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By: Dale Keppler Summer is fast approaching and the school year is coming to a close. It has been a beautiful year, yet with many challenges that led to classroom or school closures. If there is one thing we’ve learned from those, it is that consistency is an important part of a developing child’s day. […]

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Steps to Reading

As teachers we get asked many times “when will my child read?” and there is no right answer to that question. The truth is, reading is a lot more than memorizing symbols. Here is where the science behind the genius in Montessori shows its colors. There are many, and I mean many, things a child […]

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September 2021 Primary Newsletter Article

Hello Primary Families! We hope you have been enjoying your child’s experience as they embark on their new school year.  It is a special child who gets to go to an accredited Montessori school.  This newsletter we focus on the idea of independence for the child written by Jamie Van Horn. “The essence of independence […]

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April 2021 Primary Newsletter Articles

In Montessori environments, we teach and practice three-respects: respect others, respect the environment, and respect yourself. Setting limits with freedom is closely connected to this practice. If you think about what needs to happen for us to get back to “normal,” it is all in these three- respects. We learned how important it is to […]

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The Importance Of The Three-year Cycle

Last week, the afternoon work cycle students (third-year students) and I were looking at the photos I keep in the classroom kitchen. They are the class photos from the past four years. As they chatted about those images, I thought of the first year of the current kindergarteners: how much they have grown physically, how […]

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Normalization period

As the weeks have rapidly passed we have learned more and more about your children. Each child, in very different ways, has opened up to us – some quickly, some slowly – revealing a person, a personality. It is a joy to learn about (your) little humans and the potential they bring to our lives […]

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Happy New Year Dear Families!

With the New Year brings the promise of new things. Resolutions are made and we’re off and running into 2020. I would like to propose an addendum to the resolutions list: a plan to simply do better, specifically in this case, to do better by our children. I recently attended a seminar on parenting and […]

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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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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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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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