There are no shortage of books and articles advising us that our digital native children are becoming addicted, detached, or distracted by their digital devices, or, alternately, that this technology is offering children new opportunities for creativity and broader, positive, social engagement. Regardless of our own point of view about the use of technology, our children need our guidance to navigate it’s use.
Head Teacher & Montessori Guide
Some of the lessons this week included positive and negative space, different ways of combining solutions and mixtures, phases of the moon…
Skylarr’s family brought us five gorgeous orange cauliflowers. We made roasted cauliflower soup that was out of this world. Here is the recipe that your child could definitely make for the family for dinner:
Some of the lessons I presented were abstract long division, parts of a woody stem, other types of stems, gender nouns, the food chain, math facts, polygons, introduction to the leaf, types of lines, parts of a line, verb charades, singular and plural nouns, parts of a leaf, felting, multiples, rhythm sticks, and the crust, mantle, and core…
We have been talking quite a bit lately at school about reading, writing and screens. Over the past 16 years of teaching and especially in the last five years, I have seen a significant change in the way that children are processing language in both reading and writing…
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.”
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’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.
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.