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Monthly archive for April 2014

Strategies for Successful Learning

Strategies for Successful Learning

According to Gregory Walton and colleagues at Stanford University academic tenacity is not about being smart, but learning smart. While this article just published in Scientific American does not mention the Montessori method, their conclusions about how to learn best are identical with the Montessori philosophy: Academically tenacious students: Feel as though they belong in school, academically and socially. See the relevance of education for achieving their personal future goals. Value effort. Seek challenging tasks that will help them learn […]

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Books for Parents

If you are looking for new books to read for your child and support their Montessori education, check out the following list: Grade: Pre-kindergarten Countdown to Kindergarten by Allison McGhee The 10 days to the start of kindergarten are chronicled in a manner in which the fears and unknowns are candidly discussed.  In the end, the principal character finds that she is very much in line with most of her school-starting peers.   Grades: PreK-2 Arnie and the New […]

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Raising Healthy Families

How healthy childhoods can prevent chronic disease Dr. Keith Mirante will teach you how to make the right choices for your children that can prevent chronic disease in a FREE EVENT hosted by Children’s Tree Montessori School. You will learn:  Presenter: Dr. Mirante graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa in 2007, with a degree of Doctor of Chiropractic. In 2008 he formed his own private practice, Coastal Chiropractic & Wellness LLC in […]

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Barbie Exposure May Limit Girls’ Career Imagination

This article published in  Scientific American, April 1014, examines a possible link between childhood play and career choices later in life: Girls who played with dolls were then asked about future careers. Those who played with Barbie more likely to envision traditional pink-collar jobs than were girls who played with Mrs. Potato Head. Erika Beras reports. The ubiquitous Barbie doll: she’s been everything from a football coach to a surgeon. But girls who play with Barbie may […]

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Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain

Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain

Books on Montessori and Child Development: Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain by Sue Gerhardt Why Love Matters explains why love is essential to brain development in the early years of life, particularly to the development of our social and emotional brain systems, and presents the startling discoveries that provide the answers to how our emotional lives work. Sue Gerhardt considers how the earliest relationship shapes the baby’s nervous system, with lasting consequences, […]

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How to Conduct a Family Meeting

How to Conduct a Family Meeting

Holding weekly family meetings is a great practice to foster responsibility and teach problem-solving skills. Choose a regular time where the whole family can get together like Sunday dinner. Jot down agenda items during the week of issues that need to be discussed. Agenda items can include compliments for achievements or good behavior,deciding on tasks and responsibilities for each family member and planning fun activities: Family Meetings, by Dr Jane Nelson It is difficult for […]

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April 2014 Gallery

April 2014 Gallery
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Oak News April 2014

Oak News April 2014

In March we studied the desert region of Africa including the country of Egypt. We enjoyed learning about the ancient Egyptians and making pyramids, wrapping mummies, sculpting clay pots and learning about mummification. Next we will be talking about the rainforest. We will be learning about the layers of the rainforest and the animals that live there. We will also talk about the Pygmy tribe that lives in the rainforest of Africa. The people that […]

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Maple News April 2014

Maple News April 2014

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. No it is not.” Dr. Seuss from The Lorax We had such a nice time meeting with you all during parent teacher conferences! March has flown by. At the beginning of the month, we celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by rhyming, reading stories and having a community lunch. It was great to share food and to celebrate as a whole class. Thank […]

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Cedar News April 2014

Cedar News April 2014

Our month of March started by celebrating Dr. Seuss and spending the day in our jammies.       What a way to begin! Learning in comfortable attire…..so fun. We extended the Dr. Seuss silliness to Apple Rehab Center on Friday, March 7th. The residents had fun listening to the “Bartholemew and the Ooblek” story followed by the making of real green ooblek that we put our hands into and oozed through our fingers. This grossed out […]

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