Celebrating Creativity in Early Childhood

Over 100 Cy-Fair and Cypress residents visited Montessori Preschool @ Copperfield for the 2016 Children’s Art Exhibit, a celebration of art and creativity in early childhood.  The exhibit was officially opened by students at the school, and over 60 art pieces were on display, created using techniques inspired by global artists.  Families were also invited to tour our Science Lab, where they explored the connections between art and science, creating LED puppets and racing remote controlled cars designed from toy bricks.

Over 200 Cy-Fair Residents Attend “A Hat-ty Christmas”

Last Friday, Montessori Preschool @ Copperfield held its 19th Annual Christmas Program, A Hat-ty Christmas, and over 200 people attended.

Throughout the year, students learn about music and drama and present an annual show in anticipation of the Christmas holiday. Students learn about rhythm and drama.

The show opened with the Langham Creek Chamber Choir, led by Director Christopher Fiorini. An annual tradition, the choir dressed in Renaissance attire, singing traditional Christmas carols and a hilarious rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

This year’s program followed the journey of a hat peddler, who needed to sell enough hats to buy a Christmas tree for her family. She met construction workers, Mexican dancers, sailors, business men and collected several hats, before encountering a field of monkeys who stole her collection and threatened her happy Christmas holiday. Luckily, she threw her hat to the ground and the monkeys followed, and later exclaimed, “Monkey See, Monkey Do!”

The Spanish class sang Rodolfo el Reno, which was followed by our annual Percussion Band, a group of the oldest students who showcase skills in discipline, rhythm and concentration, led by a student conductor.

The program ended with Santa’s arrival on a decorated Ford F-150, and of course, every student received their Christmas present.

Starting Early on Fire Safety

October is Fire Safety Month, and our local Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department visited Montessori Preschool @ Copperfield to speak with our students about fire safety and preparedness.

Fire safety starts an early age.  It’s never too late to speak with your child about fire safety and introduce her to family meeting points, escape routes, and emergency phone numbers.  Below are five tips we learned to help parents improve fire safety at home:

1. Identify a meeting point and share it with your child.  A meeting point is a local landmark where your family can congregate in case of an emergency. Choose a location that can be easily found and is familiar to your child.  Show them the location in person and on a map.

2. Stop, Drop, and Roll.  Always remember to cover your face, stop, drop and roll if your clothes catch on fire.  Act it out with your child, like in the video below:

 

3. Explore Fire Safety. Sometimes, a fireman’s gear and special clothing can look scary to a child. Let your child see photos and videos of a fireman, so they can be familiar with a fireman’s gear. Complement your lesson with a visit to the local fire department, and encourage your child to use sight and touch to describe a fireman’s gear. Also, let your child listen to the sound of the Fire Alarm and instruct them what to do if they hear it.

 

 

 

4. Put away the matches and lighters.  Encourage your child to report matches or lighters to an adult or teacher.

5. Fire safety is not just limited to October. Fire safety and prevention is a year-round lesson. Remind your child about what they’ve learned throughout the year.

Be sure to contact your local fire department to learn more.  Also, visit our amazing Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department on Facebook and Twitter feeds for key updates.

Check out photos from the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department Visit:

Let’s go to the Carnival!

Our students recently celebrated the 19th Annual Halloween Carnival.  Check out our top four moments:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1. Princesses and Heroes galore! Our students dressed up as their favorite characters from Elsa of Arendelle to Japanese character Totoro.

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2. Students played an array of games and win prizes.  Our directresses set up booths, featuring games from Witch’s Hat Ring Toss to and Pumpkin Ball Toss.

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3. Twinsies! Brother and sisters got together for a fun photo shoot.

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4. As part of the celebration, our students created their own Trick or Treat Bags to collect prizes and candy.

Halloween Bags

An Evening with the Arts

“The human hand, so delicate and so complicated, not only allows the mind to reveal itself but it enables the whole being to enter into special relationships with its environment… man ‘takes possession of his environment with his hands.’ His hands, under the guidance of his intellect transform this environment and thus enable him to fulfill his mission in the world.”

– Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child

Montessori Preschool @ Copperfield presented An Evening with the Arts.  Beautiful art work done by the school children – under the guidance of Art Director Linda Bagley – was presented to parents and friends.  Garden art was also part of the event and the Kindergarten class showed off their skills in contributing to the garden art exhibit.

Visual art in our Montessori classroom addresses both the emotional and physical development of the child.  We use art to help our students learn how to communicate their feelings and ideas and explore their creativity.  Art also helps children develop their fine motor skills needed for many walks of life.

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Graduation Celebration!

Congratulations to our Kindergarten Graduates!

Our Kindergartners marked the end of their tenure at Montessori Preschool @ Copperfield with a private ceremony for family and close friends.  Our graduates were leaders in their classrooms, successfully completing exercises in advanced math, reading, and the sciences.  We look forward to seeing their accomplishments in the future!

See photos from our Kindergarten Graduation Celebration: