We cannot believe the last week of school is upon us. What a wonderful year it has been for our community. The bonds are unbreakable, the roots are strong and there is so much to look forward to. In the Gray Fox CH, there has been a lot of talk about the third years Flying Up to Elementary and what that means. They were so excited to visit the Coyote class and continuously demonstrate their vast capabilities. 

 
 

I deeply encourage you to re-visit and re-read past blog posts. This is a way to begin to digest the processes of the child as they develop sequence and independence. Furthermore, you can witness the development of concentration which is the fundamental preface to complex understanding and logic. Dr. Montessori observed that the children who develop this ability are immensely happy.

And whoever is happy will make others happy too.
— Anne Frank

This is something that a Montessori guide observes day after day. Given the opportunity to explore and expand his interest the child's experience is almost euphoric. Concentration and joyful engagement is a solid foundation of mind-body integration supporting the nervous system. 

We seek for each child to develop engagement and concentration with the materials. When observing joyful engagement we can see the outward indications: The eyes are focussed on the task. The hands are on the task, and active. Some children stick out their tongues when they concentrate. Breathing is relaxed. Sometimes at the critical point of concentration the child will hold her breath. Some children will make white-noise sounds when they concentrate while others self-talk. When a child is joyfully engaging, we notice effective use of language or means to communicate needs, alertness, energy, active processing, recall and a sense of emotional stability.
— Paula Leigh-Doyle

With this principle in mind, I find it crucial to revisit the difference between concentration and stimulation before we dive into summer. Your child has likely developed the ability to joyfully engage and concentrate with intent, deliberation and control. The correlation between the Montessori environment and home is crucial. It is important to keep in mind that the brain is in constant dance with the environment. The qualities of the environment (beauty, order, reality, simplicity and accessibility) lead to self effort and consciousness. Movement is an important part as is promotion of cognitive development and self-control. Joyful engagement and concentration is DIFFERENT than stimulation which promotes work from the child for ipad and screen time. Technology does not promote respect as eye contact and human interaction is missing. Less stimulation causes more reality, which allows more clarity. So, let's get outside and have a commercial free summer! 

 
 

We cannot thank you enough for your support and most of all TRUSTING and GIFTING us with your child. We appreciate this community with our whole hearts! 

Warmly, 

Ms. Lauren and Ms. Leydi 

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AuthorLauren Marques