March 2020, week 1 update and monthly newsletter

Please find within: school news and activities, family participation information, and last week’s lesson review.  This update has general information only; for all child-specific information and pictures of students’ play and work from last week, please go to Avalon’s private parent Facebook page.

SCHOOL NEWS AND ACTIVITIES

This month’s learning theme is ‘World Cultures”! Through stories, music and dance, food, and art, we will explore the cultures of four geographic areas: Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas with a special emphasis on the cultures of each student.

We are also focusing on colors this month: mixing, painting, hues, tints and shades, coloring play-doh and rice, and more.

For holidays / celebrations in March: Dr. Seuss Day / Read Across America Day on Mon., March 2nd; Holi on Tue., March 10th, and St. Patrick’s Day on Tue., March 17th.

FAMILY PARTICIPATION

Dr. Seuss books from Avalon’s library went home last Thursday to be read with family and returned on Monday, 3/2 for our Dr. Seuss Day celebration.  This is also the day students can arrive with wacky hairstyles or dress (flyer went home last week).

LAST WEEK’S LESSON REVIEW

Every so often we have a week off from planned activities to allow for more Montessori work and free-time.  I have found this to be an exceptional way for children to explore what they have learned that month in their own time and have more free-time for personal exploration of play and projects.

Last week was still full of arts and crafts, STEM materials, and reading–all self-directed through children’s choice.  Painting, beaded bracelets, complex MagnaTile 3D constructions, LEGO towers, sandpaper numbers, and so much more that either went home or is shown through pictures on the private parent Facebook group.

Have a wonderful week families!

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