NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 3, 2016, as National Teacher Appreciation Day and May 1 through May 7, 2016, as National Teacher Appreciation Week. I call upon students, parents, and all Americans to recognize the hard work and dedication of our Nation's teachers and to observe this day and this week by supporting teachers through appropriate activities, events, and programs.
Click the apple, above, for the full proclamation - a worthwhile read.
Find out how healthy, happy, and invigorated learning happens joyfully and easily, in Finland. (click photo)
Discovery Montessori School
SUBSTITUTE NEEDED NOW
Our 2 early childhood classes continue on a school year schedule until June 17. One class has anticipated travel by each of the team teachers. One may be on an emergency trip for the rest of April. The other is on a planned trip for her family during most of May.
Class meets 8:30-3:30 Monday to Friday. Teacher schedules are 7:45-3:45.
Our immediate need is for a classroom assistant who can fill in for either teacher. We would hope for someone with classroom experience and most of the Montessori teacher course as a foundation. We can consider a part time schedule on some days or a shared position as long as we can build some continuity. The other school staff can do some shifting of responsibilities to provide support of the class and of any new substitute.
SUMMER SESSION TEACHERS & SCHOOL ASSISTANTS
Our Summer Session will start June 20-July 1 – include summer staff planning from July 5-8 – and continue July 11 to August 19. We expect to rotate staff during part of the summer and include introduction of any new teachers for the 2016-2017 School year. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who seeks a school year position.
We continue one early childhood class with ongoing and new children, providing lessons to continue skills and also introductory experiences for the new children. Gardening is a part of our summer learning.
The other class in our summer session is our Summer K group of graduates. They meet with their own teacher in their own classroom and take their own outings. This is a transitional experience toward their departure to elementary school in the fall. The lead teacher and assistant would be working with these children at the upper level of Montessori early childhood materials and incorporating a broader experience in their curriculum.
OUR SCHOOL SETTING is in a church building with playground and garden on site and the public library across the street. We are on the #24 bus line and make several simple outings for walks and into Discovery Park. We provide a Happy Feet soccer experience for our summer children in the sports field across the alley.
Our school seeks to expand the cultural experience of children through a diverse and talented staff. We also offer supervision of internship for teachers pursuing a credential.
Please contact the school by email or phone to request an interview.
We thank you for your interest in our school,
Salaried Montessori Internships
Shining Stars Montessori Academy, located in Washington, DC, is seeking a Primary (ages 3-6) Lower Elementary (6-9) and Upper Elementary (ages 9-12) interns to join their expanding staff. Candidates must be enrolled in a Montessori certification program and eligible to work in the United States.
Compensation: Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.
How to Apply:
Seed to Fruit...and Cherry Blossoms
In Japan, the cherry blossoms (sakura) are beginning to bloom in full force and on through early May...such a spectacular site! This event is celebrated throughout Japan with cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami) under the trees. Blossoms range in color from white, pink, and yellow as well as 5 to 100 pedals per bud!
As a precursor, Yoko Mori, UMA student from Tokyo (to graduate this April!), shares with us her "seed-to-fruit" theme set up on her classroom Science Table. Branches shown are lemon, rose, juneberry, persimmon, apricot, crabapple, and cherry.
Thank you, Yoko, for sharing!
The Adult's Responsibility
“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and ... by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his/her mission.” Dr. Maria Montessori
To Be or Not to Be?
A new way to look at "You can be anything you want to be." Not necessarily what you might have thought!
The Emperor Penguin
GREAT idea for an Antarctica/Penguin theme!
UMA graduate Jeanna Harris, owner of Cornerstone Montessori School in Silverdale, WA, shares:
"This morning the children compared their height to the actual height of an Emperor Penguin. The average adult Emperor is 4 feet tall and 90 pounds!"
Where/how did you obtain that beautiful mural?
"One of my student's mom made it for me. She used prismacolor colored pencils and sharpie marker, on heavy paper. I had it laminated so we can use it for years to come!"
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Jeanna!
Patterning and Sequencing Cards
UMA teacher-in-training, Tamara Stoll from Oregon, shares her lovely original project, to be placed in the pre-language area of her classroom.
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Teachers, Homeschoolers & Parents
The Montessori community is friendly, encouraging, and helpful. There is a genuine understanding that any healthy promotion of the child is good for society—we all learn from those who are willing to share with others.
So fix yourself a nice warm cup of coffee or tea. Find a quiet moment this weekend and enjoy some thoughtful and insightful words to inspire you as a Montessori homeschooler, teacher, and parent.