With the second half of the school year underway, it’s the perfect time to revisit the strengths of our pre-k-8th-grade program. The pinnacle of a Charlotte Prep education, the high school placement process, perfectly reflects our student-centered philosophy. The Charlotte Prep experience naturally develops students who are well rounded and well prepared for high school. Our process guides each student and family in taking the steps needed to make a successful transition to high school.
The Charlotte Prep community came together to celebrate Holidays Around the World on Wednesday, December 13. Integrating with the BUDEE program, all of our students from TK to eighth grade participated in various activities centered on Holi, Christmas, Hanukkah, Lunar New Year, and Dias de Los Muertos.
Our goal with Holidays Around the World is for students to understand the historical origin of each holiday and become familiar with the essence of the holiday and why it is celebrated. While coming up with our lesson plan for Holidays Around the World, we were intentional in separating the intrinsic ideology of the holiday from the physical or traditional way in which it is marked. Both are important, and we wanted to ensure both are addressed.
The holidays are upon us. This season brings about many sensory experiences: beautiful sights with holiday lights; smells of evergreen, candles, and favorite foods cooking; sounds of favorite songs and music; and flavors of delicious traditional dishes! It is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming time for young children.
Children in our Montessori Early School (ages 2-5) are taking in everything around them through their senses, and their young brains are creating neural-pathways constantly through these experiences. You may find your young child is somewhat more excitable or emotional than usual as they process all of this sensory input.
Here are some tips for helping children through this wonderful-crazy time of year:
Try to stick to family routines, bedtimes, and mealtimes during this season.
Prep your children ahead of time by letting them know what to expect when changes occur.
Involve your children in preparation for family celebrations.
Don’t “force” your child to hug family members if they are uncomfortable – it is important that they know their personal space is respected and honored.
Utilizing a calendar or sequence of photographs can help children understand what is coming ahead.
However your family celebrates the holidays, we wish you joy and peace!
Looking for something fun to do with your child over winter break? How about making a volcano! This exciting science experiment is easy to make and fun to do.
The volcano could be made out of clay (it will need to dry before you use it), a mound of dirt from outside, or any type of cup or container. If you use a cup or container, you could build up the clay around it to make it look more like a volcano! If you use a mound of dirt or clay for your volcano, place a plastic cup in the middle; old film containers also work great.
By Jennifer Stoltz, Technology Integration Specialist
As parents, we are charged with the daunting task of teaching our children everything we know. But sometimes the world changes faster than we can keep up. We suddenly realize the skills we polished and honed growing up may not meet the needs of our 21st-century offspring. That can be both humbling and intimidating.
That’s why Charlotte Prep is once again joining in one of the largest learning events in history, The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.
Each year millions of people are diagnosed with Influenza and Charlotte Prep is no exception. I begin seeing diagnosed cases of the flu around October or November. And once it’s here, it doesn’t want to leave! Consider our population. Our very young students have difficulty understanding personal boundaries—and there it spreads. Our older students love to share screens and take selfies—and there it spreads. Then they come home to you—and there it spreads.Continue reading “PREPing for the Flu!”
As we near the break for Thanksgiving, I have been reflecting a great deal on the process that the children are undertaking as they grow during this exciting and wondrous age span from 2-6. The children are settled into their classrooms, which are vibrant with purpose and discovery. Everything the children are doing is a part of a continuum that ultimately leads to adulthood. This crucial time is an ideal span for a child to be in a Montessori environment, which allows him to explore with his whole being, using all his senses. Maria Montessori carefully observed and recorded children’s development, and created a sequence of materials and lessons which engage the child and allow her to practice, step by step, every detailed skill that she’ll need on her path through life: practical, social, and academic.