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Steve Maas Welcome to the gym, I am excited to be a central part of your student's education during my 26th year at The Children's House. Please reach out to me if you feel there is anything I could do to support your child more. I'd enjoy hearing from you.

"The arts, sciences, humanities, physical education, languages and maths all have equal and central contributions to make to a student's education."  ~Sir Ken Robinson 

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Steve Maas, Physical Education, Della Terra
B.A. Spring Arbor University, Family Life Education
AMS Primary Certification

The Children's House experience (1992- present):
Primary Guide
Physical Education Specialist


December 19, 2017

As we head into a couple of weeks away from school I am reminded my favorite Maria Montessori quote "Play is the work of the child". Her words hold up well after more than 100 years, in the recent book by Julie Lythcott-Haims, How to Raise and Adult (Break Free of the Over-parenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success), an entire chapter is given to unstructured time and play. We will host a discussion on this book an January 11, please consider joining us. I hope that we all can enjoy a bit of unstructured time over the next days and I look forward to spending more time with your children in the new year.

December 7, 2018

For the month of November,I had the pleasure of watching two groups of 20 three and four old students ride balance bikes. The Norte! cycling group brought balance bikes and staff each Monday and taught our students not only balance but some of the rules of the road as well. This was all made possible because a generous Children's House family chose to sponsor their visits. I think the kids made a lot of progress in riding skills and will be looking forward to having some of them join me in the summer in a few years as we bike around the area with school age children. If you are not aware of Norte! please take a little time to check out some of the things they are doing to support cycling and kids in our area.   


November 2, 2017

A few of my coworkers and I recently have been reading a book by Julie Lythcott-Haims called How To Raise An Adult. On January 11th we will host a community education event using the book as a reference. I thought that some of you might be interested in reading the book or watching the TED talk the author gave a couple of years back. My youngest child headed off to college this fall and I still have plenty to learn. I've found the book very interesting and helpful, even if it comes a few years too late for me. Please share your thoughts via email or come in January and join the conversation.


October 19, 2017

Recently we've been playing games and talking about nutrition a bit in the gym. The younger students have been learning about food groups while the older students have been learning about the six basic nutrients. All of this is done mostly while playing running games and working in small groups. The work with food groups is mostly sorting and labeling and the nutrient work involves a bit more detail around which foods contain specific nutrients. I know that each family makes their own food choices and am careful not to label any foods as bad or poor choices. We do discuss the need to know which foods provide which nutrients in order to help us decide to eat. If you have any expertise in this area you'd be willing to share I invite you to get in touch, can come up with a time for you to present your knowledge to the students. I think it is good for children to hear information presented in a different way and I always learn as well.

October 5, 2017

All ages have been spending a lot of time working on catching and throwing recently. The three year old children play mostly with the adult the thirteen year old child spends their time involved in throwing and catching games but all of them are practicing the same skill. Dr. Montessori wrote quite a bit about the child's need for repetition. In her book The Montessori Method she said "To have learned something is for the child only a point of departure. When he has learned the meaning of an exercise, then he begins to enjoy repeating it, and he does repeat an infinite number of times, with the most evident satisfaction. He enjoys that act because by means of it he is developing his psychic activities". I think often it is easy to dismiss the need for repetition in favor of new and novel activities. When children repeat they are internalizing and refining, it is a habit to think of the act of knowing as something final. In order to really know anything fully we must repeat it many times, I hope to give your children that chance with many activities this year.

September 21, 2017

I am excited to begin a new school year with your children. As we begin, the elementary and junior high students have been working on classroom agreements for expectations. We aim to finish and sign these early next week, it's been fun to listen and help them to determine the exact wording that they can all agree upon. One of the benefits of the students writing and signing this document is that it takes me out of most disagreements, students can simply remind a classmate of the signed agreement and carry on with the day. This almost always seems to help both parties. The things on the list range from agreeing to be respectful of materials and others, agreeing to wear appropriate footwear and to participate to the best of their ability. Their agreement will be available to review and share anytime they need it and is intended only to help everyone have an enjoyable time each day in the gym. Stop in and join the fun anytime you are in the building. I always check my email several times a day so please be in touch if you have questions of comments. I look forward to seeing or hearing from you!

This page last updated on 12/19/2017.

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