Tour of the MCDC Garden

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Summer Camp at MCDC Poway Weeks 1 & 2

Cooking and gardening were our thing for the first 2 weeks. What fun we all had. The garden seems to grow bigger when infused with the children’s love and spirit. Enjoy these pictures.

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MCDC Kindergarten Graduation-2016

The graduation is always happy and sad. We are so proud of our students as they go on to do wonderful things. We will miss them but their spirit and joy remains with us always. They will still a part of the MCDC Family.

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Test Banner

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Why Summer School?

“Studies have shown that students forget much of what they learn during the school year over the summer—as much as two months of math and reading loss. What’s happening to students over the summer? ” www.usnews.com/education/blogs/ Having been a “Montessorian” for over 40 years I have had the opportunity to teach and learn from hundreds of […]

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Please Don’t Help My Kids

  Dear Other Parents At The Park: Please do not lift my daughters to the top of the ladder, especially after you’ve just heard me tell them I wasn’t going to do it for them and encourage them to try it themselves. I am not sitting here, 15 whole feet away from my kids, because […]

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Using Descriptive vs. Evaluative Praise for Montessori Students

Evaluative praise leads to a dependency on approval. Words like “Great! Good Job! Wonderful!” make and keep children dependent adult evaluation. They look to us to evaluate and decide between good and bad behavior and work, rather than forming their own judgments. Descriptive praise does not evaluate what a child has done, but rather, describes […]

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Busy Children Learning at MCDC

As often as I can I enjoy a walk through the classrooms to soak up the wonderful happy learning that is going on there. I wanted to share with you a little of what that is like. Marijane Music: http://www.purple-planet.com

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Father’s Night Memories

Lots of smiles on big and little faces as the children took Daddy’s and and walked in the door for this special night. Please enjoy these pictures. Music: http://www.purple-planet.com

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Mother’s night Memories

This is a very special night for the child to come with his/her mom and show her the things he/she is learning at MCDC. Music: http://www.purple-planet.com

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Learning Fun at MCDC

As I walk through the classrooms at MCDC I am thrilled, even after 40 years, to see the level of joy our children find in the Montessori materials and learning. It is very special. Thank you to the parents for the opportunity to watch your children blossom.

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Vihaan’s Recipe for Little Chefs Class

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For Every Montessori Child

In order for the child to benefit from their early years they need the crucial final year to finish and solidify their learning. Here is how it looks:

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Preschool?

Is MCDC a Preschool? Simple Definition of preschool : relating to the time in a child’s life when the child is old enough to talk and walk but is not ready to go to school “Pre” is defined as before thus, the definition of pre-school is “before school”. At MCDC our learning program is not […]

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Montessori Kindergarten VS Good Old Public School

“The Montessori learning experience is cumulative: what a child learns in the kindergarten year depends on what he has learned in his previous Montessori years. The kindergarten year is the culmination of this learning. In many ways the previous years are wasted if the child does not continue working with the Montessori materials to complete […]

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Follow the Child

“Maria Montessori – Follow the Child” is a cornerstone video which was filmed in the classroom of our own Ms. Angela (retired). Though it was done years ago it has wonderful information about Montessori and the history of the method and movement.

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Planting Seeds for the Future at MCDC

SEED CORN Five seeds planted now change what comes later. I’m a city boy. Most of us live our lives in the city or the suburbs and have vague ideas about the rhythm of life lived by farmers and ranchers. We are blessed by their work when we go to the grocery store. We might […]

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MCDC Kindergarten Graduation 2015

Watch these wonderful student as the give their graduation farewell speeches.

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