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Teach the children. We don’t matter so much, but the children do. Show them daisies and the pale hepatica. Teach them to taste the sassafras of wintergreen. The lives of the blue sailors, mallow sunbursts, the moccasin flowers. And the frisky ones - inkberry, lambs’-quarters, blueberries. And the aromatic ones - rosemary, oregano. Give them peppermint to put in their pockets as they go to school. Give them the fields and the woods and the possibility of the world salvaged from the lords of profit. Stand them in a stream, head them upstream, rejoice as they learn to love this green space they live in, its sticks and leaves and then the silent, beautiful blossoms.

Attention is the beginning of devotion.
— Mary Oliver, Poet.

Children have the potential to develop life-long healthy habits by learning about nutrition at a young age. One of the sub-groups of our Practical Life exercises in the Children's House, is care of self. It is important for the children to create a positive relationship with food in preparation for understanding the interdependencies and connectedness of our planet. They will also develop an appreciation for what they’re eating, where it came from and what it’s doing for their body. There is no better way to provide this kind of education than in a hands-on way. It truly just requires some creativity and time spent with your child(ren).

A good way is to start simple: invite your child to help you cook in the kitchen, visit your grocery store and name all of the produce. Cooking with kids not only helps to expand their palate; but can ignite some fantastic conversations. After purchasing food from the grocery store, you can identify where all of the produce came from, i.e., California, Guatemala and create a “food map.” This can prompt even more conversations about how nutrients are affected when the food travels long distances. Instilling ideas of the consuming quality food can certainly make an impact.

With the bright Arizona sun, we can grow herbs indoors all year long. We can also create small garden spaces on our patios or in our backyards for the children to tend to. Children can plant and grow tomatoes, squash, lettuce and herbs even in small garden box! Beginning with seeds or simply sprouting seeds on a windowsill can offer the child a learning experience. For example, wrap a dried bean in a damp paper towel, place it in a transparent cup on the windowsill and wait a few days. Your child can observe the growth step-by-step.

When children are actively engaged in growing, purchasing or preparing food, they are more likely to try new things. Your child may be more inclined to try those “dreadful” green beans at dinner if (s)he feels a sense of accomplishment over helping them to get on his/her plate.

Go on, get your hands dirty!

 
 

 

 

A Peek Inside our Children's House Classrooms:

 

Gray Fox

Dear Gray Fox Families,

April was a wonderful month in our Children’s House. We welcomed Max into our group and we appreciating getting to know him. The children were excited to have a Student Teacher to work with, Ms. Tess brought lovely energy and we wish her well on her future endeavors. Our garden had a face-lift; thank you to Abby’s grandma for volunteering her time one afternoon.

Spring conferences are right around the corner. I look forward to sharing my observations and your child’s progress with you.  In addition, our social will be the evening of Wednesday, May 9th. This will be a charming opportunity to come together one last time to conclude the school year. We encourage all families to join us for a potluck and lots of laughter.

Enjoy a favorite song this month:  

Nine Little Flowers
One little, two little, three little flowers,
Four little, five little, six little flowers,
Seven little, eight little, nine little flowers,
Peeping through the ground.

Give them rain and lots of sunshine,
Give them rain and lots of sunshine,
Give them rain and lots of sunshine,
So they'll grow up tall.

As they grow, they'll bud and bloom,
As they grow, they'll bud and bloom,
As they grow, they'll bud and bloom,
In the lovely springtime.

Kindly,

Ms. Lauren and Ms. Yadira

 
 

 

Cactus Wren

Hello Cactus Wren Families,

It has been such an amazing few weeks in April. The children are enjoying receiving lessons from our Practice Teachers Ms. Laura and Ms. Sarah. They bring such a great energy to the classroom with new songs, games, and their own special teaching flare.

We have been busy discussing recycling, reusing, repurposing, composting, litter, and Earth Day (April 22) and how we can be good stewards of the plant earth. On Friday, April 20th, we plan on taking a nature walk around campus and pick up trash.

Our Spring Social is on Monday, May 7th and our theme is “Spring Fling with a twist of rainbow.” I hope everyone gets a chance to attend and spend some well deserved down time with our lovely community. I look forward to seeing you there!!

With peaceful thoughts,

Ms. Johna and Miss Eugenia

 
 

 

Jackrabbit 

What a wonderful month we have had. The children have really grown a lot and with this beautiful weather they are completely enjoying the outdoor environment. Thank you to Mrs. Ginger, Catie’s mom, who is an expert on gardens. She came to plant more fruits and vegetables in our former sad garden, which is now looking beautiful! The children are very proud of it and make sure to water all the seeds everyday. Thank you also to Mrs. Mahsa, Rose’s mom, for sharing with the children a lesson about Persian New Year. She brought a beautiful tray with all the items that represented their cultural celebration. We would also love to thank all the families who were able to attend the monthly Parent Nights. It is wonderful to be able to share with you what we do in the classroom and how the Montessori materials work. 

As the end of the school year is soon approaching us, we are looking forward to continue to observe the children grow and enjoy this explosion of work that is happening in our classroom.

Warm Regards,

Ms. Marcela and Ms. Dinora

 
 

 

Bobcat

Oh Joy! Spring is here!  This past month has been a very exciting one!  We have welcomed some new friends to our environment from the toddler classroom and we are all busy getting acquainted with one another and showing the ways of the classroom.

This month our baking recipe is cinnamon rolls.  As part of this work the children are required to grind a fresh cinnamon stick for the recipe.  With this more involved recipe we have definitely experienced a few trial and errors.  This is always good to encourage the try, try again attitude.  The aroma from the oven in our classroom is truly divine!  

We also have welcomed our new Bobcat lead, Ms. Julia, with big, open arms.  It has been such a  delight having her in the classroom and we are just so excited that she gets to spend a whole month and a half with us before the complete transition to lead.  Yay!

With love~

Ms. Carmen and Ms. Liz

 
 

 

 

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