Can Montessori Be a Way of Life, Even at Home?
by Sandra Nickerson
“The greatest sign of success for a teacher [or parent] is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’” ~ Maria Montessori
When parents visit our school, one of the many things they observe is children as young as 3 years old independently choosing a work, doing the work, and finally, returning the work to its rightful place on the shelf, prepared for the next child who might choose it.
Astonished, parents ask, “How do you get them to do that? I cannot imagine my child doing that at home!”
Our teachers respond, “We prepare work that excites, challenges and allows a student to feel successful. Our expectation is that every member of a classroom contributes something positive to the environment. This, of course, includes working together to take care of our classroom.”
At the risk of sounding… well, old, I recently realized my parents were better Montessori parents than I was with my own children. I am not sure when my daily home responsibilities started, but I can say they were well in place by the time I was in third grade and my sister was in first. Every evening, we cleared the table after dinner, washed, dried, and put away the dishes. My mother would leave the kitchen after dinner, lay on the couch, and read the paper. Of course my sister and I spent countless hours complaining to one another about how unfair that was, and how lazy our mom was for making us clean up after her family. Despite our commiseration, my sister and I clearly understood that the job was ours, plain and simple. My mom had made her expectations known for how the job should be done, and she often inspected our finished work to see if we met these clear expectations. There were two constants: we had to do the job, and we had to do the job right.
The process, well, that was up to my sister and me. I remember sometimes we were very efficient and got the job done quickly. There are other vivid memories of arguing about who would wash and who would dry. There were the philosophical concepts to be wrestled with, like why my brother did not have to do dishes. We were sure that his lawn-mowing job was more exciting and easier. Sometimes we turned the whole watery affair into a game. In any case, my mom never interfered. If we took two hours to do the dishes, that was our problem and not hers.
Sometimes, these long sessions meant not going outside to play or not being able to watch TV because there was homework still to do. These were the “natural consequences” of our inefficient ways. I must add that even while looking at our tear-stained faces and listening to our rants of injustice, my mother never felt sorry for us or guilty that she somehow had caused our harsh predicament. I believe now that she thought she was preparing us to make independent, responsible choices.
I became a parent in 1980, and my wish for my daughter was simple. I wanted her to be happy. What I did not realize then was that the subtext of that wish was appointing myself responsible for her happiness. I wanted my daughter to feel free to express herself and discover herself without the confines of others’ expectations. My daughter was going to know and feel her uniqueness. While my daughter was busy expressing and discovering herself, I was busy doing the manual tasks around the house. I did ask her to help, and she sullenly obliged, but we had no routine. She did not feel the responsibility of having to do something each day that was really hers, no matter what. And then there were the negotiations, “Do I haaaave to? I have soooo much homework…. I canNOT miss dance class… this is my ONLY time to be with Addie.” Often I would buckle under her woeful cries. Why? My self-appointed job was to be responsible for her happiness. After all, her completed homework, her dance successes, and her meaningful friendships were certainly more important than clean dishes.
Today, children engage in multiple activities and keep a schedule that exhausts me even to hear about. I wonder if we are even getting enough rest, let alone getting the time to think about instilling independent responsibilities. Parents are striving to provide their children every opportunity to become successful in life. While diligently providing a rich and nourishing childhood, can parents also create space for a child to take on responsibilities at home that contribute to the care of his whole family? Although knowledge is critical and experience inspiring, I believe that a child taking full responsibility for and ownership of a job is essential.
Have I let my own children down by not having assigned each a job that benefited our whole family, by not having clearly defined the parameters of that job, by not having let them struggle, fight, laugh, argue over what a complete job looks like, by not having afforded them the feeling of doing a job completely and well? Yes, I think I have. So in answer to this frequently asked parent question, “How do I bring Montessori into our home?” My advice is this: assign your child a regularly scheduled household job that everyone in your home needs done, one your child can complete on his own, one she can do successfully, one that might slow him down a bit. Once you teach her how to do the job, walk away. Keep your expectations clear and stand unwavering in the face of multiple pleas for exemption. In the end, your children will thank you.
In the end, I do thank my mom for the dishwashing job and my dad for the Saturday morning trash bin emptying job. You see, they knew I could do those tasks, and they believed that I should recognize the satisfaction of a job done well.
Sandra Nickerson, Head of School and Elementary II Art Teacher at Bridgeview Montessori School has been on the faculty since the school’s inception in 2000.
WALDORF SCHOOL ANNOUNCES NEW COMMUNITY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Starting on September 18th, the Waldorf School in Cotuit, is offering a new after school program that is open to all elementary and middle school students on Cape Cod including home school students. Until now, only students that attend the Waldorf School have had the opportunity to learn the unique skills Waldorf Education has to offer. This school year all students in the local community are invited to participate.
The program is offered in 5-7 week long sessions and the classes are 2 hours long on weekdays from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm. Class offerings in the Fall I session include Waldorf Handwork, Studio Art, Cooking, and Community Service. More classes will be added throughout the year with offerings for grades 1 - 8.
The Waldorf School of Cape Cod is celebrating its 33rd year on Cape Cod. The school started
as a small one room private school in Woods Hole. The founding parents envisioned a school
that would nourish the developing child during the important years of early childhood and
support their growth through the elementary and middle school years. Through parent initiatives
and community commitment, the school has grown from that one room school to the fully
established and accredited school it is today.
For more information about the Waldorf School’s Community After -School Program visit
www.waldorfschoolofcapecod.org/after-school or call the school at 508-420-1005
Welcome to our newest advertiser: Waldorf School of Cape Cod!
A School Created by Parents
If you could imagine a school full of wonder, life, and engaged students who love to learn, what would that look like? In 1984, a small group of parents asked themselves this question. The school they created is known today as the Waldorf School of Cape Cod.
The Waldorf School started as a small one room private school in Woods Hole. The founding parents envisioned a school that would nourish the developing child during the important years of early childhood and support their growth through the elementary and middle school years. Through parent initiatives and community commitment, the school has grown from that one room school to the fully established and accredited school it is today.
The Waldorf School of Cape Cod is now located in the quaint seaside village of Cotuit on 13.5 acres of beautiful woodlands within walking distance of Cotuit harbor. The school building is the former location of Cotuit Elementary School. The woods and school grounds provide the best playspace that nature has to offer and we take full advantage of this gift. Our students spend much of their time outdoors and in our outdoor classroom, the school Sunhouse.
The goal of the Waldorf School of Cape Cod is to provide an education that will produce well-rounded individuals who are able to think critically and creatively. This inspires our unique approach to education. Lessons are brought to students in a multi-sensory way and usually include movement, especially in the younger grades. This approach allows our faculty to reach students with many different learning styles.
When you walk through the halls at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod, you can’t help but feel the positive energy and sense of community everyone shares. Who wouldn’t want this wonderful experience for their child? We invite you to come and visit us for a tour and learn more about our school. Enrollment is open and there is space available in select grades. Call 508-420-1005 or email Outreach@waldorfcapecod.org to make an appointment.
Please Join one of Cape Cod Moms amazing
Advisers Tracy Lamperti for her upcoming workshop:
Helping Children Manage Stress
Tracy Lamperti has been counseling children and families for more than 25 years. Just in time for back to school, join Tracy as she shares information and strategies about what works when it comes to helping children self-regulate their emotions and behavior.
It is recommended that you bring your child to this training so that you can learn the strategies together and be prepared for the first moment they are needed as the 2017/2018 school year gets underway.
Strategies will be grouped in three categories; sound, scent and touch.
You can choose either of the workshop days so that it fits your schedule!
Date: Monday, August 21 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM & Friday, August 25 at 10 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Lamperti Counseling & Consultation
26 Wampum Dr, Brewster, Massachusetts 02631
Register for 8/21 Workshop
Register for 8/25 Workshop
Cost: $20 per adult. There will be no charge for children.
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Cape Cod Children’s Museum Celebrates Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® Day
Cape Cod Children’s Museum Unites with National Early Education Organization to Highlight the Importance of High-Quality Education for All Children
Jumpstart, a national early education organization, will partner with Cape Cod Children’s Museum in Mashpee for the 11th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign that helps address the educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten.
On October 27, 2016, children and adults will join forces for the world’s largest shared reading experience, known as Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Since 2006, this 24-hour celebration has mobilized over 17 million people, and Jumpstart holds the world reading record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. This year’s official campaign book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers), will not only inspire adults to read with children, but will also spur policymakers and organizations to take action towards transformative change in early education while putting books in the hands of more children across the country.
A limited number of special paperback editions of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich will be available for purchase at Cape Cod Children’s Museum. By Pre-registering for the Museum’s Read for the Record event, you will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase a copy of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich for the special price of just $4.50. This exclusive price is available only the day of the event and only to those who Pre-register at www.CapeCodChildrensMuseum.org.
Special editions feature reading tips, vocabulary words, reading comprehension questions, and conversation starters developed by Jumpstart’s team of early education experts. All proceeds help bring Jumpstart’s program to preschool children in under-resourced communities across the country.
Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. By participating in Jumpstart’s year-long program, children develop the language, literacy, and social-emotional skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained 45,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of 95,000 preschool children nationwide. Learn more at jstart.org and follow us on Twitter at @Jumpstartkids.
ABOUT THE BEAR ATE YOUR SANDWICH
Julia Sarcone-Roach’s The Bear Ate Your Sandwich is the tale of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear’s journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, that you will not see the surprise ending coming!
Working with Clay…No Guarantees
Sandy Nickerson, Head of School
Ok, full disclosure. When I was in college, I took a clay class. I worked very hard in that class. I just knew I could impress myself and my professor while I was at it. I wedged, slabbed, coiled, pinched, threw, and created all kinds of glaze concoctions. I spent hours perfecting each technique. And no matter what I did, how I did it, or how long I did it, the results were always the same oddly familiar shapes. Dare I call them vessels? I guess they were vessels, each with a unique likeness to my childhood mud pies. Needless to say, I achieved a ‘C’ in that course. I considered myself lucky…considering the hauntingly nostalgic repeated forms.
About 25 years later, as an Art teacher at Bridgeview Montessori School, I very much wanted our school to have a kiln. I knew our art curriculum would not be complete without our students experiencing the process of bringing a clay piece to its completed glazed finish. The Bridgeview Parent Association jumped aboard and raised money to pay for a new kiln and the kiln shed. The goal was reached, and the kiln and shed were installed. At last, there I stood, a ‘C’ clay student in charge of the new clay curriculum. I took a deep breath and contacted Kim, a local potter, and a parent at our school and pleaded for her guidance. As a parent volunteer, she helped me choose the most appropriate clay and glaze to use with children. She reminded me of all the steps involved in bringing a clay piece to its finish. We started by offering an After School Clay Class that Kim helped me teach. At home, I studied my clay vocabulary words.
Our clay adventure was underway, our students and their ‘C’ clay teacher were ready to explore, make mistakes, discover, make mistakes, and create three dimensional art pieces, some beautiful, some not. Each step in the process provided opportunity for great success and undeniable failure. Working hard did not factor into guaranteed successful outcomes. As the teacher, I could only guarantee the full process… celebrate the student successes and help students endure the failures, and continue on to the next work.
Here’s the full process. Wedge your clay to make sure there are no air pockets. Build your piece and make sure all added pieces are scratched and slipped, being sure not to create any air pockets. Allow piece to dry until leather hard with no moisture left. Bisque fire. Glaze piece making sure to layer every glaze color at least three times. Glaze fire. Bring completed pieces home without breaking them.
Air pockets will cause your piece, no matter how beautifully built, to explode in the kiln. Not scratching and slipping properly will cause your piece to break during the leather-drying phase. Little bits and pieces that managed to stay connected in drying may still fall off during the bisque firing. Failure to layer the glaze at least three times will lead to a “watery” layer of color that is bound to disappoint. I am sure we all understand the consequences of breaking clay pieces on the way home.
As a teacher, the stressful part of teaching clay is that I cannot assure my hard working students that they will not make a fatal mistake along the way. I can’t see air pockets or incorrect scratching and slipping technique or that a leather hard piece won’t slip out of my hands and fall crashing to the floor. All I can do is be a good role model for picking myself up, dusting off, and trying again when something disastrous happens to my demonstration pieces. My students and I have worked and grown together. They have encouraged me through my trials, as I have encouraged them through theirs. I start each clay lesson with the words, “There are no guarantees.”
Why all this trouble anyway? First of all, everyone should experience working three dimensionally. Most importantly, all learners need to experience the excitement of working hard even though they know from the start there will be no guaranteed success. Yet my belief is that the lesson is not as important as the attribute that can be gained… that attribute is true grit. Handling success is wonderful, but the real challenge is handling it when the going gets tough. I am proud that this ‘C’ clay student did not use her ‘C’ as an excuse to never teach clay. I am very proud of our clay students who continue to exclaim, ”Yeah, its clay time!” even though each of them has experienced disappointment while working with clay. I am equally proud of our cumulative successes and disappointments. Together, they have led to growth and grit.
Oh, and those annoying mud pie forms previously mentioned, they are fewer and farther between. Phew!
Bridgeview Montessori School
885 Sandwich Road
P.O. Box 270
Sagamore, MA 02561
Director of Admission: Suzanne Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving ages 2.9 to 12 years, Bridgeview Montessori School, guided by the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, provides a child-centered learning environment in which students develop a love of learning that will sustain them throughout their lives. Our goals include: the development of the whole child, emotionally, physically and intellectually; academic excellence gained through independent and critical thinking; inspired learning through creativity, courage, passion, personal responsibility and respect for self, others, and the world in which we live. We encourage our students to approach their work and their world with a sense of wonder, curiosity and the excitement of discovery. We value diversity and, above all, we value a compassionate and peaceful community. Bridgeview Montessori School awards upwards of $70,000 in need-based financial aid annually! Our school is allergen free. A wonderful small school for all kinds of learners.
In an effort to get kids reading this summer, the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RV will visit Eight Cousins Bookstore on July 5, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Kids and families will have the opportunity to participate in their very own “pop-up” reading festival, meet some of their favorite authors and illustrators, and engage in fun reading activities. The RVs will visit 25+ U.S. cities nationwide throughout the summer, traveling more than 10,000 miles to spread the message about the importance of summer reading to kids.
At the reading road trip stop kids and families will enjoy a fun day of free reading activities including:
· Author visit and book signing(s)
· An activity tent filled with reading activities
· Giveaway tables and a prize wheel
· Animated photo stations with Clifford the Big Red Dog® and “Slappy” from Goosebumps®
· “Instaframes” picture stations for kids to show-off their “reading muscles”
· Costume characters including: Clifford the Big Red Dog® and Geronimo Stilton
WHERE: Eight Cousins Books
189 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540
WHEN: Tuesday, July 5, 2016
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
Summer Reading Road Trip to Cape Cod Giveaway
One lucky Cape Cod Mom or Parent will receive a Summer Reading Prize Pack consisting of:
Select titles from the authors, Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Frisbee (2), Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge printable and activity sheets (2) and a booklist (pre-K to YA) for parents.
To Enter all you have to do is comment on this blog post with your child's favorite book!
Be sure to use the email that you wish for us to contact you at if you are the winner!
Contest is open to US Residents who are 18 or older. Contest is open from 6/28/16-7/5/16 at 11:59pm EST. Contest is hosted by Cape Cod Moms and sponsored by Scholastic. Winner will be contacted via the email they use when they submit their comment. Winner will have 24 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Winner will confirm their entry and give Cape Cod Moms their mailing address. Scholastic will be responsible for shipping of the prize.
Ivy Kids Kit Review
I recently had the founder of Ivy Kids at one of my Usborne Facebook parties; we got to talking about how I was a former kindergarten teacher and wished I had more time to make up boxes like she sold and she offered to send me a kit for an unbiased review. “Ivy Kids is a monthly educational subscription box for children ages 3-8. Our goal is to make every moment with your child "quality time." Have the tools at your fingertips to ensure your child has a solid foundation in math, literacy, and science. Help your child build confidence and be well-rounded in all disciplines to ensure future academic success. The activities in the Ivy Kits have been created by certified early childhood teachers with children of their own.” (http://ivy-kids.com/)
The kids and I were very excited to find the box had arrived while we were away over the weekend. The kit arrives in a 12”x4”x8” boxes that also double as storage for the supplies. In each boxes are a book and 10 activities to go with it (for an extra $5 you can add sibling supplies). I received A house for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle (which happens to be a book I am very familiar with and used while teaching). When we opened the box the first item we saw was the book A House for Hermit Crab and a bookmark with questions and suggests for getting the most out of reading and rereading the book. Most of the other items come in bags sort by activity which is great so you can grab a bag and get started (some of the materials are shared between activities). Each activity comes with a sheet that tells you about the activity including materials provided, how to play, suggestion on differentiating the activity for different ages/skill level, questions to ask to scaffold learning and learning goals/developing skills list.
So far my kids have really enjoyed reading the book A House for Hermit Crab and discussing what he chooses for his shell over the year. They have also enjoyed creating their own habitats for the hermit crab they “grew” in a bowl of water (one of those add water and grow creatures) and creating a special shell for their hermit crab using the plate as a shell and the stickers for decoration. The painting of the shells and sun catchers definitely was great for the kids fine motor skills and labeling/experimenting with colors. We are looking forward to pulling the boxes out in coming weeks and enjoying some Hermit Crab Facts, Identifying Hermit Crab Body Parts, Doing some Hermit Crab Shell Observations, Sequencing Hermit Crab's Year, Name decorating, Sorting Shells plus playing Hermit Crab Shell Race.
You can buy individual boxes or sign up for monthly deliveries of a box for a month to month, three months or six months. In each boxes there are enough activities/ideas to last about a month. I really enjoyed being able to just grab the box and let my kids (three and five) choice an activity and have all the materials right there. Hopefully I will find some time before my daughter finishes school to assemble some of my own boxes if not I will have to get a three month subscription to Ivy Kids which is totally worth the $36.95 a month cost.
To find more info on Ivy Kids or to order kit(s) visit their website http://ivy-kids.com/
Usborne Books & More Independent Educational Consultant
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Please join us in welcoming our newest Cape Cod Level Sponsor, Cape Cod Academy!
How Things Get Done in the Real World
Resourcefulness. Being able to make a case. Aligning peoples’ interests. Sustaining a commitment. Persevering in the face of challenges. Recognizing a need. Making disciplined choices. These are the skills and habits of people who make a difference in the world, people who get things done.
When CCA or another school refers to its “service learning” curriculum or program, we indicate that we teach students not just the importance of volunteering, or even considering and serving the needs of others, but also reflecting on what is important to a person, who one is in relationship to the world around him, and strengths and opportunities he or she has. We also teach students to think critically about problems, what they stem from, and how different approaches might change the situation.
I am proud of this program and the forms of all its activities, including:
This winter, CCA students are hosting Coffee Houses to raise money for local not-for-profits and preparing for the annual Shelter from the Storm benefit concert.
These are multiple-year, sustained commitments that now raise over $20,000 a year (and over $84,000 in the last eight years.) One of the things I appreciate about the Coffee House effort is that students bring local agencies to campus to deliver their pitch for why that organization should be the recipient of the benefit fundraising. During this process, students refine their ability to discern value, purpose, and efficiency just as much as they learn about local issues affecting health, the economy, society, and our environment. They learn to make tough decisions among compelling options.
CCA actively inspires students to consider others--to listen for their voices, to see their experiences--to respect others and the complexity of a world that resists simple solutions. We teach students that learning is edifying in itself but also prepares them to do and act, to lead and rally others, and find a better way. We are teaching them how to get things done...better.
--Tom Trigg, Cape Cod Academy
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for this event for the Cape Cod Moms audience. Ticket registration will end on or before Friday, February 26th or when tickets sell out and will be available to to general public beginning Friday the 26th.
Calmer Choice, in partnership with Cape Cod Academy, is pleased to present renowned Speaker Janell Burley Hofmann, Author of “iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know about Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing.”
Come engage in the cultural conversation around the impact of technology in our personal, professional and social lives. From Tweens with new devices, to Families creating boundaries around Digital Citizenship – to Educators, Law Enforcement and other Professionals who are trying to implement new models and create continued balance for the community in this ever-changing era.
Register Here for Complimentary Tickets for Cape Cod Moms
Another chance to see the very popular Jeanine Fitzgerald who will teach you how to live joyfully with parenting!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
ST. PETER'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 421 WIANNO AVENUE, OSTERVILLE
$10 Suggested Donation | 1.5 Training Hours for Early Childhood Educators
RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name
and number of attendees or call (508)428.8857.
Jeanine Fitzgerald has over 35 years of professional experience, inspiring and empowering parents and teachers to cultivate the unique strengths of every individual child so that he/she can reach his/her full potential. Ms. Fitzgerald is recognized on the federal level as an approved trainer in the fields of education and mental health. She has been a keynote speaker for venues including the New England Association for the Education of Young Children, the Children’s Trust Fund, and Harvard University. For more information, visit www.thefitzgeraldinstitute.com. Ms. Fitzgerald offers wisdom with a great deal of humor. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best in the industry!
Cape Cod Children's Place Presents: Raising Healthy Families
7 week parenting series with Cindy Horgan. Will provide support for challenges that make parenting difficult. Topics to include: discipline without yelling; handling tantrums; understand temperament; why our kids do what they do; value of routines; setting limits and boundaries and much more!
FREE dinner and childcare are included
Are you a Cape Cod Mom motivated to make positive changes in your life? Join "We Can" for their upcoming Pathmaker Program! "We Can" seeks to empower women locally on Cape Cod to help them achieve lasting positive change. Join us for their upcoming information sessions!
The Falmouth Rotary Club is joining with the 6th Grade Students of Morse Pond School Falmouth for:
A WALK FOR WATER IN SUPPORT OF THEIR “SISTER SCHOOL” IN MOMBASA, KENYA
PROJECT GOAL: $ 5,000.00
THE 311 STUDENTS OF THE 6TH GRADE HAVE ISSUED A CHALLENGE TO THE FALMOUTH AND CAPE COD COMMUNITY TO JOIN WITH THEM IN RAISING FUNDS TO INSTALL NEW WELLS AND IMPROVED SANITATION FACILITIES AT A 1300 STUDENT PRIMARY SCHOOL. THE STUDENTS WILL WALK 6 KL CARRYING 6 LITERS OF WATER IN A BACKPACK ON APRIL 17th, 2015 AT THE MORSE POND SCHOOL. THEIR STUDIES THIS SCHOOL YEAR HAVE CENTERED ON THE SERIOUS LACK OF CLEAN WATER IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER CONSERVATION. MORE INFO AND BACKGROUND ON THE SCHOOL BELOW!
YOUR HELP IS ASKED IN MEETING THEIR GOAL - PLEASE SEND ANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO:
FALMOUTH ROTARY CLUB
C/O MR. JIM LANCASTER, CHAIR
P O BOX 749
EAST FALMOUTH, MA. 02536
or send donations via PayPal:
Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
Cumberland Farms in East Falmouth, Kenyon's Market, Coke-Cola Distributing of Sandwich, Pepsi Bottling - in Sagamore Beach
2 cases of oranges was donated for the students participating by Stop&Shop in Teaticket.
All the water (over 900 bottles) will be collected at the end of the event and donated to the Falmouth Service Center!
BACK GROUND INFORMATIOM ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Kengeleni primary school and nursery school is situated in the North coast of Mombasa town
(Kenya) off new Nyali Bridge adjacent to Kongowea Wholesale/retail market
The school’s catchment area is extensive and densely populated due to it’s nearness to the market
and also slum dwellings around it.
Kengeleni Primary school was started in January 1994 to ease congestion at kongowea and
maweni primary schools respectively that are about 4kms apart.
Initially the pupils were learning under poor structures until Elimu foundation under the
patronage of Shakila constructed a modern one story building with a classroom.
Most of the parents do small scale business like hawking in and around the market. A small
population is on full time employment. Some parents do not have anything to do thus depend on
relatives and well-wishers. This has made the school to have a high number of children who are
poor. Some children are infected by HIV/AIDS from their parents and are always sickly. A good
number are orphans some with mother or father dead. Others do not have both mother and father
thus complete orphans.
The school was initially constructed to accommodate 320 children that is 40 per class but due to
its location in a densely populated area with slums and the introduction of free primary education
and education for all, a policy from the government, the school population has risen
• SCHOOL POPULATION
Currently the school population stands at 1,300 children from nursery to primary (Boys:
615 Girl’s: 685) total 1,300
• Sanitation facilities (toilets)
The toilets are 10 in number out of the whole population of 1,300 pupils due to
the high number of children almost all the toilets are broken down.
The water sinks are all broken down. The drainage system is overstretched because of the huge
waste disposal from the children. They overflow and smell.
All the taps are broken due to the number of children accessing very few taps at one water point.
Being around banana wholesale market, the market disposes waste from the banana at the gate of
school making it very hard for pupils to enter the school because the gate is always chocked with waste.
We need to employ a person to remove the waste after burning it.
The dirt has made the children to contract diseases such as diarrhea and vomiting
The school has been experiencing acute water shortage that can persist for 3 months forcing the
school to buy water from the vendors.
A 20 litre jerrican goes for Ksh 20.for the school to run smoothly we are forced to purchase 100
twenty litre jerricans that costs the school Ksh 2000 daily.
This makes life unbearable to both children and teachers since the school needs water for
The school is under the feeding programme from the World Food Organization and we feed all
The nursery children also drink porridge prepared at the school. The porridge is a donation from
an organization called A.C.T.S (Assist a Child to School).
The school uses flash toilets which stink due to water shortage. The toilets are also in dire need
After taking lunch within the school compound children and plenty of water for drinking and
washing their plates and hands.
Since water is not available the children sneak out of the compound to the slums looking for
water which is very dangerous since the slums carry all sorts of people: drunkards, thugs,
burglars and even rapists.
The kitchen which is used to prepare food for the children is in poor state? We need to repair it
so it can look attractive.
Once we get a well the school shall be sure of getting daily water supply for cooking and
cleaning the toilets and the drainage system.
The community around will also benefit from the water.
PROJECTS TO BE UNDERTAKEN
1. Replacing all the sanitation facilities:
• Drainage system
• Repair of the perimeter wall
• Building more water points
• Daily cleaning of the dump site
• Drilling and construction of a borehole (well)
By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
We are finally emerging from the snowiest season on record! I don't know about you, but I was sure that spring would never come! Now that we can feel the warm sun and hear the birds chirping, it's time to get serious about your child's speech and language development. A lot of people make a New Year's Resolution to finally have their child seen by a speech-language pathologist due to concerns about development. If you are one of those people, now is the time! Below is a list of “Red Flags” for speech and language development.
Signs of a language disorder
• Doesn't smile or interact with others (birth–3 months)
• Doesn't babble (4–7 months)
• Makes few sounds (7–12 months)
• Does not use gestures (e.g., waving, pointing) (7–12 months)
• Doesn't understand what others say (7 months–2 years)
• Says only a few words (12–18 months)
• Doesn't put words together to make sentences (1½–3 years)
• Has trouble playing and talking with other children (2–3 years)
• Has problems with early reading and writing skills—for example, may not show an interest in books or drawing (2½–3 years)
Signs of a speech sound disorder
• Says p, b, m, h, and w incorrectly in words (1–2 years)
• Says k, g, f, t, d, and n incorrectly in words (2–3 years)
• Produces speech that is unclear, even to familiar people (2–3 years)
Signs of a fluency disorder
• Struggles to say sounds or words (2½–3 years)
• Repeats first sounds of words—"b-b-b-ball" for "ball" (2½–3 years)
• Pauses a lot while talking (2½–3 years)
• Stretches sounds out—"f-f-f-f-farm" for "farm" (2½–3 years)
Signs of hearing loss
• Shows lack of attention to sounds (birth–1 year)
• Doesn't respond when you call his/her name (7 months–1 year)
• Doesn't follow simple directions (1–2 years)
• Shows delays in speech and language development (birth–3 years)
Information obtained from www.asha.org
If you are concerned about your child's speech-language development, contact a speech-language pathologist today to find out if therapy is warranted.
To schedule a screening or assessment please contact Golden Speech Therapy today.
Golden Speech Therapy
Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
Session 2 follows the format of Session 1 materials but goes more in depth about chores;
Please enjoy this short video where I demonstrate some of my favorite chore plans!
Anyone is welcome to join The Family Meeting on any date. When you sign up, you will begin on Session 1 and follow along at your own pace.
Appropriate for families with children ages 5 to 16, however, younger and older children are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Opportunity for question/answers/comments/troubleshooting via The Family Meeting on Facebook. Don’t forget to *like* the page, rather than just a post on the page, in order to stay connected.
Included topics and related worksheets:
$15 per family with sessions delivered via email in pdf format!
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Lamperti Counseling & Consultation
26 Wampum Dr.
Eastham, MA 02631
As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please contact me at:
Tracy Lamperti, LMHC, BCETS
Lamperti Counseling & Consultation
The Family Meeting 2015 – Session 1 Intro
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