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and so we come to the end of the year…

and so we come to the end of the year… How often have we not said (or heard) this phrase? but never said with more relief than what we feel at the end of 2020.

Childrens House, along with many of our friends, customers, suppliers, yes and even strangers, have had a tumultuous ride. We can put this year behind us with pride, ending the year in a stronger position, more capable than when the year began, with all of you at our sides, supporting each other along the way.

Thank you one and all for your patronage, friendship and help. We could not have done it without you.

2020 Year End Blog

We are all facing a much quieter, more reflective period, celebrating the festive season, differently. Now is the time to make new rituals, remembering that this time of year is all about new life and rebirth. The most important of all at this time, is the Child.

Children are always working hard to create and adapt to their environment. They are literally building the adult person they will become. Maria Montessori (in the 1946 London Lectures, p 82) says, “We cannot tell what any man born today will do. He is not obliged by nature to do any particular thing…He must construct his own adaptation and his own behavior in the world. It is an individual construction like that of language.” This is hard work. A range of feelings will accompany it. Our role as Montessori parents isn’t to fix the feeling, to only allow our child to feel “happy,” “joy,” or “content.” 

2020 Year End Blog

Teresa Thayer Snyder, superintendent of the Voorheesville district (retired), in upstate New York, wrote the following wise and insightful essay on her FB page.

I am writing today about the children of this pandemic. After a lifetime of working among the young, I feel compelled to address the concerns that are being expressed by so many of my peers about the deficits the children will demonstrate when they finally return to school. My goodness, what a disconcerting thing to be concerned about in the face of a pandemic which is affecting millions of people around the country and the world……

When the children return to school, they will have returned with a new history that we will need to help them identify and make sense of. When the children return to school, we will need to listen to them. Let their stories be told. They have endured a year that has no parallel in modern times. There is no assessment that applies to who they are or what they have learned. Remember, their brains did not go into hibernation during this year. Their brains may not have been focused on traditional school material, but they did not stop either. Their brains may have been focused on where their next meal is coming from, or how to care for a younger sibling, or how to deal with missing grandma, or how it feels to have to surrender a beloved pet, or how to deal with death. Our job is to welcome them back and help them write that history. (read more)

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