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Monthly archive for February 2014

Montessori Students start a Community School Garden

Montessori Students start a Community School Garden

Over the summer, students and parents shoveled topsoil and compost and lined the beds with wood and rocks. This week the children started planting cold-season greens.The harvest will be donated to the local food pantry and enrich cooking projects at school. Elementary students are learning to be responsible for watering and weeding and monitoring the progress of their crops. Maybe they’ll even learn to like spinach. Students are planning to build a low tunnel to cover […]

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Video: 3 Period Lesson with World Map

Video: 3 Period Lesson with World Map
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February 2014 Gallery

February 2014 Gallery
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Food preparation for toddlers: Activities to do at home

Food preparation for toddlers: Activities to do at home

As toddlers grow they become more observant and helpful with the activities that parents do every day. These are what Maria Montessori calls Practical Life Activities. One important aspect of practical life is food preparation. Make your kitchen safe and accessible to your toddler. One can have a low drawer for their own utensils that they use, have a special place in the fridge for their food and drink that they can serve themselves. To allow toddlers to help […]

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Maple News February 2014

Maple News February 2014

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes.  All is a miracle.”  – Thich Nhat Hanh Happy February!  It […]

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Willow News February 2014

Willow News February 2014

Dear Willow Room Families, Thank you to all who were able to attend out first “Look What I Can Do!” evening this past Thursday!  The students were very independent and really took on the role of hosts and hostesses as they showed their guests their favorite works in the classroom!  For those of you who could not make it, we will have another “Look What I Can Do!” night on March 20th from 5-6pm.  We do have one other parent evening […]

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Oak News February 2014

Oak News February 2014

We had so much learning about Antarctica in January!  We started out study learning that Antarctica is so cold and dry that it is the largest desert in the world!  Our favorite thing we learned about were the animals. We learned about the krill, leopard deals, killer whales and penguins and the Antarctica food chain. We learned about the different kinds of penguins and measured an emperor penguin with a ruler.  Did you know an […]

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Cedar News February 2014

Cedar News February 2014

January brought us many reasons to stay inside, keep warm and complete our study of a warmer climate like Australia. The children explored many aspects of this fascinating continent. They particularly enjoyed the animal research. Many maps were traced, detailed and displayed. One project was to paint the basic five layers of the ocean depths. Each child chose an ocean creature to research and specifically identified which layer it most often resided in. Our display […]

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Beyond the Naughty Step

This article in the Economist explains how positive parenting techniques will teach children to solve their own problems whereas “negative” discipline like time outs and naughty corners rob the child of the opportunity to make choices and learn from mistakes: IN THE old days parents followed a simple rule: spare the rod and spoil the child. These days less violent forms of discipline are favoured. Supernanny, a television toddler-tamer, recommends the “naughty step”, to which […]

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Montessori Had It Right: We Learn By Doing

Montessori Had It Right: We Learn By Doing

What the secrets of the brain reveal about getting it right when you have to: Most four- and five-year-olds can sing the alphabet song and print their names, but few can actually read. So, what does it take to push these kids to accomplish this cognitive milestone? A majority of parents and teachers alike think the answer to this question is lots of practice naming letters and sounds out loud. But, reading practice isn’t the whole story or perhaps […]

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