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Posted on Saturday, December 16, 2017
5-6s Fine Motor Workout
If there is one thing I wish I didn’t have to teach, it is handwriting.  While we can make handwriting instruction as multi-sensory and progressive as possible, and utilize the excellent program “Handwriting Without Tears,” handwriting success requires a lot of rote repetition, writing letters over and over to lock the formation into muscle memory. However, I would never choose to not teach handwriting. For many children, it is far easier to identify a letter than to produce one. We...
Posted on Saturday, December 16, 2017
MCs Director Michele Sola reads to the community at the 2017 Winter Assembly
A couple of weeks without the routines of school allows time to enjoy gatherings with family and friends, as well as a city where there is so much to enjoy for free. I also find that in my time away there is opportunity to reflect on all that has transpired since September when the doors first opened for the school year and George welcomed all of you to Manhattan Country School. I find that small moments and big events all surface and remind me of what it means to be a school with big ideals...
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Six and seven are ages when children begin to really experiment with identity. There are certain articles of clothing they want to wear daily. They assert their own desires in a search for agency and differentiation. They develop likes and dislikes, challenging others to affirm or counter their thinking. (An almost daily conversation at one of our lunch tables, for example, begins with “Raise your hand if you like…”). Given this developmental exploration with identity, we start the year by...
Posted on Friday, December 1, 2017
Brave
“You forget everything. The hours slip by. You travel in your chair through centuries you seem to see before you, your thoughts are caught up in the story, dallying with the details or following the course of the plot, you enter into characters, so that it seems as if it were your own heart beating beneath their costumes.” ― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary This quote about reading from Madame Bovary, one of the many books from this year’s Holiday Shopping Lists, is the perfect summation of...
Posted on Friday, December 1, 2017
We Were Eight Years in Power
“You forget everything. The hours slip by. You travel in your chair through centuries you seem to see before you, your thoughts are caught up in the story, dallying with the details or following the course of the plot, you enter into characters, so that it seems as if it were your own heart beating beneath their costumes.” ― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary This quote about reading from Madame Bovary, one of the many books from this year’s Holiday Shopping Lists, is the perfect summation of...

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