NMS Summer Reading List 2018

The following Summer Reading resource guide includes suggestions of authors and books to enjoy with your children. Feel free to use this as a guide as you continue to explore literature and the joy of reading this summer. While these happen to be some of my favorite titles and authors, please remember that it is important to read books that are enjoyable for your child and reflect his/her personal interests! Sharing a book by reading aloud, regardless of the age of your child, is strongly encouraged. You can also find excellent book selection tools and summer reading resources at your local public library and online. Some of my favorite sites include: PBS Summer Reading http://www.pbs.org/pa

School’s (Almost) Out for Summer!

It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of another school year! Students, teachers, and parents have shared so many wonderful experiences both in and out of the classrooms. Many of us are eagerly awaiting summer with the hopes of creating more memories while on vacations, and enjoying a bit more leisure time with family and friends. A Primary student practices her swing at our annual Fall Festival. Students do not have to be in school to extend and expand their learning. The break from the daily school schedule is a great opportunity for children to strengthen their developing executive function skills. Believe it or not, boredom can be a powerful learning opportunity. When child

Grace and Courtesy in Primary Classrooms (and Beyond!)

An example of Grace and Courtesy: children learn how to interrupt politely when a teacher is working with another child—by quietly placing a hand on the teacher's shoulder and waiting patiently. The Practical Life area is the heart and soul of a Montessori classroom because it helps children assume a responsible place in our society. Children get the opportunity to strengthen the skills needed to accomplish simple tasks on their own with materials that are commonly seen in the home or in other surroundings. However, there is a critical part of this curriculum that often gets overlooked. It is not tangible like pouring beans from one pitcher to another or sweeping spilled rice into a dustpan.

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