"Our mission is to direct each child towards meeting his or her own needs within a prepared environment that encourages independence, respect, and self-sufficiency.
Our goal is to create for each child within a nurturing environment overseen by AMI trained staff - a philosophy of learning which will enable him or her to confront higher conceptions and meet the needs of development as well as provide as education for life".
by Katrina Schwartz, MindShift/KQED
When students use their bodies in t eh learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly
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9/25/15 Reprinted with permission from Katrina Schwartz, MindShift/KQED. No part of this publication may be repro-
Play is an important part of our learning experience.
9/25/15 Reprinted with permission from NPR's TED Radio Hour. No part of this publication may be repro-
| DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION URGES FAMILIES TO JUST TAKE 20
~ Launches literacy campaign to help families read 20 minutes a day ~
Last week, the Florida Department of Education launched the Just Take 20 literacy campaign to support K-12 Florida families with practical, easy-to-implement activities to add 20 minutes of reading to their day. Research says that children who read at least 20 minutes a day outside of the classroom do better in school and in life. Just Take 20 gives families tips and activities to integrate reading easily into daily life.
For more information about the Just Take 20 family literacy campaign, visit JustTake20.org.
Elementary Morning Chat Summary from 9/17/15
This language program contains interpretive activities that indirectly enable the children to become more aware
This stimulates their curiosity about a text and encourages exploration of new ideas through writing. They will have practice with a variety of reading and thinking skills:
JGB offers amazing reading selections, which are rich in both ideas and vocabulary while covering many genres and works from a variety of cultures.
First, a reading is done at school. This gives the children the opportunity to absorb the material on an imaginative, as well as an emotional, level. They do not have to worry about decoding, fluency or comprehension on their own at that time. They begin to reflect on the story and begin to formulate questions.
In the 6-9 class, the next step is as follows: both the children and the parents will be asked to do three additional readings- 1. done by the child only, 2. done by the parent only, and 3. both the parent and child take turns reading together. Repeated exposure to the text promotes fluency in reading, as well as comprehension. Children can acquire new vocabulary and learn to derive word meanings from context clues.
Multiple readings also make it possible for students who are not yet fluent readers to work on equal footing with the rest of their friends and peers. This shared group discussion is based on the idea that many minds working together can discover and uncover more than one individual working alone; especially given the complex stories introduced by the Junior Great Books program. Knowing that there are no right or wrong answers, the children will collaborate and share their ideas and thoughts. They may have different answers or points of view but they are taught to respect others’ views, ways of thinking and opinions. When they listen to others, they may be able
Sometimes sharing the answers to questions during the group allows the children to clear up any misunderstandings of the story. They learn that listening to other peoples’ opinions and reactions is an important part of developing one’s own thoughts.
There is a writing component which is a natural compliment to the reading experience. The emphasis at first is not on the final product. The writing is used to assist the children to think and use it as a means to help understand the overall story, the characters, the theme and their own thoughts based on their personal life experiences. After the discussion, the children have time to refine/revise and edit their ideas with attention to tense, spelling, grammar rules and sentence flow.
The Junior Great Books program also helps establish the concept of “deadlines” and helps the children develop the ability to set up time management skills and how to prioritize. They learn to do their best work independently; relying not on the facilitators but each other.
This work continues into the 9-12 class. Here J.G.B. is worked on all year long and is now done all in school, not
There is an emphasis now on written language in the Upper Elementary. In the Fourth and Fifth years, the students have a workbook, which has writing exercises and activities. This is preparing them for the Sixth year, where the emphasis is on writing essays. There is no longer a workbook or prepared pages at the this level. As our “Chat” participants saw, the Sixth Years have a box of JGB, with ideas for essay preparation.
These stories are works of Literature which is on grade level and satisfies various components of the Common Core Standards.
Coastal Cleanup Day with P.S.O.
on Sept. 19th at Davis Island was a great success!
Thank you to all who were able to turn out for our cleanup event.
We had a great time and made a difference in our community.
Here are two photos of some of our hard workers in action.
If you have would like to find out more about our PSO, please contact Tanya King @ 813-843-0140 phone or text. Email the PSO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montessori Children's House Parent Social Organization
The MCH P.S.O.is to create a sense of camaraderie and friendship between parents and families of Montessori Children's House of Hyde Park by means of organizing social activities and events.
Our email address is email@example.com.
Our first event is Coastal Cleanup Day!
Saturday, September 19th
8:30 AM –12:00 PM at Davis Island
(south end of Island-near dog parks/beach/sailing)
We’ll be there from 8:30 until 12. Stop by when you can!
This is a fun, community-service event for all ages. We form groups and head out to pick up trash along Davis Island beaches and waterways.
Garbage bags and gloves are provided.
We recommend you wear hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray and closed-toe shoes.
If you have questions, please contact Tanya King @813-843-0140 phone or text.
Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you there!
Hot Lunches are here!
Hot lunches have returned to
Montessori Children's House of Hyde Park.
We will use two vendors for our optional hot lunch program.
On Thursdays, students will be able
to enjoy delicious meals from Evos.
Parents now have the flexibility of ordering one week and/or multiple weeks at a time. The weekly Sunday midnight deadline is for the upcoming week only. Additionally, if parents forget to order by Sunday, they can still place a late order up until 7am the day of service but the only menu option at that point is the 3pc chicken strips for $10.
Click here to see details on how to order from Evos website.
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, students will be able to
enjoy meals from Wholesome Tummies Cafe.
Click here to see details on how to order from WTCafe.
NEW UNIFORM INFORMATION
For the 2014-2015 school year,
We will be using Risse Brothers Uniforms on South Armenia as our uniform supplier.
The store offers a large quantity of items in stock, as well as dressing rooms for your child to try on items prior to purchasing to ensure a good fit.