February 2022 Family Fun Adventures

Updated: Apr 13


Paintbrushes, heart shapes and glitter, learning at Casa Montessori Preschool Bremerton
Learning with arts and crafts!

Hello Families!

This month we will be celebrating love and friendship. Spreading kindness and being gracious to others is part of our Montessori philosophy. Our children are the future, let us teach them well.


Montessori is about learning naturally through play and observation. At Casa Montessori, as a family-owned and operated company, we also know the importance of working (and playing) together as a family. We believe in encouraging families to play together, make memories and have adventures.


You can also find our adventures on our social media platforms. We would LOVE to see your family's adventure. Upload some pictures to your social media platforms and tag us and use the hashtag #casafamilyfun We will keep an eye out! You can also encourage your friends to join our Family Fun Adventures too. They will be so glad that you did.


Happy February!


The staff of Casa Montessori Preschool.

 

Weekend Family Fun Challenge


FEBRUARY'S ADVENTURE:

This February we are going to celebrate Valentine's Day and encourage families to share their stories. Storytelling has always been the way history is handed down to the generations. Every family has a story. To help, we have resources that you can download. You will find flipbooks to build, storytelling dice, games, Valentines, and other crafts to make together.


Activity #1

This month is a great month to connect with family and to talk about Valentine’s day. We have some terrific resources for you to download and have fun for Valentine’s day.


Activity #2

Valentine’s day is right around the corner! Spend some time with your preschooler and create handmade valentines and make treats.


Activity #3

Storytelling is a great way for you and your preschooler to practice using imagination. Take time this week to create the flipbooks and make up a fun story to tell.


Activity #4

There are many ways to tell stories. This week you and your preschooler can play a game with our storytelling dice. It is a creative and fun way to tell a story. The best part is that you can tell so many different stories with the same dice!


Resources

Workbook:

Storytellers Workbook


Worksheets:

Heart Color Page Printable Valentine Hearts Crayon Hearts Project

Valentine Cards #1 Valentine Cards #2 Crispy Kisses Project

Candy Chain Candy Kisses Project Valentine's Stethoscope Project

Valentine's Day memory Match Game Valentine's Day Pancake Project

 

Casa Montessori Reading List


Join our NEW 30-day reading challenge. You can start your challenge off with the books listed below or just choose some of the books you have at home. The goal is to read a book every day. We have a 30-day reading challenge worksheet for you to download with the very unique places to read, people to read with and book subjects you can read about. Once you have completed a "challenge" enter the information into a Google Form (CLICK HERE) and then submit it to be entered in to win one of the books below (the title is a SUPRISE!).


>> Download February 2022 30-Day Reading Challenge Worksheet<<



Book cover "Ta-Da" -Casa Montessori's 30 Day Reading Challenge
Ta-Da! is an irresistible celebration of imagination, storytelling, and the joys of collaboration.

BOOK #1: Ta-Da!

Written by Kathy Ellen Davis


What makes a good story? One little girl thinks it’s a princess with magical powers that can—ta-da!—overcome any obstacle. Her friend thinks it’s—dun dun duh!—a combination of dragons, pirates, and fire that causes total chaos. But as their stories intertwine, these two young storytellers soon learn that a good story needs both conflict—dun dun duh!—and resolution—ta-da! An irresistible celebration of imaginary play, storytelling, and the joys of collaboration, this gorgeous picture book features two strong voices throughout, making it the perfect read-aloud.


ORDER HERE>>


Book cover "Silly Goose's Big Story" -Casa Montessori's 30 Day Reading Challenge
This real-life danger shows Goose how silly he's been and that his friends make terrific heroes!

BOOK #2: Silly Goose's Big Story

Written by Keiko Kasza


Friends and imagination save the day Goose’s friends love the stories he makes up when they’re playing. Except one thing – Goose is always the hero. And when they ask to take turns leading the fun, Goose doesn’t agree. While they argue about it, no one notices the hungry wolf sneaking up on them until he shouts, “Hello, Lunch!” This real-life danger shows Goose how silly he’s been and that his friends make terrific heroes! Always a surefire hit on laps or at storytime, Keiko Kasza’s latest shows how imagination can come in handy in an unexpected way.

ORDER HERE>>


Book cover "Bear has a story to tell" -Casa Montessori's 30 Day Reading Challenge
This is an endearing story of friendship and patience.

BOOK #3: Bear Has a Story to Tell Written by Philip C. Stead

It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy. But first, Bear had a story to tell… Bear found his friend Mouse, but Mouse was busy gathering seeds and didn’t have time to listen to a story. Then Bear saw his friend Duck, but Duck was getting ready to fly south. What about his friend Toad? He was busy looking for a warm place to sleep. By the time Bear was through helping his friends get ready for winter, would anyone still be awake to hear his story?


ORDER HERE>>


Book cover "Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One" -Casa Montessori's 30 Day Reading Challenge
What goes into a really good story? Only the best ingredients—a heroine, a hero, excitement, and even a villain.

BOOK #4: Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One

Written by Kate Duke


What goes into a really good story? Only the best ingredients–a heroine, a hero, excitement, a little romance, and even a villain or two. They are all here, as Aunt Isabel and her niece concoct a delightful story within a story. Fun to read aloud, this book is a lively yarn, a visual treat, and a charming introduction–all in one.


ORDER HERE>>

 

Helpful Articles and Resources


Age Appropriate Chores: How to Get Kids to Pitch In


By Genevieve Howland | December 05, 2019


Looking for age-appropriate chores to get your kids to help out around the house? Here are tips for enlisting their help, plus a breakdown of chores by age.


Preschoolers love to help! Make chore time fun. Click the link below to view our blog and download the free “Responsibilities Chart” to start your family chore time off right!

SOURCE: MamaNatural.com


READ MORE >

 

12 Ways to Foster a Love of Reading in Your Preschooler

by Education.com | Updated on Sep 4, 2013


Preschoolers love the ritual of reading with you, and each time you snuggle on the couch with a story, they’re learning key literacy and language skills. But enjoying literature is about more than reading aloud.


>> Download February 2022 30-Day Reading Challenge Worksheet<<


SOURCE: Education.com

READ MORE >

 

The Land of Make Believe: How and Why to Encourage Pretend Play

By Lauren Lowry


The word "imagination" conjures up images of children pretending with dolls, pushing dump trucks, or dressing up as princesses or pirates. While young children do spend much of their time in the land of make-believe, the imagination is not just reserved for children's play. It is because of the development of the imagination during childhood that adults are able to do many of the tasks that daily life demands. Adults constantly use their imagination to help them invent new things, visualize, solve problems, enjoy a book or movie, understand others' perspectives, make plans, come up with ideas, and think creatively. No wonder Albert Einstein felt that "imagination is more important than knowledge"!


SOURCE: Hanen.org READ MORE >

 

Why Make-Believe Play is an Important Part of Childhood Development

By Tracy Gleason


Visit any preschool classroom during free play and you will likely see a child pretending to be someone else. Make-believe play is a ubiquitous part of early childhood. And beyond being fun for kids, pretending and other kinds of imaginative play are also believed by some to be critical to healthy child development.


SOURCE: TheConversation.com READ MORE >

 

Interested in learning more about Casa Montessori?


We are currently full for our 2021/2022 school year. However, we have launched our afterschool Spanish classes for children age 3 to 11. If you are interested, please click on the link below that reflects your child's Spanish level:





Also, if you are interested in enrolling your child(ren), please visit our website at CasaMontessoriWA.com or CLICK HERE and fill out our waiting list form.


Casa Montessori accepts DSHS, daycare assistance as well as military and multi-child discounts.


Are you looking for a full or part-time job working with preschool-age children? Casa Montessori is now hiring. We offer competitive wages, and a creative and fun work culture too. CLICK HERE to fill out an application today!


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