Dates to Remember

4/16  Parent Board Meeting at CMP (6:30)
4/22 Earth day – every day is earth day at CMP!
4/25 (Saturday) Join us for CMP Parent/Teacher Work Day (8:00-1:00)


Parent/Teacher Work Day
When: Saturday April 25th (Join us between 8:00-1:00)
Where: At CMP

On Parent/Teacher work day we work together to continue improving the school and playground (indoor and outdoor classrooms) to best meet the needs of children, while maintaining our commitment to a healthy environment.

There is an opportunity for everyone’s skills-painting, raking, gardening, carpentry and more… Be on the lookout for more details soon!

“The education of the whole child at Countryside is a cooperative effort between parents, teachers and students.”

Reading Begins at Home
Did you know that 50 percent of intellectual development takes place between birth and four years of age? That means that parents are important teachers. You provide the foundation of your child’s learning skills right within your own home. You can shape the course of your child’s educational future by the quality of learning experiences you provide before he or she ever goes to school. Here are five watch words designed to help you make the most of your child’s early learning experiences:

Listen: Listen to your child. Pay attention to what he or she is saying. Call attention to sounds. Listening and attaching meaning to sounds are essential skills that must be acquired before a child can read or
succeed in a classroom environment.

Speak: Talk with your child. Direct conversation to him or her from infancy. Help your child learn to distinguish sounds and imitate them. Take a walk together. Talk about the things you see and hear. Help the child classify objects as you see them: foods, plants, and farm animals, birds and cars. Sing to your child. This teaches enjoyment of music and rhythm.

Read: Read to your child every day. Make reading seem enjoyable. Then it will be a skill he or she will want to acquire. Let the child choose a favorite book or story to read. When you read stories, stop in the middle and ask your child what will happen next. Talk about the pictures. Have your child point to objects in the pictures. Take your child to the library. Let him or her see all the different kinds of books there. Buy books that “belong” to your child. Provide a place for your child’s books at home. Remember, if the child sees you reading, then reading becomes something useful in his or her mind.

Move: Help your child roll over, crawl, stand and walk. This develops muscle control. Let your child explore. Provide safe play objects such as boxes of different sizes, blocks, scraps of cloth with different textures, spoons and pans.

Interact: Help your child learn that he or she is a part of a family group. Include your child in planning family activities when appropriate. Give encouragement and praise when it is merited.

Guard: Control your child’s television viewing. Search out better TV programs for children and share them with your child. Talk about the programs you watch. Correct any misconceptions that may have developed from them.

Copied from Growing Together Newsletter for parents of preschool children. May 2009, Vol. 25 No. 5.

CMP Montessori Teachers Have Four Principle Goals:

• To awaken the child’s learning capacity and imagination
• To encourage his normal desire for independence and high sense of self-esteem
• To help him develop the kindness, courtesy and self-discipline that will allow your child to become a full member of society
• To help the child learn how to observe, question, and explore ideas independently

At CMP the teachers closely monitor each student’s progress, keeping the challenge level high. Working with children over two or three years, the teacher gets to know each student’s family, interests, and strengths well. It is truly a partnership between parent and teacher when it comes to your child’s learning.

Searching For a Wood Craftsman
CMP is looking for a Wood Craftsman to build stairs on the middle floor loft. Please call office if this is your forte.

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