Because The Learning Never Stops

Republished from the TMS Newsletter, March 2013 To coincide with the annual AMS (American Montessori Conference), our recent Staff Training Day was spent watching and discussing a lecture presented by neuropsychologist Steven Hughes. From Steven Hughes’ website,  a description of his presentation “Good At Doing Things”: In this highly visual, rapid-paced and entertaining talk, Dr. Hughes describes how Maria Montessori’s …

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Reading Beyond "Reading Aloud"

From the TMS Library: That sound you hear? It’s the clicking of thousands of keyboard keys as bloggers and other writers react to Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic’s recent post on the New York Times website, “I’m Tired of Reading Out Loud to My Son, O.K.?”   Her conversational essay, light and breezy as chiffon, is nonetheless bound to generate a flurry …

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Why "Paths of Joy"?

“It is the child’s way of learning. This is the path he follows. He learns everything without knowing he is learning it, and in doing so passes little from the unconscious to the conscious, treading always in the paths of joy and love.” — Maria Montessori  

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Montessori Classroom Shoe Ideas

Like many schools, TMS has discovered the benefits of classroom shoes. Not only does it keep the classroom cleaner, but for younger students the act of putting shoes on and taking them off again, or helping others with their shoes, helps to reinforce independence and the “care of self” that is so important. Several shoe suggestions are mentioned in the …

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"Lifelong Learning": Moving from Inspiring Notion to Inspired Practice

While learning, in the strictest sense, never stops, “engaged learning” often can, particularly during the years from late elementary school through high school. Gallup research involving 500,000 school-age children revealed a precipitous decline in engagement as the years went by, resulting in a “School Cliff.” Now that the School Cliff is so clear, the task is to address and reverse …

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An Engaged Education

Ken Robinson’s latest addition to his growing list of TED Talks is another witty, thoughtful take on the current state of education. His focus is on the disturbing trend toward disengagement as children progress in school. As a matter of background, take a look at this recent Gallup Poll which revealed the all-too-common slide toward disengagement as students progress through …

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Elementary Summer Reading & Math Ideas

The goal this Summer is to READ, READ, READ!!! Pleasure reading over the summer can play a significant role in your child’s academic success in the fall.  I know it can be hard as the summer is busy!  Try to… 1. Have a family silent reading time or give them time to read before turning off the lights for bed. …

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Director's Note: May 2013

Note: The Featured Image of this post is a photograph of poet Anne Spencer’s garden in Lynchburg, VA. Spencer was an extraordinarily influential poet and activist, and drew lifelong inspiration from gardening. Her poem, known by its first line, “Earth, I thank you,” was likely composed as she looked out over her carefully tended beds of flowers. Earth, I thank …

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Director’s Note: May 2013

As we get closer to the beginning of Summer break, many parents are looking for activity suggestions, ways to keep their children engaged in explorations and discoveries. Of course, the Richmond region provides a broad spectrum of organized activities — everything from ballet to fly fishing — but for those looking for home-based or close-to-home adventures and free-range fun here …

tmsDirector’s Note: May 2013