“True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” (William Penn)

Dr. Montessori recognized the power of silence after bringing a sleeping infant into the classroom one day. Everyone in the class was impressed by the baby’s silence, prompting Dr. Montessori to challenge the children to be equally quiet. She observed how spiritually rewarded the children felt while experiencing silence.
This meaningful experience, when casa children are invited to still the body and the mind, became known as the Silence Game. Elementary students welcome variations of practicing silence through breathing exercises, meditation and/or yoga and silent reading circles. Sometimes moments of silence arise spontaneously in the classroom, while everyone is totally immersed in work.
Dr. Montessori felt this meditative quiet was liberating and brought children to new levels of awareness. “Soon they were aware of drops of water falling outside in the courtyard, and of the song of a bird in a distant tree,” wrote Dr. Montessori. “The children each silenced their own movements and produced a collective quiet that was for them a profound experience.”
“Through these exercises,” she observed, “children learn that silence is the cessation of every movement. To achieve silence requires effort, the attention of the will, and maximum control of self. As a result, the children explore a deeper knowledge of their own capacities…Silence is refreshing, giving our overloaded senses a break. When it is silent it is easier to notice how smooth the geometric solid is in our hands. It is easier to hear the gentle sound of a zipper, or notice the scent of fresh cut flowers. Silence brings us back into ourselves, yet is also a profound connection to everyone else in the room at the same time.”
 “And now there is merely silence, silence, silence, saying all we did not know.”  (William R. Benet)

(Excerpts from The Secret of Childhood, The Discovery of the Child, Montessoriworld.org and poets Benet, Emerson & Penn.)

The development of self-control creates a basis for mental flexibility, social skills and discipline. This ability predicts success in education, career and marriage. Childhood self-control is twice as important as intelligence in predicting academic achievement. Montessori preschool instruction, which has been shown to lead to strong academic achievement, incorporates self-control into daily activities.

–Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang, New York Times, Feb. 17, 2012.

Read the entire article:

www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/opinion/sunday/building-self-control-the-american-way.html?pagewanted=1&sq=montessori&st=cse&scp=4

It is clear why many parents want to ensure their children receive a bilingual education. French is an official language for over 140 million people in 28 different countries, on five continents. As our children move through their academic careers, their experiences will be far different from our own.

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For the culinary novice or aficionado, Glebe Montessori School’s cooking classes delight everyone’s gastronomic senses!  Under the imaginative direction of Chef Scott Adams, owner of The French Baker in The Glebe and master chef at Benny Bistro’s in the Byward Market, students ages 6 to 12 have a grand time creating delicious chefs-d’œuvre and gain culinary expertise for a lifetime!

chef scotChef Scott shares his passion for artisanal cooking, sourcing seasonal foods from local growers and distributors. Students learn to whip up delectable dishes that are easy to prepare at home and establish healthy eating habits. Chef Scott not only teaches the art and ergonomics of cooking, but also chemistry! He transforms GMS’s kitchen into a science lab and invites our gastroscientists to experiment with ingredients, combinations, flavours and recipes.

Cooking is all about chemical reactions, and science is key to figuring out why we have failures and successes in the kitchen! It’s also no surprise that our students develop a taste for eclectic foods with irresistible recipes such as mango-cilantro guacamole, gnocchi and chocolate éclairs with crème chantilly! Chef Scott and his junior chefs experience a wonderful sense of camaraderie in our kitchen, welcoming new challenges, delegating tasks and expanding their culinary skills.

Register your child now for Chef Scott’s unique cooking classes, offered on Tuesdays or Thursdays at GMS, 650 Lyon St. South. Pick up service by GMS staff is available for students from Mutchmor, First Avenue and Corpus Christi schools. Please contact GMS reception at 613.237.3824 for more information.

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The wonderful performers of Opera Lyra made their annual visit to GMS this month, inspiring our students with the power and beauty of opera!

Senior elementary students participated in Opera Lyra’s lively production of The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan’s famous operetta. The seniors spent two months practicing three arias from the production and our student audience was dazzled and delighted by the awesome production!

Congratulations everyone!