Veteran parent volunteers will help make student drop-off during the first week of school a smooth experience. Follow their lead as they direct traffic. You can also volunteer to assist them by signing up here.
The Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association gave Mata Montessori $2,612 raised from their annual home tour and auction.
Neighborhood association president and Mata parent Jarrett Stampes presented Mrs. Williams with the donation at the first PTA meeting of the year.
Mark your calendars for the 2018 home tour, which will be held April 20-22, 2018. Proceeds raised will be donated to neighborhood schools, including Mata.
At the first community coffee of the year, campus instructional coach John Hutcheson and Montessori facilitator JoAnn Turner provided advice for what parents can do to extend the Montessori experience at home. Here are some of those tips:
- The home should center around the child being independent. One way to do this is setting aside a shelf in the kitchen accessible to the child with utensils and food items so they can make their own snacks. You can also create a snack drawer in the refrigerator with fruits and vegetables for them to get on their own. This article is a quick read with tips on how to encourage independence at home.
- Children should be exposed to authentic wooden toys that ignite their imagination. Create a system to put their toys away, whether it is a bin or shelves, and make them responsible for cleaning up. Don’t have so many toys that it is overwhelming or impossible for them to pick up after themselves.
- Let them play outdoors. Going barefoot gives them more sensory input.
- Give children a checklist of 1-4 chores they know how to do and hold them accountable for completing it. The consequence of not finishing the tasks can simply be that they have to go back and complete it.
Join the PTA for the 2017-18 school year and you could win a Mata Spirit Basket worth more than $35.
Membership is just $10. Become a member before the end of the first week of school and you will be entered into the drawing. Have every member of your family join and multiple your chances at winning Mata gear, including 2 T-shirts, a yard sign and decal.
A membership table will be set up at school the first day. You can also join online. The winner will be contacted following the drawing and it will be announced here.