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Lunchtime for Toddlers Featured
Our toddlers love lunchtime! They are always curious to see what each friend brings.
They are responsible for getting their lunch out of their cubby and preparing their food (with assistance from teachers when needed).
When lunch is finished, our toddlers are able to pack up their lunchbox, clean up their eating space, and return their lunchbox to their cubby. What darling, responsible little ones we have here at MCS!
Lynn Bandley has been a very important member of our MCS community for 20 years. Her grace and beauty will live in our hearts and we plan to share memories of her with her family and the many whose lives she touched through her contributions at MCS. Please join us!
"Celebration of Lynn's Life"
Monday, July 14th, 2014 @7:00pm
For all who would like to celebrate Lynn
(Babes in arms and children able to sit for an extended time welcome)
Green Space at MCS
(Wear comfortable clothing)
6:30pm - video of Lynn's life will be shown in the lobby (repeated throughout the evening)
7:00pm - Short program followed by Open Mic.
We invite you to share your memories and well wishes for Lynn's family and friends.
An opportunity to write your thoughts, well wishes and memories will be provided.
We will provide some chairs and blankets but invite families to bring their own blankets as well.
We had originally intended to invite attendees to bring light refreshments but have decided
to keep the focus on Lynn and her family.
In Loving Memory of Lynn Bandley Featured
Lynn Bandley worked with us at our schools for almost twenty years and her contributions to all of our staff, our children and their families are immeasurable. We have felt at a loss without her since she had to take a medical leave but always hoped for the miracle of her recovery. We will miss her so much. She was such a huge blessing in all of our lives.
Lynn's funeral will be held this Friday, July 11th 2014 at 11am at the Salt Lake Rose Park North Stake Center that is located at 1155 N. 1200 West Salt Lake City UT, with a viewing prior from .
There will also be a viewing the evening before - Thursday, July 10th 2014, at the Mountain View Memorial Mortuary located at 3115 E. 7800 South, Cottonwood Heights, from .
Because Lynn was such an important member of our community we will host a "Celebration of Lynn's Life" at our school and that is planned for beginning at . At the celebration we will have an open mic and anyone who wishes will have the opportunity to speak. Although we know how much Lynn loved all of our students, because this ceremony may extend to two hours or more we are asking that only children who can sit still for that time period attend. At the beginning of the academic year we will have a small ceremony to celebrate Lynn with the children.
We will be giving any updates about the Celebration on our school website www.mcsslc.com and also on our school Facebook page. We will outline the location of the event (it most likely will be held on the Green Space and if so, we would encourage you to wear comfortable clothing as some people may be sitting on blankets on the lawn). We also might invite those who wish to, to bring light refreshments for after the ceremony, during which time you would have the opportunity to mingle with Lynn's family and/or one another.
MCS Early Childhood Summer Camp Featured
Our Early Childhood students had a really fanstastic time the first summer session. The children who are new to the program are fitting in nicely and getting settled. The field trips and splash/bounce days have been a success and even with a little cold weather, camp is a huge success!
MCS Elementary Summer Camp Featured
Our Toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, are having a very busy and productive summer. We are always amazed at these little ones and all they are capable of!
MCS still has space in our Toddler program for fall. Give us a call to schedule a tour and learn more about the magic of Montessori at the Toddler level.
Life Can Be Messy... Featured
This article made me smile. As a parent I often have a difficult time seeing past my own expectations of how things should be. Spills, messes, fighting...they make me crazy and I forget that my boys are simply practicing, in the safety of my home, how to manage these simple realities of life in preparation for the bigger and greater things that are in their (hopefully very bright) futures. While I appreciate pristine floors and the sounds of laughter and kindess amongst my three children, I am trying each day to embrace their journey and experience. My hope for them is that when I allow them to really experience mistakes and explore solutions on their own, they are experiencing a gift that they will carry with them always. I hope you enjoy this blog post from a fellow Montessorian as much as I did...Click here.
Nature Education Featured
Montessori Community School offers a unique outdoor education program at each level. We value the opportunity for children to become stewards over the earth and explore their natural environment. You can read more about our Outdoor Classroom and Great Outdoors programs here.
"The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work."- Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
Ms. Kay Burgoyne, our new Early Childhood Teacher, ran the Utah Valley Marathon on June 14th. This was her first full marathon, finishing in 5 hours 39 minutes and 13 seconds. Kay ran 26.2 miles. When asked about the expereince, Kay told us, "I was so happy to accomplish a lifetime goal that I thought I never would be able to do!".
"A teacher, therefore, who would think that he could prepare himself for his mission through study alone would be mistaken. The first thing required of a teacher is that he be rightly disposed for his task." - Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood
Many of you already know Ms. Kay as one of our Toddler Teacher Assistants. This coming school year Ms. Kay will step back into an Early Childhood classroom. Kay discovered Montessori in 1983 while living in Princeton, New Jersey when a friend observed her way of raising children and suggested working in a Montessori school. She observed a school, agreed completely and has been working in Montessori schools ever since. She began as a Toddler Assistant in a school in Princeton. In 1995 she finally was able to take her Montessori training in London, England at the Maria Montessori Training Organization (AMI) for ages 2 ½ – 6 year olds. She completed her BA degree at Chaminade University in Honolulu in Early Childhood education. We are so happy to have Kay with us and to be able to celebrate this accomplishment in her life. She is such a true example of implementing Montessori Philosophy, not only in the classroom, but in her life.
Many working parents are looking for a safe and healthy environment for their very young children. Options for child care are limitless and varied in what they have to offer a young child. However, current research shows us that the most crucial part of a child's development happens in the unconcscious absorbent mind, from 0-3 years old. That being said, why wouldn't any nurturing parent want the most prepared and beneficial environment for their child? This article, Montessori Infant-Toddler Programs; The Best Beginning, from The Montessori Way will help you determine if a Montessori Toddler program is the best fit for your child.
"This is a time of great sensitivity to language, spatial relationships, music, art, social graces and so much more. If, during this time, the mind is stimulated by the child's exposure to a rich environment, the brain will literally develop a much stronger and lasting ability to learn and accomplish." Read more...
The most beautiful thing about this video is that while Jackson might be an exceptional child, his documented experience (shown below) is not the exception....it is a true example of what happens in a Montessori Early Childhood classroom! As you watch, take note of his independence and self-direction. Pay close attention to his interaction with teachers and peers and opportunities for collaboration balanced with independent work time (and don't forget about his community contributions.) Watch him choose a variety of activities in a variety of areas of the classroom and notice how he cleans up every piece of material before choosing a new activity!
These are all life skills that a child in an Early Childhood Montessori Classroom has the opportunity to experience simply by being in a prepared environment with a loving guide.
MCS is still accepting applications for the 2014 - 2015 Academic Year. Schedule a tour today!