Dugongs Class

Wellcome to the Dugongs Class

Dugong

 TERM 3, 2017

Dear Dugong Families,

Our class has now been running for six weeks. It has not been an easy start; however it has most certainly been an exciting start. Our gorgeous children have brought many insights and new ways of looking at adaptation procedures. We have leaders and followers, we have engineers and philosophers, ballerinas and painters; all needing to find their space and role. We then have two adults that are loving their new role, but also finding ways to adapt to the new dynamics.

Ken and I would like to thank families for trusting we are looking after your children and finding strategies to bring about a ‘normalised’ environment. It is fun to identify new likes, interests and the odd objection to what is provided in the class. We ask for your patience a little longer as learning is happening and will continue to augment each day with our new found understanding of individual needs and your consistent help.

 Normalised = a child that can follow directions, is happy to be focussed, can choose appropriately, enjoys the new space.

What have we been doing during the first six weeks of term? Introducing many Grace and Courtesy lessons: How to walk in an indoor space, how to retrieve and replace activities, how to roll mats after use and walk around mats with work on them, how to ask for help, how to manage toileting, respecting others, how to wait patiently when others are using equipment we desperately want, how to talk with inside voices and how to express own thoughts. These are just a few of our lessons. Before starting to see ‘real work’ we need to address our community needs and this will still take a little while.

 How can you help at home? Remind your child to wait for their turn patiently, replace their toys/work once finished, to wait patiently while you are having a conversation (ensuring you let them know you will attend to their query). Once a respectful attitude is created, work can happen easily and happily.

 We have started lessons in literacy, mathematics, botany, geography and geometry. Identifying where children’s abilities and interests are at present, will be an ongoing quest; however we are beginning to find strong links to each child’s abilities to further their class work.

 Another critical element of our class development is relationships between the children themselves. Getting to know each other and communicate appropriately takes a little time. Strong bonds are formed at this time and adults must be patient to allow this slow process as this produces a great foundation for years to come.

 Next term we will provide parents a theme that they can support at home with visits to libraries, museums and other interesting spaces.

 Ken and I would like again to thank you for trusting us to care for your children and assure you we are already very fond of each individual as we are starting to really know them.

 

Gemma & Ken

 Caboolture Montessori School

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IMG 1374  Just a few pictures to show the industrious work of new Dugongs

 

 

 

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