Harborlight's MomBall Team is back and looking forward to starting practices soon, but they need more players. You can also help support our team and the Beverly MomBall program by purchasing raffle tickets with great daily prizes from many of Beverly's local businesses. Read more.
April is Autism Awareness Month and some choose to “light it up blue” for awareness, but many in the autism community choose to “light it up red” for acceptance. (Blue was also originally chosen as a color because it was seen as a boy’s disease, but we have ample proof now that it affects girls as well.)
The lessons of Grace and Courtesy are a fundamental element in the Montessori Method and take place every day in our classroom through beautiful and kind language, and thoughtful and purposeful actions. Maria Montessori believed that it is our duty as human beings to work toward and be part of something great which not only serves individual interest but those of all humanity. To understand this relationship, children must be nurtured in the ways of grace and courtesy in order for it to flourish throughout their lives. Within every child there is a need for order. The initial lesson of grace and courtesy is presented in the classroom to children through practical life activities, we use clear language and modeling. Through these activities children learn how to fit and participate in their environment.
Over the past few weeks in the Beech Classroom, we have noticed that many children are in the sensitive period for learning grace and courtesy. Each morning we see the children greeting one another at the door, and some lend a hand to friends who may be struggling to put their belongings away. The children are becoming able to identify each other’s emotions and showing concern for a friend when someone is showing signs of sadness. They are becoming more empathetic, aware and compassionate towards friends and are quick to offer help, sympathy or a hug. The children move throughout the classroom environment peacefully, caring for their friends and environment. A few examples of the children practicing grace and courtesy are:
Apologizing or excusing oneself
Watching and observing others
Asking for help
Using a quiet voice
Speaking in a polite tone
Saying please and thank you
Blowing one’s nose
Covering your cough/sneeze
Washing one’s hands
Inviting or refusing a friend (politely)
Respecting others and their space
Walking around people and objects
Sitting on and tucking a chair in
Caring for activities, materials, books, and environment
Rolling a rug
Carrying activities and materials properly
The desire to be gracious and courteous is naturally present within children. As Montessori teachers and parents, it is important that we support their natural desire to be kind and thoughtful through gentle modeling and encouragement. Many of these lessons are not activities that we can find on the shelf, some are through demonstration/modeling and others are simple behaviors absorbed through the child through their careful observation of their world.
Did you know that if your child attends Harborlight they are eligible by waiver for Beverly Little League and Softball even if you live out of town? Obviously, if your child is of age and you live in Beverly you are also eligible.
The Montessori Math materials are quite magical. Here is a quick glimpse of a 1st grade student completing Dynamic Multiplication on a material called the Golden Mat. Watch as she forms 1,456 x 4 and finds the product by carrying over to the next place value with concrete materials.
Please enjoy this recording of our Zoom Presentation detailing the Children's House Program at Harborlight. We look forward to our older Toddlers moving across the driveway to the "big building" as well as welcoming new friends and families into the Harborlight community.
"The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence." Dr. Maria Montessori. This video of one of the wonderfully independent toddlers in our Infant/Toddler house demonstrates that perfectly.