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Downstairs Classroom: September Curriculum Letter

Posted by on Aug 23, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Downstairs Classroom: September Curriculum Letter

Our (almost) first month of school has ended and it was a busy one! It was barely 8:15 am as one of our children arrived at school, legs covered in dirt. His dad wryly remarked that they’d made a couple of stops along the way. This moment reminded me of how I spent my childhood romping in giant piles of leaves, rolling in the grass, sitting in mud. Short of one large infestation of ticks, I survived. This Wall Street Journal article discusses the merits of dirt in children’s lives and how exposure to bacteria builds immunity. Happy reading! In the classroom, our children have...

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Upstairs Classroom: September Curriculum Letter

Posted by on Aug 23, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Upstairs Classroom: September Curriculum Letter

Hello GPM Families, We look forward to seeing and learning about your child each day. There are many things to think about and prepare for the return of students and the school week. Just as the teachers prepare the environment and lessons for the week, we know the importance of preparing one’s self. Getting plenty of rest, eating healthy foods, and exercising help to keep our bodies and minds ready for each day. It is also helpful to talk about daily morning routines with your child. Knowing what is coming next and how to handle drop off at school will continue to establish a rhythm. It is...

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Celebrating Life

Posted by on Aug 5, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Celebrating Life

As we open our school year, we are reminded once again how terribly important every living and non-living thing is here on the planet we call home. We, as teachers and guardians of young children, hold a unique perspective of communicating knowledge and information in a way that will be useful, joyous, and hopefully plant the seed of stewardship. In our Extended Curriculum studies, we begin with Celebrating Life, opening our eyes and recognizing everything as equally important in the interrelated scheme of things. With our world view thus established, we can then continue to the specifics,...

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Looking Forward: August

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking Forward: August

We are beyond excited to kick off the fall term by warmly welcoming our new students, their families, and our fabulous new staff members to Glen Park Montessori! Be sure to take a look at our Family Wall in the hallway to read about our new families, as well as the “Our Team” page on our website to learn more about our staff. This month our teachers will be primarily focused on demonstrating what the Montessori method is and what values it holds. Grace and Courtesy are areas we particularly value at Glen Park Montessori, which involves establishing mindfulness of self and others....

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Looking forward: July

Posted by on Jun 30, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking forward: July

As we enter our final month of the academic school year, I can’t help but feel a sense of gratitude for the community we have created at Glen Park Montessori. I feel fortunate for the tight-knit group of parents and children who continue to make our school feel more like family. It is a joy to our entire teaching staff to build relationships with families as we have the privilege to watch the children grow into their curious, capable, individual selves together. To our graduating families, we welcome you to drop by and say hello, and we will watch for your smiling faces pass by our front...

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Looking Forward: May

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking Forward: May

So…dreams do come true! The lower yard is done—not without a few setbacks, like a deteriorating retaining wall, but completed and perfectly lovely. Thank you to Pacific Playground, Doug Gourley, and his great crew headed by Marlon Andrade for their time, effort, and creative input. Suppose they do tree houses? The children are thrilled with the new and unique area to explore from the padded turf to the mini climbing wall—what’s up next? We are currently looking at a company that uses sustainably harvested wood to construct play things that can be used outside. The product line is...

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