After enjoying the Labor Day weekend, we came back to LHMS ready to start our new school year. The classroom is filled with new faces and we are excited to get to know the new students and watch them learn and grow.
Another welcome sight this week on Tuesday was the return of Ms. Niza and her wonderful yoga class! We were so happy to have Ms. Niza back and our older students helped the new students by showing them how to participate in yoga. The children were courteous and welcoming to Ms. Niza and enjoyed their time with her. The theme of this week’s yoga class was “The Big Chase” and Ms. Niza started class with a brief introduction to the concept of yoga. Then, the children practiced Tummy Breathing, breathing as if they are inflating a huge balloon inside their tummies.
After a warm-up and some stretches, the children and Ms. Niza practiced their first animal poses (asanas):
- Mouse: starting very small and tiny like a mouse (also called Child’s Pose)
- Cat: on hands and knees, rounding and arching the back
- Downward Facing Dog: on all fours, lifting and stretching the back into a downward dog
Following the asanas, the mini-yogis relaxed on their backs.
Over the long weekend most of our butterfly friends emerged from their cocoons, which meant the time had come to release them. We all gathered on the playground, sitting quietly and calmly, patiently waiting for the butterflies to flutter around us. It took some time for the butterflies to find their way out of the butterfly cage, and with some help from Mr. Eben and Ms. Gay, eventually all the butterflies were released. The children loved seeing the butterflies fly and especially enjoyed when they would land on their brightly colored clothing.
While we missed Ms. Olga on Monday, she was here on Thursday for our Spanish lesson. Ms. Olga talked about seasons and the children also learned how to speak about the changing weather in Spanish.
There was also time to enjoy the sunshine and lots of smiling, silly faces could be seen on the playground. New friendships are being formed and it’s good to see that our new students and older students playing together.
In the classroom, there is work being done as well. Students are learning how to use the Montessori materials and are becoming comfortable finding their own way around the classroom. And as always, we continue to make beautiful art!