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Mentari Preschool Grand Surya
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Preschool Newsletter 1st term
Volume 3 Issue 1 2011-2012
Dear Preschool Parents, Welcome to a brand new school year at Mentari Preschool grand Surya .! We are now on to our 3rd year serving this community and we are very happy that you have continually entrusted your preschool child’s first learning years with us. What’s new at the preschool? While most of the dedicated preschool staff are with us ( clap! Clap! Clap! ), we welcome new additions to our growing preschool family. Ms. Atika is our Nursery teacher and Ms. Erni is our teacher helper. We are getting ready to open our indoor playroom at the second floor this term . This room will provide your child lots of play space as well as audio –visual entertainment. They will learn to write, read and grow socially and emotionally. There will be important changes they will encounter as preschool is a much bigger world than home. We will do our best to help in this transition as we are your partners in your child’s education. We hope you will remain an active participant in our activities and projects. We are your partners in your child’s education. Teacher Melanie
Theme: All About Me As we start the new school year, we will further expand and continue on the theme “All About Me”. This is a theme which encompasses a lot of ideas and this term we will focus topics that have not been dealt extensively last school year.
Each person is unique and we would like your child to further explore the “ how he is different and how he is alike with his /her peers” . Getting attuned to one’s feelings is important to enable one to express oneself. An awareness of the world is built up thru the use of one’s 5 senses. We will help your child discover these concepts thru the circle time and our Fun Friday activities in drama, cooking, science and dance and movement. All that is important to understand and take care of oneself thru good nutrition, health practices and dental hygiene will be incorporated in this term. And last but not the least, lessons on manners and courtesy will be imparted. Manners and courtesy will be a daily exercise so that good habits will be formed. We would like your assistance as teachers as well as parents (grandparents, siblings, uncles and aunts and cousins and even susters) are good models for demonstrating good behavior. Research shows that the best time for children to absorb manners is in the preschool years. Courteous words or magic words such as please, thank you, you're welcome and excuse me are the first lessons to good manners. Sharing stories about your family and your childhood will also make the topic more meaningful. The children will know that although we may have different skin tone, facial features or even manner of speaking, we all the belong to one family...the human race. Parents always look to the future wondering what and how their child will turn out and I leave you with this quote to remember… We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher
* * * * Who is Montessori?
Dr . Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952) created a system of learning known as the Montessori Method. She was one of several charismatic and ingenious pioneers of early childhood education who were active during the first half of the 20th century. Today, thousands of Montessori Schools flourish around the world; Dr. Montessori's method is perpetuated through the schools that bear her name and is accepted as best practice in a growing number of traditional school communities, as well.
“The first essential for the child's development is concentration. “ “The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”
What’s new in Mentari Preschool? Teachers As we welcome the new school year , let us meeet our new teachers in the Preschool Family. Teacher Atika is our new Nursery teacher. She is a veteran Nursery teacher with 11 years experience in teaching 3 year-olds. Teacher Atika says “The fear of God is the start of wisdom.” Ms. Erni is our teacher helper for Nursery . We assure you of her patience and dedication in helping your child Teacher Ernie ( Lao Tse )– is our Mandarin teacher .She is excited to share her lessons , songs and activities to the K1 and K2 class whom she will meet every Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Mr Sigit is our librarian and he will help our K1 and K2 students when the borrow books and he will ably assist the younger child for audio visual needs. When your child brings home a book , kindly reead it with them so a love foe books will be instilled at such an early age,
Facilities— Indoor Playroom ( coming very soon ) Wow! The preschool will now enjoy indoor as well as outdoor play. Even if the weather is too hot or rainy, playtime will always be fun for your child.
The Montessori room is at the second floor. It is spacious and is loaded with a lot of didactic (self teaching) materials in the Practical, Sensorial. Language Arts, Math and Cultural area. The Nursery, K1 and K2 classes will do Montessori work here from Monday to Thursday under Teacher Melanie’s supervision.
Learning Centers– each classroom has been arranged with learning centers to help your child occupy learning time wisely. There are different areas such as Language, Math, Art and Manipulative area all equipped with age appropriate materials and educational toys.
SPECIAL EVENTS OF THE TERM INDEPENDENCE DAY at Mentari Preschool (16 August—Tuesday ) The red & white colors of the Indonesian flag will decorate our classrooms and traditional games will entertain our kids on this special day. We will sing a lots of Indonesian songs to enjoy the special day. Let your child be proud and _Wear Red or white on August 16
Preschool OPEN HOUSE– (AUGUST 19 FRIDAY) This year, our Open House will be carried out individually by each Head teacher in her own class. She will explain the curriculum, how the classroom /Montessori activities are carried out, rules & how the whole term is planned to teach the theme and various subjects. There will be no classes on this date .Kindly leave your child at home for this activity. Please note the following date & time for Open House. CLASS K2-Blue /K1 Red K1Yellow —Nursery Green/ Toddler Orange
9:00– 10:00 10:30-11:30
Lebaran Party ( 16 September –Friday) To help the children know more about one of the the most important holidays celebrated in the whole archipelago of Indonesia, the preschool will have a post Lebaran celebration . What is it all about? We will have skits, games , crafts . Let your child wear sarung for boys and selendang / kerudung pants and long sleeved blouse or ankle length dress.for girls.
Memo from Your Child ~Author Unknown~ 1. Don't spoil me. I know quite well that I ought not have all that I ask for, I'm only testing you. 2. Don't be afraid to be firm with me, I prefer it. It makes me feel more secure. 3. Don't let me form bad habits, I have to rely on you to detect them in the early stages. 4. Don't make me feel smaller than I am, It only makes me behave stupidly big. 5. Don't correct me in front of people if you can help it. 6. Don't make me feel that my mistakes are sins, it upsets my set of values. 7. Don't be upset when I say "I hate you", it's not you I hate, but your power to hinder. 8. Don't protect me from consequences, I need to learn the painful way sometimes. 9. Don't nag, if you do I will need to protect myself by appearing deaf. 10. Don't make rash promises, remember I feel badly let down when promises are broken. 11. Don't tax my honesty too much, I am easily frightened into telling lies. 12. Don't be inconsistent, that completely confuses me and makes me lose faith in you. 13. Don't tell me my fears are silly, they are terribly real to me and you can do much to reassure me if you try to understand. 14. Don't ever suggest that you are perfect or infallible. It gives me to great a shock when I discover that you are neither. 15. Don't forget that I can't thrive without lots of love and understanding, but I don't need to tell you that, do I?
Scenes from the Fourth term
We Love Mommies!
Up day Fairy Tale Dress ou r favorite
We came to school in characterâ€™s costume .
Mothers are special ! To celebrate Motherâ€™s day , the preschool became a little mommy town filled with activities to pamper our beloved Mommy ! Guess how much we love Mommy ?
â€œ ALADDINâ€? PRESENTED ONSTAGE To mark the end of the school year 2010-2011, the preschool presented its 2nd live show by featuring the story of Aladdin . It was a magical time to see flying carpets, genies and wishes that do come true. The toddlers, nursery, K1 and K2 children were very good first-time actors, actresses and dancers!
K2 Graduation Congratulations to our 2nd batch of K2 graduates! Shine and make us proud in the primary school !
MENTARI PRESCHOOL TERMLY CALENDER Term 1 : 20 July—14 October 2011 Monday 18Jul
Wear Batik Day! 22-Aug
PUBLIC HOLIDAY 23-Aug
24– August to 12- Sept Lebaran Break Lebaran Break
Lebaran at the Preschool 22– Sept 23– Sept
2ndTerm begins : 17 October 2011
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. ~
Charles R. Swindoll, The Strong Family