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Posted by Sarah Bourque on Tuesday, December 13, 2016
"Help me do it myself"
 “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” Dr. Maria Montessori So much of what we do in Children’s House and in Montessori education is based upon building independence and confidence. These go hand in hand, because as a child builds independence and internalizes this, the result is confidence. As adults in their world we have everything to do with assisting them in this activity and we play an important role in knowing just how much help to offer, which is a tricky...
Posted by Martha Torrence on Friday, December 9, 2016
Dear Summit Families and Friends,                As contemporary Montessori educators we continuously reflect on the skills and attributes that our Montessori program instills in our young learners as they prepare for not only next schools, but for their adult lives in the 21st century.  Technology is highly integrated into most of the jobs and futures for which our children are preparing. How are we effectively and appropriately integrating technology into our elementary classrooms in order to...
Posted by Janice Darling and Liz Keohan on Tuesday, November 29, 2016
            The past two weeks in the Upper Elementary classroom have been full of discussion and learning about our government, our election process and the students’ responses to the current election.  We have grounded our discussions by going back into history to articulate the values and principles on which our country was built and which, through concerted effort, have evolved and expanded over time – inclusion, representation, civil discourse, protection of our basic freedoms of speech...
Posted by Martha Torrence on Thursday, September 24, 2015
“If we want many more children to lead fulfilling and productive lives, it’s not enough for schools to focus exclusively on academics. Indeed, one of the most powerful and cost-effective interventions is to help children develop core social and emotional strengths like self-management, self-awareness and social awareness — strengths that are necessary for students to fully benefit from their education, and succeed in many other areas of life.”  David Bornstein, from an article entitled Teaching...
Posted by Nadine Petronko-Lin on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
My 9-year-old came home a few Fridays ago exhausted from school.  This just never happens, she consumes education as one consumes chocolate.  The PARCC (The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) entered her world.  A “high-stakes” pilot test in math and reading for 1-1/2 hours each day for five days in March and three days in May.  “Mom, I can’t remember anything I did this week at school, the test took everything out of me.”   Who profits from the PARCC besides...