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Fall Newsletter

With the changing of the seasons, Echinacea is thriving with fall walks and exciting work in the classroom! 

Walking the Baker neighborhood to see the fall colors, playing at the park, or waving to neighbors has been a weekly routine for our students.   We love spending as much time outside as possible!   We are almost at enrollment capacity with one spot open for a kindergarten student.   If you know of a family seeking in-person learning for their kindergarten child, please refer them to our application below.  A $50 tuition credit will be applied for any referrals! 

2020-2021 Echinacea Application
The Daily Work Cycle & Normalization

Echinacea's daily work cycle typically begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends around 11:30.  We also have an additional 2 hours for the older children in the afternoon.  In these photos from Kay Beaton Photography (password: echinacea2020) you can see children engaging in practical life, sensorial, mathematics, and language.  To understand the work cycle in more depth, check out this post.

During the work cycle, we are starting to see signs of normalization.  In a biography of Maria Montessori, E.M. Standing writes, "The process of normalization is always the same...It does not matter with what deviation a child may start... But as each child- individually and in his own time and place- achieves this experience of spontaneous concentration, until it has become a habit."  As guides of the classroom, we look for a love of work and order, profound concentration, an attachment to reality, ability to share with others, and an understanding of freedom of choice yet discipline to complete chosen tasks in the classroom.   As we progress into late fall, we are starting to see our little classroom start to normalize.  

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After Care Teacher Introduction
Welcome Adriana Lopez!

We are thrilled to welcome Adriana to our school!  Adriana is our new after care teacher from 3:00-5:30 each day.  Originally from New Mexico, she received her BS in Psychology from Regis University and is currently on track to begin her masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver in Couples and Family Therapy.   Read more about Echinacea's teaching staff

October Parent Support

Carpenter vs. Gardener

The 2nd Monday of every month marks an evening for our parent support meetings.  In October, we met in Dailey Park (with masks and social distancing).   Children were watched in the playground area while parents were free to walk, relax and listen to a podcast on Carpenter vs. Gardener parenting.  We met back together to discuss our findings and share in our thinking about how we raise children.   We are incredibly thankful for the community of families we have at Echinacea!

School Garden Harvest

On 3rd Street we were able to grow cucumbers, carrots, strawberries, celery, tomatoes, and pumpkins.   Children delighted all season in harvesting our vegetables and eating them fresh daily.   The class has fallen in love with turning cucumbers into pickles!  

For Small Hands Catalog

Holiday Gift Giving Idea

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season, consider purchasing from "For Small Hands" using our school customer number to apply credit to Echinacea Montessori.   When you order $25 or more of merchandise, our school will receive a credit voucher for 10% of your order total! Our customer number is #563830

COVID-19 Supplies Needed

As we face the reality that COVID-19 is here for a full school year, we are running low on masks for both adults/children, gloves, bleach, and tissues.   We are accepting both items and monetary donations to purchase more PPE.  

Thank you for your help!  

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Echinacea Montessori School

300 N Elati Street

Denver, CO 80223 

United States

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