Independence and Relationship in a Montessori Classroom By Heather Gray This week has been Teacher Appreciation Week. The Walnut Farm Parent Association has been showering the staff and faculty with gifts from around the world. You may have seen the plans on the beautifully designed hand out; each day of the week was made special […]

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Music Notes By Lynette Goss, Curriculum Specialist and Music Teacher Music is a great love in my life, so much so that I originally studied to be a music teacher before discovering the Montessori method. Lucky for me, I get to share both music and the Montessori method at Walnut Farm!  In addition to my […]

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The Purpose of the Outdoor Classroom By Tony Pusey, Outdoor Classroom Teacher Have you ever asked yourself, “What’s the purpose of an outdoor classroom? Isn’t it just a structured playground?” Or “Why is it important to your child’s learning here at Walnut Farm?”  More importantly, “What benefits do my son or daughter gain from being […]

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A Visit from Marta Donahoe By Heather Gray   Teacher preparation, training, accreditation and continued professional development for the educator are at the foundation of an authentic Montessori classroom. Montessori’s vision of the teacher is multi-faceted, and, like the method itself, holistic in nature. The teacher is one who is at once “precise like that […]

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Practicing Presence with Elementary Students By Mary Donahoe   January takes its name from the Roman god Janus, the god of “gateways and beginnings.” It naturally follows that each New Year is an opportunity for us to reflect upon our past and explore the idea of endings and beginnings.  What were the peaks and valleys? […]

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Mindful Listening with the Toddlers By Whitney Kimbro, Head Teacher, Toddler A During our recent visit with Marta Donahoe, she spoke with us about being mindful listeners and how to communicate with one another. These are things we should work on with our toddlers as well, especially during this time when they are at such […]

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Mindful Communication with Primary Students By Azusa Crawford, Head Teacher, Primary A   On the staff’s first day back at school for 2019, Walnut Farm staff had a wonderful opportunity to work on Mindful Communication with the 2019 American Montessori Society Living Legacy recipient, Marta Donahoe. What an inspiring and appropriate start of the New […]

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Children and Media Time By Lynette Goss Children and the effects of media time is a hot topic these days.  Plenty of opinion, commercialism and actual scientific research are all over the internet. There are tablets being offered to many schools’ kindergarteners, numerous applications for tablets taunting their educational benefits, and even applications that claim […]

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A Message from the Spanish Teacher By Perla Delgado   We always hear that a child’s mind is like a sponge, and Maria Montessori often referred to young children as having “Absorbent Minds.” On a basic level, language is all about distinguishing between different sounds. Children pick up on language by simply being exposed to […]

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Montessori and Home-School Connections By Heather Gray   A few weeks into the new school year, we had a Parent Education Night at Walnut Farm.  The focus of the evening was “Cultivating a Montessori Mindset at Home” and teachers and parents gathered and brainstormed with about how to meaningfully set up the home in a […]

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