The Boxwood School Posts

February 14, 2017 /

It is hard to believe it is January until I began writing these notes – 60’s, 70’s and now 30’s!! The children have been doing a great job dressing in layers so they are ready for the cold mornings and warm afternoons – will we ever have any snow?? We have eaten lunch outside a few times this month!

Janus – inspired insights of learning from the past, your children still prove to be resilient. Our small band of students are working hard on the foundational skills of basic behavior which we practice daily – they try!

1. Enter a room gently without talking.

2. Stop, Look, Listen – before joining a lesson, interrupting the speaker or when the bell rings.

3. Courteously – Look at the Speaker who looks at you.

4. Acts of Kindness encourage friendships.

5. Laugh at your own mistakes.

6. Follow through on the activity you start.

7. Move up and down the stairs quietly.

8. Enjoy your day! It is a Gift to use!

Let’s see if they are able to take these skills home with them? Let us know.

We have another new family that has joined us. Please welcome: Kendon and Lauren with their daughter Audrey who is 4. Which brings our number up to 12! A few visitors for our Open House and a few more phone calls.

I will be sending home a new family page which will help when the children ask to have play dates ~ along with our upcoming – Valentine’s Day.

A quick note – please NO store bought valentine cards, if you want your children to participate in giving their friends cards on February 14th – only homemade ones. They can be simply made. We have already started creating a few designs at school. We are also working on rhymes – can’t wait to see what they will come up with on their cards.

Hopefully you heard about our dancing for National School Choice Week – a bit of a controversial subject but one that got us up and out and moving to some music. Enjoy the scarves!

As always a few articles to read and keep, enjoy your children’s diary!

February 14, 2017 /

December 2016 Notes

Life, is full of surprises, brings changes in weather and human behavior. Learning at Boxwood goes forward amid the hum of Christmas decorating, inside and out. Very busy hands and minds!!

Our Boxwood bush ‘tree’ is filled with bright lights to cheer us when day turns to dark. Rhyming does not stop, nor do our Acts of Kindness! The ’16 school year has advanced our brave and tireless little band.

Looking forward to what 2017 has in store for us~

We wish you a

Merry Christmas

and a Happy New Year!

Boxwood Staff

February 14, 2017 /

November 2016 Notes

Amid the changing needs of growing children, we are reminded almost daily of the subtle power of consistency. When we keep the pattern  of procedures and expectation high, as well as predictable, children thrive! Behavior is smoother, rewards of patience and learning are high!

This month has seen a lot of changes from outside chores and activities to settling in and buckling down on the inside chores and activities. Artists are popping up everywhere (cover page) along with a few mathematicians in the group.

Parents please remember to use upper and lower case letters when writing for the children at home. We are encouraging them to learn the difference and try to use them in the correct place. There are not many books or magazines found all in capitol letters unless texting and wishing to yell at someone ; )

We have attached a handy phonetic chart for you when teaching the different sounds to your children. It is important to be consistent so that they will learn it correctly. Handwriting is another tough one – pencil grips are key, forming letters starts at the top or middle not bottom of a letter or number – work in progress with sand and sand paper letters.

A BIG thank you to Mrs. Ann and Mrs. Amelia, Amelia Grace and Bitsy for helping out at the Resource Fair. It looks like Boxwood may have a few prospects that visited our booth. We are having an Open House – Wednesday the 7th of December from 10-12 and another one in January on Tuesday the 17th. Please pass around our colorful scarecrows to invite friends to come ~

Children should continue to dress in layers. When wearing boots have them bring along a pair of shoes for inside use or they can put on their slippers…

February 14, 2017 /
October 5, 2016 /

SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWS NOTES

September has been a very busy month discovering all the spaces we have at Boxwood and slowly introducing the children to the many activities. The children seem to enjoy having a lesson on a new item and learn patience while waiting for the right time.

There is so much to cover in such a short amount of time yet we are taking it slowly so as to normalize the children which will benefit us all in the long run. A bit of time daily (morning/afternoon) is spent keeping our school clean, neat and prepared (inside and out). Do your children have chores at home?

One of the basics of a Montessori Education involves attention to detail, starting with lots of practice in noticing what is in front of us! As we clean the driveway of magnolia leaves, beech seeds and seed pods – the children will look back to see if the job is finished or needs a bit more work. Training the eye for detail.

We prepared our vegetable garden for fall plants and all the while the children were noticing the weeds disappear, while breaking up the large clods of dirt and sewing the seeds. Our pavers help to keep us on the walking path.

The children are learning how important it is to look at the speaker, putting on their thinking caps to help them focus and sharpen their listening skills along with covering their mouth as they yawn, cough or sneeze. Be sure to give your child carefully articulated directions and TIME TO THINK!

We are all learning to move slowly and quietly so as not to miss a worm on the drive, a stick to be put away, to keep us from bumping into things or interrupting others at work, using our inside voices. Learning to speak clearly, share our things and to wait our turn! Filling the finger bowl with water and carrying it to the stand – moving slowly ensures no messy clean up.

Mrs. Coffin is around from time to time but she seems to keep herself quite busy continuing to write her third book on ‘Boxwood and Boys’. Yet she does enjoy a few interactions with all of us as we pass through the kitchen.

October 4, 2016 /

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October 4, 2016 /

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