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Egg-head geek or dull-witted jock: which would you choose?
January 2012

The egg-head geek or the dull-witted jock? The brilliant but nerdy scientist or the talented but troubled actress? The boy who knows everything or the girl who knows everybody? Take your pick–either/or–because you can’t have both.

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Books to Remember: A New Literature Program for LePort Primary Students
December 2011

In this newsletter, I want to share with you an exciting new program we are introducing this year into our Primary classrooms for children ages 3 to 6 years.

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Celebrating the Individual
December 2011

Around the holidays, I talked with the father of an elementary school child at my daughter’s Montessori school in the Oakland area. His daughter is eligible to attend first grade at one of the state’s best public elementary schools, so I was curious: why did he decide to pay to continue to send his daughter to private Montessori school?

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Holiday Gifts Your Children Will Love. Learning Built In, Too!
December 2011

The holidays are a great opportunity to come together as a family. In many families, they also are a time to express our appreciation with thoughtful gifts that align with our values, and that put big smiles on the faces of our precious children.

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A Residency Program in Montessori Teaching
October 2011

A great teacher is worth her weight in gold, so the saying goes, and that’s especially true in a Montessori classroom.

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Why Do We Study Science?
October 2011

Science education is a staple of modern schooling. One rarely hears anyone question the value or necessity of teaching our children science. But what is the reason behind this view? Why should a child study science?

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Drive: Keeping Your Child’s Love of Learning Alive
September 2011

Every school we know talks about instilling a love of learning in children. But what does that actually mean?

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Taking The Anxiety Out Of Starting Preschool
August 2011

Starting preschool for the first time, or transferring to a new preschool environment, is an exciting time, but often also an anxious one. Many parents are concerned about how their child will handle this big transition.

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Silence: An Unexpected Montessori Benefit
July 2011

When parents first visit a well-run Montessori school, they often comment on how quiet the classrooms are compared to many other environments where groups of preschoolers come together.

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What I Learned From The Messy Marker Episode
July 2011

When my daughter Cailey was not quite 3, she asked me if she could color with markers. Up until that time, she’d only used crayons, chalk or colored pencils for her art endeavors.

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What Would You Like Your Child To Remember About School?
June 2011

Every year, at our Mission Viejo Campus, our 8th graders reflect on their experience at LePort in their graduate essays (published in our yearbook). Reading these essays is a rewarding experience for us as educators. They dramatize the goal that inspires our efforts: students who genuinely love to learn, and are eager to explore the world of knowledge.

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Will Montessori Preschool Nurture My Child’s Creativity?
June 2011

Several recent articles in major newspapers have discussed the demise of creativity in children, and linked it to a lack of “unstructured, messy play.” For example, The New York Times reports:

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Snack Time As Learning Time For Toddlers
June 2011

As fall approaches, you may be getting ready to enroll your child in preschool for the first time. It’s an exciting moment to see your beloved little one growing up, embarking on adventures without you right next to him or her.

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Bringing Drama To Math Class
May 2011

Here’s a disturbing quote if you are a parent concerned about your child’s education:

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How Montessori Math Helps Your Child Accomplish An Impossible Feat
April 2011

If you participated in “Watch Me Work Week” in February, you most likely saw 4 and 5-year-olds working with the Golden Beads, building numbers into the thousands, adding them together, confidently exchanging ten unit beads for a ten-bar, and ten ten-bars for a hundred square.

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Reading and Writing: Learned and Loved
March 2011

Even though reading and writing skills are critical to all future learning, many children struggle to learn these basic skills well into the elementary years. Schools are full of students who lack core language arts abilities, often despite the fact that they have dedicated teachers and proactive parents trying very hard to help them.

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Newsletter Main Article
Feb 2011 Race to Nowhere Movie: Our Perspective
Jan 2011 Choosing an Elementary School
Jan 2011 Open House Invitation & Introduction to Montessori Practical Life
Dec 2011 Learning Social Skills in Montessori
Oct 2010 Why Montessori: Questions to Ask When Selecting a Preschool
Oct 2010 Igniting Children’s Passion to Learn
Sep 2010 “Knowledge for Life”: Our Mission at LePort Schools
Jan 2009 Bringing History to Life: “Danegeld” and Somali Pirates
Sep 2008 Make “Practical Life” Part of Life
April 2008 Why History?
Jan 2008 Grammar and the Road to Excellence in Writing
Nov 2007 Healthy Eating Habits
Sep 2007 A Good Montessori Beginning
May 2007 Reading – Toddler through Primary Literature (Elementary & Junior High)
Apr 2007 Sensorial – Toddler through Primary Scientific Minds (Elementary & Junior High)
Mar 2007 The LePort Mathematics Curriculum