Friday, 21 July 2017

Conversations With Former Graduates

During the winter term, we held Parent-Teacher interview evenings at our little yellow school.  These evenings are always highly enjoyable.  Sometimes, the children also come along. While their parents are meeting with the teachers, I am fortunate to be able to spend some uninterrupted one-on-one time with our current students and their siblings. Often, these siblings are our former graduates.

Earlier this year, I spent time with former graduate Big K. and her younger sister Little K. who is currently attending our school.

Little K. (left) and Big K. (right)

Big K. was with us for three years and graduated in June 2016. She is currently in grade one at a local French Immersion school.

Big K. in Fall 2013

Big K.'s Fourth Birthday

Big K. as a Graduate - June 2016

While we see Big K. from time to time, we don't always have the time for long conversations.  She enjoys writing little notes to her former teachers and it is always such a lovely surprise to receive one.  During our conversation on Parent-Teacher interview night, I heard all about her new school, her friends and her favourite subjects.  When she first started grade one, she had told me that Montessori should be grade one and that grade one should be Montessori.  She felt that grade one was so easy.  When I spoke to her (six months into grade one) Big K. told me that Montessori was still harder than grade one.  She is doing so well in French Immersion and we are all very proud of her.  Big K. had three years of daily French lessons at our school, so we are not surprised that she is excelling.

As mentioned, Big K. enjoys writing notes to her former teachers. Whenever she writes to Madame D., the notes are now in French. Here is the note she brought for Madame D. on Parent-Teacher interview night.

On the same evening, I spent time with former graduate Big M. and her sister Little M. who is currently attending our school.

Little M. (left) and Big M. (right)

Big M. was with us for three years and graduated in June 2016. She recently completed grade one and will be entering grade two in September.

Big M. in Fall 2013 working with the Sound Cylinders.

Just turned four year old Big M. giving a yoga presentation ~ Spring 2014

Big M. (standing far right) during her yoga presentation.

Big M. as a Graduate ~ June 2016

Big M. also told me that grade one was way easier than Montessori.  She is also excelling at her new school.  A teacher at Big M.'s school attended one of our Open Houses this year.  Although she does not teach Big M., she had noticed her at school. She described Big M. as a very confident, intelligent and friendly student.  It was so heart-warming to hear this.  Our students often get noticed by teachers at their elementary schools.  Many teachers have been so impressed with our graduates, often resulting in their own children attending our little yellow school.

After our time together, Big M. went home and told her parents that when she grows up, she is going to be a teacher at Mrs. P.'s school.  That is so sweet!  Of course, I would love to have her!  If I have met anyone who is destined to be a teacher, it is Big M.   She was the graduate that everyone respected and aspired to be like.  Even as a newly turned four year old, she was able to capture and hold the attention of her classmates during her beautifully presented yoga demonstration. Unfortunately, by the time Big M. completes elementary school, high school and university, Mrs. P. will most likely be retired.  Her mom didn't have the heart to tell her.

It is always a pleasure to touch base with former students and their families, and to hear of their personal and academic successes.  Their smiling faces shine down on us in our entrance way and are always with us.  

Our Class Pictures

Our Class Pictures

I will carry a piece of you, a memory in my heart.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!

This year, our wonderful country is celebrating its 150th birthday!  As Canadians, we have so many great reasons to celebrate this milestone.  Inspired by the book, Why I Love Canada, we asked the children at our little yellow school why they love Canada.  

Our Inspiration

Here are some of their replies.

4 1/2 year old J.

4 1/2 year old J. says "I love Canada because it is the best place in the whole world!"

4 year old A.

Four year old A. says "I love Canada because my home is here."

6 year old L.

Six year old L. says "I love Canada because we speak many different languages."

4 1/2 year old E.

Four and a half year old E. says " I love Canada because I love the lakes.  My dad will show me the lakes when we go camping and fishing."

3 1/2 year old M.

Three and a half year old M. says "I love Canada because my school is here."

4 1/2 year old O.

Four and a half year old O. says "I love Canada because I like all the animals we have, except the raccoons."

5 1/2 year old S.

Five and a half year old S. says "I love Canada because we get to meet lots of new people."

5 1/2 year old J.

Five and a half year old J. says "I love Canada because my whole family lives here."

4 1/2 year old R.

Four and a half year old R. says "I love Canada because we have lots of healthy food."

4 1/2 year old M.

Four and a half year old M. says "I love Canada because it is beautiful!"

5 year old C.

Five year old C. says "I love Canada because it is a great place to learn."

Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Shining Bright ~ Our 2017 Concert and Graduation

Our annual concert and graduation is always the crowning glory to our time spent together.  The event is a highlight for the children, the parents and the teachers.  For the children, particularly the graduates, it is a night that will live on in their memories long after our time together is over. 

After weeks of preparation, the day had arrived!  The children had been singing so beautifully at school.  We knew they were ready for their audience.

Two of our former graduates greeted our guests and handed out the programs.

One of Our Hostesses - June 2016 Graduate M.

One of Our Hostesses - June 2012 Graduate M.

As the children gathered in the foyer, there were smiles and a few cases of cold feet.  Mrs. L., our Music teacher, gave our voices a bit of a warm up.

Our audience was ready ...

Our Audience

 and so were we.  On with the show!

Mrs. L. led the first songs.

Hello To All The Children Of The World

Madame D. led the French songs.

Un Chandail a Pois

Mrs. M. led our next song.

Mrs. M. and the Children

Mrs. P. started the children on the final songs.

The children singing the final songs.

The children sang the songs magnificently!  We were overwhelmed by the beauty of their voices, their passion and their enthusiasm.  It was a lovely concert. 

After our songs, the stage belonged to our graduates.  We could not be prouder of our graduates.  Although it is sad to say good bye to them, they are more than ready for the next step.  The future awaits. 

Our 2017 Graduates

Cake time!

Congratulations Graduates!

The graduates had a little surprise for us.  They bought us some wonderful new toys for our soccer field!  Thank you to our graduates and their families.

A Present From The Graduates

The children couldn't wait to play with them the next day at school.

Thank you, graduates!

Thank you to the children and all the family members and friends for making this such a special night.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Happy Father's Day 2017

For Mother's Day, we asked the children a series of questions about their moms.  For Father's Day, we asked the children the same questions.  We enjoyed the answers and the lovely drawings.  Here is a selection of the Father's Day gifts.  You can click on the images to make them larger.

The Three Year Olds

3 year old A. says 'It makes him happy when I laugh."

3 1/2 year old J.'s picture is full of love.

3 year old A. made smoothies for her presentation in May.  She always makes them with her dad.

3 1/2 year old M. says "I really love it when he comes home from work and tickles me!"

The Four Year Olds

4 1/2 year old E. says "He always tells me I look like a monkey."

4 1/2 O.'s picture is beautiful!

4 1/2 year old J.'s dad always says "Would you like to make popcorn?"  Sounds fun!

It makes 4 1/2 year old C.'s dad happy when he plays with him.

4 1/2 year old A. says her dad only cooks on the barbecue.

It makes 4 1/2 year old K.'s dad happy when he hugs her.

The Five and Six Year Olds

5 year old O. loves it when his dad makes breakfast for him.

6 year old L.'s dad makes the best Mickey pancakes!

5 year old K.'s dad makes the best burgers!

5 1/2 year old S. really loves it when her dad picks her up from school.

5 year old H. says her dad is only allowed to touch the barbecue.

It makes 5 1/2 year old A.'s dad happy when she twirls around..
(He also has long hair.)

5 year old A. loves to snuggle with his dad and watch television.

We hope you enjoy your gifts.  Happy Father's Day!