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Willow News January 2014

Willow News January 2014

Dear Willow Room Families, Welcome back to school!  It seems so long since we saw each other last at our Winter Celebration.  We were so proud of how the children sang for you!  They really showed their stuff!  We had to laugh traveling back and forth from CTMS to the Legion holding on to the rope.  We never knew the children could walk so slowly!!  We entertained ourselves with all sorts of songs as we shuffled along.  Christmas carols, camp songs, school […]

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Book Review: Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard

Book Review: Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard

  Two fundamental cornerstones of American schooling today were placed at the turn of the 20th century: the school as a factory and placed at the turn of the 20th century: the school as a factory and the child as a blank slate. Students of child development know that these ideas are obsolete, but they continue to have a profound impact on how schooling is done. Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll […]

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Oak News January 2014

Oak News January 2014

Oh how far we have come! Walking around the classroom it’s amazing to see what your children are doing! To see children who first entered the classroom in September work with such concentration and enthusiasm, our third year children so happily helping others when needed we and the second year children proudly writing in their journals each morning. In December we were so busy learning our songs about love and light for our winter celebration. […]

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December 2013 Gallery

December 2013 Gallery
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How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success

How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success

We all know our children need exercise, but who knew that it can improve your math skills? It turns out, movement is actually makes you smarter, so why so many schools making kids sit down at desks for hours on end? This New York Times article examines the link between exercise and learning success: Children who are physically fit absorb and retain new information more effectively than children who are out of shape, a new […]

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Montessori Compass Video Tutorial

Montessori Compass Video Tutorial

If you missed our Parent Education Night on how to use Montessori Compass, here is a tutorial explaining how to stay informed about your child’s progress.

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Willow News December 2013

Willow News December 2013

Thank you to all of our families for meeting with us a parent/teacher conferences to discuss your child’s progress at school.  It was such a treat to have the opportunity to connect with each of you, to share our observations of your child at school, and to hear your perspective and experiences from your family time at home.  Mostly, it was reassuring and heartening to find that we are all on the same page when it comes […]

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Peace and Punishment: Discipline without Violence

Peace and Punishment: Discipline without Violence

There are many instances in Dr. Montessori’s work where she explains why she “eventually…gave up either punishing or rewarding the children”.(1) She explains that this method is “always a form of repression”(2), and is based upon our – in her opinion tragically erroneous – belief that children “come into the world bad and full of naughtiness.”(3) She found, after careful observation, that both punishment and reward were equally ineffective tools for supporting the type of […]

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Willow Room News

Willow Room News

During October the children in the Willow Room learned the difference between living and non living, plants and animals, and vertebrates and invertebrates.  We learned about the parts of a tree, the parts of an apple, and the life cycle of an apple tree.  We also had many lessons on practical life, sensorial, math and language work.  Everyone has been interested and engaged by new ideas and new materials, but, the most important thing that we are learning […]

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Cedar Room News

Cedar Room News

The month of October has brought us closer to a “normalized” classroom. This is a Montessori term that means the students know what to do in a work environment, and realize what the expectation is for them as independent learners. There is peace, confidence and security in watching this unfold. We explored real worms. Drew them, labeled the parts of them, and named them. Giovanna named hers, “Chandelier.”  Others sent their worm on wild adventures.This […]

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