THE FACTS: All of the US wastes 29 million tons of food every year, and six thousand tons every day. That is about half of our food. Why do we waste so much? One of the reasons is that we don't know enough about our food to know when it has really gone bad. With house holds the problem is that food gets thrown a way at the expiration date. You should take precautions with dairy products but most foods are still good after the expiration date. the best way to cut down on your food waste is to only buy what you need. This is the problem with house holds but grocery stores waste a lot too. Partly because people don't buy the products before the expiration date, and the grocery stores are forced to throw the produce away to avoid possible lawsuits. One way to resolve this is for the stores to donate their old produce to food pantries who can deliver the food to people who need it.
2-4 News: Continents and Estrellita (Little Stars)
The 2-4 classroom has been buzzing with new and old works! The four year olds (and soon to be 4's) are working on their continent maps. They are also enjoying visiting the 3-6 classroom on a weekly basis in preparation for next fall. We have all been working on parts of the amphibian and finding out what happens when you add a few drops of white paint to other colors.
New Toddler! New Teacher! New Baby!
Toddler Assistant Jana and her husband Brandon welcomed their son Eli at 12:59pm on Monday, February 27th. He weighed 7 lbs and 7 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long.
Our very own Beverly Womack helped to deliver him. Both Mom and Baby are resting at home with big sister Gracyn.
Michelle moved to Boone in the fall and began working in the toddler room this February when Jana left to have Eli. Michelle earned a B.S. in psychology from the University of Maryland, University College, and has a variety of teaching assistant experiences, ranging from public elementary special education, to supporting students with autism and other developmental delays at the Kennedy Krieger School. She is especially eager to work with this younger age group and learn as much as she can from Rebecca, the children, and all of the staff at MPS. She is drawn to the Montessori ideology, believing it is a natural and deliberate nurturing of the development of balanced individuals and future generations.
And finally, welcome the Henion-Hrenak family.... Archer joined our class this month and we are so happy to have him! If you have a chance, please say hello to Leigh Ann and Matt!
By now you’ve realized that a Mountain Pathways Montessori Education is a social education. We are not partitioned off into our own little desks with our textbooks where we find our right and wrong answers, choosing A, B, C or D, and never asking ‘Why?’ Montessori, as we practice it at Mountain Pathways, is about the training of little minds and hands in the use of tools, both internal and external, until they are proficient enough to move on to the next level of complexity and understanding. We learn by watching one another, older leading younger, on our way to mastery. All the while, the thread that runs through it is building independence. We are sharing with them these tools so that they may use them, in an effort to become independent young people.
On occasion, the drive to independence can be harder on Mom and Dad than on the child. That first year of life leaves parents trained to respond to every need, to minimize challenges for their little one, to protect and to serve. It’s hard to make the shift when she starts walking and talking, but that’s when it needs to start happening. “Help me to do it myself,” is the Montessori mantra that you should always come back to. This is the thinking behind our requests to stand nearby when they try to tackle the steps into the building, but don’t pick them up when they stumble, and don’t fret and carry on when they fall. Help them to stand back up if they need it and point at the rail where they can hold on and pull themselves up. We know you are nervous, child-rearing can be a scary business, but if they do not practice the steps, they will never learn to climb on their own.