Montessori Had It Right: We Learn By Doing

Most four- and five-year-olds can sing the alphabet song and print their names, but few can actually read. So, what does it take to push these kids to accomplish this cognitive milestone? A majority of parents and teachers alike think the answer to this question is lots of practice naming letters and sounds out loud. But, reading practice isn’t the whole story or perhaps even the most important part. Practice printing letters turns out to be imperative to reading success. When the body figures out how to write letters, the mind follows suit in terms of being able to recognize them.

Case in point, a few years ago, neuroscientist Karen James found that preschool children who took part in a one-month long reading program where they practiced printing words improved more in their letter recognition than kids who did the same reading program but practiced naming (rather than writing) the words instead. Letter recognition isn’t enhanced as much by reading letters as it is by printing them.

Learn more about James’s research at Psychology Today:

What Screen Time and Screen Media Do To Your Child’s Brain and Sensory Processing Ability

It’s a scene we’re sure you’ve witnessed again and again:

A family is sitting in a restaurant having dinner. The four year old is clearly fed up with sitting, and starts to complain, jump on her seat or run around. But a few moments later, she’s quietly in her seat again, enabling her parents and older siblings to enjoy a peaceful meal and conversation for the next 30 minutes.

What happened? Her father handed her his iPhone.

It’s a scene we see repeated in doctors’ waiting rooms, supermarkets, public transportation… and while we entirely understand it, it also saddens us. So many caring, well-meaning parents are unaware of the developmental damage caused to their children by exposure to screen time and screen media.

Take a look at this article about how screen time and media affects your child’s brain:

Our Kids are Deprived of This Essential Ingredient for Happiness — Victoria Prooday

Montessori explained both the importance of the connection between the hand and the developing young brain and the link between purposeful work and healthy feelings of self esteem and self worth. The following article shows how modern life is impeding both developmental processes.

Upcoming Primary Events

September 20, 2019:
International Peace Day celebrated

October 4, 2019:
Gandhi’s birthday observed.  No school.  No daycare.

October 16, 2019:
Parent Information Meeting at Leigh campus.  Topic: Discipline

October 17, 2019:
Parent Information Meeting at Foxworthy campus.  Topic: Discipline

October 18, 2019:
United Nations Day celebration.  Minimum day.  School ends at 12:00 pm.  No daycare.

October 21, 2019:
Parent-Teacher Conferences for new students.  No school.  Daycare for full day students only.

October 22-23, 2019:
School picture days at Foxworthy campus

October 24, 2019:
School picture day at Leigh campus

October 25, 2019:
Diwali celebration

October 31, 2019:
Halloween celebration

Upcoming Elementary Events

September 3, 2019:
Parent Orientation Meeting – E1: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm; E2: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

September 4, 2019:
Welcome Back to School!

September 14 2019:
OWM 40th Anniversary Celebration at Coyote Ranch 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

September 20, 2019:
International Peace Day

September 26, 2019:
E2 field trip to Filoli Gardens. Bus leaves at 8:30 am.

October 4, 2019: Gandhi’s Birthday, School and Daycare closed

October 8, 2019: Elementary Photo Day

October 9, 2019: E1 field trip to Casa de Fruta

October 18, 2019: UN Day – Minimum Day School and Daycare closed at 12:00 NOON

October 22, 2019: E1 field trip to Montalvo for Dia de los Muertos performance

October 23, 2019: Foxworthy/Pearl Sibling photo day

October 24, 2019: Leigh/Pearl Sibling photo day

October 24, 2019: E2 field trip to Winchester Mystery House

October 31, 2019: Halloween Party 9:00 am – 12:00 NOON