Welcome to Nido North
Welcome to my teacher page for the 2017-2018 school year. I look forward to sharing with you all the wonderful things we do with your children in our classroom. Please click here often for updates, pictures, and links to keep you informed.
“It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.” - Maria Montessori
Britny Wade, Nido Guide
B.A. Family Relations, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI
AMS Infant-Toddler Montessori Certification, Seton Montessori Institute, Chicago
AMS Primary Montessori Certification, Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center, Rochester, MI
The Children's House experience (2003- present):
Primary Classroom Guide
Young Children's Community Guide
December 19, 2017
I wish for you a wonderful winter break. Take some extra time to snuggle your sweet babes and I'll do the same with my two. May you ring in the new year surrounded by loved ones and with joy in plenty. We bid farewell to our Olivia as we send her off to the YCC upon our return, she will be dearly missed but we're excited for her in all her new experiences.
All my best to each of you!
December 7, 2017
Two weeks ago, our class all sat together around our dining table to share a wonderful harvest feast. The day before our feast, our oldest children were invited to join Jenny's toddler class in the process of making applesauce. Several children were able to crank the handle of the apple peeler-corer-slicer and were in awe of it's "magic." On the day of the feast we set a lovely table and gathered together. Many thanks goes to Emilia's family for bringing in two dishes to share.
Last week a few of us had the rare pleasure of watching an abbreviated performance of Tuck Everlasting, put on by the students of Interlochen Arts Academy. I never know how our infants will tolerate being an audience member, and I am often prepared to scoot out the gym door quickly if need be. The room was filled with students and adults and at first felt intimidating, but once the actors began their theatrics all the children were mesmerized. We were able to take in the whole performance, and had the chance to practice our clapping skills too! I so enjoyed taking all this in through the eyes of your children. Thank you for sharing them with us.
November 16, 2017
This week we celebrate Olivia turning one-year-old, Beatrice preceded her just a few weeks ago as well ! Our oldest student has begun her transition into the toddler program and will join them full time after Thanksgiving break. You'll be missed Emili! When we feel a child is developmentally ready for the toddler room we begin the transition process by taking short visits into their next classroom. I accompany the children the first few times and once they are comfortable in the environment they are invited to stay for longer periods on their own. We will always wait until they show us that they are ready and the move is almost always very smooth this way.
Next week, on Monday, it is school picture retake day. We will also have a harvest feast on Tuesday, just like the rest of the school. If you happen to be whipping something up for your own Thanksgiving and wish to contribute a small dish then please do. I can collect it from you at morning carline on Tuesday. We have no known allergies at this time. I wish you and your family a lovely Thanksgiving
November 2, 2017
This week the Nido participated in the school-wide pumpkin fun day. Each child was given the opportunity to hand paint their own pumpkin or gourd. I marveled at how each one had a different reaction to having the sensation of paint on their hands. A couple of babies thought it might be tasty, others made a funny face over the texture, and some thought it was great fun to put the paint everywhere. Can you guess which was your child?
Oh the snow! I have to admit I wasn't quite ready to see that when I arrived at school on Tuesday. Time to haul out our boots, hats, and mittens. Will all of you please label and send in these items with your child each day? The cold rain has kept us in lately but the snow will allow us to get outside once again. Thank you.
October 19, 2017
In our classroom we incorporate the idea of child lead weaning, potty learning, and transitioning to one nap a day. It all starts with just the seed of an idea that, with time and practice, should grow into mastery. Allowing this to happen at your child's pace translates into virtues such as independence, self-care, and confidence. If an idea becomes too much our own agenda we risk getting into power struggles or even regression of progress. By the letting the child decide when it is the right time, we are teaching them to trust in themselves.
So, how do we do this? Of course we are always cognizant of the typical milestones and we watch for signs of readiness. With weaning from bottles for instance, children might start to become distracted at feeding time and additionally become more interested in the foods other people are eating. We know it is time for them to spend more time at the dining table, observing our habits and practicing self-feeding, rather than being offered a bottle each time. Before long they are far more interested in eating at the table and often don't even notice the bottles are becoming less and less. It's the same with potty learning. We watch for signs of readiness and offer the choice of trying to sit on a potty with each diaper change. We wait for it to be their idea and in most cases it eliminates potty time power struggles.
We took school pictures this week and everyone who participated did great! There will be a scheduled re-take day soon. Please let me know if you'll want to participate after photos are distributed.
October 5, 2017
As you know I was away last week and upon my return I was so pleased to see the infants again. It amazes me, every time I step away from the classroom, how much can change in such a short time in a baby's first year of life. I came back to witness children newly standing, pulling up, climbing stairs, trying out new words, and each of them seemed much more confident in their attempts. In fact this is precisely why the Montessori philosophy resonates with me; we provide an environment free of restraints that might otherwise stunt or delay an infant's development.
In our classroom every effort is made to allow for freedom of movement for every child. We also do our best to avoid too many disruptions to their learning. If we notice a child concentrating on something we will wait until that concentration breaks before we will interject our agenda upon them. We know that in those moments of deep concentration the real learning is happening. Next time you see your child fixed on a task or object try pausing before interrupting them, stand back and observe them instead. You just might learn something too!
September 21, 2017
With great pleasure September has granted us some great weather to enjoy. The playground has been a wonderful escape during the day. Our mobile babies are really loving the sandbox and a couple have even tried the slide! Inside the classroom we are all adjusting to new faces and routines. We are busy helping the children gain independence and freedom. The two that can walk are clearing their dishes at mealtime and all that are able drink from a cup now. We even have a few that will fall asleep independently too. If the weather should turn on us soon, please remember to pack a jacket or other necessary items for cool weather. I want all of us to enjoy the outdoors as long as possible this season.