Weekly update: October 16-20

This week: Congratulations to Casa South for their first place win at the Keene Pumpkin Festival!  All EYES were on their pumpkin 😉
In Casa cooks the children did some more peeling practice! This week was learning how to peel a cucumber. Maybe they will show off their skills at home!
Perhaps the most intriguing part of the week was the presentation from our local Firefighters. We learned about fire safety, protection and that the people under the gear are our FRIENDS and not to be afraid of them. Get low and go!

Next week:

SMILE! It’s picture day on Tuesday October 24th.

We would also love you to join us for our Parent Education session on Thursday! Come and explore the Math curriculum and materials from Casa all the way to Middle School.

Tip of the week: 

Your child is learning (or already learning) to write in cursive! Not because it looks fancy… but because it is igniting your child’s brain in ways that writing in print does not! Here are some other reasons why cursive is taught in Montessori:

  • Each letter begins from the same place, less confusing
  • Each letter starts from the left and moves to the right, preparing your child for reading.
  • It is the natural way that your child’s hand wants to move: print is very static including a lot of lifting off the page, not natural! (Have you noticed your child’s art work? A lot of continuous circular scribbling)
  • Your child’s brain is lighting up like the Fourth of July! Learning cursive writing, the brain develops functional specialization that integrates both sensation, movement control, and thinking. Brain imaging studies reveal that multiple areas of the brain become co-activated during the learning of cursive writing!


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