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Alison Breithaupt
Hello Everyone,
Welcome to another great year of learning and exploration. I am really looking forward to sharing with all of you the wonderful happenings in our classroom. I hope this will inspire some great conversations with your children. 
Thank you, 

Alison Breithaupt  alison@traversechildrenshouse.org

 "Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment" -Dr. Maria Montessori

Alison Breithaupt, Primary Guide
B.S. Western Michigan University, Family Studies
AMI Montessori Primary Certification, Montessori Training Center of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
The Children's House experience (1996- present):
Classroom Support
Primary Guide


September 21, 2019

As we enter into our second full week of school, many of the returning children have jumped right back into the routine of our school days and many of the new children are finding their groove into their new space. It is so amazing to watch the older children be mentors to the younger children. They have looked forward to being an extended day student and now they have bigger responsibilities and privileges they are taking on with pride. The younger children observe and learn from these older friends because some day it will be them. It is the beauty of the multi-aged classroom in Montessori.

A big part of the Montessori curriculum are the grace and courtesy lessons. We have been having quite a few lessons lately on how we wait patiently for an adult's attention without interrupting, how we observe a friend working without interrupting their focus and how we move carefully through the classroom by saying, "excuse me, please" when a friend might be in your way. These are just a few of the many grace and courtesy lessons the children will be practicing here at school. I encourage you all to continue these lessons with your children at home as well.

It is harvest time! Some of the children who have been eating school lunch have had some opportunities to try some vegetables like beets and sweet potatoes. We will be cooking a spaghetti squash in the classroom this week and giving it a taste test. We will also be trying some different kinds of apples and finding out which one is a favorite.

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