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Feb 2017
Kaitlyn Deis

January News

With the beginning of the New Year we welcomed five new students:  Acadia Jamison, Gabriella Medieros, Iris Fernandez Louratou, David Yang and Chance Paskins to the Walnut room. They seem to be settling well into the routine. All the children have been joyfully helping them in the process of settling. This year we have been setting up lunch in a …

 
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Nov 2016
Kaitlyn Deis

October News

“… when the cycle is completed, the child detaches himself from his internal concentration; refreshed and satisfied, he experiences the higher social impulses, such as desiring to make confidences and to hold intimate communion with other souls.” –Dr. Maria Montessori Walnut Room Families, October was a lovely month. Children have settled into the classroom beautifully. During the last month we …

 
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Oct 2016
Kaitlyn Deis

Walnut room September News

“………………we must begin our work by preparing the child for the forms of social life, and we must attract his attention to these forms”.                                                                    – Dr. Maria Montessori   We are very happy to share that children have settled well and have got used to the classroom routine. It has been a great joy in getting to know all the …

 
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Jun 2016
Kaitlyn Deis

Walnut Room Songs

Hello Parents! We recorded the songs that the children have worked on for our closing ceremony. Happy listening! Continent Song: Flower Drum Song China There’s a Nice Child in the Ring South America Sleigh Bells Russia Tingalayo North America White Choral Bells Europe This Pretty Planet:   We wish you all a fun summer and best of luck to those …

 
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Jun 2016
Kaitlyn Deis

May and June in the Walnut Room

  After waiting through weeks of chilly mornings, we finally are working in our side yard and out in the garden! The children can put on a necklace and go out to do a corresponding activity. The options are to have snack at the picnic table, bring a work outside to a table, hammer nails, paint at the easel, or …

 
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May 2016
Kaitlyn Deis

April Update

It’s hard to believe that the end of the school year is almost here. This past month, we welcomed Adlai Graves to the Walnut room. He has been settling well, enjoying to work and is making friends in the classroom. Children have been also interested in working with the new activities such as cucumber slicing, dough kneading and flag making. …

 
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Apr 2016
Kaitlyn Deis

March in the Walnut Room

Maria Montessori speaks of a concept called “normalization,” a term that might not fit well with our modern sensitivities, but one that refers to an important goal in the Montessori Primary classroom. What she is referring to with this term is the individual’s state of normal, healthy development and the point at which the community of children demonstrate a high …

 
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Mar 2016
Kaitlyn Deis

The Three Year Cycle, a plea from Valerie Graves of the Walnut Room

As many parents know, the Montessori Primary classroom extends from early preschool through kindergarten, all in a mixed age environment. When the question comes up about plans for the kindergarten year, parents are faced with the decision of whether to invest in Montessori or enroll their child in the public kindergarten program. I have written a bit about the importance …

 
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Feb 2016
Kaitlyn Deis

January and February update

As the year is passing by, we witness increasing independence in children with regard to choosing their work, doing their work and working with their friends. In the Walnut room, when children help each other with their work with sweeping and cleaning spills or solving big puzzle maps we have observed growing and deepening friendships. With the winter upon us, children are …

 
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Jan 2016
Kaitlyn Deis

December in the Walnut Room

Happy New Year, Walnut Room Families! We are so happy to settle back in this January with Dipali back from her trip to India and a fresh new year of friendship and community ahead of us all. We are so grateful to the people that spent time with us in December – Wendi, Tania, and Sarah all made the month …