MSNV Hillbrook Open House on February 11 from 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

Learn how it all began; see how it all turned out!

MSNV Hillbrook Open House this Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(MSNV Hillbrook campus address: 6820 Pacific Ln, Annandale, VA 22003)
Also, check out the MSNV Construction Time-Lapse Video: https://youtu.be/JVoX8VLiXFc

 

As things change they also stay the same: A look into a Primary-level Montessori classroom

As you may have noticed we change out some of the works on a monthly basis to keep areas like Practical Life, Science and Geography fresh and inviting for the children to explore. This allows the children to experience different things, while at the same time keeping the concepts and purpose of the material the same. A perfect example of this would be a scooping work; we may change out the containers, utensil, and items being scooped, but the children are still building concentration, coordination, fine motor skills, and independence.

The First Annual Baltimore Montessori Conference on April 1, 2017

The First Annual Baltimore Montessori Conference on April 1, 2017 is entitled “Self-Construction:The Child, the Adolescent, and the Adult.” The conference will be held on the campus of Greenspring Montessori School located just north of Baltimore and will feature keynote speaker, Julia Volkman, Montessori Mentor and Researcher at Harvard University. Certificate of Advanced Study-Montessori Leadership Cohort- Loyola. Our MSNV Upper Elementary teacher, Jackie Savage, will be offering a workshop.

http://www.marylandmontessori.org/baltimore-montessori-conference/

This event is brought to you by the Maryland Center for Montessori Studies – the Montessori training center at Greenspring Montessori School.

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PEP Parenting Support for Parenting 5 to 12 year olds on Jan 24 and 26, 2016

PEP Parenting 5 to 12 year olds on Jan 24 and 26, 2016. Learn more here:

PEP I: Parenting 5 to 12 Year Olds

 

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Special Event at Lab School – Jonathan Mooney – January 11

50th Anniversary Lecture Series for Parents and Professionals

Special Event at Lab School – Jonathan Mooney – January 11

Dear Parents,
On Wednesday, January 11, as part of its special 50th Anniversary Lecture Series, Lab will host speaker, writer, and LD activist, Jonathan Mooney.  Mooney, a dyslexic who learned to read at age 12 and went on to graduate with honors from Brown University, is an engaging and entertaining speaker on the subject of living with learning differences. I strongly encourage our parents, as well as our high school students, to attend this special event. See below for more information about Mooney and registration.
Katherine
You are invited to attend
The Lab School of Washington’s
50th Anniversary Lecture Series for Parents and Professionals
Redrawing the Lines:  Neurodiversity – A Compass for the Changing World

Jonathan Mooney
Author, Speaker,
Neuro-Diversity and LD Activist
Jonathan Mooney vividly, humorously, and passionately brings to life the wonderful world of neurodiversity: the research behind it, the people who live in it, and the lessons it has for all of us who care about the future of education. Mooney, a dyslexic who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old, is a graduate of Brown University, Class of 2000, and holds an honors degree in English Literature. He is founder and President of Project Eye-To-Eye, a mentoring and advocacy non-profit organization for students with learning differences. Project Eye-To-Eye currently has 20 chapters (including one at The Lab School), in 13 states working with over 3,000 students, parents, and educators nationwide. The Lab School honored Mooney at its 2009 Gala
as an Outstanding Achiever with Learning Differences. For more about Mooney,  visit his website at www.jonathanmooney.com.
High School students are encouraged to attend this engaging program.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
7:30 pm
The Lab School of Washington
Reservoir Campus Commons

4759 Reservoir Road NW

Washington, DC 20007

 

All lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is required.  
Professionals:  A certificate verifying 1.5 instructional hours will be provided with full attendance.
The Lab School of Washington | 4759 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC 20007

 

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Alison Gopnik on Parenting and What Kids Need Most

6-minute video by Alison Gopnik (developmental psychologist, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and author of “The Gardener and the Carpenter”) expresses the idea that children are naturally hard-wired to learn and experiment with their surrounds, and that parents don’t need to take a purposefully scholastic approach.

“You can structure a child’s day so they’re learning and being nourished by lessons that will skill them up for life, but the moment you take a breather and clock off might just be the moment your child learns the most.”

http://bigthink.com/videos/alison-gopnik-on-parenting-and-what-kids-need-most

 

Washington Family Dance Sunday January 8 @ Glen Echo

The Washington Family Dance is from 3 to 5 pm, Sunday, January 8th at the Glen Echo Park Ballroom Annex, to the left of the main ballroom entrance in Glen Echo, Maryland.  Janine Smith calls with Maelstrom. This will be an especially fun dance!!


The Family Dance welcomes all ages, offering a unique opportunity to experience the joy of dance with your children.  An experienced family dance leader shows you everything you need to know right then and there for circle, square and contra dances.  As always, we present the finest in live traditional American community dance music.  Bring the entire family, neighbors, church or synagogue group, birthday party, girl or boy scout troop.  No experience is necessary — the dances are taught for ages 4 and up, with a focus on having fun!

Admission is $5 for ages 4 and older.  Children under 4 are free and welcome — many have started their dancing by bouncing along in a parent’s babypack.

For more information go to http://www.fsgw.org and click on “Family Dance”

For future planning, the FSGW Family Dance is usually the 2nd Sunday of the month, except in August and December, when there is no dance.  They are held at the Ballroom Annex at Glen Echo Park.  You can check http://www.fsgw.org(click on “Family Dance”) for details of a particular dance, and to be sure nothing has changed.  If you suspect a dance may be canceled due to bad weather, call the park at 301-320-2330.

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PEP class: “Why Don’t My Kids Listen to Me?”

The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) is hosting “Why Don’t My Kids Listen to Me?” in January 2017.

Are you tired of saying the same things over and over? Do you find yourself giving in to your kids’ demands and/or yelling at them? How many times DO you have to tell them? Come to this free workshop and learn how to gain your children’s cooperation without nagging, bribing or yelling.

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See times and register here: http://pepparent.org/classes-programs/class-schedule/

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A Recipe for Apple Empanadas to Make with your Children

A recipe for Apple Empanadas from one of our Preprimary classrooms. Make this together with your children to give them a fun opportunity to practice gross motor skills, practical life and math skills, and even to demonstrate for you their serving and eating manners learned through lessons in grace and courtesy.

 

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To make our apple empanadas, children wash the apples, cut the apples, and add sugar and cinnamon. They then fill the premade turnover dough and lightly brush a bit of egg on top.  Once done, we place them onto parchment paper and bake for 30 mins (until golden brown).

Recipe for Apple Empanadas

About 10 apples washed and cut into small/medium chunks (this can make about 30 empanadas)

30 Goya Turnover Premade discs (look for in frozen area)

1TBSP Cinnamon

1/4 cup of sugar

1 cup of water

Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

Be sure discs are thawed. Cut apples into chunks and place in a pot with water, cinnamon and sugar and cook for about 1hr on medium heat. After 30 mins, reduce heat to low.

Place the filling in the middle, fold in half. Take a fork and press down around the edges to prevent filling from coming out. Bake for 30 mins, allow to cook for 10 mins and enjoy!

Remember to Give Yourself a Break

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“Remember to give yourself a break!” A holiday blog post from one of our MSNV Primary teachers:

The holidays can be a hectic and sometimes stressful time of year, not to mention flu season! As parents (and teachers) we need to remember to give ourselves a break from being “perfect” with our kids. Often times when we have so much on our plates we can feel guilty for not getting it all “right”. Here’s a quick revelation: nobody gets everything right. There are no perfect parents, perfect kids, or perfect anybodies. A few years ago when I was a “single parenting miracle” my friend and fellow-teacher reminded me of this with a secret note left on my fridge. Here’s a little article with some good advice as my secret fridge note to you saying…

“Remember to give yourself a break!”

https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/perfect-parents-dont-exist-forgive-yourself-for-these-6-parenting-mistakes/