Wednesday, July 28, 2010
This week has been all about food. We really loved our Indian Rice Pudding (Kheer) with the yummy coconut milk. We made a cherry galette from France and pitted all the cherries ourselves. We also made some very yummy hummus which we served in scooped out cucumber slices with a garnish of scallion and red pepper. We also concocted some silly things, like fish from sugar snap peas, with olives for eyes and yellow peppers for fins, and strawberry mice. In the midst of all of this, our school is getting new flooring and we had to switch rooms! You know how important the sense of order is to children and adults alike when you have to set up a room that has all the materials and shelving shoved in one corner--with the children in attendance. Everyone is doing well though, and we love to eat! We are trying to take time with our meals and our treats--enjoying the company of our friends, and the exquisite taste and smell of our delicious food. We sometimes rush through our meals in the United States, and forget to give our food and our companions the respect they both deserve. Good food and good company is a gift.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
I'm looking for a book for our fall parent book club. My fall-back book is How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. That book was my crutch when my children were small. I'm reading Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves by Naomi Aldort. I've heard good things about it, and I am hopeful it will be a good Montessori fit. Aldort states, "It is our own mind-talk that prevents us from understanding the child and from knowing how to respond. A child's actions are not bad or good; they are simply expressions of emotional and physical needs or they are innocent play. Yet, our mind quickly evaluates a child's actions, and we respond not to the child, but to our own interpretations of her actions" (Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves). We in Montessori know the value of observation freed from preconceived ideas. The book then identifies the five primary needs of children and how to respond to children authentically, with non-judgmental communication. The book cover says it is for parents of babies to teens. I'll keep you updated. Let me know if there are any books out there you love that would be appropriate for a parent book club. Thanks in advance!