Cima Sharoudi, Group manager for Rushmore House Montessori met Councillor Kim Botting at the "Pratts Bottom: Past, Present and Future Exhibition" on Saturday 3 October. Rushmore House is one of twenty clubs, societies and businesses in Pratts Bottom including Pratts Bottom Primary School. Cima said "it was very interesting to see the historical memorabilia and documents and to meet people that run other organisations in the village". Cima discussed the Montessori method with Kim who was aware of it through her travels in Italy.
At Rushmore House we have recently had our annual sports day. It was full of fun races such as egg and spoon and welly throwing. Many parents came to cheer and support their child and others as they took part, each receiving their own 'winner' medal at the end which they were very proud of. It was a lovely event for all of the children and an opportunity for the parents to come and see their child taking part.
On the 16th of May the annual May Fete took place in Pratts Bottom, just across the road from the preschool. As we have done for over four years, we had a stall which advertises the preschool as well as raising funds. The 2015 May Queen was Zoe McDonald. Zoe attended our preschool before she went to school. Thank you to all of the families that came by to support us.
On the 15th April 2015 we were inspected by Ofsted and we were judged to be Outstanding! For more information see our Ofsted Report.
We noticed that the easel we had set up was sometimes proving a challenge for the younger children to reach and paint. We addressed the issue by lowering the height of the easel to make it more accessible and more comfortable for the young children to paint.
The Montessori Schools Association held their annual conference in March. All the teachers from Rushmore House Montessori Day Nursery and Orpington Montessori Preschool attended. Ms Shahroudi, the Group Manager says:
"Our staff benefit from the learning experience of the conference and the comradeship of their fellow Montessorians. Many settings only send their manager and deputy manager. We pay the registration fees for all our staff because of the benefits this brings to the preschools and the children."
Because the children love the garden so much we have got a special plastic strip curtain so they can go in and out whenever they want to. The overlapping plastic strips keep the classroom nice and warm.
The children returning from Forest School ran over in excitement as they noticed the first flowers in the garden.They are certainly look beautiful and the snow drops really brightens up the garden, so hold in there Spring is coming!
Marie Minne celebrated her 106th Birthday in Belgium. They released 106 birthday balloons; attached to the ends on these was a card with Marie's address. The children, from both Rushmore House and Orpington Montessori, were walking to the wood, during a Forest School session. By chance they found one of these balloons on the pathway. The children made balloons and stuck them onto a large banner The banner had a map showing the journey of the balloon and a birthday card from the preschools. It has been a very exciting experience for all the children and we hope that she will like the birthday card.
We have recently set up a new activity in the garden, at Rushmore House. The children choose how they wish to arrange planks and tyres to fit into what they are playing; for example: pirates, jungle explorers and fairies.The equipment helps them develop their coordination, patience and cooperation.
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