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New Play Area to Open at Silver Falls, Oregon

Originally published in the Statesman Journal.

Officials at Silver Falls State Park are taking aim at the growing problem of "nature deficit disorder" in today's children with the creation of a new natural play area at Oregon's largest state park.

Described as a quarter-mile loop with adventure pods where children can safely climb a tree, hide in a cougar den, growl like a bear or weave a bird's nest, the natural play area is having its grand opening May 31.

"Connecting kids to the outdoors is a critically important thing to do, for a whole host of reasons," said Oregon Parks and Recreation director Lisa Van Laanen. "When you camp, picnic and play outdoors a lot as a child, it creates a lifelong love of the outdoors. And that's good for everybody."

The grand opening is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the North Falls Group Camp area. There will be guided tours, refreshments and a short ceremony with a tree planting. Parking fees at the North Falls Group Camp parking lot will be waived for the duration of the event.

The play area has been more than five years in the making. Planners conducted design workshops in 2008 and 2009. Trail construction began in 2010.

The development unveiled May 31 represents phase one of development, with the possibility of another pod within the next year.

Additional information Silver Falls State Park can be found here.

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Montessori in the Square 2014


On July 30th, 2014, Montessori Northwest will once again offer “Montessori in the Square,” a public glass classroom event held in the heart of downtown Portland.

This highly-visible celebration of Montessori education will feature three large interactive Montessori classrooms, activities for children, and information for parents. Trainers and guides will be on hand to assist viewers with questions.

But don't take our word for it--see for yourself below.

This video from last year's Montessori in the Square provided by ChildPeace Montessori.

A Note from Polli Soholt

- Learn more about the Assistants Course here -

Earlier this spring, I was in Portland for a Montessori conference, and was able to spend time at Montessori Northwest. It is always a treat to come to Portland, because of the city itself, but especially because of the vibrant Montessori community surrounding the training center. This June I will be returning to Portland to lead an AMI Assistants Course at MNW. For those not as familiar with this course, I thought I’d take a moment to give you a clearer vision of what to expect.

During the AMI Assistants Course, participants are introduced to Montessori principles and how those principles are reflected in the practice with the children. We spend time practicing art techniques that we can use with children; learning songs and finger plays to introduce to the children; exploring children’s literature; and making materials for the children to enjoy.

Making materials is one of my favorite elements of the course because we allow time for the students to make some card materials by hand. We provide everything needed to make these cards and adequate class time to complete them. These cards aid the children in their vocabulary development, and they use them later for reading practice. Each set of cards focuses on a topic that is interesting to young children such as vehicles, buildings, or tools. I really enjoy seeing the adults in the course come to appreciate the value of these unique cards as well as experience a sense of accomplishment as they progress in the process. The children will be aware that these special materials were made by hand, just for them!

I have found that the participants of this course are genuinely interested in child development and are searching for more meaningful educational principles to support the children in their development. Assistants, parents, administrators, and traditional educators all find value in the Montessori theory and practice, and are able to take away information and skills that will aid them in their homes, schools, and classrooms. I look forward to introducing this information to a new group of people in Portland, and hope you will consider joining us on this adventure.

AMI Assistants Course at Montessori Northwest

June 16th - 27th, 2014

- Learn more about the Assistants Course here -

Thank You!

MNW's 2013-2014 Elementary and Primary Academic Year students.

A huge “Thank You” to our incredible Montessori community for sharing your wisdom and experience with our 61 primary and elementary MNW students during observation and practice teaching this year!

We couldn’t do it without you; and, thanks to your patience and generosity, when each of these students has a class of 25, that’s 1,525 children who can have a Montessori education next year!

 

Alcuin School
Bethany Village Montessori
Camas Montessori School
Cascadia Montessori School
Chestnut Grove Montessori Children’s House
Childpeace Montessori School
Community Roots School
Corvallis Montessori School
Franciscan Montessori Earth School
Good Shepherd Montessori
Harmony Montessori
Hershey Montessori School
Laurelhurst Montessori School
Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School
Lighthouse Montessori
Little Oak Montessori School
Meher Montessori
Montessori Children’s House of Portland
Montessori House of St. Johns
Montessori in Redlands
Montessori School of Beaverton
Montessori Pathways
Northwest Montessori
Ottowa Montessori School
Pacific Crest Montessori School
Pioneer Meadows Montessori School
Portland Montessori Collaborative
Portland Montessori School
Puddletown Montessori School
The Renaissance International School
Sellwood Montessori School
Squamish Montessori
SunGarden Montessori School
Sunstone Montessori School
Three Tree Montessori School
Tiny Revolution Montessori School
West Hills Montessori School
Whole Child Montessori Center


“Where's your sign?”

Since moving into our new beautiful facility at 622 SE Grand in late 2012, we hear the question “Where’s your sign?” quite often. And it’s no wonder—We don't currently have an external sign letting folks know where our training center is located.

No, this is not our attempt at being coy. Let me explain:

The building within which Montessori Northwest currently resides holds a historical designation with the city of Portland. This identification is given to properties that are deemed significant due to their age, provenance, or historical relevance.  Zoning a building or district as “Historic” safeguards that these special locations will be preserved for future use and appreciation.

In order to make structural changes to Historic Buildings, say like installing a large illuminated sign, a series of regulations has been put in place; including reviews by both a Design and Historic Resource team, notices sent to neighborhood associations, contacting nearby property owners for approval, a public comment period, and plenty of forms and paperwork.

But there’s no need to fret as we’re making great progress in having our exterior signage approved. Imbedded in this post are a few of the very-lifelike proposed designs that are currently under consideration. Don’t be surprised if one day soon you spot a beautiful Montessori Northwest sign glowing atop our building!

Posted on April 24, 2014 and filed under From MNW Staff, Portland.

2014 Montessori in the Square

Montessori Northwest is proud to once again offer “Montessori in the Square,” a public glass classroom event held in the heart of downtown Portland.

This celebration of Montessori education will feature three large interactive Montessori classrooms:  Assistants to Infancy (ages 0-3), Primary (3-6), and Elementary (6-12), activities for children, and information for parents. Trainers and guides will be on hand to assist viewers with questions.

This year’s classrooms are being hosted by Tiny Revolution Montessori (0-3), Sunstone Montessori School (3-6), and the Franciscan Montessori Earth School (6-12).

The inspiration for this event came from Dr. Montessori herself. During her second visit to the U.S. in 1915, Montessori was invited to participate in the World's Fair Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco. She set up a classroom at the Exposition, where spectators watched twenty-one children, all new to the Montessori Method, behind a glass wall for four months in what has since become known as “The Glass Classroom.”

Montessori in the Square helps the public better understand the importance of early childhood education and all the factors that can effect children’s development. It is expected that hundreds of people, both Montessorians and the general public, will come out to watch the children work in their beautifully prepared environments and see Montessori education in action--We hope to see you there!

Or better yet, get involved!

School Involvement Guide

School Involvement Guide

Sponsorship/Vendor Guide  

Sponsorship/Vendor Guide

 

Print a Flyer

Print a Flyer

When and Where is Montessori in the Square?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

10AM-1PM

Pioneer Courthouse Square

On the Hunt for Language

In the Montessori Children’s House for children 3 -6, reading activities begin very simply, building on what the child already knows. Doing so helps safeguard that the experience is a joyful one and the child is immediately successful.  Even for the earliest reading, based solely in phonetics, meaning is attached to reading a word, and reading comprehension is built right into every activity.

Here we see a completed “Scavenger Hunt” completed outdoors by two children.  They read the words on the card, then brought the items to their mat.

(Picture courtesy of Chestnut Grove Montessori)

(Picture courtesy of Chestnut Grove Montessori)

Posted on April 17, 2014 and filed under From MNW Staff, Portland, Primary, Resources.

Practice Makes Better...

Here we see current Primary students Yuko and Savannah (top and bottom), as well as Elementary student Samuel (center photo). Pictures courtesy of the Portland Montessori School

Here we see current Primary students Yuko and Savannah (top and bottom), as well as Elementary student Samuel (center photo). Pictures courtesy of the Portland Montessori School

Montessori Northwest is noticeably quieter this week, as our Primary and Elementary students have left the training center and are spending time in local schools.

Observation and practice teaching offer students the opportunity to continue their study of the child in AMI Montessori classrooms. During observation sessions, students observe the children’s interactions with the materials and each other, as they apply to developmental principles. During practice teaching, students give lessons to children under the supervision of an AMI Primary-trained host teacher.

These two quotes from students sum it all up:   

“Practice teaching is going well…Overall it's really sweet and splendid, but a little daunting at the same time. My host classroom is amazing, and  I am sure it will feel more natural soon!” 

“I presented the bow tying frame, and it was so cool to see the look of utter joy on her face when she did the entire frame!  Then I got to see her do it two more times!  So great to see what we’ve been talking about all year in training come to fruition!”

Thanks again to the dozens of school who host the students of Montessori Northwest--your contributions are appreciated!

Portland's a Great City

What makes Portland so special? Some will tell you it’s all about the trees, fresh air and proximity to the mountains, rivers and ocean. Others think the indie music and arts scenes define our particular brand of cool. Locals tend to be partial to the amazing food and drink you’ll find here. We are unabashedly biased and think it's because of the thriving Montessori community that exists here!

Montessori Northwest is located in a bright and spacious facility in the Buckman Neighborhood of Southeast Portland, characterized by its diverse mix of residential and urban-commercial buildings, convenient public transportation via Trimet, and easy access to cafés, supermarkets and beautiful Downtown Portland.

But don't take our word for it, below are a few resources highlighting the charms of the City of Roses.

Drop us a line here and schedule a visit to Portland and Montessori Northwest today--You'll love it here!

Video and Visitors Guide compliments of Travel Portland

Download a free Portland Visitors Guide below.

Posted on April 1, 2014 and filed under A-to-I, Elementary, From MNW Staff, Primary, Resources, Portland.