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Kids in the Kitchen

Cooking with your child is a great opportunity for family bonding, learning life skills and sharing life long memories. Cooking is an important life skill that also has the added benefit of reinforcing language and math concepts learned at school. It requires children to read the recipes, measure the ingredients, count the amounts and best of all it instills healthy eating habits.   In a Montessori classroom, Practice Life activities show the children activities of ‘everyday life’ in...

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The Power of Stories

Each week I find myself in the privileged position of being able to tell an age appropriate story in Sitka and Arbutus classrooms. These can be traditional tales, myths and legends, animal stories, family stories or anecdotes. Some stories the children know, some are new, and some become requested favourites, while others remind a listener of an experience that they wish to share.  When choosing the stories to share, I usually make a large pot of tea and happily work through my many...

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A View Through the Window

Yesterday afternoon I witnessed something in the Extended-Day classroom that typically would not occur in a Montessori class until later in the year, if at all, depending on the make-up of the class.  I reflected on what I saw several times throughout the evening and I thought it was well worth sharing today as it speaks to the caliber and diligent efforts of the teacher (and foundation of the previous years in Casa) as well as to the respect and trust which is clearly the foundation of...

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Summer Summaries- Jeanne Mayne

This year my summer was very low key and relaxing. July was spent partly working around the house and partly working around the school. In August I did some house/pet sitting for friends so lots of dog walks and swimming. I also took a few days and travelled over to Nanaimo to visit with my best friend where we spent time hiking, paddle boarding, wine tasting and catching up. Near the end of the month I spent a hot summer night sitting outside and watching the Doobie Brothers as part of the...

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Summer Summaries- Wendy Kelly

During the first month of my summer, I gardened, watered, went for long walks and enjoyed the warm summer days. I entertained my friends on my outside deck overlooking the garden. We made some amazing meals with the fresh tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, kale, strawberries and raspberries (which I am happy to say are still producing). Sadly to say one of the down sides of having a large flower and vegetable garden is that you can’t leave it for more than a couple of days....

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Summer Summaries- Tiffany Goulding

I was fortunate to start off my summer by taking a trip with my husband.  We had 7 straight days of camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, reading and watching the clouds roll by with no cell service or internet connection.  This was a fantastic way to reflect on the school year, relax, and re-charge.  As I mentioned in my first Message from the Head of School, I attended the AMI Montessori Congress in Prague with a few North Star faculty at the end of July.  I enjoyed walking...

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