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Join us Thursday, December 13th for Music and Dance

On Thursday, we will showcase the music and dance programs at The Orchard. The casa children will lead with two original compositions by their music teacher, Jennifer. Next up, we’ll be treated to three pop and classic tunes that bear … Continue reading

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Poetry Recitations – Why Do We Do That?

We get asked quite often why the children are made to do poetry recitations every Monday morning. I suppose from the outside, it might seem conventional and rote. So here is a story about one of the recitations we heard … Continue reading

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Screen Printing in Maker Studio

The kids were screenprinting in Maker Studio on Wednesday. They learned the technique for creating a negative image, cutting it out of vinyl cling fling then adhering it to the screen to be inked. This child created an image of … Continue reading

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Today in Anatomy

We have been working on the body systems in Anatomy class. Last week, we completed studies on the circulatory system and this week, we made a model of a lung to show how the diaphram functions before sketching the respiratory system. … Continue reading

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Music at Orchard

The Orchard’s music program is rich and diverse. Beginning with the bells in casa, the children are introduced to the idea of musical form early on. The bells are actually two sets of eight bells, tuned perfectly to an octave … Continue reading

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A Distinguished Visitor

This morning, a red-tailed hawk perched outside the library window. The elementary children were so delighted. We stood outside and watched for some time before it flew off across the green space at the back of the school. A few … Continue reading

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The Coming of the Universe

Today we did the First Great Lesson (The Coming of the Universe) which traces the evolution of the universe from the vast expanse of nothing to the settling of the earth with the conditions for life. This year, one of … Continue reading

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Good Old Fashioned Crazy Ideas

As parents and educators of Montessori children, we have identified a gap in the options for kids coming out of Upper Elementary programs. For grades 7 and 8, there seem to be two options: traditional private schools or transfer into … Continue reading

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Upper Elementary Weekly Schedule

  This is the weekly schedule for the fall semester with due dates highlighted in yellow. Please check your individual agendas for assignments. Elementary Schedule Fall 2018All

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Happy International Peace Day

The following is a pastiche of ideas from an essay Upper Elementary students were asked to write on the topic Why Is Peace So Difficult To Achieve? Peace is difficult to achieve because we animals have been fighting since the … Continue reading

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