Teaching Children "Soft Skills"


While the ultimate goal of parenting is to prepare these little humans to be successful, happy, and fulfilled adults it seems that more and more, parents are taking the opportunity away for their children to develop the skills necessary to accomplish goals of lifelong success, happiness and fulfillment.  The terms "helicopter parenting" and "overprotective" become more and more frequent and, as an educator I have seen the negative impact of this shift on my students over the years.  As a mom, though, I am mostly unsure how to avoid it.  I want to give my kiddos every opportunity and worry that the things they miss will have a great impact.  This article by Peter Davidson (Mariamontessori.com) is really wonderful in reminding us that "soft skills" are the things our kiddos really need in their tool box to successfully and confidently pursue lives of happiness and fulfillment (let alone be successful college students!)Happy...
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Chaperoning During Winter Sports


Chaperoning during Winter Sports is a great way to get your Parent Volunteer Hours in. It is also challenging, rewarding, and a lot of fun; however, there are certain guidelines and expectations to adhere by. Firstly, as a Winter Sports Program Chaperone you will have multiple duties. These duties include helping to keep the peace and monitor the students for safety issues and concerns. Some safety issues to keep in mind while chaperoning are:Head Counts: Please keep a sharp eye on the students coming and going from the school to the bus, bus to the Cottonwood Room, Cottonwood Room to the restrooms, etc. Please ensure all students are wearing their helmets and goggles. If a student has forgotten one of those items, please let the two Winter Sports Program representatives know and they, in turn, will get that item from an instructor. If following a Ski School Group on the mountain, please ensure the...
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All School Science Assembly




  Janis Cantwell presenting at the University of Utah's Faraday Chemistry LecturesThis Spring our Elementary students will participate in a Science Fair. To gear up for the fair, we will be hosting an All-School Science Assembly. We will have Janis Cantwell, Early Childhood parent to triplets, no less, and the Hostess to the University of Utah's Faraday Chemistry Lectures presenting along with co-worker, Holly Sebahar, Early Childhood parent.We are excited to be able to get together as an entire school "family" and celebrate each other and reconnect with the diversity of students across programs. We speak so often of community building and this is one way the youngest children get to see and interact with the oldest children. It is also a wonderful for the teachers to be able to all be together with their students and each other as a whole group. The Faraday Chemistry Lectures are fabulous, exciting, and entertaining and a...
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β€œTo consider the school as a place where instruction is given is one point of view.But to consider the school as preparation for life is another.  In the latter case the school must satisfy all the needs of life.”–      Maria Montessori  The mission of the Montessori Community School is to provide a rich, educational experience that guides and nurtures the natural unfolding of the whole individual and inspires a lifetime passion for learning and peace.The Montessori Community School has been established to encourage and promote the intellectual, physical and social development of children. The Montessori philosophy emphasizes the development of the child in a carefully prepared environment.  A prepared environment is one in which the child is able to develop freely at his or her own pace, unhindered in the spontaneous unfolding of his or her natural capacities. This occurs through the manipulation of a graded series of self-correcting materials designed to...
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