Lunar New Year Celebration


Last week, our Primary children celebrated Lunar New Year. Many wore red or traditional costumes as a part of the celebration. The children also cooked dumplings, colored masks and had their faces painted in the manner of Chinese opera performers. The children at the Foxworthy campus heard the story of the Nian Dragon, and why wearing red, eating dumplings and setting off firecrackers are part of the Lunar New Year tradition. They where also introduced to Chinese music through performances of different instruments and demonstrations of Chinese Opera singing. At the end of the ceremony, Rebecca, head of the Primary school and Jeanette, head of the Elementary school came to give each child their traditional red envelope with good luck money inside. At lunch time they where treated to Chinese samples of food.











New Research Shows Greater Gains for Students in Classic Montessori Programs

New research into preschool children’s development in Montessori environments by Dr. Angeline Lillard of the University of Virginia has shown that children in classic Montessori programs, such as One World’s, show larger gains in executive function, social problem solving, and academic skills.

The Primary Staff would like to share Dr. Lillard’s study, Preschool Children’s Development in Classic Montessori, Supplemented Montessori, and Conventional Programs; they hope that you find it interesting.

Free Montessori Webinar for Parents

We encourage parents to attend the free 45-minute webinar Finding Motivation the Montessori Way on Thursday November 1, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM PDT.

Motivation is too often thought of in terms of carrot and stick methods of rewards and punishments. Join Maren Schmidt, a certified Montessori educator with over 25 years experience, as she shares how self-motivation develops the Montessori Way.

During this webinar, Maren will explore the following:

  • Why rewards and punishments rarely motivate behavior for the long term
  • What three psychological needs motivate each of us to be our best
  • How Montessori environments of school and home support these three critical need

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The Prepared Environment at Home

One of the fundamental principles behind Maria Montessori’s educational theory is that the child needs to learn in a “prepared environment.”  Order, simplicity, beauty and accessibility are fundamental to a prepared environment.  This article by Maren Schmidt offers great suggestions on how to view your home from the child’s perspective and make the necessary changes to prepare your home environment. 

Read the article here: The Prepared Environment at Home

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