At some time every summer in August I begin to notice asters blooming when I am out walking. Asters are the signal for me that the start of the school year is coming around again. I begin to think about which children are returning, what the new little ones will be like, and I am reminded that it is time to send out that back to school letter.
Another August back to school activity is what has become our annual NHMA workshop. This year MissE Carolan, AMI primary certified teacher, NMI site director and NEECA school consultant and educator, is presenting a four hour workshop on the wonderful Montessori math materials. It is always rewarding for teachers to assist children working with the beads and see their brains assimilate the patterns and knowledge there as they begin to figure them out. We are excited to share this presentation by MissE to review important math presentations and see variations and extensions and deeper meanings that may be new to us. Our batteries will be recharged and we will go into the new school year with fresh enthusiasm for these brilliant materials.