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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Summer...

I realize I haven't been posting on our blog very often. I think it's because we use The Quailblazer Times during the school year. It seems it has taken the place of our blog. But we don't use The Quailblazer during the summer, so I thought I'd give you a glimpse of what we've been up to.

Things have slowed down to a crawl, but the calm summer days offer many opportunities...

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Primary, Session #2, singing a little song outside
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Session #1, elementary students enjoying a leisurely lunch on the back patio.
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"Mad Scientists"

Our Primary Summer Session #3 is filled with "Mad Scientists"!

We have been doing so many fun experiments this summer session! Here are just a few that your children might have mentioned to you at home.


In this experiment we learned about chemical reactions!  We filled a dish with whole milk, then we added drops of food coloring to it. Next we took a q-tip with dish soap on it and touched it to our colorful milk to watch the reaction! The kids loved seeing the colors swirl!


In our Screaming Balloon experiment, we placed a penny and a hex nut in two separate balloons and observed what happened when we spun the balloon around! We loved listening to the "screaming" sound the hex nut made as it spun around inside the balloon, and enjoyed watching the penny silently spinning around too. The children keep asking to do this experiment again!
-Victoria

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If you find her special worm...

...please let Annabelle know. She has posted signs on the back patio.

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"Music in Motion"

Our third session, for preschool, has been full of song...traditional children's songs, such as, "This Old Man," folk songs, such as, "I've Been Workin' on the Railroad," super silly songs, such as, "Shake your Sillies Out!", and lovely songs such as, "Make New Friends."


Students are singing, "I am a Fine Musician," while playing various percussion instruments such as rhythm sticks, triangles, sandpaper blocks, rain sticks, maracas, cymbals and bells.
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"Bean bag boogie!"
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They have been making some of their own instruments using macaroni.
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...drying the colored macaroni.
They used the dyed pasta to make percussion instruments with recycled bottles and yarn.
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The children made and decorated their own drums!
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"The Colorful World of Eric Carle"

Our primary, summer session #2, was filled with lots of exciting projects based on the books and art of Eric Carle.

Inspired by Eric Carle's, "The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse,"
the children experiment with color and texture.

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Making pancakes after reading Eric Carle’s book, “Pancakes, Pancakes.”
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...and pretzel making, inspired by Eric Carle's book, "Walter the Baker."
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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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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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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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Around the World

Our summer programs are in full swing. Session three, for the elementary, is called “Around the World in Ten Days”, with Sally. Each day or two they focus on a different country. They make crafts and prepare dishes from exotic places. This week, they have had leftovers to share with the school staff. On Tuesday, they brought over chow mein. Yesterday they “visited” Japan and the children brought us California Rolls to sample. Yummy! I know it’s not the greatest picture, but I really wanted to share it. The children rolled some beautiful sushi.

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