We're very pleased to introduce you to our new aftercare teacher, Maria Gallagher. Maria is originally from Farmington, New Mexico. She's been in Sioux Falls for about fifteen years. She's currently studying at the University of Sioux Falls, majoriing in Psychology. After graduating with her Bacherlor's degree, Maria hopes to receive her Masters. As she likes to say, she thoroughly enjoys working with children...watching them learn and grow. "They never cease to amaze me!"
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?