Barnes and Noble has graciously invited us to sign a few copies of our latest book, Montessori: Shape Work, this Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. The event will take place in their children's department. We're really hoping you can join us. We've so enjoyed working with Abrams Appleseed on this series of books. Each one is more challenging than the last, and we're loving every single minute of the process. Hope to see you then!
We're very pleased to introduce you to Alexandra Dooyema, the newest member of our team. Alexandra, originally from Inwood, Iowa, will help us out around the office, serving as our school receptionist - and, perhaps more appropriately, our jack-of-all-trades. With many skills, we're so very happy to have Alexandra!
We couldn't help but share. One of our students wrote this:
- We are a Baan Dek family.
- Baan Dek is fun for everyone.
- We work.
- We help each other.
- We play.
- We line up.
Our hearts are wide open.
We wrote a post for QZ entitled, "Why We Shouldn't Write Off Cursive." Here's a brief excerpt:
In 1863, when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, Abraham Lincoln said, “I believe in this measure my fondest hopes will be realized.” But, as historian Doris Kearns Goodwin explains, in her excellent TED talk, “as he [Abraham Lincoln] was about to put his signature on the proclamation, his own hand was numb and shaking because he had shaken a thousand hands that morning at a New Years reception. So he put the pen down and said, ‘If ever my soul were in an act it is in this act, but if I sign with a shaking hand, posterity will say, he hesitated.’ So he waited until he could take up the pen and sign with a bold and clear hand.”
There’s a reason Lincoln waited to sign his name. It wasn’t just about the act of writing itself. It was about the subtleties of his signature, the strength of his hand, and the fortitude and resolve that generations would discern, in that single, sweeping script known as Abraham Lincoln. Obviously, he felt his character would be reflected, not only in his words and acts, but also in the stroke of his pen. In a very meaningful way, the debate between cursive and print, or keyboards and handwriting, is entirely up to us: what type of mark do we want to leave?
You can read the entire article here. We'd love to hear what you think. Should cursive be saved?
Our friend, Jim Fitzpatrick, who has been involved with Montessori for more than forty years, gave a wonderful TEDx presentation on the power of the binomial cube. He jested, in all seriousness, that it's the "key to the universe". We'll let you decide. If you have a few minutes, we strongly recommend that you view the short video. We think you'll enjoy learning about everything that exists in this beautiful, captivating Montessori material. It sure beats turning to page 62 in that ominous text book.