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Posted by Martha Torrence on Thursday, November 9, 2017
Upper El students conducting water related experiments
According to Dr. Montessori, education should ideally involve the unfolding of the human spirit, the gradual realization of the innate potentialities of each individual over time. As Montessori educators we are truly privileged to witness and support this unfolding and all of its positive transformative powers each day. My favorite moments, often seemingly small ones, are those of realization that a child has just revealed some aspect of his or her development that had not previously been noted...
Posted by Siobhan Mahaney on Tuesday, April 11, 2017
 In the last year I have attended a variety of workshops which have focused on the essential need for children to spend time outdoors as well as several on sensory processing. Amazingly, the two areas intersect quite nicely when taking into account what a child needs to become creative, independent, confident and healthy. Most recently, I attended a presentation by Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the author of Balanced and Barefoot. The event was sponsored by the...
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...
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...