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2014 - 2015:
In his book, Playground, which was published by Aperture in April, James Mollison explores that universal place of childhood development, through photographs of playgrounds around the world.
Does Technology Belong in Classroom Instruction?
Hey, Kids, Look at Me When We’re Talking
(I love the fact that the article starts with this idea of shaking hands like we start each day in the Waldorf classroom - David Barham)
Our Push for "Passion," and Why It Harms Kids
Best, Brightest — and Saddest?
Bringing Up Baby — on the iPhone
Without Janitors, Students Are In Charge Of Keeping School Shipshape
Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous
In the Name of College! What Are We Doing to Our Children?
7 things every kid should master
By Katrina Schwartz, Mind/Shift, March 6, 2015
School Stops Giving Homework So Kids Can Play Instead
Q&A: Blocks, Play, Screen Time And The Infant Mind
This show features Waldorf education and one of our speakers and friend of our school, Joan Almon.
Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning.
Is Your First Grader College Ready?
What Causes Girls to Enter Puberty Early?
10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12
The race to nowhere in youth sports
Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some
Teaching Children How to Think Instead of What to Think
Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School
A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still and focus. She can’t. Neither can the kids.
Emotional Health, Not Academic Obsession
The Holiday Season: Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle
The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside
Under-fives need more time to play, say carers as they warn of 'schoolification' of children's early years
Health benefits for those who stick to their knitting
consequences of Common Core testing.
The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K
Opinion Pages, The New York Times, October 21, 2014
University of Colorado, Boulder, June 19, 2014
The following two articles relate to the recent controversy in North Carolina around the play Almost Maine (performed by our high school seniors last spring). David Barham, who directed the play for our 2014 seniors, was interviewed on October 20, 2014 by the Bangor Daily News. Read what he had to say below:
Features quotes from David Barham.
Note: If the link above has expired, you can read it by clicking here.
The original artical from North Carolina
Parents saying no to too much homework
Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?
By Richard Louv, The New Nature Movement, Sept 22, 2014
Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static
More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids
Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today
Limiting screen time critical for children's academic, emotional development
The Screen Time Rules You Really Should Enforce This Year
Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress
By Jeanne Whalen, Health & Wellness, The Wall Street Journal, 09/16/14
Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent
Technology executives limit their children’s screen time as Apple’s leader once did.
Seven Reasons to Not (always) Answer Your Child’s Questions
Teaching Is Not a Business
Parenting Lessons I Learned From a Waldorf Kindergarten.
Designing Schools for Nature Connection & Community Involvement:
Tues, July 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm,
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
$10/person suggested donation.
Join us for an evening of exploration with Matt Bibeau, Co-Director of the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children, into how we can support the transition towards providing children with abundant opportunities to connect and learn with nature.
This event is co-hosted by Merriconeag and The Resilience Hub of Portland Maine.
Circus Smirkus at Merriconeag:
Monday, August 3 & Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 & 6:00 pm,
Grade School Campus, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
THE BIG TOP TOUR IS COMING TO TOWN
with our own high school student, Sarah Norden,
as part of the amazing cast!
TICKETS ON SALE AT ROYAL RIVER NATURAL FOODS BEGINNING JUNE 10TH!