please eg margarita pizza, chips, popcorn, juice no cool drinks, fruit sticks etc.
Bakers every Monday for the 3 to 6 year old
4 Feb 2019 : Kayla, Benjamin, Vutomi & Musawenkosi
11 Feb 2019: Jatseelan, Salma, Nihal & MJ
18 Feb 2019: Khwezi, Zara, Keyaan B & Pranavi
25 Feb 2019: Kwandokuhle, Aseelah, Jennica & Luciana
Use your creativity to link the 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: 4 Feb 2019
Aa eg apple, art, arrow
Week 2: 11 Feb 2019
Bb eg. bat,ball,banner
Week 3: 18 Feb 2019
Cc eg. cat, cathy, cable
Week 4 : 25 Feb 2019
Dd eg dog, duck,David, door
PLEASE bake with your little ones on the weekend and send it to school for their group of 8 to 10 children per week,
Tuesday : Show & Tell from 5th Feb
Wednesday : Tuck shop day all children get to “ buy” teaspoons full treats to gain exposure to managing money & how it works
Thursday : gardening day
Friday: Library Day/ Bring a book to school day.
Kindly place your orders with Onica, please fill out order forms.
We are currently sold out of all stock. Children must wear uniform daily please those who donot have uniform kindly wear casual clothes pref in navy & turquoise. Please avoid using pretty fancy clothes to school as the kids play & paint and these expensive clothing and shoes might get damaged or dirty.
We are looking for another supplier.
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
Please download this Free app onto your phones & desktops so that all communications comes to you immediately.
Contact details of facilitators, more information about activities, bakers days, Bring a book to school day, Newsletters, Parent Handbook, holidays can be found on D6. Communicator – Teddy Bears Montessori.
Extra Murals: These are optional
Suitable for children 2 yrs & older or depending on each child
Stimuzone: Mondays at 08h30 Cost:+- R170 pm plus registratiom
Madressa classes Mondays & Wednesdays +- R400 per term
- Upbeat Music programme with Teacher Antje ( pronounced similar to unsure) on Monday mornings at 10h00 sharp. Cost is R250 pm x 12 months. PLEASE sign up for music.
- 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.
The school invoices you for these intra murals.
If you would like your child to start these classes please drop Preshanie an email. And you will be invoiced for it on your next invoice.
End of Term Parent Teacher Feedback Meetings & Reports
Please book your meeting with us via calendly.com/teddybears
This is an electronic link to my diary. It will be updated & up and running by next week.
We look forward to sharing with you about your little one’s experience and progress &this can be done at the end of the first term. There will be NO reports.
In this meeting we need you to fill out a VERY important forms for our records, this is done annually or when changes arise.
Also if you have any queries with your account, we can discuss it in this meeting.
I will have both D6 & Calendly updated throughout Jan & the year once we all settled into our routine for 2019.
Themes for 2019
|January||My school & Summer||Back to school parent welcome/ information morning Date Sat 19 January|
|February||My Body & Senses Summer & Valentines day||Roadshow coming to school on 13 Feb 2019 My Body & Senses & Pets|
|March||Transport ( Land, Air & Water) Autumn||End of term Parent meetings Last week of school see teddybears.com/calendly for my diary Roadshow coming to school on 3 April 2019 The forgetful Easter Bunny|
|April||Birds, Autumn, Concert Practice Easter & Madiba ( Freedom day)||Mr ADT Show date to be confirmed 2nd Term Parent info morning date to be confirmed|
|May||Planets, Autumn, Concert Practice & Mothers day||Mothers & Gran Mothers day Tea at School date to be confirmed|
|June||Careers ( People who help us & more), Concert Practice Winter & Fathers Day||Roadshow coming to school on 7 June 2019 Community Helpers & The Farm End of term meetings Last week of school see teddybears.com/calendly for my diary Sports Day : date to be confirmed|
|July||Continents , Concert Practice Winter & Madiba Magic 67mins of …. We have not decided as yet||3rd Term Parent info morning date to be confirmed|
|August||Influencial Women of the world, Maria Montessori Month & Kites , Concert Practice||Concert info meeting date to be confirmed Roadshow coming to school on 7 Aug 2019 Spring & Things with wings|
|September||Mini Beasts ( Insects), Spring, Concert Practice||End of Term Meetings Last week of school see teddybears.com/calendly for my diary|
|October||Concert Practice.||Roadshow coming to school on 2 October 2019 Countries of the World & Safety on holiday Concert & Graduation date to be confirmed|
|November||Feelings & Emotions Summer Time|
|December||Holiday fun & Summer||Written reports to be handed out Roadshow coming to school on 4 Dec 2019 Christmas Show : The Wolf & the Christmas Mouse|
Our Pre-schoolers are expected to:
Name the Primary & Secondary colours
Names & describe the different shapes
Colour within the lines,
Recognise & write their own and surname in Grade1 font.
Count up to 100
Count backwards from 20
Count in 5’s & 10’s
Know the days of the week, months of the year & seasons.
Be able to describe the weather
Cut along a straight line
Tell basic time
Follow simple one sentence instructions & multiple instructions.
Follow instructions given to a group.
And know all the phonetic sounds of the alphabet without any pictures to prompt the sound that it makes.
To be reading 3 letter phonetically spelt words by October/ NOVEMBER .
To do addition & subtraction by October /November.
And to eventually learn through my individually designed bridging programme for each Pre-school to be ready for the school that they will be attending.So that they are settled into big school with ease and self confidence. That’s one of the skills that makes us different to other Montessori schools.
To do all of the above both parents & teachers need to work together and support each other.
Going to BIG school requires independence, understanding & respecting boundaries, emotional & social maturity and self -esteem & self- confidence with a child’s bu ilt in / natural Horme (montessori term for : will to learn) & a dash of enthusiasm from child & parents.
Many montessori children who have started with us from as young as 4 months old. They can do many of the above activities from as young as 3 yrs old, however they struggle to express their knowledge onto paper as their physical body is not strong & co -ordinated enough to express what is in the mind onto paper. Hence children are encouraged to play and move a lot, so that they can strengthen their core muscle & all gross motor muscles. Eventually the smaller muscles can develop with the support of the specific Practical Life activities that we have in our environment which natural satisfy their curiosity to learn through play, repetition, concentration & lots of patience, do they become masterful.
Growing Resilience through Self Esteem & Teddy Bears Montessori
For general enquiries and for my knowledge, letter of notice,
for all POP/ account queries please forward to Diana at
any changes to your personal details or contact number
for TBM Parent Academy/ workshops/Talks
We have on average 8 children per group this year.
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