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Mindfulness in Nature

Mindfulness in Nature By Melanie Leyden Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off you like falling leaves. —John Muir, Nature Writings Nature can awaken us. The...

MCS Families – Michelle Reader

MCS Families – Michelle Reader By Al Daniel Doors, roofs and walls can be a nuisance to the Herbert-Reader family. Fortunately for their sake, those barriers tend to feel thin, and are a complete nonfactor regularly enough to satisfy their outside yearnings. The Montessori Community School offers its fair share of open-air activity. The likes...

MCS Students to Participate in JUST TRYAN IT

MCS Students to Participate in JUST TRYAN IT By Al Daniel Donuts are one easy way to get almost anyone, let alone an elementary-age school student, up and running early on a Sunday. For a quartet of Montessori Community School students, though, those are the admitted mission-accomplished fun part after a morning of running, biking...

Recipe for Dirt

Recipe for Dirt By Shelly Lyons Being a resource teacher at MCS, I have many opportunities that I never had as a lower elementary classroom teacher. My favorite one is spending time with all of the students and teachers at our school. I love knowing everyone and seeing all of the different classes in action....

MCS Families – Keturah Russell

MCS Families – Keturah Russell By Al Daniel Keturah Russell’s kids were doing their own laundry by second grade. When Morgann Russell ’14 was a student in the Montessori Community School’s Lower El program, where her mother started teaching in 1992, then-program director Judy Martell touted household chores as one key to honing one’s independence...

MCS Families – Rochelle Hayes

MCS Families – Rochelle Hayes By Al Daniel Along the Durham-Chapel Hill borderline, the names Hayes and Hale mesh with Montessori education like Ben and Jerry with ice cream. Like Disney and Pixar with computer-animated family blockbusters. Like Barnes and Noble with book sales. They represent one family, unequivocally happy where they are and showing...

Mindfulness in Lower Elementary

Mindfulness in Lower Elementary By Jennifer Tobolski “Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” ~ mindful.org Mindfulness is the art of mindful meditation. The general practice is a reminder for people...

This Is Serious Fun!

This Is Serious Fun! By Levy Vargas The idea of simply putting your hands on a piece of clay is already exciting, no matter how old you are, using clay will always be fun. And, yes, one can make anything with clay. Any shape, any idea — we just have to figure out how…. I...

Working with Toddlers Inspires Mindfulness

Working with Toddlers Inspires Mindfulness By Rachel McClain As adults, it is easy to forget how to slow down and notice the details of the moment, whether it be things in our environment or within ourselves. We are often rushing around, multi-tasking, or anticipating the next thing to be done. For me, one of the...