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Primary News December 2014

Primary News December 2014

  “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie Thank you all so much for making November such a wonderful and memorable month. We began the month with “The Silent Journey.” The families that attended explored Montessori materials from all areas of the curriculum. For those who could not make it to the curriculum night or silent journey, please considering taking an hour to observe the children working in one […]

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Make a Thankful Tree

November Activity for Montessori Parents: Cut leave shapes out of colored construction paper  with your child. Trace the shapes for him and have him cut them out with child-safe scissors. Write things you are thankful for on the paper leaves and attach to twigs. Place in a vase.     Source: pbs.org

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Apple Activities

Apple Activities

Stained Glass Apples Materials: Wax paper Elmer’s Glue 1”x1” Tissue paper squares  – I usually do two color groupings – shades of red and pink as well as shades of green and yellow Apple pattern Yarn or Ribbon Procedures: 1.  Precut your wax paper into a square shape that is slightly larger than your apple pattern. 2.  Use a paintbrush to coat the piece of wax paper with glue. 3.  Have the child decide if […]

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7 Qualities to Look for in an Authentic Montessori School

7 Qualities to Look for in an Authentic Montessori School

There are numerous schools and preschools in the country, and in Connecticut, claiming to provide a Montessori education. Some schools claiming to be Montessori schools do not have any certified Montessori teachers and some do not even have Montessori materials for children to work with. Here is how to tell if a school you are considering is a real Montessori school:   Written by Shanna Honan Head of School, Chesapeake Montessori School When parents begin looking […]

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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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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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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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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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