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Setting up a Toddler-friendly Home

By Whitney Kimbro Toddlers crave independence and are in a sensitive period for language.  They sometimes have a hard time communicating what is needed, especially if they are tired, hungry, ill or something is just off.  There are usually power struggles in these delicate years.  To help minimize these power struggles, and encourage independence, we […]

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Creating an Elevator Pitch

By Heather Gray, Head of School One of the Walnut Farm Board Members posed that it would serve the school well if we developed a “Walnut Farm Montessori School Elevator Pitch.” When we think about an “elevator pitch” we may envision a scrappy screenwriter scurrying in after an unsuspecting film producer just as the doors […]

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Practical Life in the Upper Elementary Classroom

By Victoria Gaber Upper Elementary children have a strong desire to use their knowledge and abilities in meaningful ways both in and outside of the classroom. That is why it is so important to provide an array of experiences that will utilize children’s learning at home, school, and on field trips or vacations. “Going out” […]

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Hello and happy fall!  We are getting into the swing of the school year and I can feel normalization beginning in Lower Elementary classroom.  Maria Montessori described normalization as a process that occurs over a period of time and requires the child’s total engagement with the materials.  Montessori said, “The children are now working as […]

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The Montessori Method: An Old Remedy for Modern Times

By Rose Netherland Since the birth of the Montessori Method over 100 years ago, Montessori education has continued to grow as a popular and effective method of education all over the world. Since I first dived into the journey of becoming a Montessori teacher I’ve had friends, family and parents asking me questions about this […]

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Bringing Spanish Home

By Perla Delgado Working as a Spanish teacher at Walnut Farm has opened my mind to so many educative thoughts and plans. As a result, the Spanish program is in constant evolution and change. One of my school year objectives this year is to help you to bring Spanish home. To give you a better […]

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Summer Break As I sit and contemplate this school year I have just returned from a breakfast in Paris (in the Primary building lobby). What a wonderful treat this Teacher Appreciation week has been. Walnut Farm has the most supportive and generous families. Thank you. The end of a school year is always bittersweet to […]

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Primary Spring Newsletter Katie Pence Happy (almost) Summer! I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by. We have all enjoyed watching your children grow this school year. As we get ready to part for the summer, here are some fun activities you can do with your children: 1. Have a picnic. Let your […]

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Science in the Elementary Classroom Maria Montessori said, “Our experience with children in elementary schools has shown us that the age between six and twelve years is a period of life during which the elements of all sciences should be given. It is a period that, psychologically, is especially sensitive and might be called the […]

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Transformation of a Toddler Teacher By Kendyll Murray, Toddler A Support Teacher This year has been an exciting growing experience for me. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work toward receiving my Infant/Toddler Credential through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. I knew that I would learn more about the Montessori philosophy and […]

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