Welcome to Primary East
Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! I look forward to a year filled with memories, excitement, and magical moments. Please always know I am hear if you have a question, concern or just want more information.
Amy Routzahn, Primary Guide
The Children’s House experience (2009 – 2011)
B.S. Eastern Michigan University, Early Childhood and Science
Reading Recovery Certification, Oakland University
AMI Montessori Primary Certification, Montessori Training Center of St. Louis
December 19, 2017
I wanted to wish each of you a marvelous holiday. I hope you have moments that make you laugh and time to take in this special time of year. As I look back on this last year I am so grateful for the opportunities to get to know each of you and to be a part of your child's life. I am honored to help guide them through this critical time of development. Always remember - "keep calm and bake more gingerbread cookies"
December 7, 2017
Wow- The weather outside is lovely. Please send all the snow gear every day. Please make sure that mittens are water proof and as easy as possible for your child to put on.
We are in the full swing of our gingerbread study. We are comparing a variety of traditional versions and stories with a new spin to them. We will read a variety of gingerbread stories from around the world such as; The Masubi Man from Hawaii.
This week I was able to observe around the school and I was amazed at the individualized education children receive. Each child is met in such a lovely and caring way at exactly where they are. The adults of our school are truly magnificent educators and human beings
November 16, 2017
Some new art activities have found a place on our shelves this week. We have water color, sticker work and a bracelet making activity. These materials really require small motor skills and asks the child to really concentrate on small movements and hand eye coordination. Stickers give us an opportunity to share some fun vocabulary. We use phrases such as pinch the sticker, peel and press on the paper. We just offer a few stickers at a time.
Our watercolor acitivity requires the child to carefully place a small brush into a tiny opening of a glass container with just a small amount of water (old nail polish container) The pincer grasp is well utilized in the holding of the small brush as the paint is applied.
The beading activity is a easy one to do at home and relatively mess free. We have straws cut into one inch pieces that the children can thread on to a pipe cleaner. When the straws are all placed on the pipe cleaner an adult helps to curve it into a bracelet that the child can wear if they choose to. The process of their creations is fun to observe.
Next week is our Harvest Feast! It's a time as a class that we sit together and enjoy a meal that was prepared and brought in from home. An e-mail and flyer will be arriving this week. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Thank for your time during conferences. We really enjoy sharing your child's days with you.
November 2, 2017
The weather has quickly changed here in Northern Michigan. I have quickly realized that rain in town may very well mean snow at The Children's House. Please begin packing all the gear if it seems even remotely possible for cold weather. Our sandbox is still in use and that can lead to sandy wet pants and shoes. We will go outside every day unless pouring rain or thunder and lightening.
It has been a pleasure to meet with each of you this week for conferences. The love and dedication that you have for your children is inspiring. Our conversations have been great and please let me know if questions have arisen after conferences or if you have any other concerns.
We are also in the process of getting our tower garden back rolling with lavender, basil, and lettuce. Ask your child about our progress
October 19, 2017
As many of you know, I share a home with a twelve and thirteen year old. With this in mind I have been revisiting Maria Montessori's planes of development. My daughters are moving into the third plane of development. Your children are in the second part of the the first plane of development. At this stage, your child's will and memory will surface. This is a time for refinement and expansion of what happened from 0-3. This time of your child's development is full of exploring and making judgements. The Montessori environment allows the child a wonderful opportunity to develop further growth and self-construction.
As we look forward to conferences, please know I am here for you to answer questions about Montessori education, your child's development, or any other questions or concerns that you have on your mind. I look forward to meeting with each of you.
This week we had a lesson saying hi to people from school we see at the park, the library, or wherever we may be. We practiced saying "hi" and "nice to see you". We also discussed how it can make us feel shy when we see someone we know in a different place or sometimes we might feel excited. We also practiced saying good bye to our parents for parent visiting day. Practicing ahead of time can sometimes help with hard goodbyes or other difficult areas of the day. We practiced giving a hug goodbye and saying see you soon. Have a lovely autumn week !
October 5, 2017
Hello! The last two weeks have been so wonderful. We have enjoyed more time getting into our classroom routines, practicing a variety of grace and courtesy lessons, and relishing in the beautiful weather we have had.
This year we are fortunate to have Amanda, the music guide, visit us on Wednesdays for group. We have been singing My Aunt Came Back and the Moose song. Ask your child about singing with Amanda. Last Friday, Miriam Pico visited the school and shared her lovely voice. This Friday, Levi Briton will be performing. We have listened to a few of Miriam's and Levi's songs. I love that our local community talents visit our school and inspire us.
The extended day students had a field trip to the Botanical Gardens at the Commons on Friday. It was truly amazing to learn some of the city's history, explore the beauty of our town, and investigate nature. We will be headed to the Butterfly House on Oct. 13th. The extended day outings are such a special part of the final year of primary. Always know I am here if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat. Finally, please welcome Joey Yanover to our class. We are so excited to have him in our community.
September 21, 2017
The year is off to a great start! We are getting back into a nice routine and our new friends are quickly acclimating to our environment.
We were able to observe a caterpillar chrysalis last week and welcome a butterfly into the world on Monday. We released the butterfly and wished it well on its journey. The monarch butterflies that arrive this time of year make their way to Mexico.
We have been focusing on grace and courtesy in the classroom. We have been practicing walking slowly in the classroom, carrying a tray while walking, pushing our chairs in, and shutting a door carefully and quietly. It has been great to have so many of you volunteer your time. We are looking forward to getting all the volunteering organized at signup.com. Please look for Stacy and Kelly's emails.
We have begun discussing colors in Spanish, the season changes of fall, and the artist Vermeer. Vermeer is an artist from Holland who was able to show in his paintings real moments of of life in Holland over 300 years ago. We compared Vermeer's paintings with our present day photos we may take.