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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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The Way You Wish You Were Educated

Watch this interview with Michael Barclay on Montessori Education, the Assistant Head of School at Quest Montessori. Montessori education is probably something you’ve heard of already, but why is it so beneficial to growing minds? And what benefits did it impart to such successful graduates as Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin? Cenk Uygur talks to Michael Barclay about the benefits of this unique approach to education. http://youtu.be/kbXojAgcw0I

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Video: Three Period Lesson with Sandpaper Letters

Video: Three Period Lesson with Sandpaper Letters
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January 2014 Gallery

January 2014 Gallery
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Don’t Just Stand There, Think!

Don't Just Stand There, Think!

A series of studies, has shown that children can solve math problems better if they are told to use their hands while thinking. Another study suggested that stage actors remember their lines better when they are moving. This article, published in the Boston Globe, examines the link between movement and cognition: When you read something confusing, or work a crossword puzzle, or try to remember where you put your keys, what do you do with […]

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Students Prosper with Montessori Method

Students Prosper with Montessori Method

This study published in Scientific American seems to show that the Montessori method delivers significant benefits over traditional public schools for even the youngest students: Nearly 100 years ago, a physician opened a school in a poor section of Rome. In doing so, Maria Montessori went beyond being the first female doctor in Italy and became the pioneer of a new method of education. A curriculum based on close observations of children, the Montessori method includes […]

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Cedar News January 2014

Cedar News January 2014

I hope that your time spent celebrating the holidays of your choice, was peaceful, restful and meaningful. Somehow, getting back to routine and schedules is sometimes welcomed after all the festivities. And so, Welcome Back to the Other World! Let the New Year begin!  The elementary students will be winding up their studies of Australia this month with a look into the depths of the ocean. Researching the creatures of the deep and the beauty […]

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