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Lincolnshire Montessori April News

Lincolnshire Montessori April News

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Family Fun Day - Saturday 15 June
Our ‘Friends of’ group FOTCHALMs are please to be organising our annual Family Day on 15 June this year. The group are currently organising craft stalls, food stalls, table top sales, a BBQ / lamb roast and entertainment. There will also be lots of games and activities and a chance to have a look around the school. If you would like to get involved in staffing a stall or helping to plan the day, your input would be very much appreciated. Please see Sylvia, Theresa, Maxine, FOTCHALMs Chair Amy or a member of the committee for more information. FOTCHALMs is a registered charity which support the work of our nurseries and school through fundraising and social events. The group meets monthly (usually Monday evenings) and welcome anyone interested in lending time and energy to support them.

April 2013

Extra Curricular Clubs
After school Clubs for the summer term for Primary aged children include Homework, Verbal Reasoning, Wildlife Club, Ball skills, French club. Please book in with our Becky Extended Services Co-ordinator Tel 01472 859589.

Montessori Parents Course
Linda Matthews (Keyworker 3-5s Caistor) is attending a 3 day workshop in London to learn about supporting parents with Montessori in the home. The course delivered by Montessori Centre International Topics covered are: Being a parent Playing with children Helping children thrive and grow Exploring relationships Talking with children and partners Setting boundaries and nurturing independence Learning about the Montessori classroom More information on how we can share this with you, to follow.

Caistor Open Day Tuesday 30 April
We are delighted to be hosting an Open Day on Tues 30 April 10am 3pm for families to visit our Caistor nursery and school. Parents/carers will be able to: -Tour the site on a working day - See children working with Montessori materials - Pick up information on the Montessori philosophy -Meet and talk with Montessori teachers and students We ask that families book an appointment, so that we can ensure a member of the team is available to show you around.

Website refresh
www.lincolnshiremontessori.co.uk is having a refresh and will include more photographs, links to social media and hopefully more helpful information for families at nurseries and school. We have included more downloads of forms and information such as menus as well as information on admissions and policies. The site will be live from Friday 5 April, so do let us know if there is additional information you would like to see on the site.

Tracking Progress
We are now using a ‘Development’ wheel to track children’s progress across both nurseries. This uses the Early Years Foundation Stage stages of development to support individual children in their learning. These records are kept in Special Books and can be accessed by parents/carers at any time. Please ask your child’s Keyworker to see these.

Sounds make Sounds DVD
We have purchased a DVD for each site to support parents/ carers as children learn the sounds of letters. You are welcome to borrow this or we can order your own copy priced £12. Please see Receptions to borrow or buy.

Infant Toddler Forum
Factsheets on healthy eating for toddlers are available from the Infant Toddler Forum at www.infantandtoddler forum.org

Nursery Life at Stallingborough
Below are some pictures of busy days at the nursery...

Montessori Family book
An invaluable new guide for parents/carers everywhere. Published by Montessori St Nicholas charity it is ideal for parents from birth upwards. Packed with advice on bringing out the best in children, it takes a fresh look at family life. Chapter 1 - the potential of the child Chapter 2 - Unlocking the child's potential Chapter 3 - A Montessori way of life Chapter 4 - Creating a Montessori inspired living space

Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB)
Following our success in achieving the M E AB kitemark at Caistor, we are pleased to have started the process at Stallingborough. This scheme accredits quality Montessori practice to give parents/carers confidence in their child’s education. For more information, please see www .montessori.org.uk/ msa/accreditation

Kathi Hughes, author says: “Montessori encouraged us to help the child help herself. This not only leads to an independent child in practical terms but also one who learns to believe in her own capability to do things. This sense of success feeds into positive self-esteem and a sense of achievement and to a deeper appreciation of what they can do. I hope parents will enjoy reading this as much as I have writing it.” The book is available from www.montessori.org.uk

Masterclasses
We continue to organise high quality training for our team through Saturday Masterclasses including national speakers on ‘Working with 2 year olds’ and ‘Montessori and outdoor learning’. Delegates are coming from across the UK to join our team in their learning.

Congratulations
to Sue Jackson, our Special Education Needs Co-ordinator at Stallingborough who has successfully completed a L e ve l 3 in Au t i s m Awareness training with Cambridge Park Academy Autism Outreach service Congrats also to Ellie Simcock at Caistor who has passed her Level 3 Children’s and Young People Workforce Diploma . Several members of the team are studying various qualifications at present.

PGL

Lincolnshire Montessori prides itself on providing nutritiously balanced menus and creating mealtimes which are happy, social occasions. Every child at nursery and school enjoys a well balanced healthy diet in order to build a strong body and mind. We provide nutritious and wholesome meals and snacks in carefully designed 12 day rolling menus, prepared by experienced cooks. We follow nutritional guidelines from the School Food Trust and include suggestions from parents in our menu planning. Lincolnshire Montessori is also a member of Select Lincolnshire. Select Lincolnshire aims to showcase the range and quality of Lincolnshire produce and is a provenance marque that is about the protection and development of jobs in Lincolnshire.

This September, children from the upper Primary will be attending a PGL activity week at Caythorpe Court near Grantham w ith activities including orienteering, zip wire, archery, quad biking, climbing and lots more.

Now on Twitter @LincsMont
Facebook.com/ LincolnshireMontessori

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