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Music Is Rhythm, and Rhythm Is Life!

Music classes have been as interesting, humbling, and challenging as anything else in the past year, for both myself and the students. But a challenge is often what we need in order to trust our creativity and dig deeper than we ever have before. One…
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Living in a Pandemic During the “Wonder Years”

With the onset of Covid-19 now over a year ago, everyone has been impacted one way or another. The pandemic has caused isolation, anxiety, fear, confusion and a major disruption of daily routines. As educators and parents, of course our focus…
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All The Tiny Furniture

It’s hard not to feel inspired walking into a Montessori classroom. They are, by nature, inviting and beautiful. Children move through the classroom with ease, choosing works from shelves, caring for their environment and working independently…
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Let's Grow Yoga

Our breath, our best friend, always with us, our life force.  Take a minute to notice the fluidity and subtlety of your breath right now, before reading any further.   Inhale a new, sweet breath of fresh air. Let it fill your…
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An Acorn Philosophy

For me, one of the greatest parts of being a teacher at Mountain Sun Community School is that we are able to educate organically. The word “organically” has perhaps been reinvented many times, but in my opinion, it is the best way to describe…
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Teaching & Storytelling

“Everyone has imagination: it is something great which reflects the light and asks for expansion.”Maria Montessori Planning time. Any teacher likely will say that she spends a lot of time planning, planning individual lessons as well…
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Books to Explore and Celebrate Diversity with Children

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox This is a lovely story that helps us recognize and appreciate all of the ways we are the same and different from people all around the world. Our homes, food, and words may look and sound different, but on the…
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Dealing With Conflict in 2020

With many generations of attorneys, therapists, and challenging educators in my own family, it would seem that the complex joy of navigating conflict in one way or another has influenced many of our professions, myself included. (I guess we…
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The Elders Teaching the Youngers

My plan was ingenious. We’ve had Dolly, our mixed-breed collie-ish dog, as part of our family for about five years. She is, objectively speaking, what one would call a good girl. She stays on the porch, piddles outside, doesn’t bother our…
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Nurturing the Spirit of our Children

MacKenzie Henry | Brevard, NC “If education recognizes the intrinsic value of the child’s personality and provides an environment suited to spiritual growth, we have the revelation of an entirely new child, whose astonishing characteristics…