Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Technology and other summer musings

Ah, summer, with its gift of time to reflect and renew for most educators. Here is a bit of reflection for all on technology use for the young child.
Steven Hughes interview (see min 29-35)
During the school year I don't always have the time to study this topic as I should, but I do feel very strongly about it. For a touchstone on technology usage I often seek out advice from guru David Walsh. Here's his take on things.
The Trouble With Paying Attention podcast

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Richard Louv at the Top Coast Forum

After a successful and happy summer session in June it was so inspiring to listen to this broadcast on MPR. We at MCH have long been followers of Louv's wisdom. In fact, his book "Last Child in the Woods" was a guiding influence in our development eight years ago. Our school grounds and natural playground are an endless source of joy and well-being to all of us at Montessori Children's House--young and old. May it ever be so.
Here is the MPR audio cast from the Top Coast Forum at the University of Minnesota on May 31, 2014.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

International Mud Day!

Get Ready for Mud Day 2014!

International Mud Day 2014 is right around the corner! Join us all over the world in a day of splashing, rolling, squishing, sliding, making mud pies, and more!  Now’s the time to spread the word about how you will celebrate.  Tell us in our WoFoNet Mud Day Conversation and share your ideas on our Mud Day Facebook Page.

The Nature Action Collaborative for Children offers a number of resources for planning your Mud Day, including photos of previous Mud Days, articles, books about mud, and Mud Day logos (like the one you see here) to use in your newsletters or websites.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Joy of Summer

How glorious it is to be in our outdoor classroom finally!
The summer program has burst into full bloom with so many friends coming each day to enjoy the lovely environment outside at MCH. We couldn't ask for a better place to spend time with each other and revel in all the fun of a summer day.