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Let There Be Peace: Winter Festival 2014

December 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Winter Festival is an Evergreen tradition since 1978 in which we celebrate love and warmth, friendship and light. This year’s theme is particularly poignant in view of recent events in schools around the world.

We are grateful to Music Director Caitlin Garry for leading the music portion of the program, Primary Teacher Rebecca Tobin for coordinating the art exhibit, Lourdes Barden Sims for coordinating the reception, Lourdes Buenaflor for the program, book drive and logistics, and all our wonderful parent volunteers!

Have a wonderful holiday and joyful New Year.

Regards,
John DeMarchi

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The Montessori Holiday Guide

December 1, 2014 Leave a comment

Montessori holiday guideNow that we’re in the holiday season, it’s time to start thinking about ways to enjoy this special– but challenging– time with your children.

 
While most of the holiday commercialism runs counter to many of our families’ principles, it can seem nearly impossible to shield our children from the excesses of the season.

 

I wish you all the best in the weeks ahead and encourage you to keep in mind the insights we’ve learned from Montessori– chiefly these: children crave authentic, child-scaled activities including hands-on work like puzzles, cooking and crafts; they love creative play and movement; children hunger for books rich with language and images;  they live for making music and quiet moments, routine, family and togetherness most of all.

 

Enjoy this special time with your family!

Regards, John DeMarchi

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