Spring!

Community, by Cab Yau, March 29, 2019,

Spring is (finally!) in the air. The rain will come and go, but we will soak in every drop of sunshine we can get! While everyone made the most of the snow and cold weather, the warmer weather is beyond welcome! Extended Day is enjoying their treat of playing in the tree just outside the … Continue reading “Spring!”

The Sheldon…

Lower Elementary, by Cab Yau, March 12, 2019,

As the Children’s House Extended Day children prepare for an upcoming trip to the Sheldon, let’s look back at the adventure they had with the Elementary children last November when they went to Drums and Dances of Africa with Diadie Bathily and Afriky Lolo. The program sought to introduce students to “the sounds and movements … Continue reading “The Sheldon…”

Light…

Lower Elementary, by Cab Yau, March 8, 2019,

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu As winter resolutely stays and we crave the warmth and light of the coming spring, let’s admire the light that shines despite the cold – the sunlight that breaks through, the light of friendship, the light of … Continue reading “Light…”

Standardized Testing

Lower Elementary, by Cab Yau, February 18, 2019,

For many of us, schooling is inextricably linked to memories of testing, evaluations and scores. One thing that draws us to Montessori is the general absence of testing as we experienced it. However, the absence of traditional tests is not an absence of assessment. Assessments are only helpful if they give information which is valid … Continue reading “Standardized Testing”

Creating Community Together Part 2: Class Meetings

Lower Elementary, by Cab Yau, February 7, 2019,

Anna Schwind sneaks us in to take another peek at the magic of Elementary classrooms … Class Meetings: Dialogue, discussion and decisions. Welcome to the second part of the series on creating community together. The previous entry¬† was focused on the early work the children do to establish guidelines and norms for the school year … Continue reading “Creating Community Together Part 2: Class Meetings”