In Turquesa the community has a happy, busy hum. Children are settled, independent and highly motivated. I’ve noticed more and more over the past several weeks that students are helping each other, giving guidance and assisting others. There is a general air of competence and confidence in the classroom that is wonderful to witness.
Recently Forbes Magazine published an interesting article about success in business, linking innovative, solution-oriented, human-centered business success to a Montessori-like approach. Something happens in Montessori classrooms that are multi-age and child-centered that enables children to thrive. We embrace challenge, we accept mistakes, we look for solutions. Here is the article if you're interested: http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkotter/2015/12/16/corporate-kindergarten-how-a-montessori-mindset-can-transform-your-business/
A large contingent of Turquesa students traveled to Mary's Place before break to deliver the results of our incredible Basic Needs Drive. In addition to loading and unloading a huge rented van and the back of an SUV, we had a tour of the shelter. This was a really meaningful experience for all of us. I hope you've seen the pictures on MCH's Facebook page. They speak volumes about the importance of our contribution, and the lives of the people who rely on Mary's Place. In a class discussion this afternoon, we decided to investigate what the city of Redmond is doing to support homeless families. Today, our students learned first-hand that the efforts of a small group of children and families can really make difference in the lives of others.
In our history studies, children have begun research for their Colonial Collages. Each child is following a set of guided questions, and there is a buzz in the room about life in colonial America as children share their research and make connections.
I wish you all a Happy New Year!
Ms. Nicole & Ms. Alyx
El Salon Turquesa Co-Lead Teachers