Mosaic Madness!

Many of you know, Korey has been working with the children all year on the ceramic pieces for the mosaic in the barn.
Summer has brought the time needed for her to actually work on getting it finished. mosaic_01
She spent a week or two putting all the pieces into place on boards.
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The next step was to detail and clean up around all the pieces, before it could be grouted.
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Grouting came next...
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Korey sealed and buffed it and it is now complete! Be sure to go check it out if you are visiting the school.
It's a work of art!
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We also have a beautiful new addition in the front of the school.

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Thank You, General Store!

And a big THANK YOU back, to Erin, Joeli and Jillian at the General Store for their generous donation to Children's House.
It was such a happy morning. Thank you also to the many parents who participated in this fundraiser!
Happy New Year to all!
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Rapid Change

The last few days have been full of big changes with our construction and parking lot. So much progress for one week! It has been so much fun to watch all the different machines and techniques. We are all learning so much. Check out the time-lapse videos and some photos to get a quick idea of what has been going on at Children's House.

On Monday, they paved the parking lot. We couldn't drive on it until Wednesday, but, WOW, is it ever a beautiful site! They will paint the lines on Monday, Oct. 6.


On Wednesday, a giant semi truck brought the wood chips for our play structure. They call them EWC, Engineered Wood Fiber. They are made from cedar and smell really good. The truck has special moving floors and the wood gets pushed out automatically.

The pile was huge! It did not seem like it would all fit into the play area...
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...but it did! We are hoping the children will be able to play on the structure very soon.
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Today was really exciting! A big crane came into the yard and hoisted up the side walls. They even had to get a ladder and trim a tree branch to make things fit together.


Just to make things even more exciting, our Upper Elementary students are away on a field trip. They are on the Tole Mour, a tall ship out of Avalon, Catalina Island. This is the first time our school has ever done this type of field trip where the students actually stay on the ship for three days. They will probably have some wonderful stories to tell their buddies and all of us! Plus, they will have lots of fun surprises when they return to school!
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Under Construction

The view from Dana's desk...
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the view from the coffee shop...
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view from the front of school...
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...and the back!
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Digging a trench in the front for the fire line. These people work fast!




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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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The Quailblazer Times

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Have you read the latest issue of 
The Quailblazer Times, our school newsletter? This is a short, online newsletter, filled with interesting articles, art and stories by students and lots of pics! We even have a monthly recipe! If you haven't seen it, please check it out.

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Today in the Primary Class...

They searched for frosted leaves on the playground...
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and learned about bones...
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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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Swing Your Partner!

Check out the students in levels 3 through 6 tearin’ up the rug! The children spontaneously break out in song as they learn to square dance! ~Sally



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Drepung Gomang Tibetan Monks

We had a visit from the Drepung Gomang Monks. They are Tibetan monks touring the United States to spread the richness of their culture.
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They spent a few hours with us last Wednesday, Oct. 2. They started the program out on our patio, where they talked with the children.
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They explained about where they are from and what they do.
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They chanted.
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They talked to some of the children as they stood in line to wash their hands.
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The monks split into two groups. One group went into the Lower Elementary class and showed them how to make rock paintings or “mani stones” as they are called.

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The other group of monks went into the Upper Elementary classroom and showed them the process they use for making the beautiful sand mandalas.
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They ended their visit back on the patio with The Yak Dance.


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International Peace Day and Buddy Announcement!

Friday, September 20, we celebrated International Peace Day at Children's House! Each child painted a small banner and wrote what peace meant to them. We then strung them from the beams of our patio... so beautiful! IMG_8402
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At 11:00 all the children in the school met outside on the patio steps. We lit a candle and sang, "Light a Candle for Peace", a song written a few years ago by Shelley Murley, a Montessori teacher whom I met at a conference in New Orleans. It has become a Children’s House. favorite. We also sang "What a Wonderful World".

The next part of our ceremony was the most anticipated... the announcement of the 2013/14 Buddies!!  As each pair of Buddies was announced, they took each other's hand and found a place in the playground to go sit together and get to know each other. I went around taking the most adorable Buddy pictures ever!

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After about 20 minutes, the buddies went on a "trust walk", the younger buddy guiding their older buddy with their eyes closed. We met in a circle at the back of the lawn. Now we were ready for our first Buddy Team Challenge....to take our bodies and form a giant peace sign on the lawn! From there we formed a giant line and formed a tight spiral. The finale was to uncoil ourselves from the spiral and form a circle again....not an easy feat but we did it!!

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We ended by holding hands in our circle singing "Peace is the World Smiling". What a wonderful celebration and an inspiring group of children!
~Korey
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Montessori Kickball!

Children’s House Montessori School, Atascadero, elementary students, hosted the upper elementary students from Montessori Children’s School, San Luis Obispo for a kickball game. Coach Sam took this group photo. A fun time was had by all!

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Auction Project: Nature on Canvas & "All Together Now"

We are working on many fun projects for the auction. One project is a collage on canvas with portraits of every student and staff member in the entire school. The idea came from here: http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/2011/05/kinder-self-portraits-on-canvas.html

We wanted to see how it worked, before we embarked on such a huge project, so staff members made a little sample...

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Our theme was “nature”. We each designed a 3” square, using Sharpies, and then collaged them onto the canvas. We don’t plan on putting this piece in the auction, but if you want to see it ask Dana.
We will post the finished piece, made by the children, when it is completed, so check back soon.

UPDATE: Here is the finished project, as promised. This item was purchased by the Pilg family who paid $1400 at our March auction. They generously donated it back to the school! You can see the real thing in our foyer!

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The Life of Maria Montessori and Parent Education Night

Our Parent Education Evening #2 was a great success. Thank you so much to everyone who attended.

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In keeping with our every-other year tradition, our 3rd-6th level students performed the play, "The Life of Maria Montessori". They did an excellent job of presenting her life from childhood, to being the first woman doctor in Italy, to her first school in 1907 and finally to her exile from Italy during WWII. All that in 20 minutes! If you haven't seen it, don't miss it when it is performed again two years from now.

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After the performance, our staff talked about some of the many characteristics of a Montessori environment from Toddler through Upper Elementary and the developmental theories behind the Montessori philosophy. We also talked about how to make the home environment more consistent with what is successful for the students at school. If you were unable to attend, but would like a hand-out, we have some available here. We hope to see you all here for our Parent Education Evening #3 on December 5, when we will talk about Dr. Montessori's vision for what she called her Cosmic Education.


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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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Hot Lava!

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This year at Children's House, we have divided our 98 “3 to 12 year old” students into four teams. Each team consists of children in Primary (preschool and Kindergarten), Lower El and Upper El. We will be getting the teams together at least once a month for dancing, singing and team building games.
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Last week we had our first team challenge... to move the primary children across the lawn using the elementary children as a bridge.
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The primary children could not touch the lawn (hot lava) so they had to stand on their teammates feet and get moved along the chain.
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Pictures speak a thousand words so enjoy these adorable shots. You can see the concentration and the absolute delight in their faces! By the way, after a half hour, they only got half way across the lawn, so next month we pick up where we left off! More pictures to come! ~Korey
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Getting Ready

New colored pencils!
This is just one of the many hundreds, if not thousands, of new supplies we receive in preparation for the new school year.

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Korey sorted all the lovely colors and put them all away. Ahhhh, there is nothing like new pencils.

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Beautifully satisfying!

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Google Honors Maria Montessori

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“On Friday, August 31, Google will honor Maria Montessori on her 142nd birthday with a "Google Doodle." What does this mean? The Google homepage will display the Google logo built from common Montessori classroom materials! 

In fact, as of this writing, the Google Doodle can be seen on Google homepages in other countries already!  For example, visit
Google in India or Australia to see the Doodle RIGHT NOW!  This is a tremendous honor and one that will be seen by millions of people worldwide.

As many of you already know, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin both attended a Montessori school as children.  During an interview with Barbara Walters in 2004, Page and Brin credited their years as Montessori students as a major factor contributing to their success. They said that their Montessori education allowed them to learn to think for themselves, taught them to be self-directed and self-starters, and gave them freedom to pursue their own interests.

Google has been known to vary their logo from time to time to honor famous people or events, often referred to as a Google Doodle. Make sure to visit
Google on August 31st to see the logo as it will only be displayed for one day.

Happy Birthday, Maria!”
The above info is quoted from Go Montessori

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Crane Folding Party


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Storyteller, Zette Harbour visited Children’s House on Thursday, August 9. She taught all in attendance, how to fold an origami paper crane. All the cranes we made will be used in a 1,000 Crane Peace Sculpture. “This sculpture is intended to be the expression of many individuals’ desire for a world that manifests Peace, and to begin the conversation about what a Peace-full world looks like. The sculpture will be unveiled at the Peace Love Story Fest, in Cambria on Sept. 16, then featured at several public locations throughout the week of September 16 - 21, in preparation for the International Day of Peace. This will create an opportunity for dialogue about the nature of Peace and the need for a strong Peace Story for our world. The cranes will be folded by community members involving as many people as possible in the creation of the Peace sculpture. Your crane, your name, and, your manifest intention for Peace in your world can be a part of this exciting celebration.”

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Osprey Cam

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I’ve been watching this amazing nestcam of an osprey family in Missoula, Montana, for the past two months. Okay, yes, it is a bit of an obsession, but honestly, it is a nice thing to do when the temp outside is 106. I’ve shared it with some of the children enrolled in our summer camps and they have really enjoyed watching whenever they pass by my computer. The webcam was set up as part of a study about osprey and the environmental factors they face. You can learn all about the Osprey Project on their Facebook page.

The eggs were laid in May and hatched in June. The mom is Iris and the dad is Stanley. The babies are Crown Royal (73), Captain Hook (72) and Squish (71). The babies are getting ready to leave the nest very soon...possibly two or three weeks? ~Dana

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Screenshot of nest, taken on July 19. If you watch the webcam you will see how much the babies have grown in just one month.


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Secret Farm

While cleaning up the school on Spring Cleaning Day, we found this little farm in the bushes in front of the school.

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Steller's Jay Nest

Today we had two guys come by to do a test on the school’s fire sprinkler system. They ran water through the pipes and just made sure the sprinklers were all clear of debris and dirt. The sprinklers on the outside, back patio were obstructed by a large nest. Some of you may remember a few years back, during our school play, mother and father scrub jays Steller’s jays became very upset with us because they had babies in the nest and we were interfering with their world. They flew back and forth across the stage and screamed in that special way jays have. Korey asked the guys to save the nest so we could share it with the children when school starts. They removed it carefully and put it in a box.

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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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Those Summer Days?

Yesterday was unseasonably cool for our area. I don’t think the temp ever reached above 80. I walked out to the mailbox, the breeze was blowing through the sycamore leaves, the sun was shining and I snapped a photo. It’s so quiet around here. Next week is the last week of summer school. ~Dana

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A Few Steps Forward

We've had our website for many years, and now, with our new blog, Twitter and Facebook, you'll be able to connect with us even more!

We'll bring you events, updates and news from the school and individual classrooms. We also hope to bring you Montessori articles and tidbits from around the world, as well as some of the latest news in education. Check in regularly.


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