Rosemary’s Blog

Glen Park Montessori has an evolving, extended curriculum that allows for creativity and dynamic learning that compliments the traditional Montessori classroom works. We weave in a variety of different interests and subjects into our curriculum in order to widen the horizon of learning in our classrooms. Click here to read more.

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...

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Special Guest: Violinist

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Special Guest: Violinist

We want to thank our fabulous parent volunteer for contributing her time, talent, and passion with the kiddos today by giving two performances at school!

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Looking Forward: April

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking Forward: April

Returning from Spring Break you will be happy to see our renovated lower play yard! It was a difficult decision to make, in that the plants that needed to be removed were flourishing there (albeit considered weeds for the most part) and were such a fresh, vibrantly alive green—a testimony to the strength of some species to grow in unexpected places. To somewhat make up for it, we are installing two wooden planter boxes with a bench connecting them on the upper deck. All of the potted plants have been moved up to the deck as well and it’s...

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Looking Forward: March

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking Forward: March

  It has been a long time coming, but our new design for the garden and play yard is finally in the works. The garden area outside the downstairs classroom will be transformed into a play and climbing area. The original plan was to have a lovely garden for the children to plant and enjoy the wonder of watching plants grow. There were many trials, but the San Francisco summers were not generous enough with sunlight and warmth to support—well, anything except the non-destructible pineapple sage and the dear sweet “weeds.” So, to make...

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Bear Frog

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

Bear Frog

I enjoy looking at various images that inspire me and find myself thinking, “How could I use this with the children?” When the Wetland Critters Coloring Book (by Sue Coccia) came out I was greatly impressed by the symbology and creative complexity of the images. I knew it was unreasonable to expect the children to be able to pencil all the delicate areas but was determined to find a way. I took the image I wanted to experiment with and had it enlarged enough so that sections were “colorable” by the children in our care. I then cut the...

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Boat Float Day 2018

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

Boat Float Day 2018

We had another wildly successful Boat Float Day at Glen Park Montessori! We would like thank all of the parents and family members who were able to support their little loved one by attending this event! This beautiful day reminded us again how fortunate we are to have such a supportive, tight-knit community at our school. Thank you for helping your child create such marvelous boats this...

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Valentine’s Day Card Exchange

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

Valentine’s Day Card Exchange

Please enjoy some sweet photos taken during our Valentine’s Day Card Exchange. Children came to school dressed in red, pink, or purple, and handed out homemade cards to each one of their friends during Circle Time. The children enjoyed homemade cookies after lunch thanks to our parent volunteers. It was a sweet and joyful day, just as expected!  

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Looking forward: February

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking forward: February

The month of February reminds us to slow down and bask in the experience of love—not just romantic love, but all types of love that include qualities of appreciation, open heartedness, and the joy of being in the present moment with your child or loved ones. We always look forward to our annual Valentine’s Day Card exchange as each child has a turn to pass out their homemade cards in a manner that is mindful and unrushed—each child greets every friend with “Happy Valentine’s Day” and their friend follows up with a “thank you”...

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Peacemakers from Around the World

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Peacemakers from Around the World

Peacemakers from Around the World   In January, we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In honor of his upcoming birthday, we will be reading books about his life and listening to audio excerpts from some of his iconic speeches and creating art to commemorate his legacy of peace. We will also be introducing other individuals who throughout history have dedicated their lives to peace. Our list includes: Dolores Huerta, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Dr. Maria Montessori and Malala...

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Looking Forward: January

Posted by on Jan 6, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking Forward: January

In addition to continuing our look at the world of fish and our exploration of the Arctic, January brings us one of our favorite research opportunities: Peacemakers from Around the World. This project is offered to our parent community as a combined exercise with their child to find an individual that has made a significant contribution towards achieving world peace. The information gathered will be brought to school, and as each child shares their research, we will be learning about 18 (in each classroom) remarkable and inspiring individuals....

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