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:
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
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