April 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
“Made my morning!” – Says a Counterpane parent.
Today we celebrate Counterpane families. Being a parent is hard; being a parent at Counterpane can sometimes seem impossible. Maintaining a holistic, child-centered, learning environment demands whole family involvement (commitment). We know how much we ask of you and we appreciate your never letting us down.
We see you. We see your hard work. Your dedication to your child and this school is evident in every “covenant hour” and beyond. Donations of your time, talent, treasures, and food J (we cannot forget the food), elevates us from individual classrooms to a community of learners; from a school to a home.
We appreciate YOU.
We thank YOU.
YOU made our morning, too!
“When parents are involved in their children’s education at home, they do better in school. And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school and the schools they go to are better.”
-A New Generation of Evidence: The Family is Critical to Student Achievement. (Henderson & Berla, 1994)
April 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
Dear Tomer [teacher at Counterpane],
You are receiving this letter because your former student, Andrew Todd, achieved exemplary success at the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, earning accolades for your school and significantly contributing to Georgia’s culture of academic and creative accomplishment. I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you for all you have done to champion the arts and encourage artistic aspirations at a critical, formative stage. Your contributions have helped to advance a new generation of writers, artists, designers, innovators, and creative leaders in Georgia and beyond.
I sincerely hope that you will continue to point your students toward SCAD. In recent years, the university has grown by leaps and bounds, encompassing more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students at four distinctive campuses across three continents, and providing a sublimely unique experience in nonprofit higher education. As fellow educators, you and I recognize that our students are our legacy. May your students carry your wisdom and inspiration with them, wherever they go.
Paula S. Wallace, President
Andrew, pictured above, will be attending SCAD in the fall. Congratulations!
February 7, 2013 § Leave a comment
This a an email that makes my heart swell past the limits of my body! Please enjoy this acknowledgment of who we are and what we stand for! Go Counterpane!…one little school doing a very good job – inside our walls and outside our walls!
What a wonderful new family joining our Counterpane environment.
January 17, 2013 § Leave a comment
Counterpane’s early literacy workshops are underway.
We have a wonderful group of young families and children for our “inaugural” group. Twelve families make up a class. At the moment we have ten, so if you have a friend, now is the time to invite their participation. The target age for the children is 0-36 months. The program is free but it does require the purchase of learning materials the parents take home for their children.
What the hand experiences, the mind remembers. These children had fun making Souns soup, a bit more helpful than alphabet soup for the developing brain trying to learn to read. The families arrived at 9:30 and the first half hour was instructional, then the scheduled activities evolved into child centered and directed activities. Parents visited, making new friends for themselves and their children. It was a successful first event, ending about 11. Each family went home with the initial Souns materials and a delightful book Born to Move by Dianne Warren and published by Oasis. For additional ideas from Dianne Warren, visit www.fitness4kidz.com. Born to Move is so unique! While one side is written in English, the reverse side is written in Spanish. We will gift another of her books at the next meeting.
The instructional component of the next meeting will include a section of a video and a discussion on how the home environment can be responsive to the needs of the young child. We will keep it short and helpful, protecting time to hear parents share their thoughts on the Souns guide booklet, offering questions and experiences from their first two weeks with the program.
Our community matters, and this is a wonderful way to engage and enrich. If you are interested in helping, participating, or beginning your own community outreach for literacy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next workshop is Friday, January 25th at 9:30 A.M.
Every child wants to read!
November 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
Counterpane Montessori offers an early literacy program called Souns® for families of infants and toddlers through 3 years of age. Beginning January 2013, this program will support and train your family to help your child learn to read during the critical language sensitive years. Start young, play together, and watch the magic of reading unfold, naturally.
Counterpane believes every child should learn to read without stress and without video or flash cards. Timing and the right information – through a fun and engaging environment – are critical to that end. There is a cost of $300 over the duration of the program for materials used at home; however, there are no school or training fees of any kind. The materials cost is paid as the child progresses, beginning with $100 which is due at registration.
There are 24 meetings per year – 6 per quarter – beginning Friday, January 11, 2013. Each meeting begins at 9:30 A.M. and concludes by 11:00 A.M. Besides Souns training, these meetings include resources for parenting. For instance, at the first meeting we will share a video on how to create a positive toddler environment.
Families are expected to attend at least 3 times a quarter to stay in the program. Since the training is free of charge, early registration is recommended. This series is limited to twenty-five families. For information and registration, please call: 770-461-2304.
October 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
I was walking out of a follow-up training session for Souns at a Mamelodi primary school in Pretoria, South Africa. It was raining. A young student, probably 9 years of age, walked by with the characteristic smile so freely granted by township children. I smiled back and waited under the eave for my co-Rotarian who was still inside saying his farewells to the headmaster of the school.
I continued observing this young person walking slowly under the eave, sometimes avoiding the rainfall and sometimes not. He had an orange rind in his hand, sucked empty through the hole carefully formed in the top.
He paused, preoccupied with something about the rain. He considered his little empty vessel and then the broken stream of rain dripping from the roof. All his movements were slow and contemplative. The brain was at work, unhampered by any adult directing him to hurry to class or to stop “messing around.” There was no messing around to be seen. This very serious young mind was designing. He moved his carefully reshaped orange rind under one of the chains of drips falling from the roof. He watched with great concentration, making not a single move, as his little natural cup was filling with water. The moment was timeless.
I had to leave, as my host had already reached the car. I imagine the child drank the water out of the little tool of a cup. Perhaps he had something else in mind. I do know that uninterrupted moments like this one are vital for a young creative mind to develop. Too often our adult deadlines, schedules, and pressures leave no space for children just to be who they are – young developing human beings who need to explore, think, consider, weigh, observe, try, fail, and create in child time. Adult footsteps do not fit a child’s stride.
The image will likely be with me for a while, the thin little body on a very gray and rainy day catching drips of water with the bright orange vessel in his hand… the entire world seemed to stop for this child at that moment.
September 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
“We are all like money. Money is like possibility, just sitting there in your wallet, money doesn’t “go bad,” if it did I think we would be more thoughtful. That ten could be a meal, 40 gum balls from the machine, just enough gas to get you home etc. The larger the printed number on that little green slip, is more possibility. Looking at people, 20′s 40′s 50′s and so on, we have potential, lots of it; until we deposit ourselves we are just pieces of paper like everyone else. It would be a shame if there was a million dollar check just clipped to the fridge; empty potential. So get out there and circulate!”
Now for a smile:
A conversation between a mom and her four year old as they were looking under the sofa for a lost puzzle piece:
Child: “I see a cough ball.”
Mom: “What do you see?”
Child: ” A cough ball.”
Mom: [Thinking she means a cough drop.] “Really? Under the sofa?”
Child: “Yes, back there.”
Mom looks again and sees a golf ball.
Child: “Yes, a cough ball. Like for coughing. Grandpa plays cough. He practices his coughing!”