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Meet the Staff!

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:32am

Mr. Tickles says, "when will this school year start?"
The glorious promise of fall is wafting through the air here at Montessori Children's House. We are joyfully preparing the environment and very much looking forward to welcoming all the children and their families for the beginning of our TENTH year!

For the 2016-2017 school year here are our Magnificent Seven:

Head of School

Primary Teacher
Classroom 1

Primary Teacher
Classroom 2

Assistant Teacher
Classroom 1

Assistant Teacher
Classroom 2, Administration

ASC Teacher 1

ASC Teacher 2

Categories: Citizens

A Walk With Animals--there's a hedgehog where?

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 5:27pm
Montessorians love animals, right? Classroom pets are a part of every authentic environment and not just because they provide one more practical life activity. These creatures are there to harbor in the child an empathy and appreciation for other inhabitants of the earth. Experiences in respect and care for pets give a child dividends that are immeasurable. This tenet holds true even more so in the home environment. Some of my writing projects focus on the glorious experiences (maybe an overstatement) of children and their animal friends. Have you noticed how the animal world has quite a lively presence of late in the world of children's literature and film? While I've been working on a collaboration with my artist father about the joys of a household full of pets I have come across so many examples. Perhaps I'm more attuned to what's popular right now or perhaps others are becoming more aware of the special bond between children and pets. There are even several new books about the animal human connection for adults. Secret lives...? I think we all want in on a bit of that.

On the nightstand:

A Walk in the Animal Kingdom
by Jerry Dennis, drawings by Glenn Wolf, Big Maple Press

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
by Frans de Waal, WW Norton

On the school bookshelf:

How to Raise a Wild Child
by Scott Sampson

What Pet Should I Get?
by Dr. Seuss

There's a Hedgehog in the Hallway
by Megan Ray Durkin, illustrations by Ken Ray

Sir David Attenborough, the great naturalist and BBC wildlife presenter, has often been asked, "How did you become interested in animals?" His response was always the same: "How on Earth did you lose your interest in them?"--Scott Sampson from How to Raise a Wild Child.
Categories: Citizens

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