What a great time we had at Foster Farm on Saturday, October 15.  The children enjoyed playing on the pirate ship, patting the alpacas and sheep and hurling pumpkins through the air to smash onto targets far, far away!  Parents got to meet parents and exchange stories and information and to just have fun admiring the children together.  It was just what we hope for... families getting together ...building community.   

This week in Room 169 we will cut open the pumpkin we got at Foster Farm. We will spoon out the seeds, wash them, roast them and eat them. Then we will bake the pumpkin meat, mash it and make pumpkin bread.  It all sounds a lot like the story of the Little Red Hen.
 


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Megan Harte
10/18/2011 10:08

I just wanted to say Thank You to everyone that attended this event. It was so much fun to see all the kids running around and playing outside of school. I really enjoyed planning this event and making it happen and can not wait for the next room activity!

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    This is my ninth year as a Montessori Primary Guide at MMS.  I was honored to be in the first graduating class of the Montessori Training Center of New England. MTCNE is an AMI Training Center that is located here on the Learning Corridor Campus. 

    I was drawn to the   Montessori Philosophy because it is the way that I live my life.  Maria Montessori believed that children need to be close to nature and to learn about real things. I love nature and find peace and relaxation by living on a pond. Every day, I enjoy the turtles, heron, geese and the beauty of nature. I also practice Yoga.  It is a graceful and peaceful way of keeping me flexible and strong both physically and spiritually. 

    Like Montessori, I have a deep respect for the genius and miracle of the child.  I have always been fascinated by how we learn and in finding ways to help individuals meet their optimal potential. A key aspect of the Montessori Method is to become a keen observer of the child.  There is nothing I love more than to watch an individual child explore and to identify the unique way that learning takes place.  I constantly read and learn about the way that the brain works and try to find techniques to support a child’s growth.  

    For me, creating the prepared environment is one of the joys of being a Montessori guide.  I love to quilt, do crafts and make things look beautiful.  I have made many of the materials in our classroom and totally enjoy working with the children to create our garden with herbs and flowers that we use in the classroom.  Cooking with the children is also something that I love to do. 

    The Montessori philosophy emphasizes peace, grace and courtesy, control of the will, independence, individuality, nature, creativity and exploration.  These characteristics provide a foundation that is important for the child and also provides my center.


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