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10/09/12

Last week I stopped in the Moose Tracks Class to watch them playing a version of the “Have You Ever?” game. The children stood in a circle while one stood in the middle and said, “If you like to swim in the ocean, switch places.” Everyone who liked to swim in the ocean switched places…

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06/01/12

A Montessori school is a collection of children, teachers and parents who are all there for the same reason. We have all sought out a place where there is academic stimulation, respect, safety, support and peace. We often see the child’s sigh of relief when walking into class after the morning’s hectic pace. Teachers feel…

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04/26/12

We experienced a very sad episode in our lives last week. A former student of mine died in his sleep at the age of 20 from complications related to sleep apnea. Through the funeral I thought about Justin’s sweet nature, his angelic little 4-year-old face surrounded by a halo of shaggy blond hair. He lit…

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03/24/12

It’s that time of year again – sunlight shining where it hasn’t in months, snow falling when you really don’t think it will, giddy rehearsals for the Earth Day play, teachers planning to close out this school year with the all the pomp and circumstance that is due. As teachers happily discuss summer plans, I…

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02/03/12

I was recently part of a group invited to examine the education curriculum at a local university. Someone commented, “We could reduce the number of science and math classes – our teachers see science and math and they run.” I couldn’t help but blurt out, “How are the children ever going to learn to love…

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Posted:
01/03/12

These are hot topics in the Park City public schools this year – “dual immersion”, “Spanish immersion”, “French immersion”. Public schools have been experimenting with the immersion approach where half the day is taught in English and half the day is taught in a second language. Park City public schools hope that dual immersion Spanish…

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Posted:
12/12/11

I ran into an old friend the other day. She regaled me with how her little boy, a former student, who is now 25, is enjoying a very successful career as a model. He was the beautiful little 3-year-old who was interested in everything, seemed to learn to read by osmosis, always knew something amazing…

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Posted:
11/09/11

I love my job! I get to wander in and out of classrooms every day, talk to little friends, teach a few odd classes here and there, dress up as Typhoid Mary and Queen Isabella and organize teacher workshops, conferences and parties. I get to visit schools throughout Utah and everywhere else I may go….

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Posted:
10/07/11

Soaring Wings Montessori School gave birth to a new program a few weeks ago – a class for parents and infants. The principle is the same as in all Montessori classes – the room is carefully prepared with activities specific to the needs of the children. The teacher is trained in the developmental aspects of…

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Posted:
09/18/11

The Montessori philosophy is built upon the concept of promoting independence by giving a child choices. When the student walks into the classroom, whether she is 18 months old or 11 years old, the teacher greets her and asks, “What would you like to do today?” A toddler student sees something attractive and heads toward…

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