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.

New Beginnings: September

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

New Beginnings: September

September brings in the last of our new arrivals (the first round of 15 children having started in August!) with new personalities, gifts and little challenges as they get accustomed to being in a brand new school setting. Our job is to see what they love to do and give them the tools to be successful in their journey towards independence. Everything is new to them and they are all new to us making August and September the most wonderfully fascinating months. September also launches our Botany curriculum with an introduction to the plant,...

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The magic of doing….nothing

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The magic of doing….nothing

I was recently advised to take one day a week and have nothing scheduled, no obligations- just having one day free of “to do” lists, or the necessity of having to be somewhere- appointments and the like– just letting the day flow as it will.  Lovely, I thought, but as it turns out, easier said than done. Then one day I actually accomplished this. As a result, I felt refreshed and renewed and made a promise to follow the practice regularly. With our increasingly complex lives, it has become the norm to be in a rush and to agonize over...

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A view inside our classroom: Eclipse

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A view inside our classroom: Eclipse

Helping the children understand the eclipse: safe viewing, painting, and a book...

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Looking Forward: August

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking Forward: August

We are happy to welcome our new families that will be joining us this month, and we would like to warmly welcome back our families who are returning once again. This month we will be turning our attention towards the pillars of the Montessori method. We will be introducing children to their new environment that encourages independence, peaceful communication, respect, and a love of learning. They will enjoy the exploration of their classroom with the assistance of their adult guides as well as the older children. Lessons will be given in grace...

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Looking Forward: July

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking Forward: July

You can sense the excitement brewing as we turn our attention to special components of our natural world that includes mammals, forests, moss, lichens and ferns. After weeks of exploration, what better way to end this month and our year-long nature curriculum than by taking the children to the Redwood forest at Lake Lagunitas in Marin? The trip may seem far, but it is absolutely worth the effort as you will see when you arrive and walk among the trees, breathe in the fresh forest air, and witness how much the children enjoy this beautiful,...

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Looking Forward: June

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking Forward: June

In the continuing series of our Cultural Studies, the month of June is dedicated to music from around the world with a focus on percussion instruments. Our goal is to look at objects and practices that run consistently within cultures throughout the world in order to notice and appreciate the many similarities. It is also our goal to expand the children’s understanding by providing them with real-life experiences. Last year we were fortunate to have found a musician, Amadou Diawara, a native of Sengal, who gave a wonderful, interactive...

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Boat Float Day 2017

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Boat Float Day 2017

Every year we invite parents and their child or children to create their own boat that will float. On this special day we gather in the play yard (staff, children, and parents), fill a small pool with water, and invite each child to introduce their boat and float it in the water. We especially enjoy the creativity that each boat represents as well as the personality of each child which comes through, so here are some of their creations for you to enjoy as well!

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Looking Forward: May

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking Forward: May

We’ve had yet another (ninth!) successful Boat Float Day and we thank all our families for putting in the time and effort to make the event so much fun. It was evident that a great deal of collaborative effort was put forth, so again, our heartfelt thanks. May is offering the opportunity to look at another biology group, this time amphibians. These fascinating creatures need to be in habitats that offer both land and water in order to survive so we will be diving into what that means and other interesting concepts such as where they live...

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Looking Forward: April

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking Forward: April

For the month of April, we will be expanding our view and understanding of the natural world by diving into the world of bugs! For many people, even the idea of bugs can raise fear or apprehension followed by the desire to get rid of them. Certainly, there are a few critters that need to be kept away, but for the most part they are enormously useful to us—from pollinating flowers to breaking down organic matter (nature’s composters). They are an intricate and necessary part of the workings of our world, and as such need to be respected. My...

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Looking Forward: March

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking Forward: March

Spring is here and there is much to celebrate! New life brings new possibilities—with this comes hope and light. We will welcome spring by celebrating the Spring Equinox with not one but two celebrations. First, we will celebrate the equinox as it coincides with our cultural studies segment: Art from Around the World. We ask that you help your child choose a piece of art from an international artist whose piece best represents spring. Think bright colors, naturalistic imagery, or anything else that represents this season of growth and...

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