Last Saturday over 125 Montessori teachers, aides and directors gathered for the annual Pacific Northwest Spring Sharing Fair at Cherry Hill Montessori, part of the Seattle Muslim School. Over 15 vendors were there showing and selling their products. Plus there were classrooms full of demonstrations and exhibits for primary and elementary ages! The event ends with a raffle with many great and useful classroom items. It was great! Here are just a few pics:
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We are collecting photos of children’s faces for our website. We are currently taking submissions and would love to involve our Montessori community at large...as a united effort. (This sample photo is provided by UMA graduate, Martha Huester of Surabaja, Indonesia.)
High quality (1mb or less in size)
Clear facial close up (we are able to crop if necessary)
Minimal background (no clutter, crowds…)
Ages 2 1/2 – 6 years
Clothing should have no printed advertising or cartoon characters
Natural pose (any expression)
We will need official permission to post your child’s photo on the UMA website. You may download this permission form, and submit with your photo(s).
We look forward to hearing from you!
This Spring, UMA went for a visit to Harborpointe Montessori School in Mukilteo, WA and found a beautiful table display called “The Norooz Table.” Norooz in Persian means New Year Day. It is the traditional beginning of the new year in Iran and goes back 15,000 years. It begins at the beginning of spring on vernal equinox, March 21.
Generally, wheat, barley, lentils, and other vegetables seeds are soaked to grow on china plates and round earthenware vessels some ten days in advance, so that the sprouts are three to four inches in height by Norooz. A table is laid. Displayed here are typical items, such as candle, incense burner, bowl of water with live gold fish, the plate with green sprouts, fruit (apple), coins, fresh garlic, and painted boiled egg. Articles are prominently exhibited in small bowls or plates on the table. The whole table, beautifully laid, symbolizes the Message and the Messenger, light, reflection, warmth, life, love, joy, production, prosperity, and nature. It is considered thanksgiving table for all the good beautifully bestowed by God.
You've heard the hype about CFL bulbs, both the good and the bad. Here's an article that may help you and parents make a responsible and knowledgeable choice on what bulb to use? http://www.ewg.org/node/27220
Always be thinking of ways to be more Green!