Friendship at Arborland

Friendship at Arborland
By Ms. Mel
February is International Friendship Month. We are lucky to have a close-knit community here at Arborland. From our mixed age and diverse classrooms, to our 12:1 student-teacher ratio, our students get the opportunity to establish close friendships with their schoolmates. In order for children to be able to form friendships, they need to have a foundation of self-respect and self-confidence. Through our Grace and Courtesy lessons, our teachers and our classrooms provide an environment where children learn to have respect for themselves, respect for their environment, and respect for others. Learning respect and positive social behavior goes hand in hand in fostering friendships. In order for children to have good friends, they must first be a good friend. By learning basic courtesy such as taking turns and keeping their hands to themselves, to learning communication and listening skills, to learning problem solving and conflict resolution skills, our students are given an important foundation on which they can build relationships with others.

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“If I Were President…”

Celebrating Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Though it was originally established as “Washington’s Birthday”, which was February 22nd, it was moved to a Monday in order for the nation’s workers to have a three-day weekend, as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

We all know that the job of President of the United States comes with a lot of responsibility and hard work. Students at Arborland have lots of ideas of what they would do if they were President:

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Arborland’s Grace & Courtesy Lessons

Making Arborland a Bully Free Zone
By Anisa Foy

We are a tight knit community at Arborland and have been relatively free of bullying. Bullying is unacceptable in any shape or form, and this fact needs to be impressed on children starting from their very early formative years. How do we do this in a primary and elementary school setting? We do this by sowing the seeds of an anti-bullying culture. We permeate the child’s consciousness at a very early age that bullying is not acceptable, is hurtful, will not be tolerated, and any form of bullying will have consequences. It is a slow process, it will not happen overnight. But at Arborland we start in the toddler room and the teachers continue the process all the way through the primary, lower and upper elementary years. Read More

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

In January, we honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., a fearless leader with a dream that our world could come together in peace. His characteristics of leadership, persistence, and striving to make the world we live in a better place are things that not only should be celebrated but also emulated. It is our goal to instill in our students a great sense of leadership, a passion for helping others, and to strive for peace and justice in our world. Dr. Maria Montessori┬árecognized that the hope for peace lay in the education of children. Every day in our classrooms, as we teach according to the philosophy and curriculum of Dr. Maria Montessori, we are not only teaching our students academics such as reading, writing, and math… we are building their character. It is our hope for each student to go forward in life not only an intelligent individual but an empathetic, caring, and persistent person.
As we celebrate him this month, it is a great opportunity not only to remember Martin Luther King, Jr., but to activate in our life today, and forward, the important characteristics of being a great leader.

Bullying Prevention Program

Bullying Prevention Program at Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy
By A. Foy

One of the main features of a Montessori program is respect for each individual child. Respect for the child is of prime importance in the Montessori classroom. This means the adults in the environment never talk down to the child, or speak in a loud or harsh tone. From day one the child is made to feel safe and secure. Our classrooms are prepared environments where the child may pursue learning activities, make choices and move around to make these learning choices. Very early in the school year, rules of the classroom are taught through our very special Grace and Courtesy lessons. In a Montessori environment, discipline is not forced or enforced by the authority of the teacher. Discipline is fostered through daily lessons that teach respect, acceptance and kind behavior to each other. The children are taught, from a very early age, that they are the future citizens of the world and that they will one day guide and protect their world. Our aim and our hope is to create a calm atmosphere where there is no room for children to be unkind to or bully each other. Read More