March 2014 Gallery

March 2014 Gallery
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How to Get a Job at Google—Just Go to Montessori School

How to Get a Job at Google—Just Go to Montessori School

The following article was posted by David Ayer, a Montessori teacher, adolescent practitioner, advocate, program developer, writer, and administrator living in Portland, Oregon: Not a Montessori mention, but I couldn’t pass it up. Thomas Friedman (you may have heard of him) has a piece in the Sunday New York Times checks in with  Google’s VP of “people operations,” Laszlo Bock, about something he said in an interview last June: G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores

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Oak News March 2014

Oak News March 2014

In February we studied the continent of Antarctica focusing on the animals that live there. We started with penguins learning the names of the emperor, chinstrap, gentoo and rock hopper to name a few! We learned about the penguin life cycle and made a life size emperor penguin. Each child had the opportunity to measure themselves with the emperor penguin which can be up to 110 cm tall! Next, we studied whales. We had a

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Willow News February 2014

Willow News February 2014

Dear Willow Room Families, Thank you to all who were able to attend out first “Look What I Can Do!” evening this past Thursday!  The students were very independent and really took on the role of hosts and hostesses as they showed their guests their favorite works in the classroom!  For those of you who could not make it, we will have another “Look What I Can Do!” night on March 20th from 5-6pm.  We do have one other parent evening

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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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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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Cedar News December 2013

Cedar News December 2013

Greetings Cedar Room Families, Hopefully, your holiday feasts were delicious and memorable. It is this special time of year when we are delightfully forced to gather with friends and family, laugh, recall, create, and renew. A reminder that while your child was joining in the merriment, I hope he/she had time to interview that special older relative and gather a bit of an ancestor story or two. We will begin sharing these stories on Dec.

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Maple News December 2013

Maple News December 2013

We have so much to be grateful for.  The month of November was full of community building and gratitude.  We are so grateful for the children in our classroom and their amazing families.  It was a pleasure spending time with you during our conferences.  Thank you to Liz Church and Laura Meisel for helping with our “Stone Soup” Celebration.  Thank you to Hadley Kornacki, The Waldo family and the Tucker family for lucky listening. Thank you

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Oak News December 2013

Oak News December 2013

We are so thankful for so many things in our classroom. In November the children were busy learning about vertebrates and invertebrates. We learned about the parts of the spider and began our study of birds. As the days got colder we started talking about the changing season and hibernation and migration. We learned that some animals gather food to hibernate in caves and logs, some animals like birds and butterflies migrate and some animals

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Make Holiday Decorations with Homemade Playdough

Make Holiday Decorations with Homemade Playdough

Here is a recipe to make your own non-toxic homemade play dough. It will last for 6 month in an air-tight container. Or you can make holiday shapes and bake them in the oven to hang up around the house: Materials 1 cup water 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 cup salt 1 tablespoon cream of tartar Saucepan 1 cup flour Food coloring or natural colors such as beet juice, spinach powder and turmeric Directions Combine

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