October 7 – October 11, 2013
In line with the Montessori principle of the sharing of knowledge and learning from those who have become experts in their fields, this past week at The Village School, students, staff and parents alike were given opportunities to attend some very informative presentations.
Fire Prevention Week
On Tuesday, October 8th, the Waldwick Fire Department visited the school in honor of National Fire Prevention Week. Primary classes were given a demonstration of the equipment fire fighters wear and instruction on what to do in case of a fire. During one presentation, students got to see what happens when the fire department gets a real emergency as an actual call came in and the fire fighters had to leave to respond. When they returned later, toddler and primary classes were all given a chance to see what is carried on a fire engine as well as take a peek inside. Elementary and Middle School classes were given a presentation in the auditorium which included instructions on what to do in a fire; kitchen safety and stop, drop and roll.
Building an Education
Sometimes a learning opportunity is as close as a walk out your front (or back) door. In true Montessori fashion, Middle School students took advantage of something many others might simply view as a disturbance when they realized there was much that they could learn from a walk through a construction site. Donning official Village School hard hats, students listened intently to learn about the construction process for the new gymnasium on Wednesday, October 9th. They were impressed to find out how much detail goes into the engineering and physical building of a structure to make it safe and functional.
In a packed room on the second floor of The Village School on Thursday, October 10, 2013, Parents enjoyed refreshing, colorful, healthy snacks as they congregated for a lecture held by The Parent Association featuring Lawrence Rosen, M.D. titled “Nurturing the Whole Child.” Dr. Rosen is a pediatrician at the Whole Child Center in Oradell, NJ who believes in an integrated approach to medicine which includes both holistic and conventional treatments. He began his talk touching on the rise in childhood ADHD, obesity, asthma, mental health and other conditions that are on the rise in children.
After noting that these conditions are often overdiagnosed and overtreated under the traditional medical system, Rosen discussed his own “Prescription for Life” which he considers paramount to health and happiness. The seven part prescription includes: food, activity, nature, creativity, rest, mindfulness and connection. If kept in balance, these alone are often enough to prevent or alleviate much of the triggers that cause health problems in so many of us, adults and children in today’s over-stimulated, over-scheduled, over-stressed world. The presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session which covered topics from vaccines to food tips to natural remedies for common illnesses. Copies of his book, co-authored by a parent in his practice, Treatment Alternatives for Children can be found in the parent lending library by the school office. If you missed the event, a recorded version of the lecture will be available in the office.
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