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Kathy’s Insights

Insights on the Montessori method and Early Childhood Education from Dr. Kathy Roemer

Kathy’s Insights

World Peace Game

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On Wednesday night, I attended a showing of the documentary about 4th grade teacher, John Hunter’s World Peace Game at the Independent Film Center (IFC).   The film documents a classroom with a political science simulation.  Students use their imagination and critical thinking skills to think their way out of situations they inherit in the game.   This could be a Montessori elementary classroom in the way the students cooperate and collaborate to keep world peace.   If you get a chance to see this movie, please do.  Until then, watch this trailer.

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Dr. Deak’s Fantastic Elastic Brain – new iTunes App!!

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You all know and love Dr. JoAnn Deak , and her book

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain

Winner of  SEVEN prestigious awards and an important children’s book designed to change the lives of children and the adults who love them.
Please order for someone you love.
Little Pickle Press, Dec. 2010
ISBN  978-0-9829938-0-4

Now available on ibooks… AND…
An app for children/tweens is now available
to help them change and stretch their brains.

Click here to buy the app.  

or to View a Video of the app

or to Review of the app

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Love Transformed

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Today was a rainy, cold, spring day in NYC.  After brunch with friends, I walked past a dismal street fair on Broadway that was hoping for a break in the constant drizzle.  Afterwards I attended a concert of Baroque chamber music that highlighted the soprano voice of  Lianna Levine, one of our Central Park Montessori parents.

For almost 2 hours, I was transformed to a different era when Johann Sebastian Bach composed sonatas for the harpsichord, violin, viola de gamba and exquisite voices.  Add in the spectacular oboe played by Kristin Leitterman and the world doesn’t get better than that.  The acoustics in the venue made electronic amplification unnecessary.  The notes meandered, like the arias, through the space landing softly, purely, astonishingly beautiful in the audience’s ears.  The overshadowed day was transformed into a reverent encounter which I was both privileged and humbled to partake of.

Keep an eye out for other performances by Lianna Levine and her ensemble.  You will experience love transformed.

upper west side, new york, city

Lianna Levine and fellow musicians

 

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