“A child who has become master of his acts through long and repeated exercises, and who has been encouraged by the pleasant and interesting activities in which he has been engaged, is a child filled with health and joy and remarkable for his calmness and discipline.” – Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child
We are at the end of another term already! Looking back and comparing term 1 to term 2, I feel most grateful in seeing the positive transition everyone at Learning Ladder Nursery, children and staff alike, have made. Understandably, unlike children, the staff found it more challenging to comply with the restrictions of the pandemic in term 1. For instance, little sacrifices like the removal of the kettle in the staff pantry – in line with COVID-compliance – at first seemed easily surmountable in comparison to the devastating economic hardships still ongoing around the world. Nonetheless, it deeply affected staff morale in ways that we are still coming to grips with. The slowly acquired awareness of how we were each uniquely affected with the multiple changes we had to accept, helped us re-learn the meaning of the word ‘value’. What we value most is sometimes what we never think of as valuable till we have lost it.
I am sure the disruption (blessing in disguise) offered by the pandemic made many of you arrive at similar interesting observations in your lives over the last year. Just like our children, as in the quote of Maria Montessori, we too needed time and repetition to ‘master our acts’. We are now much better at ‘doing’ the pandemic and I think we see it in a more positive light as well.
I hope you enjoyed your mother’s day celebrations with the children via zoom. We saw that parent participation,
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“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known” Oscar Wilde.
February was the busiest month so far this year, it went by so fast that we could not send our newsletter on time. What kept the nursery so electrified with activity was not just the busy calendar of events – teddy bear picnic, Chinese new year, hearts day, artists day, sports day practice and half term – but also slightly higher rates of illness amongst children, leaving us little time after illness policy implementation work. We are relieved to mention that in the second week of March, we were all back on track. Children were all symptom free and attending nursery again. Thank you parents for your cooperation to help us maintain the highest safety for all at the nursery.
Walking around the nursery I have noticed wonderful changes in the children who started just a few weeks ago. I see smiling faces walking in, great independent work in the class rooms, much greater self-expression through speech development and art. Children’s art displayed on the walls made me wonder, as always, at children’s lack of approval seeking expression. If there is any art that is for art’s sake, to use the very famous expression, it is children’s art. Children in their freedom and innocence produce the most original art. Their art is a depiction purely of their individual self, uncontaminated as yet by societal norms. I hope you enjoy looking at your child’s art at home as much as I enjoy looking at it in the nursery.
That is all from me. Please find a list of upcoming key events under. We always post the month’s calendar on our notice board outside the main entrance, we mention events in the newsletter, we send notice via Seesaw closer to date about these and of course we remind you in person as well when we see you.
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“All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat…” –Robert Fulghum.
Dear Parents, welcome to the January edition of LLN News.
Robert Fulghum’s words have inspired me for a long time and now more than ever, they ring true and bring a smile. Once again, I wish to warmly welcome all the new children, their families and new members of staff to the nursery. I would like you to please join me in welcoming Miss Salam Zabalawi, our Nursery Manager who joined us after a long search for the right candidate for our setting through a tough year of continuous bumps. Miss Salam is a qualified, experienced and KHDA approved leader in Early Childhood Education and her boundless energy has inspired all of us at the setting. I personally wish her every success at Learning Ladder Nursery.
January always is a busy time at Learning Ladder, but this year has been busier than any, understandably. We have worked very hard to keep closer communication with everyone, often communicating long after work hours and on weekends in order to keep everyone safe when someone has reported any suspected signs of illness. I thank you all for being so careful and understanding.
We saw children dressed in beautiful traditional clothes from their home countries on international day. We loved seeing their flag art and even posters they made at home and shared with us.
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It has made us all feel very festive hearing children rehearse for the winter concert for the past few weeks. The children and their teachers have enjoyed singing Christmas carols as well as nursery rhymes and are excited to share their songs with their families via a recording on the last day of the term. Look out for our recorded winter concert which we will post on Seesaw later this month.
As the first term comes to a close, we thank all our families for following the new health and safety guidelines, especially at drop off and collection times. You have all been exemplary in maintaining safe procedures to help your children learn the importance of arrival and departure policies.
We are happy that we were able to follow the new rigorous health and safety procedures with the help of all our staff. Our Nurse, Miss Anabeth deserves a special thanks for monitoring children’s body temperatures regularly, removing sick children for early collection and following up with their families before their safe return. Thank you to all the parents who have so wonderfully followed our sick child policy ensuring we have had an incident-free first term. We could not have done this without your support.
I hope you have all enjoyed our new online learning tool Seesaw. We have seen tremendous results in terms of children’s engagement and their ability to show what they know in a variety of ways. I encourage all families to please set up separate seesaw family accounts for themselves and let your child use the student access on their own on either an ipad of their own or a shared device at home. You can have multiple family members use the application in different ways without upsetting your child’s journal and assignments. The seesaw class app and the seesaw family app are both downloadable from an ap store on your device.
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Summer Term Newsletter
This newsletter is a closure to yet another brilliant year at Learning Ladder Nursery JLT. It has been wonderful watching the children develop new skills and grow in confidence and see how much the children have learnt through play and exploration. The Education in Human values programme has enabled the staff to develop an environment conducive to learning, honing on the skills like sharing, caring, and turn taking. Ramadan Fridge was a great hit as children were very happy to share food and develop a thought of caring for people around.
A big thank you to the team at the Nursery for all their efforts and making this Academic year such a huge success.
A special congratulations to our Foundation children who have successfully completed Foundation Stage One. Good luck to them in their new big School. I am sure they all will be outstanding. The children and staff put on a spectacular musical performance for their graduation. ‘Sharing a Shell’.
Learning Ladder Nursery JLT initiative to interact and involve parents as partners saw more memorable moments. The Assembly of pre FS class, the most talked about was our Graduation ceremony of our FS1 Class children, The splash day and Fathers Play Date at Learning Ladder Nursery in JLT to name a few of the successful events this Summer Term.
We wish you a happy and safe summer. To our returning families, we look forward to welcoming you back in September for another great promising year. The children have grown so much over this last term. During assembly time it has been great to see how well their language has and is developing. The children have explored their imaginations through rhymes and stories and participated in a variety of activities.
The children have enjoyed role playing activities this term.
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Children at both the nurseries in jlt cluster V and Q, will be introduced to our new topics ‘All Around the World’, and ‘ Healthy living’. They will be learning about the countries that they come from, its food, culture and language along with doing some simple yoga exercises which help us stay fit! Children will be making flags, listen to traditional music in different languages. This will encourage awareness of cultural differences and they will learn to celebrate diversity. They will be also be talking about different fruits and vegetables, learning about their colours and shapes.
Mathematics: Children in FS classes will learn to add single digit numbers, to learn about more or less comparing 2 sets. They will be using counters to match numbers to quantity. Toddler will learn counting , matching numbers, and learn to say numbers up to 10 in order.
Letters and Sounds: New letters of the week are introduced and children will be learning the environmental sounds. The children will be learning to identify and name objects beginning with these sounds. FS classes will use letter sacks with these letters, and children find objects that go with these sounds. Toddler classes will be playing guessing game after listening to a particular sound from sound lotto.
Positive Education: The children will learn how to respect and appreciate people whose culture is different. ’The Ugly duckling’ will talk about how we don’t tease or make fun of anyone, and respect those who look different from us. While through‘ The bear who shared’ the children will learn the importance to share and take turns while playing.
Dates for the diary – Start preparing for the International day at our nurseries in JLT,
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