Visiting my local library the other day, I was delighted to see the most thoughtful change to the “Easy Reader” area of the children’s section. Multnomah County librarians have done something heroic - they sorted the books by complexity despite whatever cryptic number/level/color/symbolic system the publisher had assigned them...
Thank you to all the individuals and schools who helped to make Montessori in the Square a great success! The only thing more perfect than the weather, were the children, joyfully going about their daily routines, absorbed in their work and unnerved by the curious observers surrounding the tents.
Stay tuned, more photos to come!
Next week, for the second time in two years, MNW will be hosting, Montessori in the Square, a public glass classroom event in the the heart of downtown Portland. While it may seem like a tremendous undertaking, we feel it is one of the best and most unique ways to raise awareness about Montessori.
In response to numerous requests following the 2013 International Montessori Congress, MNW published a document entitled, "Organize a Glass Classroom Event of Your Own!" This resource includes tips about creating an event timeline, developing floor plan, how to publicize the event, what promotional items to create, and more.
So, if you've been considering organizing a glass classroom event in your community, click on the photo to the right to get started. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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.
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.