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As parents of children in the primary classroom begin to ponder where their child will go to school next year, we would like to offer some websites that may help with their decision. Of course, we encourage all families to continue on the Montessori path to the extent that it is offered in their community. However, this is a big commitment and one that should be made with a full comprehension of what the Montessori method can offer a child after the primary years. When a child enters the elementary classroom in the first year, he will see many familiar materials, along with new and more advanced works, in a beautiful and carefully arranged environment. As he learns how to further his understanding of these familiar materials in a more advanced instruction, his mind opens to the many possible concepts that have culminated from the basic ideas introduced in the primary classroom. Even children with no previous Montessori exposure will thrive in a Montessori elementary classroom. While meeting all the age appropriate core requirements of a public school setting, the Montessori classroom allows the child time to go deep into a subject for optimum comprehension through long uninterupted work periods and varied curriculum choices. First hand accounts are the best testimony to what happens when children further their Montessori education into the elementary years. Please take a look at the following links to read more... and see for yourself and schedule an observation by calling the office today, 432-837-2173: http://www.montessori.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=328:why-we-chose-montessori-elementary&catid=52:choosing&Itemid=41 http://leportschools.com/blog/five-differences-that-enable-montessori-elementary-students-to-thrive/ http://mariamontessori.com/mm/?page_id=485
As our semester quickly draws to a close, we take a moment to look up and take stock of our year. The primary classroom is bustling with life and singing joyous songs every day no matter the season. The elementary classroom is full of exploration and inquisitive minds. We are all truly grateful to know the children and families in our Alpine Montessori family.
We will celebrate the upcoming holidays with a program at the Granada Theater on December 17th at 6:30 p.m. The children should arrive no later than 6:15 to get prepared for their performance. Grandparents and friends are welcome to attend as we enjoy songs and performances from our primary and elementary children.
Speaking of new beginnings, are you shopping for a new electricity provider for the new year? If you are thinking of going with Green Mountain, use our link to sign up! Alpine Montessori School gets credits for your usage and it costs nothing extra to you. Follow this link and share it with friends to get rate comparisons and sign up today http://repsite2.gmrep.com/?RepID=3807
This is the last official week of summer though for many of us it seems it ended on the first day of school. But if that's the case then at Alpine Montessori we have officially rebuffed the old thought that with summer goes all the fun. In fact, we are having a wonderful time! New friendships are taking shape, along with new letters, words, numbers, theories... "new" to the little big minds that grace our school every day. This week we got a jump start on tree planting season (we've been counseled that November is the ideal time) and planted a beautiful apricot tree on the playground. There is nothing like planting a tree to help bridge a connection between oneself and the earth and we just couldn't wait to share this experience with the children. The elementary students got their hands dirty as we shoveled, watered, shoveled and watered, pausing every now and then to wave at the onlooking primary students at the window. When all was said and done we stood back and admired what we helped establish. Few in the elementary class will be here long enough to enjoy the shade that this tree will eventually bring to the playground, nor the fruit, but as we so often see here at the Montessori school, it is in the process where lies the reward.
The first day of school is coming up, and the staff are busy getting everything in order. The start of a new year is always exciting, we welcome back old friends and make new ones. Vickie Wilson will be taking the reigns as the director and has big, big plans for our upcoming school year. Our primary classrooms will be led by two certified Montessori teachers, Kristy Webb and Rhea Thomas. Marie returns with new ideas and a fresh eye towards the future with Amy standing beside her ready to learn.
On Friday, August 23rd at 6:00 p.m. we will hold our Parent Orientation. It is very important that at least one parent or family representative attend this meeting, even for those of you who have been a part of our Montessori family for years. We will go over any changes and important guidelines at this meeting, along with answering questions from parents and introducing our new and returning staff members.
Our Amazon campaign is still going strong, if you order online please use the affiliate link at the top of our website before putting the item in your shopping cart and we receive 4-6% of your order to buy new materials for our classroom. In addition, we've started a scholarship campaign to try to help keep our tuition affordable for as many people as possible. Please share it with your friends, give a dollar or give twenty - every dollar counts towards our goal!
All camps run Monday through Friday, 8 AM to Noon and are for children ages 6 to 12.
Register by May 15th for best rate, space is limited to 15 children for each camp!
June 10th - June 21st (2 weeks)
Constructing the Garden — During these two fun-filled weeks the children will not only be learning about plants and gardening but they will also become familiar with the tools of the trade, including those used in the construction of a greenhouse. Marie Heidrick, certified Montessori instructor for grades 1st through 6th, will guide the children through every step of the process. If your child is interested in growing things, likes to work with their hands, and would like to learn how to use tools, then they will love this camp. The class will explore different greenhouses and research what makes a greenhouse so special and how it works, ultimately building one for the school! This camp will incorporate making decisions based on our new found knowledge about the best shape and placement for our greenhouse. This will all be researched and planned with the students. Students will also learn how to work with certain tools involved in the project. Architecturally drawing a plan, measuring all parts, hammering, sawing, using a power drill, painting... life skills that surely won’t go to waste. We also plan to build pots out of wood and craft pots out of clay for the children to take home. $250
June 24th - June 28th (1 week)
Travel on the Energy Bus to Happy, U.S.A!
What gives us energy and happiness as we travel the road of Life? How can we be our own unique self while encouraging others to be their unique self, too? Join Montessori instructor Linda Wright as she steers the Energy Bus through Montessori lesson plans, activities, and projects that help children learn about what it takes to be happy and fulfilled! The children will explore various forms and needs of energy, from the importance of good nutrition and care of the body to conventional and alternative fuel sources and on to conflict resolution through the Montessori Peace Process. Put together, the children learn key components to happy satisfaction in a sometimes confusing world. The Energy Bus makes lots of fun stops along the way to Happy, U.S.A. and your child will walk away with everything she/he needs to navigate their way to happiness. $125
July 1st - July 26th (4 weeks)
Act Up! Sessions I and II
During Alpine Montessori’s “Act Up!” drama camp, Amy Ellis will bring children from ages 6 — 12 together for a month of fun, learning and performance. In Session I, children will begin with games that teach basic theater skills. They will also participate in light yoga, voice exercises and story telling. In the second week they will jump into improvisational acting and learning basic stage direction. Session II is a continuation of the camp, where students will select a play and hold auditions for parts and positions. We will spend these two weeks on rehearsing, building our sets, acquiring props and memorizing our lines with a performance for parents and friends to be held Saturday, July 27th. Session I is a prerequisite for Session II. No camp July 4th. $225 per session.
The primary class will be open all day during these weeks for a limited number of students, please reserve your spot today.
To some, the garden is a place to grow a tasty dinner. For us, the garden is a place to foster the imagination and learning of a child.
The Montessori Method of education involves a lot of hands-on learning and these lessons may not always look the way a traditionally educated person would expect. We believe in real-time, real world lessons that are played out using the objects of life. Instead of learning our math with number symbols, we use beads containing actual amounts and translate those ideas to the symbols. Instead of learning about botany from a dry textbook we touch, smell, and grow our lessons.
The garden provides an opportunity for young children to learn about natural cycles and weather, all stages of plant life, math and even history. It allows them the chance to practice their research and scientific observation skills, to witness life in action and question the why's and what's of it all. Montessori education endeavors to spark this questioning part of the child's mind so that in the future they will know they have the power to search out the truth for themselves, and maybe even make new discoveries that will benefit all of mankind.
The children at Alpine Montessori grow and maintain their own garden areas with the guidance of their teachers. Even if you don't have a large yard, you can extend your child's gardening work to your home. Consider allocating a part of your yard for your child to use as their very own vegetable or flower garden - helping to provide food or beauty for the family gives them a sense of value and pride. If you don't have a yard or have a very small or unsuitable yard, a couple of containers can hold flowers, a tomato plant, or even a trellised squash or bean plant. Whether their garden flourishes or struggles, it will be a learning experience for all involved - ideally a learning experience that will go on for the rest of their lives.
This summer we will be offering themed day camps for the 6-9 year old age range. The camps are scheduled to last half a day and vary in length with the longest being held for a month. The day camps will be accepting non-students as well, but space is limited so be sure to inquire in the office and reserve your spot! We will have further announcements on the themes and the dates for the camps soon, keep your eye on our webpage or "like" us on Facebook to keep in touch.
The primary will be open all day as well, due to space restrictions we will only be accepting current or prospective Montessori students in the primary program and slots ARE limited. Reserve your space now if you know you intend to bring your child during our summer sessions.
Alpine Montessori's board members accepted a $500 donation from Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, presented by Bridgestone representative and Montessori parent Allison Ofenstein, at their January board meeting. As a non-profit school, Alpine Montessori depends on generous donations such as these in order to continue providing and improving on our program.
We have had a joyful fall semester, and as this year draws to a close we want to take the time to reflect on all of the great things we've experienced. We've upgraded our garden space, installed a new stove for the primary class, increased our curriculum through donations and through purchases made possible by fundraisers. We've enjoyed a student-produced play, we've dissected crickets and explored root systems. Our students saw giant bicycle butterflies and passing hot air balloons, they've dined with us for our Thanksgiving luncheon and sang with us in our holiday program. We've toured the Historic Fort in Fort Davis, we've celebrated Dias de los Muertos on Murphy Street. We've learned new words in new languages, and the elementary school has explored our neighborhood as it changed during the fall season during their weekly walks. We watch, we listen, we absorb, we question and we grow.
We have big plans for the coming year, and we'll get it all done with a lot of help from our friends.