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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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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Jogging for must! charities

UPDATE: We raised over $6500.00 for must! charities, Real Food for Real Children!
Great job!

Top runners from each class, along with Korey, present a check to Becky Gray and Scott Hawley form must! charities.
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Another successful Jog-A-Thon at Children’s House!
Students ran a total of 3,597 laps or 359.7 miles, to raise money for must! charities- Real Food for Real Children.
Parents, if you have not already done so, please help your child collect their donations from sponsors. If you need thank you receipts, you can download them here.
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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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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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Jog-A-Thon Donation Presented to North County Women's Shelter

Top runners from primary, kindergarten and lower elementary classrooms, along with Korey Dudley, Children’s House’ owner/director, presented a check for $6134.73 to Cathy Solkshinitz, from North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center. Students ran a total of 374 miles. We are so proud!
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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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Valentine's Day and High Tea

This week, we celebrated Valentine’s Day at Children’s House.

On Tuesday, the upper elementary students served herbal tea, baked goods and fruit to the primary children...
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...and today, children in the early elementary were served by parent volunteers for the annual High Tea.
A grand time was had by all!
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One more thing...a strange phenomenon occurred over the weekend.
Korey and some of the teachers have been glazing ceramic pieces for the auction, with the children. Last Friday, Jennifer Wills covered up the palette of glazes they were using in her classroom so they would be fresh for use on Tuesday, when we all returned to school. When she came in on Valentine’s Day, the red glaze had dried as you see below...
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Children Present Jog-A-Thon Donation to ECHO

During our November Jog-A-Thon, Kindergarten and elementary students ran 2,730 laps and raised $3827.58!

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This morning, just before students did their dress rehearsal for our winter performance, the top lap-runners presented the money to El Camino Homeless Organization representative, Terri Sherwin. Terri was amazed and thankful for the amount of money the children raised and told them they were special for helping those in need. We are so proud of our students!

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Terri also explained to the children, the shelter had recently taken in some new families and they now had eleven children staying at the shelter. Many of them will probably be there for Christmas. Hopefully our donation will help in some small way. Remember, a donation to ECHO, of $5, provides three meals and a warm bed for a man, woman or child for one night.

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Early Elementary Students Present $2449.00 to Atascadero Library

During the month of October, the early elementary students (grades 1, 2 and 3) participated in a classroom-wide Read-A-Thon. Children read every day, at home and at school, and their parents helped document the number of minutes they read. Each child asked family and/or friends to sponsor them, by making a monetary pledge for the minutes read, with all proceeds to benefit the Atascadero Library and the library expansion project. This was not a reading or fundraising competition, but a way for the children to become enthusiastic about reading while at the same time, helping to support their local library, a much loved resource. Our students raised a total of $2449.00!

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Today, the students visited the library for a special annual lesson with Miss Joan, the Youth Services librarian, to learn about picture book writing and drawing techniques. Joan knows better than anyone what it takes to make a picture book popular with young readers and her guidance is invaluable as the children begin to write their own picture books this month. Joan also invited Grenda Ernst, the Friends of the Atascadero Library, President, to meet with the students and accept the Read-A-Thon donation.

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The students were also given a tour of the new library. The building for the new library has already been purchased and is located at 6555 Capistrano Avenue. Friends of the Atascadero Library have raised two-thirds of the $1 million needed to fund the cost of construction on the interior of the building. If you would like to donate or learn more about the new library, visit Friends of the Atascadero Library.

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The Barter Game

A week or so before the Thanksgiving break, I took a few photos of the early elementary, level two and level three students, playing the Barter Game. First they read “The Story of Money” and answered questions about what they learned from the book. The book explains how bartering was the stepping stone for money. They learned about need vs want and how they can trade something they have in excess for something they need or want.

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They are given guidelines about what their village needs and they determine trade quantities for the different items. They used chips of different colors to represent different Goods; white chips = vegetables, red chips = meat, skins and wool, blue chips = tools, etc. Black chips represent different Services, such as village defense and cultural enlightenment (art & paintings or performances).They set up their “shops” and then traded away. ~Dana

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Jogging for ECHO - Today at 1:30!


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Our jog-a-thon fundraiser is today from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. This year, kindergarten and elementary students will run to raise money for the El Camino Homeless Organization. In November 2010, the weather certainly did not dampen their spirits, as they ran in the soaking rain and slippery mud. Last year, jog-a-thon students ran a total of 3,375 laps! Since each lap is approximately 800 feet, more than 500 miles were pounded out that day, and the school donated more than $6,000 to a charity similar to ECHO.

ECHO was recently informed, they will have to move out of their current location by May 2012. A donation to ECHO, of $5, provides three meals and a warm bed for a man, woman or child for one night.

The Atascadero News gave us a Shout Out in Wednesday’s paper. See page A-7.

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