Easy activities to bring out earth-loving stewardship in your students
With Spring here and Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, Gina Abegg, from The Compassionate Way Consulting urges everyone to take advantage of this great opportunity to teach our students how to be stewards of the Earth in these simple yet practical ways that really do make a difference. Once you get going, you'll undoubtedly think of many more activities to add to this list:
Earth Day, Every Day Activities Paper Conservation:
Use donated recycled paper for first drafts, better paper once practices.
Also use white construction paper for water color practice, real paper for final.
Cut paper in all different sizes so children can choose.
Have a recycled paper container for wrapping paper, cards, scrap for collage sources.
Teach children to choose what they want to have happen with their paper: hang, give as gifts, use other sides, cut part off for recycling, keep working until used.
Roll large pieces in a cut toilet paper or paper towel tube so not damaged, use as gift wrap.
Shred paper waste and make new paper from it.
Teach children to turn off faucet quickly after washing or brushing teeth or see if can beat a timer.
Use pitchers at the table so children can choose how much water they will use.
Monitor water drips with a bucket under faucet and measure over time.
Teach to pour unused water into the plants watering container not down the drain.
Use biodegradable soap and pour outside cleaning or clothes washing water onto plants.
Show how you water early and late so the water doesnâ€™t evaporate so quickly.
Combine running through the hose with watering cycle.
Time watering of gardens and use a rain water measuring gauge.
Turn off lights when leave the room.
Dress warmly in winter to use less heat. Use electric blankets.
Open windows at night in summer. Close blinds, windows in heat of day.
Have a recycle center for items for art projects. Ask parents to bring different kinds of items for different projects, ex. instruments, bird feeders, art projects.
Cooperate with the city recycle program. Have children take tubs to curb. Research what happens to the recycled items.
Integrate recycled containers into classroom, ex. containers for parts for an art project.
Contribute outgrown clothing, toys, etc. to charities or younger friends.
Happy Spring Everyone!
-Gina Abegg, AMS
Gina Abegg is the founder of "The Compassionate Way Consulting". This is part of a larger workshop on â€œRaising Earth Stewards.â€ You can find out more about possible workshops for your school by emailing her at email@example.com or visiting www.compassionateway.net .
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:
Jackie Cossentino (NCMPS - National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector) Friday April 5, 2013 6:00-8:00 pm Hosted by: Colorado Montessori Association
Location: Montessori Academy of Colorado 2600 Curtis Street, Denver 80205
For more details, contact Kathryn Ross, CMA President
RSVP by e*mail to Lyn Mead. Join us for this unique opportunity to hear Jackie speak on the Obama initiative and public policy on early childhood at the national level.
MECR (Montessori Education Center of the Rockies)
Infant-Toddler, Primary and Elementary Training Courses Courses for all levels begin in June of 2013. Application deadline is May 1st, with a strong recommendation to turn applications in before April 1st if possible to avoid wait listing. Information: Click the following link for more information on MECR courses Location: 4745 Walnut Street | Boulder, CO 80301 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-494-3002 for more information.
TMI (The Montessori Institute)
Montessori Infant-Toddler & Primary Training Courses The next Assistants to Infancy course and Primary courses begin in June of 2013. Application deadline is April 15, 2013. Information: Click the following links for more information on the Assistants to Infancy Course | Primary Course Location: 700 Knox Court Denver, CO 80204 Contact: email@example.com or call 303-832-6781 for more information.
Montessori Infant-Toddler Training Course June 1, 2013 through August 4th, 2014 (22 Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and 32 Monday Evenings 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) Cost = Contact Janet Humphryes for more information Location: Bright Horizons' Montessori at Greenwood Plaza
Instructors:Janet Humphryes and Patti Templin Contact: Janet Humphryes or call 303-985-4246 for more information.
Join this unique learning opportunity and enter into a collaborative Montessori learning experience.
April 18, 2013 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Montessori Children's House of Denver - Hilltop Campus 690 Colorado Boulevard Denver, CO 80206
RSVP by email to: Rachel Averch
NEW COMMUNITY ADDITIONS Montessori Middle Schools coming in August 2013
One of the beauties of the Montessori classroom is that students have the opportunity to learn social skills and build meaningful relationships while also developing cognitively and physically. In an environment designed to be ideal for supporting the development of the whole child, sometimes children in extremely strong friendships will show tendencies to look only for work that won't interfere with their social play with one another.
Often teachers wonder whether or not this should be allowed to run its course. After all, it is an opportunity for social development. However, in some cases, the children's intense focus on their friendships can actually become a hindrance to other areas of development, preventing them from experiencing everything that the Montessori classroom has to offer.
Each year, there are groups of students in our classrooms who emerge as "Work-Avoiding" cliques. You know these groups. They are the ones who will sacrifice anything to be with their buddies every chance they get and either avoid engaging in work altogether in favor of wandering the classroom with their friends, or choose a work that more so facilitates their socializing than stimulates their growth and development. Great examples are the group of 5 year old's sitting in Practical Life for hours chatting with one another while drawing pictures, or the group of "wanderers" who roam the classroom together, never quite connecting with the environment.
So, how do you know when it is healthy and when you should intervene? The bottom line is that when the children's social life prevails at the expense of their development in other areas over an extended period of time, it is no longer healthy. At this point, the children need to be separated periodically to provide them with a chance to interact with the environment independently, develop their own areas of interest and learning, and work at their own ability levels.
Tag teaming with the other teachers in the classroom to take the children to different areas of the room for lessons is one way to shift the dynamics of the group. Another is to simply draw one child away from the group at a time to work with him or her one on one.
If you feel that pulling the children away from the group a little at a time isn't enough, or you don't see it improving the tendencies of the group, work contracts can be very effective tools. With a work contract, the students get to choose which independent activities they would like to do each day in a formal, but simple written agreement.
In some cases, you may also find it helpful to separate the children for the full remainder of a work period, and to let them know that they can try working together again the next day as long as working together isn't causing a problem or interfering with their learning.
In the end, children benefit greatly from striking a balance between developing who they are as a social beings and developing themselves as individuals. Some of our students just need more support than others from us in finding that balance.
-Rachel Averch, AMS
President, Montessori Children's House of Denver
Montessori Certified Infant-Toddler, Summer Program & Primary Teachers Time Frame: To start Summer or Fall 2013 Parker Montessori Parker, CO
Parker Montessori is accepting applications for a Montessori certified Infant-Toddler teacher, starting in the summer or fall to help start a new infant classroom, and a primary certified teacher for the fall of 2013. We are also looking for a summer only primary certified teacher to run our summer camp. This could be good for someone who has a school without a summer program who wants to return in the fall.
Contact: Anitha Harshan | Parker Montessori by e*mail or at 303-841-4325. Resumes can also be sent to Anitha at 10750 Victorian Drive, Parker, CO 80138.
MCHD is now accepting applications for Certified Teachers at all levels (Toddlers through Middle School). Please click here for the AMS position listing (select United States and Colorado and scroll down to Montessori Children's House of Denver's listing).
BA Degree or higher
MACTE Accredited Montessori Certification at corresponding classroom level
Strong interpersonal skills
3 or more years of teaching experience preferred
Director Qualifications or CDE Teacher's License Preferred
Contact: Beatrice Watson | Executive Director by e*mail or at 303-322-8324 x 21