Sometimes I write a list of the lesson that were given so that you can get a glimpse into what’s been going on. Each child has not received each of these lessons, nor have I listed them all.
Head Teacher & Montessori Guide
This week we were gifted with the most gorgeous, fresh tomatoes from Sophia’s family garden, so we made salsa. It was very well received and I was actually a bit surprised.
We made beet dip. We talked a lot about beets being maligned due to their unattractive exterior. We noticed all the bad stuff about them. “They’re hairy.” “They smell like dirt.” “They look like fat carrots.”
I have set dates for our Sierra Nevada community social activities for the first part of the school year. Please put them in your calendar so that you can attend as many as possible. These social activities are a great time for all members of the Sierra Nevada families to get to know one another and for the children to have you visit their “home away from home”.
In the Elementary classroom, we purposefully do not give children all of the answers to their questions, but do our best as guides to peak their interests and guide them to find the answers for themselves. In this same vein, we strive to have a few good books and materials in the classroom – just enough to feed their curiosity, but they are by no means exhaustive. Because children at this stage of development are starting to become interested in the wider world, we encourage them to go out into it.
Be assured that I have no need for every child to be able to cook, although that is the main place to start for a healthy adult lifestyle, but all the skills brought about by cooking are related and support more academic work such as holding a pencil (the strength to squeeze a lemon), prioritizing, time management, safety with sharp tools etc.
“…I haven’t quite put my finger on it yet, but right now I can say that it was one of the best first weeks of school I have ever had.”
I’ve planned a different healthy dip to make each day. All will be encouraged to try the dip and to share their impressions. I’ll share the recipes as we taste them.
The new classrooms are set up and ready to go! I spent the week working with and getting to know Robin and Rhiannon. We spent lots of time preparing the classroom and materials so that the children will be able to quickly acclimate and begin their work. Rhiannon and Robin will be fabulous additions to our community and are both very excited to meet your children.
Brian LaTour is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and educator.
He has taught music for Bergamo Montessori School and Woodland Montessori School for the past thirteen years, offering lessons in piano, guitar, double bass cello, electric bass, drum set, and Latin Percussion – including congas, timbales, and bongo.