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03/19/15

Soaring Wings International Montessori School (SWIMS) has begun to actively work toward the creation of a Middle School (MS) program. One of our parents, Phil Schneider (father of Aksel, Max & Otto) has agreed to help us in this endeavor. Some of you may remember that many years ago, Phil was Assistant Principal at Treasure…

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03/02/15

During the first year of teaching my own class, I was picking out stickers for Valentine’s Day. I asked my mentor, “Should we go with the cartoony ones or these beautiful Victorian ones?” She looked at me and replied, “If we don’t offer the children all that is beautiful in the world, who will?” Her…

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09/22/14

“The real preparation for education is the study of one’s self. The training of the teacher is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit.” Maria Montessori, Absorbent Mind, p. 131 The question of authenticity of practice has become a common subject…

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05/17/14

The wonderfully creative parents of our Fair Committee have adopted “Up, Up and Away” as the theme for our Fair this year. Since it is the 21st Annual Fair there had been talk of calling it “The Fair Comes of Age”, but some mature person realized “Up, Up and Away” would be more appropriate. As…

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02/24/14

I had the pleasure of watching a former student, Joss Christensen, win gold at the Olympics recently. I’d known this boy since before he was born. His parents, Debbie and JD, were among those Parkites who came to town to ski in the ‘70’s, met, married, found jobs and began a life here. Joss’s older…

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11/21/13

Our upper elementary class is building a tree house. They have a few basic tools, a modicum of materials and lots of ideas. From the drawing board to their own arboreal sanctuary they will have to employ math skills, science and engineering principles and a bit of technology. The project will take months to complete…

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09/09/13

I stepped into the room and shook off the March chill. The teachers greeted me warmly and showed me to a chair, then went about their business. I surveyed the classroom – good space, nice wood floors, big windows, freshly painted walls, happy children and happy adults. I was here to evaluate the school before…

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Posted:
08/13/13

I’ve always been a science fan. One of my earliest memories is of watching earthworms crawl between my fingers. I made hospitals for insects, trapped (and released) desert animals for study and did my best to sterilize a dead rabbit in the bathroom sink so I could make my own rabbit’s foot. My mother’s scream…

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05/01/13

Cleansing, Wikipedia defines this term as ‘the elimination of undesirable elements’.  When you think about it, this could relate to anything – food, drink, people, clutter, even your own thoughts.  Anything that you find ‘undesirable’ can and should be cleansed out of your life.  But how motivated are you to make it happen? Spring is…

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04/02/13

I met a Montessori teacher from Seattle recently – we were both working on organizing a new teacher-training program in Canada. Right away I saw something familiar about her, although we had never met. I peered through my glasses and untamed hair at her glasses and untamed hair and had the feeling I was looking…

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