Agenda | Next 7 Days

February 21, 2019
  • Violin students: Parent Observations

    February 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Crescendo

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  • School Spirit Day 2018-19

    February 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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February 22, 2019
  • Piano students: Parent Observations

    February 22, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
    Crescendo Room

    Parent Observations for Piano Students located in the Crescendo room. Please arrive by 5:00 pm.

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  • UE Storyteller Visit: Maria LoBiondo

    February 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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February 25, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch: Pasta with Marinara

    February 25, 2019

    Pasta with marinara sauce and parmigiana cheese. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • PSO BRAVO! Ensemble visit

    February 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    R Crescendo [Built In speakers, DVD player, Microphone, Projector, Pull down screen]

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February 26, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

    February 26, 2019

    Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • Parent Coffee & Conversation

    February 26, 2019 @ 8:45 am - 9:45 am
    R Infinity [Apple TV, Projector]

    (meeting before TASK begins) All Elementary and Middle School parents are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee with the HOS and ask their questions re: the Middle School program

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  • TASK-Community Service Event

    February 26, 2019 @ 12:00 am - February 27, 2019 12:00 am

    Upper Elementary and Middle School students will assist parent volunteers in assembling 300 lunch bags for TASK.

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February 27, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch: Black Bean Burgers

    February 27, 2019

    Black bean burger with sweet potato fries. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • Pizza Lunch - PRI/ELEM/MS

    February 27, 2019

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  • Winter Fitness - MS

    February 27, 2019

    MS: 2:30-3:45pm Location: Crescendo

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  • Winter Fitness - LE, UE

    February 27, 2019

    LE Group #1: 9:00-9:45amUE Group #1: 10:00-10:45am UE Group #2: 11:00-11:45am LE Group #2: 1:30-2:15pm Location: Crescendo (all groups)

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Did you know?

Understanding Montessori Education

‘Family of Words’

This segment “Did you know?”, highlights facts about the Montessori philosophy, Montessori materials or curriculum, and Princeton Montessori School.  These short entries in the online newsletter are meant to give insight into components of your child’s experience that you otherwise would not know.

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Grammar is taught in a way that reinforces the functionality of words rather than words as static parts of speech?

 

Did you knowin a Montessori school grammar is taught in a way that reinforces the functionality of words rather than words as static parts of speech?

What it is:  Dr. Montessori designed unique grammar symbols that are accompanied by a story of the ‘family of words’ and how they help each other to accomplish the noble human task of communication.  

How it works: Children are introduced to each grammar symbol through a story and an activity that involves an action the part of speech accomplishes.  For example, the verb is introduced as a red ball, an object in motion, and children play the ‘game’ of making the red ball do various actions, understanding concretely that verbs are action words. A large, sturdy black triangle represents nouns.  From this stable object springs the rest of the ‘noun family’ – articles, adjectives, and pronouns. Children use these symbols in their sentence construction and in identifying parts of speech when reading. Like the rest of the Montessori materials, the grammar symbols match children’s development where it is and engage their learning based on their own innate curiosity.

Why it matters:  Rather than memorizing parts of speech and the words that fit into those categories, children develop a life-long understanding of the purpose words play and how that can change, depending on the sentence, language, and intent of the speaker or writer.  By presenting the materials in story form, which locks information in the brain, and by providing logical symbolic representation of the parts of speech, Montessori teachers provide children the gift of deep understanding of language.

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The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.

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