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Importance of parent teacher conferences and how to prepare for the meeting

posted Oct 25, 2017, 10:23 AM by GV Montessori   [ updated Oct 25, 2017, 10:25 AM ]

Autumn is here, so it must be time for parent teacher conferences.  For some of you this is the first time with this age old tradition.  This blog it to help guide you through the meeting.  So what is a parent teacher conference?  A parent teacher conference is a meeting or conference between parents and teachers of students to discuss a child’s progress at school.  Solutions to academic or behavioral situations are also shared.  


It is widely agreed among educators, that attending a parent teacher conference is extremely important.  Studies have shown that children do better in school when parents are involved in their children’s academic lives.  Attending a parent teacher conference is a way to be involved and help your child succeed.  This is a great opportunity to start or continue an ongoing conversation with your child’s teacher.


During our meeting we will guide you through our process for tracking your child's progress.  Montessori schools do not give grades.  Your child will go through 3 phases.  First a job will be introduced.  The second phase will be when the job will be worked on.  The last phase is when the job has been mastered.  Each job has many extensions.  This promotes critical thinking.  As your child’s cognitive development increases, the complexity of the extension will also increase.   


Just before your meeting we suggest that you take some time to write down any questions that you may have.  These questions will help you assess how your child is doing at school.  If this is your first conference let me suggest some of the following questions:


  1. How is my child doing academically, socially and behaviorally?

  2. What is my child’s strongest and weakest areas?

  3. What can we do at home to help?  (Suggested readings: “Montessori in the Home” and the “ Pink What?”)

  4. How can I encourage my child’s independence, concentration, coordination,concentration and order?

  5. How does my child get along with other children?  Who does my child play with?  Is there a child you think might be a good friend for him/her that he/she does not play with?

  6. How does my child behave around adults?  Is he/she polite and respectful?


Is there anything at school that we can help with?  For example:  Sharing our hobbies and interests, reading to the children, volunteering for field trips, cutting paper.  


Global Village Montessori Preschool, with locations in Pleasanton and Milpitas, provides high quality Montessori education for children aged 2 - 6 years. We have a balanced curriculum, inspired teachers and an inviting physical space leading to happy children. We like to make learning fun and hands-on in our preschool.


Posted by Ms. Maggie of Global Village Montessori Preschool, Jacklin Rd, Milpitas

Public Speaking & Show & Tell

posted Sep 15, 2017, 6:47 AM by GV Montessori

It's never too early to encourage kids to stand up in front of people and perform. Performance doesn't have to be learning lots of lines for a play or spectacle; it can be as simple as singing a song, telling about a picture they drew, reciting a favorite poem or even talking in front of their peers at circle time. The more we encourage children to speak, the greater the likelihood that their self-confidence will increase with each experience. Everyone has a story to tell and wants someone to listen.


At Global Village, we believe public speaking helps children to develop verbal and nonverbal communication skills, critical thinking, and overcome the fear of speaking in front of a group.  We create a very friendly, age appropriate environment for the children to talk about their favorite toy.  We teach public speaking in the form of ‘show and tell.’ Each Friday, the children are allowed to bring an item from home to share with their peers.  During circle time, the teacher will lay out all of the “Sharing items” on a laid out rug.  Each child will have the opportunity to get up in front of their class, choose their item from the rug and then talk about it.  Once the child is done speaking, the teacher will go around and ask the other children if they have any questions for that child.  This act helps the children to develop their language skills as well as critical thinking as they have to think of a questions for their friends.


Global Village Montessori Preschool, with locations in Pleasanton and Milpitas, provides high quality Montessori education for children aged 2 - 6 years. We have a balanced curriculum, inspired teachers and an inviting physical space leading to happy children. We like to make learning fun and hands-on in our preschool.


Posted by Ms. Kelly of Global Village Montessori Preschool - Pleasanton


Summer at Global Village Montessori Preschool

posted Sep 5, 2017, 5:58 AM by GV Montessori   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 6:48 AM ]


Summer at Global Village Montessori is always full of great fun and surprises. We started the 2017 summer with different themes weekly. We explored Hawaii and learned about volcanoes. We experienced camping by spending time in our classroom tent and resting in our sleeping bags. We explored nature by understanding about living and nonliving and naming insects.


Tuesdays and Wednesdays are our water play days. We came to school with our swimming suits and enjoyed the ultimate fun splashing the water with our friends.


One of our favorite weeks is the “Little Chef” week. We discussed about different healthy food, and we decided to make our special “shortbread cookies”. First, we searched the recipe and found out what ingredients we needed. Then we went through the cooking steps. The next day, we gathered everything and all helped pour the ingredients in the bowl, mixing, rolling and cutting the dough. Our very first homemade shortbread cookies were just so yummy!


We did several other fun activities. We can’t believe that now it is nearly the end of the summer. How fast was that! The new school year will begin on August 14th. We have a lot of things planned for the new school year. Children’s learning experience will be enriched in all areas, such as, language, math, science, art, music, practical life, sensory, and culture, etc. We are looking forward to starting the new learning journey with our lovely children at GVM!


Global Village Montessori Preschool, with locations in Pleasanton and Milpitas, provides high quality Montessori education for children aged 2 - 6 years. We have a balanced curriculum, inspired teachers and an inviting physical space leading to happy children. We like to make learning fun and hands-on in our preschool.



-Posted By Ms Ada of Global Village Montessori Preschool - Jacklin, Milpitas


A glimpse of natural habitat at Global Village Montessori

posted Sep 5, 2017, 5:44 AM by GV Montessori   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 5:45 AM ]

On Friday July 28th, Christine from Nature Center visited Global Village Montessori Preschool - Park Victoria in Milpitas with interesting animals from around the bay area. The children were so excited. They touched, observed, and asked questions about these animals. Christine showed the children how these animals go through everyday life in their natural habitat.

The first animal she showed was a Pacific tree frog by the name of “Hopper.” Pacific tree frogs are very popular in Washington and California. Christine talked about the lifecycle of the tree frog and showed Hopper around to the children in the palm of her hand. She showed them the right way to touch the frog.

They also saw “Terra the Tarantula”. The children were very excited to see a real live spider but some were very afraid. Afterwards, we got to see the shedded skin of another spider, which is created in a process called moulting.

The Gopher snake was yellow and shiny. It had beautiful skin. Christine also showed the shedded skin of another snake. The skin felt crispy and light to touch.

The Turtle Dove named Olive was grey and black with soft furry feathers. The children loved touching it because of its soft skin. It flew around the classroom and the children squealed with laughter.

It was wonderful to watch the children enjoy a glimpse of natural habitat in a safe and friendly manner.

Global Village Montessori Preschool, with locations in Pleasanton and Milpitas, provides high quality Montessori education for children aged 2 - 6 years. We have a balanced curriculum, inspired teachers and an inviting physical space leading to happy children. We like to make learning fun and hands-on in our preschool.

Posted by Ms. Rekha of Global Village Montessori - Park Victoria

Importance of 'Practical Life' activities

posted Aug 8, 2017, 7:23 AM by GV Montessori   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 7:26 AM ]

Practical life area and activities lay the foundation for the child’s introduction to school, providing a link between home and school. Many of the practical life activities are tasks that a child will see done daily in his/her own home, thus easing the transition to school. In the Montessori classroom, a child is able to perform the same activities he/she has seen adults do at home, using child size tools.


The direct aim of practical life activities is to assist the child in developing social skills and personal independence. The goal is to also develop the child’s gross and fine motor movement, which involves the body, intellect and will.




All practical life activities are unique, purposeful, and calming. They appear very simple and repetitive. When a child waters a plant or pours colored water from one jar to another he/she is, in fact, accomplishing much more like:



  • A high level of concentration
  • Developing a sense of order; putting material where they belong
  • Pride in his/her work
  • Taking responsibility for all cleaning
  • Respect for the environment
  • The development of gross and fine motor movement.




Engaging your child in the activities at home will help your child develop strong self-esteem and will also stimulate inner motivations. Choose an activity in which your child can easily perceive  his/her own contributions, such as cleaning after dinner, helping with the dishes, raking leaves, serving food, setting tables and etc. Our goal as parents and teachers is to raise children with strong foundation skills and work habits that one day it will enable them to be responsible and self-disciplined.


“The environment should reveal the child, not mold him” - Maria Montessori






What is the Montessori method?

posted Jun 28, 2017, 12:29 PM by GV Montessori   [ updated Jun 28, 2017, 12:31 PM ]

When taking parents on tours of our facility, I always ask them if they are familiar with the Montessori method. Most often their response is no. For this reason, I thought it would be helpful to explain the Montessori method in a little bit of detail.

The Montessori method was derived  in the late 1800’s from an Italian physician and educator named Maria Montessori.  After studying the impact of different structures and environments on children with special educational needs, she became interested in how her findings could work for all children. She soon realized that certain environments could have a huge impact on how children progressed and, in turn, developed a method for teaching based around this idea.


You may ask, what kind of environment?  The Montessori environment should be clean, orderly, structured and the shelves should be divided up into the four basic subjects; language, math, sensorial, and practical life.  This type of environment promotes exploration, makes use of sensory approaches and offers children a lot of choice in their activities.  The children should be free to choose what they want to do, but within a very structured environment.


The Montessori method is about learning through process; children learn by doing. This approach encourages children to make their own choices and discoveries.  It can be as simple as completing a practical task, exploring the available materials or sorting objects.


The teacher's role in the Montessori classroom is to guide the children rather than control the children, within a highly prepared environment. The teacher will demonstrate works at circle time, provide the children with works that challenge them and keep the classroom clean and orderly.


The structure comes from the preparation of materials, areas and activities. Montessori observed that the more children were allowed to learn through doing the more independence they gained. Through this approach, learning is recorded through observations by the teachers. The children are assessed on these observations, rather than on their ability to perform specific tasks.


The Montessori method aims to create curiosity and a love for learning and is based on the idea that early years are central to the development of these traits.


“As soon as children find something that interests them, they lose their instability and learn to concentrate”  - Maria Montessori


Global Village Montessori Preschool, with locations in Pleasanton and Milpitas, provides high quality Montessori education for children aged 2 - 6 years. We have a balanced curriculum, inspired teachers and an inviting physical space leading to happy children. We like to make learning fun and hands-on in our preschool.


Posted by Ms. Kelly of Global Village Montessori Preschool - Pleasanton location


Mother's day at Global Village Montessori Preschool

posted Jun 9, 2017, 3:45 PM by GV Montessori   [ updated Jun 12, 2017, 2:05 PM ]

At Global Village Montessori Preschool, Jacklin Rd - Milpitas location, we celebrated yet another fun-filled event a couple of weeks ago - Mother’s Day! It was nice to all the Moms together having a good time. Prior to the event, all our teachers and students worked very hard in preparing crafts and gifts for our moms. The students feverishly prepared their special performances for their moms for a few days.

 

The special moms had loads of fun with their children on this day! They made crafts, played games, and even had their special dance.


Our Global Village Montessori students were ecstatic on this day. The children enjoyed their little ‘mommy and me’ time! Our teachers played an important role in making this event fun and memorable for all moms. A lot of thoughts and hard work went into this event to make it successful! It was nice to see all of the moms enjoying themselves with their children. A big thank you to all Moms who took the time off from work and participated in our event! Thank you to dads who played the mom role as well.


Mother's Day



Global Village Montessori Preschool, with locations in Milpitas and Pleasanton, provides high quality Montessori education for children aged 2 - 6 years. We have a balanced curriculum, inspired teachers and an inviting physical space leading to happy children. We like to make learning fun and hands-on in our preschool.

Published by Ms. Selva of Global Village Montessori - Milpitas, Jacklin Rd location

Plants, flowers and colored water!

posted May 25, 2017, 2:49 PM by GV Montessori   [ updated May 25, 2017, 3:22 PM ]

At Global Village Montessori Preschool, Park Victoria - Milpitas location during this week, the children learned that plants and flowers need water to grow and live. They had the opportunity to do a fun celery science experiment that uses food coloring to show how plants absorb water. 


Moms and Dads, you can try this at home too.


Celery video



Materials:

  • 4 clear glasses/jars

  • Water

  • Food coloring (red, blue, purple, green)

  • Celery stalk with leaves

Instructions:

  1. Fill 4 clear glasses/jars half-full with water. Add three drops of purple food coloring to the water jar and mix it up. Repeat this step with the remaining colors.

  2. Trim the bottom of the celery stalk, leaving the leaves on the stalk. Place the celery stalks in the glasses/jars. 
  3. Draw a line on the jar “before” it drinks the colored water.
  4. Leave them overnight in order for the stalks to “drink” the water.
  5. Observe the celery after 3 hours, 24 hours, and 48 hours.

Discussions:

  • Let the children explain what has happened to the celery.

  • If the children can’t express their thoughts properly, then explain to them that water has been absorbed into the celery stalk.  Making the stem and leaves change color.

Global Village Montessori Preschool, with locations in Milpitas and Pleasanton, provides high quality Montessori education for children aged 2 - 6 years. We have a balanced curriculum, inspired teachers and an inviting physical space leading to happy children. We like to make learning fun and hands-on in our preschool.

Published by Ms. Amy of Global Village Montessori - Milpitas, Park Victoria location

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