Developing Independence with Montessori

From our first Parent Education Night:
What does “independent ownership” look like? In this video, “Layers of the Earth”, a level four student gives a lesson to the level three students. What you see is an independent level four (upper elementary) Montessorian who looked at a piece of candy and saw a physical geography concept. She envisioned a lesson and made it a reality. She prepared the materials and reviewed the concepts. And then she taught it to some children. No adult asked her to do this. She used her free time to prepare. For her, this was an extremely enjoyable activity and what she most enjoyed was the understanding that this was her lesson to give. And she had been doing this for three years in the lower elementary classroom too! ~Bill


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Equal Exchange Fair Trade Fundraiser

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We have kicked off our annual fall fundraiser! Equal Exchange offers 100% organic coffees, cocoas, teas, chocolates and unique artisan made gifts. They are considered a green Fundraiser. With Equal Exchange we can all support sustainability, enjoy award winning products and make a difference in the lives of small farmers and artisans across the globe. We hope you enjoy this catalog as much as we do and hope you’ll find some items for yourself, as well as some great gifts for family and friends. We feel this company and their products fit in well with our goal of becoming a “zero waste” school. This fundraiser ends on October 22, so please return your envelopes and payments on or before the deadline.

Equal Exchange also offers a small but unique selection of gift wrap, cards and gifts boxes using handmade cotton paper. The gift wrap can also be used in crafts, scrapbooking and more! All of these papers are completely tree-free and handmade by Indian artisans. They use only 100% recycled cotton. The video below shows the paper making process from start to finish. This would be a great video to watch with your children.



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