In early September 2013, Montessori Community School of Salt Lake City will complete installation of one of the largest private solar energy systems in the state. When completed, the large 52.2 kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) array, will create enough electricity to provide most of the school’s energy needs throughout the year.
To add to the energy efficiency of the system, 197 Enphase micro-inverters (one per solar panel) are used to optimize energy output by working independently to harvest each panel’s potential, thereby mitigating the affects that periodic shade, snow and other factors may have on the collectors. A monitor screen in the school will be able to track the system's performance in real time as a learning tool for students and as a special interest feature for parents and interested public.
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Summer time and the livin's easy....UNLESS your child is set to spend the majority of their summer in front of a screen of some kind. The statistics regarding children and screen time are absolutely FRIGHTENING these days. Click here or here to read more about the ill effects of too much screen time. The American Academy of Pediatrics have strongly suggested that children are over-exposed but we live in a society that thrives on ipods, ipads, iphones, video gaming, and more....
Our kids are growing up in a generation that doesn't quite know how to function without a screen right at their fingertips. My boys and I just moved to a new house and have been without television or internet for a month. I kept delaying the process of getting us "connected" until the other night while I sat on my porch watching my boys (ages 10, 8 and 5) play a game of "pick up" ball. They used a plastic pipe as a bat, a tennis ball, and several other random objects as bases. There were no gloves. But, they laughed, chatted, and created rules for their new game in ways that my three competitive sons rarely do with one another. It was a beautifully decisive moment for me when I considered that if we had television and/or the internet as an option one of them would most likely be inside glued to a device. We will be officially "disconnected" this summer.
As parents, we can see the changes happening in our children physically on an almost daily basis. My middle son literally grows out of shoes in about 3 weeks time. (His toes are as long as my fingers.) What we might not be as connected to is the emotional, spiritual, and philisophical growth that they are experiencing. These aren't always as easy to spot as the physical changes but they definitely exist. Montessori spoke very clearly about the connection between the child's hand and brain. If our children are to develop at their fullest potential, they need to MOVE.
The Spiritual Preparation of the Montessori Teacher
The curriculum and the philosophy of Montessori are both based on her careful observation of individuals. As she watched the children develop and explore their environment she brought essentials in to the environment that would support their natural development. This action clearly supports her theory that entering a classroom and guiding a child in their development as a whole person means the teacher must be well prepared. The teachers personal preparation and commitment to the students and their paths is extremely important. Maria Montessori was the ultimate example of careful observation, preparation and honoring the spirit of the child. But, as anyone who has participated in a Montessori training program can attest to, that preparation is necessary of any Montessori teacher.
"(Parents) alone can and must save their children. Their consciences must feel the force of the mission entrusted to them by nature for...in their hands lies positively the future of humanity, life."Maria Montessori
The philosophy of Montessori has, at some point, called to each one of us. Over the years I have seen parents and teachers "fall for" Montessori for a variety of reasons and with a variety of intentions or hopes for its outcome. Whatever the reason we chose this particular journey, it has probably become as clear to you as it has to me that a Montessori education is bigger than the 8 hours a day that our children spend inside the walls of Montessori Community School. Our children are coming home with the ability to think with initiative and innovation. They have the desire to extend their learning outside the classroom. From the time they are small, children are naturally learning. They begin life touching and tasting everything in their path in an effort to learn as much as they can about their environment. For a child who has been in a Montessori environment, their desire for knowledge has not changed much from the time they were infants. They seek knowledge everywhere they go!