Teacher Training: Cultural Subjects

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As we do each summer, Children's House has been hosting Montessori teacher training for Montessori World Educational Institute. This week was an exceptionally motivating week of Cultural Subjects. From the MWEI website: This class presents the Montessori approach to the arts, music, drama, geography, history, botany and zoology. Teachers learn active, hands-on methods for helping children to learn about how the earth is represented by the globe and maps while learning about the world's people and places and the wonders of nature.
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Students made dulcimers and learned to play them, they learned to use a variety of art mediums, including paint, clay, and pastels. They did hand work; sewing, embroidery, paper cutting, bookmaking, etc. They were also given a lecture on technology and how to use it productively in a classroom setting.
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Students in this class were especially fortunate this year, to have as their instructors, the board members of MWEI; Bob Blodget (retired psychology/human development professor, Cal Poly), Korey Dudley (owner director of Children's House Montessori School, Atascadero), Mary Kern (owner director of Montessori Children's School, SLO) and Sonya Lanzen-Castellanos (director of Morro Bay Montessori, a Family Partnership Charter school). These four leaders in our local Montessori community, enjoyed collaborating and sharing their expertise in various areas of the curriculum. It was an inspiring and rewarding week for all.
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Scholastic Book Fair Starts Monday, Dec. 7th!

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The Scholastic Book Fair will begin on Monday, December 7th, and run through Friday, December 11th.
It is located in our spacious Stephen B. Dudley Community Barn.
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Morning--8:00 – 9:15
Lunchtime--11:45 – 1:00
After school--2:45 – 5:00
Special night hours (Wed/Thursday): 5:00 – 7:00

At the Book Fair, you and your child can review and buy books together for your child’s home library, as well as for your child’s classroom library. To purchase a book for your child’s classroom, simply select one or more “Book Wish Donation Cards” from the “Classroom Wish List” display. (The titles are hand picked by the teachers for their classrooms and for our school library.) Your gift will be processed—and your child can personalize a bookplate on the inside front cover!

Our Scholastic Book Fair promises to be a great event to promote the love of reading.

Best,

Your book fair reps
(Krista Bobbitt, Susan Arredondo, Meghan Dunn, Viquel Hawley, Vicki Taylor)
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Noah's Farm

On October 15th, the level 1 and 2 students went out to Noah Small's 67 acre farm in Creston. The students learned the size of an acre by measuring the land. They also learned about the soil, and how it meets the needs of the plants. They saw fresh parsley shoots that had just been planted and saw workers in the process of "turning" the onions right side up before they were covered with soil. They ate lunch and headed back to school.
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Montessori Education

Korey wrote an article about Montessori Education for the August issue of Central Coast Family. Check it out... page three.

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Career Awareness Series - Farmer-Rancher-Winemaker

Lower Elementary field trip to Adelaida Springs Ranch, on Tuesday, March 11th.

Our trip out to Adelaida Springs Ranch was in conjunction with our Needs of People / Career Awareness Series, spearheaded by Michelle Thacher. We were able to take a long, wonderous hayride through their property with their winemaker, Shannon, Jackson, the owners son, and Nathan, the ranch manager, to see the grass fed cattle and sheep. We even got to see a two week old baby lamb! After the ride, we were gifted with a marvelous lunch of burgers (with meat from the grass-fed cattle), fruit and juice, all provided by the owners, Lisa and Laird Foshay. It was a wonderful day, filled with beauty and knowledge.

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Career Awareness Series - Firefighter

The second field trip in our Career Awareness Series was a visit to Station #1 in Atascadero.

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Career Awareness Series - Artist

This year, thanks to the creative thinking of mom, Michelle Thacher, the Lower Elementary students will look at various career options. About once a month we will either take a field trip or have a visitor come to the class to engage the students with a fascinating look at a specific career.
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To kick this off, we took a field trip to
Studios on the Park in Paso Robles where we could look at the life of a professional artist! Joe Thomas spoke to the children about his art form, mostly focusing on portraits with chalk pastels. He talked to us about being fearless and confident. He then taught the group how to make an imaginative portrait mask combining animal and human characteristics. The students used marking pens, oil pastels and tissue paper to create their unique masks.boy drawing
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After lunch in the park, we divided into small groups and got to tour the studios.
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We met about nine artists who shared their passion and their individual techniques with us. This included everything from screen-printing to oils to jewelry!
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It was inspiring for all of us to learn how these amazing artists spend their days doing what they love.
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Next month, we’re hoping to take a civic field trip that would include glimpses into the lives of a policeman, a firefighter and an ambulance driver.

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Hack a Banana

“Why can't two slices of pizza be used as a slide clicker? Why shouldn't you make music with ketchup? In this charming talk, inventor Jay Silver talks about the urge to play with the world around you. He shares some of his messiest inventions, and demos MaKey MaKey, a kit for hacking everyday objects.”


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Reinventing Education

I think it is safe to say, the public education system in our country is in trouble. As supporters of the Montessori philosophy, we often think to ourselves, “...if only someone would look to Montessori for answers.” In his article, What’s Involved in Reinventing Education?, Steve Denning, contributing editor at Forbes, does just that. He gives succinct explanations (including circular flow charts) why our traditional methods are not working and gives detailed steps needed for changing the system. We highly recommend this article for parents, staff and anyone concerned about education. The last two sentences of this article only help to reinforce what we do at Children’s House. ~Dana

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