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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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Dad group to fly banner over Manhattan with education message for de Blasio: “Make it Montessori”

Dad group to fly banner over Manhattan with education message for de Blasio: "Make it Montessori"

Dad group to fly banner over Manhattan with education message for de Blasio: “Make it Montessori” Here’s a novel way to get Mayor de Blasio’s attention. For three hours Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a large banner is scheduled to fly over the West Side of Manhattan with a cryptic message for the mayor: “Bill de Blasio, make it Montessori.” A group of dads from across the country who believe in the Montessori […]

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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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