April 14,   2017

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The Decline of Play and Rise in Children's Mental Disorders

This article from Psychology Today contemplates a recent decrease in spontaneous play and the link it may have in relation to an increase of childhood mental disorders such and anxiety and depression.  These thought provoking insights might make you stop and consider how you interact  with your children in this beautiful spring weather.

"By depriving children of opportunities to play on their own, away from direct adult supervision and control, we are depriving them of opportunities to learn how to take control of their own lives. We may think we are protecting them, but in fact we are diminishing their joy, diminishing their sense of self-control, preventing them from discovering and exploring the endeavors they would most love, and increasing the odds that they will suffer from anxiety, depression, and other disorders."

This topic is especially relevant to parents who choose an alternative educational approach, such as Montessori, to a traditional one.  

"Anyone who looks honestly at the experiences of students at Sudbury model democratic schools and of unschoolers-where freedom, play, and self-directed exploration prevail-knows that there is another way. We don't need to drive kids crazy to educate them. Given freedom and opportunity, without coercion, young people educate themselves. They do so joyfully, and in the process develop intrinsic values, personal self-control, and emotional wellbeing. That's the overriding message of the whole series of essays in this blog. It's time for society to take an honest look."

To read the article in its entirety visit this link!

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If you have any friends or family that may be interested in Leelanau Montessori for their children, please have them contact the office to schedule a tour and observation.  Word of mouth is our best advertisement!  Thank you.    

Open Enrollment Schedule:  
4th Friday in May - Within five (5) business days in advance of the lottery, the school will communicate the time, date and location of the lottery with caretakers of applicants (May 26th) 
1st Friday in June - Lottery Day The following Tuesday after the lottery- Caretakers of accepted applicants notified with offer of enrollment within one week from receiving notification- Caretaker deadline to accept offer of enrollment (June 2nd)
3rd Friday in July - Caretaker deadline to complete enrollment tasks of accepted applicants (July 21st) 

Community Updates

- This week's 25 cent State Theater kids movie is Hop!

*Private Tutoring Offered:  Click here  to find out about this service to our community.  

- GRASP reading and math summer program.  Information and sign up sheets can be found here!
The Practice of Gratitude

-Thank you to Jackson Station Livestock for your contributions to our Leelanau Montessori Community!
Hot Lunch

 April Lunch Menu 

 * June 8th  that there will be no hot lunch*
Dates to Remember

This Week
April 21 - Community Sing & YEM 2-3 pm
April 21 - Spring Dance 5-7 (potluck)

Coming Up
Please mark your calendars for
**An Evening of Piano**
featuring Montessori students. Join us  Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30 pm  in the music room to hear these talented musicians!

May 6- Starry Night Evening of Art: Raising Funds for our Future
May 11 - May Erlewine Music Workshop!
June 9th  half day, last day of school!
In Search of:
-Hoola Hoops
-Office Snack{ granola Bars and apples to keep in the office for kids with no snack
-Dry Erase Markers
-Wooden Kitchen Matches
Quick Links

Photos of the Week

Birches  3rd year Biography Presentations