SEPTEMBER 2019

This month has been very busy with big projects and global initiatives. The children enjoyed thinking about the peace of the world and researching individuals who helped bring peace! The children were particularly passionate about learning more on natural disasters and finding ways to help provide support or relief to communities faced with such tragedies. The Falcon students held a fundraiser which they researched, planned and executed on their own.

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Lauren Franchek
AUGUST 2019

Our first Great Lesson was presented this week and the children enjoyed hearing this story again or for the first time. This awe-inspiring lesson is the basis of our Cosmic Education Curriculum which helps the children appreciate their place in the universe and their purpose as individuals and as part of our community and the world. This lesson is intended to spark interest about subjects across the curriculum.

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Lauren Franchek
How does the child get motivated in our Elementary Classrooms? 

  An integrated approach allows our children to pursue areas of interest such as History, Geography, Mathematics and Language of music, or connections between art and science, and clearly differs from the traditional model most parents experienced in which the curriculum is compartmentalized into separate subjects, with given topics limited by grade level.

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Ruchira Fernando
Peace Education in Montessori Classrooms

Maria Montessori lived during the time when two disastrous world wars took place and she couldn’t agree with the catastrophic consequences that followed. People devised the means to destroy life on the planet within minutes. During her work with the children she observed that if the natural course of development takes its place such calamitous qualities like aggression and alike were not manifested. Instead she observed that children are naturally peaceful and have inner love to the world, to the environment, they lived in.

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Denis Samarin
The Role of the Assistant in a Montessori Elementary Classroom

In the Montessori classroom, the teacher’s most important task is to prepare a rich environment  and offer students individualized instruction. To be sure this essential aspect of the philosophy is implemented, an assistant is necessary to help prepare the environment, to observe and keep record of children’s behaviors, support their independence, protect their concentration, and model grace and courtesy. A lead Montessori guide would have much difficulty doing all of that while offering individual and small group lessons. Thus, the assistant’s job is to is to assist in maintaining the environment physically, emotionally and spiritually, guided by the guide’s knowledge and needs.

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Denis Samarin
Montessori Method in Elementary

Cosmic Education is primarily dedicated to the child in the second plane of development. Dr. Maria Montessori and her son, Mario after years of observations, carefully designed this method. Dr. Maria Montessori used the term cosmic education for children ages 6 through 12 years. As the children enter the second plane of development, the human tendencies continue to operate, while new physiological characteristics begin to assert themselves:  the emerging power of the imagination, the drive to know the reasons of things, a need for abstraction and intellectual activities, a drive to perform extended and elaborate work, and a focus on issues of morality.

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Ruchira Fernando