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Kathy’s Insights

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

Kathy’s Insights

The Weather is Hot – What is Cool?

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School will soon be closed, the city is already hot, and your children are ready to go, go, go!  Parents and care givers searching for fun things to do this summer can click on these links for some ideas.  One plan that can be repeated often is to find solace and adventure in  the cool shade of trees in one of the best parks in the entire world – Central Park.  There are so many opportunities for children and families to take part in the outdoors. Pack a snack or picnic and go for the day.  How about a scavenger hunt while you are there?

Make time for reading every day in the summer.  Books are one of the best tools for helping children grow and develop their minds.  Include everything from non-fiction about animals to short chapter biographies and fantasies on your list for you and your children to enjoy.  Visit the Children’s Center at the NY Public Library on 42nd and 5th Avenue for various programs and classes.

Above all else, share time together. You are  your child’s greatest hero, role model and companion.  The memories you create together will become part of your traditions and will become the childhood roots adult happiness!

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Reading in the park!

 

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Transitions

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Throughout our entire lives we experience transitions – some easier than others.  The infants in our care make a leap of trust when they transition from their parents to a teacher.  Nurturing, consistency, love and safety are the essential elements that make this transition smooth.  These elements change slightly as the children age to include environments that foster natural curiosity, respect and  friendship.  At Central Park Montessori School we are part of a transition for one of our beloved administrators, Shelly McGuire.  Shelly has been at CP since its beginning and at our Park West campus for 6 years before that.  I have worked with Shelly since 1994!  Shelly’s personality,  knowledge, warmth and love of children was a contributing factor for many parents who enrolled their children at Twin Parks.  We will miss her!  Knowing her family circle will embrace her as she begins work in a school steeped in tradition and respect make this transition easier for us.  We all wish her well as she makes a new transition in her life!

 

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Shelly McGuire ready to greet guests at the Bon Voyage Party hosted by Twin Parks Montessori School.

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Bullying

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Last night I attended a showing of the documentary, Bully.  It was playing at the Clearview Cinema on W.23rd and 8th Avenue.  While I was waiting for my friends to arrive, I heard the ticket seller say that a whole faculty from a high school attended an earlier showing.  I was encouraged.

During the movie, I experienced a range of emotions.  I cried for the children who experienced physical and verbal abuse.  I felt frustration and anger at the administrators for their lack of insight or lack of knowledge of how to stop the bullying happening in their schools.  I was also proud of the parents who started, Stand for the Silent.

 

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