Daily Life Blog

2020 Landmark Year for MVM

January 9th, 2020

2020 marks our 50th anniversary! Our school began in 1970 in the basement of Trinity Church at Rainbow and Island Streets in downtown Reno. In 1999 we moved to our south Reno campus. In both locations, over five decades, we have been extremely fortunate and honored to serve a vast number of children and families […]

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Music to My Ears

October 15th, 2019

I had a horrible day, Why? Didn’t you like your lunch? No, I didn’t get to work with my friends. Silence Wait, you worked with me. I’m your friend. Oh yeah, I forgot. Lower El students at dismissal I take great delight in listening to children’s interactions and conversations throughout the day. My office is […]

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Too Much Stuff?

October 3rd, 2019

Lost and Found There was probably a time when Lost and Found was an appropriate name for the pile of clothing, lunchboxes, socks, water bottles, and other miscellaneous items sitting at the bottom of the stairs. As I travel up and down to the Community Room, my attention is often drawn to the growing pile, […]

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Start talking, please!

September 6th, 2019

The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people.                                                                                 Maria Montessori Have you noticed people are talking less to one another? Inside (stores, airports, offices, restaurants) and outside (walking to and from buildings, sidewalks, parks, parking lots), […]

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Transitions

August 29th, 2019

Here we go … back to school! The one thing we can always count on is change. No matter how hard we try to keep things the same, change happens. We begin, we finish, and we begin again. From birth onward, we experience continuous physical change. Mental, emotional and spiritual change occurs in tandem as […]

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The 7 C’s

April 13th, 2018

It’s Spring – or at least it is trying to be Spring! I find this is a good time of year to pull the 7 C’s out of the closet and freshen up my thinking. I started using different versions of the 7 C’s over 20 years ago when I read an article about Mihaly […]

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Sharing

December 11th, 2017
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The love of one’s environment is the secret of all man’s progress and the secret of social evolution. It becomes manifest in people who have survived life’s vicissitudes, who have been able to keep their integrity, or who have rediscovered such integrity in themselves.                           […]

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The Courtesy of Connection

December 1st, 2017
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Shaking hands is a wonderful way to begin and end the day! Beginning at 8:30 I shake at least 15 primary hands, 20 if you include miscellaneous parents, and if the adolescents happen to come down the sidewalk when I am greeting the primary students out on the curb, add 30 more. The toddlers don’t […]

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We Appreciate When We Participate

November 20th, 2017
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Daily life at MVM is very busy and industrious. If you haven’t been at school between 9:30 and 11:00, you should consider coming. This is when all the action takes place. Sometimes, if I am very quiet and still, I can feel the soft vibration of everyone “doing”.  Whether we are working independently side by […]

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Uncertainty

November 2nd, 2017

Children learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions.  Alfie Kohn   November is here! The trees are losing their leaves, the colder nights are here and interesting behavior is surfacing on the playground and in the classrooms, and I am receiving e-mail inquiries as to how children are adjusting […]

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