October 6,   2016

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Montessori Works 

Eric's Earful: 
 Musings from the Head of School

Last week's contemplation of how geography is taught in the early childhood made me consider long and hard about why movement is so important to a child's education, both at home and at school.  Of course, we all need to get through life and maps help us orient ourselves so that we can move in a direction of our choosing.  However, for young children, this general movement is intimately connected to their actual cognitive growth.  As an educator, I have been asked numerous times, "What kinds of activity do children really need?"

The brain depends on all types of movement to physically develop (i.e. corpus callosum, dendrites, neurons, etc.).  Movements from crawling to walking to coloring to eating give the brain opportunities to grow through exploration of the child's environment.  A child who is not allowed to move will not develop in a normative fashion (think orphanages in Eastern Europe when the Soviet Union crumbled).  Montessori spoke about this movement in her book, The Discovery of the Child , when she wrote, "One of the most important practical aspects of our method has been to make the training of the muscles enter into the very life of the children so that it is intimately connected with their daily activities."

Our classrooms allow children this freedom to move within the room.  They sit and work in spaces of the child's choosing.  I often reflect on my learning in elementary school and consider how much I sat in comparison to the students in our classrooms.  The smaller kids like being on the floor, so their work is usually done on rugs, while the older kids like sitting at tables so they choose spaces up from the floor.  This is what Montessori based her educational method on, movement.  Children discover a lot about themselves and the larger world by moving about with as few restrictions placed on them as possible.

At home, your child's activities are probably similar to my children. They dance, play catch, ride bikes, skateboard, jump on trampolines, and on and on.  This large muscle movement is important, however there are also less obvious movements which are just as important.  Setting the table at dinner, or setting their own dishes out as a toddler is important to their sense of order and is allowing them the opportunity to become independent.   Household chores also give your students the opportunity to gain independence while developing a sense of order.  This movement also helps them keep a mind-body connection occurring, which is something that can get lost in our society's drive to separate physical education from general education.

There really is no substitute for movement, when it comes to the developing minds of children (and youth).  Movement stimulates learning, not the other way around.  Exploration of your neighborhood after dinner for a small walk will not just help your food digest better, it will create opportunities for questions to be asked, curiosities shared, and comments made about anything and everything we see, smell, hear, touch, and taste in the world around us.  

Leelanau Montessori Strategic Plan

Did you know that Leelanau Montessori has a Strategic Plan? It does and the Leelanau Montessori Board updated it on May 16, 2016. The Board encourages Leelanau Montessori community members to review it and feel free to reach out to Board members to discuss the Strategic Plan. The Plan contains four strategic goals for this school year: 1. Ensure enrollment growth. 2. Ensure funding growth. 3. Ensure a Montessori inspired environment. 4. Cultivate the Montessori brand. For more details, please click on this link.
This family friendly event includes a 5K and a Fun Run!  Leelanau Montessori is able to offer a limited amount of scholarships for students that want to participate in the 5K thanks to a generous donation from Jayson Construction!  

Contact Sarah Bordeaux at bordeauxs@leelanaumontessori.org for scholarship details!
WHEN:  Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT) 
WHERE:  3672 North Stowe Road - Suttons Bay, MI 49682 

Fun Run is FREE to Leelanau Montessori students!  
Register using the code: LMS16

Welcome to Era Mae Kendall McKinley!  Elizabeth, Matt, and Mena welcomed a new addition to their family on Friday, September 30th.  
A b eautiful baby girl named Era Mae was born and we wish them all the best. 

A Meal Train organized.  You can sign up at the link below.  Thank you for your support.  
Reminder: Friday, October 21 Early Dismissal!
Please Come to School!  
We need 75% attendance to make it count.

Friday, October 21 will be our first early dismissal of the year.  Please remember that early dismissal days end at 11:15.  Pick up will be as normal at the main entrance of the school by the Recycling Center.  If you normally have a half day student please join us at carline by the main entrance.  Remember, on these few half days bussing is not avaliable.  If your children regularly takes the bus please arrange pick up for them.
Piano Lessons piano_keyboard.jpg

There has been a wonderful response to piano lessons and all the spots available during the day are full.  If you are still interested in a spot for your child, there are some after school spots available.  Please contact Margaret at the contacts below.  We look forward to hearing beautiful music!  

Musically yours,
Margaret Lott (231) 499-5823
Email: margaretlott@hotmail.com
The Practice of Gratitude

-Th ank you to the Geraci family for the donation of two soccer balls to the elementary!
-To Nicole Martin for her amazing gift of photography. The smiles and grins warm our hearts.   
Community Updates

- We have a unique opportunity for Suttons Bay students, parents and FOFA enthusiasts to see a WONDERFUL Broadway show not all that far from home!  "WICKED" will be playing at the Wharton Center on the MSU campus in East Lansing this fall!  FOFA will be taking a charter bus to see this amazing production on Sunday, November 20th.  For more information view this link!
-This week's 25 cent State Theater kids movie is Saturday Morning Cartoons

Elementary Hot Lunch
October Lunch Menu
Dates to Remember

This Week
October 10-14:  NWEA 2nd & 5th Years
October 10-14:  AIMSweb/MAP Fall Bench Mark
October 12:  Preschool & Kinder Hearing and Vision Testing
October 13:  Student Empowerment Group (SEG) 6th Grade and 3rd Garde Boys
October 14:  LOC Field Trip
October 15:  Orchards at Sunset

Coming Up
October 21:  11:15 dismissal
October 29:  Family Fall Gathering

In Search of:

-Lamps for the Hickory Classroom
-Ice packs
-Binder Clips
-AA Batteries
-Packaging Tape
-Dish Soap
-All Colors Construction Paper 

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