November 18,   2016

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Montessori Works 


Eric's Earful: 
 Musings from the Head of School

The idea of discipline leads to the installation of consequences.  Our Montessori guides and other adults are helped to consider this idea of positive and effective discipline being based in consequences through many of her writings on the topic.  Consequences can be either positive or negative.  Our adults help our students create self-discipline by pointing out what the consequences are for any choice of behaviors with the ultimate goal of persuading a child to choose behaviors that get the consequence that they want, versus one that is chosen for them.

The two types that I feel Montessori was often writing and lecturing about were natural and logical consequence.  A natural one occurs naturally in life for all people.  The natural consequence to not putting your coat on is that you will be cold outside.  The natural consequence to dropping something is that it will break.  The natural consequence for watering a plant is that it will grow and live.  Our hope in school is that the kids begin to examine the relationship between cause and effect everyday here.  A student who is getting their work done regularly will be able to gain more privileges when offered, like going outside for an extra recess or helping out in a classroom of their choice.  In our classrooms, many instances of having the natural consequence pointed out to them will help modify behaviors.  An example of this is when a student is carrying a computer with one hand and is told, "Please hold the computers with two hands or they may fall and break."  

In order to help the child learn, sometimes we have to let them go through with the natural consequence.  If they refuse to wear their jacket outside, we might have to let them experience the result of being cold.  If they are reminded to pick up their items prior to going outside, they may have to miss some outside time to pick their items up.  This is a wonderful way for each child to experience cause and effect.  We are looking to prepare each child for a life where this relationship will exist everyday and everywhere.

On the other hand, not all actions can be allowed to reach their natural consequence, some actions do not have a consequence that is immediately obvious, and some actions don't even have a natural consequence.  An example of this is a student running out into the middle of the carline during dismissal.  The natural consequence is the child getting hit by the car and we want to prevent this.  We would take the time to explain how this could hurt them and it is a behavior we want them to stop.  However not all of the students have temperaments that allow them to learn this way.  If that is the case, we have to create a consequence that attaches itself to the rule that is not being followed.  An example from above would be that the child would have to hold the adult's hand if they cannot keep from bolting out into the carline.  We would talk about the freedoms associated with standing by yourself and waiting for your turn to be called.  In this situation, the consequence is made by another person and does not occur naturally from the action.  They do not mean punishment.  We instead try to create a negative outcome related to the action.  We are constantly striving to create discipline by influencing the child's actions.  This discipline then leads to increased independence and confidence in their daily lives, at school and home.  We hope that through working in our environments, the child will have many opportunities to learn what is acceptable and what is not.

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Elementary Snack
Growing children need lots of nourishment- brain food.  Children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack each day. We have a small stash of items in the office for those who forget but the supply of granola bars and apples is dwindling.  Get your child involved in picking out the juiciest apple, crackers and cheese, carrots and hummus, hard boiled egg, granola bar........ Thank you!
Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace December 22nd 
Once again, the elementary students are invited to take part in the Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace.  On Thursday, December 22nd we will open up the marketplace and invite students to sell their wares.  Students may pick up a form in the office and return it by Wednesday, December 22nd.     
Looking Ahead..........
On Thursday, December 22nd we have an 11:15 a.m. dismissal day before we begin our winter break.  We are planning some special events this day.  We will have a Community Sing, Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace, and some sort of winter activities.  Stay tuned for the complete timeline and schedule.  
Board of Directors Membership Opening

The Leelanau Montessori is seeking an individual to  join our Board of Directors. Our board meets the third Monday of the month, and is in need of a new trustee. Skills in education, finance, fundraising, grant, and marketing are helpful.  Trustees are asked to partake in at least one committee. Our committees meet the week prior to board meetings.
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After School Care Needs
We are exploring to see if there is any after school care needs for children in the Sugar Maple and Cedar classrooms (3 and 4 years olds).  Please send the office an email if your family is in need of care for your three or four year old.  Thank you.

  The Practice of Gratitude

~Thank you to the Geraci family for binder clips. 
~Thank you to the Fundraising and Gathering Committee and everyone who made a meal or bought a meal for the Dinner-to-Go.  Over $200 was raised and will help fund Community Gatherings.
~Thank you to the Chacon family for the donation of vinegar and baking soda for science experiments.
~Thank you to the Martinson family for purchasing the Handwriting Without Tears materials for the Apple classroom.
~Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped with Wreath Sales:  Julie Yoffy, Kallie Craker, Melissa Ingwersen, Jill Petit, Natasha Martinson, Dani Geraci, Brooke Johncox, Jen Amin, and Emily Miezio.  Thank you to everyone who purchased a wreath/roping, the business community, and the Millard family.  

***If you have time in your day and would like to volunteer to read with children. please give the office a call and we will hook you up!  It's great fun!!!
Statement from State Superintendent Brian Whiston
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Community Updates

-This week's 25 cent State Theater kids movie is Free Birds


Private Tutoring Offered:  Click here to find out about this service to our community.
Elementary Hot Lunch

November Lunch Menu
Dates to Remember

This Week
November 21: Farm Raiser Fundraiser
November 21:  Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. 
November 23:  Harvest Feasts
November 24 &25: Thanksgiving Break
November 25: Apple Class Hot Cocoa Sale at the VI Grill 4-6 p.m.
November 28: Suttons Bay Board Meeting 5:30 p.m.

Coming Up
December 12:  Farmraiser orders due
December 19:  LMPSA Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
December 20:  Farmraiser orders delivered 
December 22:  11:15 a.m. Dismissal
Community Sing, Young Entrepreneurs, Outside Activities  

In Search of:
-Sand Toys- buckets, shovels, trucks for preschool 
-Lamps for the Hickory Classroom
-Band aids
-Reams of Copy Paper
-Sea Salt for the Hickory Classroom 
-Granola Bars and apples to keep in the office for kids with no snack
-Erasers for pencils
-Sponges for dishwashing

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Photos of the Week

LOC Mobile fun!
LOC Mobile buddies!
LOC Mobile building!
Moms delivering wreaths!
Wreath delivery to NAPA!

New addition to the peace area in Birch!

Elementary Community Service Interest group creates 'Messages of Hope'
Message in a Bottle