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Monthly archive for May 2014

Firstborn Girls Most Likely to Succeed

Firstborn Girls Most Likely to Succeed

The article below, published in Scientific American this month, examines the influence  of birth order on academic success. Firstborns, especially girls, are more ambitious and more likely to go on to higher education than their younger siblings.  The average IQ of firstborns is also 3 points higher than that of the second-born. Siblings might be discouraged by their older sister getting better grades than they do and grow up with less confidence in their abilities. Since Montessori education […]

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Montessori at Home

Montessori at Home

Have you marveled at the remarkable order of the Montessori classroom? Has your toddler told you that at school she pours her own juice? Does your teenager hang or put away all her clothes—without being asked? Encouraging order, independence, and self-motivation are fundamental to the Montessori approach. Carefully designed classrooms allow students to develop competence in caring for themselves and their surroundings. And from the sense of pride that “I did it myself!” blooms the confidence […]

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Oak News June 2014

Oak News June 2014

It’s hard to believe it’s almost June and that means our school year is coming to an end. It has been such a pleasure to watch your children grow into confident and joyful learners. In May we learned about seeds and plants. We dissected bean seeds to learn about the parts and sprouted them in our window. In May it was finally warm enough to plant our vegetable plants in our outdoor classroom and we […]

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Book Review: Understanding Montessori

In Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents Maren Schmidt explains the how’s and why’s of Montessori education while asserting that authentic Montessori education is the most effective way for children to learn. What is Montessori Education? Montessori education, more than anything, is about understanding and aiding the child’s natural process of growth and learning. The principles, methods, and materials that Dr. Montessori pioneered over one-hundred years ago are not only scientifically supported and researched, they […]

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What we weave when we weave the Cosmos

What we weave when we weave the Cosmos

by Seth D. Webb Imagine a time when our ancestors’ senses were so finely tuned as to keep them constantly alert and watchful and curious; a time when our fossil human relatives had not the distractions or conveniences of today’s world, but lived in and for the moment. The knowledge housed in their active animal minds was not, could not, be built from experiences held in isolation. Their very survival demanded that they were constantly […]

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May 2014 Gallery

May 2014 Gallery
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Willow News May 2014

Willow News May 2014

Dear Willow Room Families, “Sewing seeds, picking stones, we are made of dreams and bones, need a place to call my own for the time is near at hand. Grain for grain, sun and rain, find my way through natures chain, tune my body and my brain to the music of the land”   Thank you, thank you for to all of our families for bringing in plants, seeds, and flowers to celebrate earth week […]

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Oak News May 2014

Oak News May 2014

Spring has finally sprung and we welcomed our new season with butterflies we have been watching transform in our classroom. In April we learned about the butterfly life cycle and the parts of the butterfly. We sang “head, thorax, abdomen” to learn the parts of the butterfly and acted out the life cycle using yoga poses. We all enjoyed reading The very hungry caterpillar and making our own butterflies using green macaroni and beads.We have […]

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Cedar News May 2014

Cedar News May 2014

WHOOOSSHH!  The month of April just flew by. I hope everyone had a calm but fun week off. We heard about all the adventures the children experienced. Bravo, Parents!! The visiting Kindergartners started to arrive the first week in April. It was a pleasure to see them each day and watch their curiosity. They have all become very skilled at writing and drawing creatively to our “ponder this” each morning. Each one has participated in […]

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Maple News May 2014

Maple News May 2014

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom”. – Marcel Proust The month of April brought beauty and love into the classroom and school. Thank you to everyone who brought in flowers and seeds for the school grounds and outdoor classroom. Laura Meisel worked hard with the children planting and landscaping the front area. The children really loved learning about different ways they can help the earth. It […]

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