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The End of the Lecture

The following is one of the many new observations and thoughts from Whitney Slade on the impactful way our teachers educate students throughout our school:     “The higher up the educational ladder you rise, the longer the lectures become. At Rivebend, walk into Children’s House and you will not hear a lecture. For that matter, walk into

What’s in a Crayon?

Weekly blog from Riverbend's Head of School

What’s in a Crayon?   “Recently I had the pleasure of hanging with a few primary students in the after school program. These children had just concluded a busy day filled with lessons and their work cycle. Love that work cycle-a uniquely Montessori staple.   Kids need to decompress after a school day, so our eyes

“The Ease of Riverbend” Opening of School Message

Since the age of four, I have always been in school. On the surface that may seem strange and from some perspectives certifiable. For me, school is who I am, what I do, and what I love. I did not intend to go into teaching. In fact, it was quite by accident that I landed

Literature Projects in MS

  In English class, students finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird. My favorite student comment was “Mrs. Lapon this book is so good I just don’t want it to be over.” Each student made a Character Tin Box Project that thoroughly explored one of the characters in the book. Students created objects to put in

Peace in the Forest

Peace in the forest “One day I had the idea of using silence to test the children’s keenness of hearing, so I thought of calling them by name, in a low whisper…. This exercise in patient waiting demanded a patience that I thought impossible.”— Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood  It is always energizing to be

Owl Exploration on Forest Friday

Our primary students have been learning about owls and their adaptations.   Like all creatures, Owls are uniquely adapted to survive in their habitat.  Previously they explored the amazing ways that an owl’s body is adapted to hunt for food, defend its home and raise its babies.  There are eight species of owls in Massachusetts

Forest Friday: Fresh Tracks

With the fresh frozen layer of snow students were able to observe many different animal tracks preserved on their walk. Students crunched through our nature trail observing the many changes winter has on our environment. This week children also learned how to use a compass before heading out. They were able to observe new animal

Kindergarten Extension (Egg–cellent Engineering)

  This week our Kindergarteners joined Ms. Sundstrom and Mrs. Bracken in conducting a NEW EGG science experiment. They performed an egg–cellent engineering exercise. K students tested the strength of a nature arch shape: the shell of an egg. The children stacked book after book on a platform supported by a single egg to test its strength. The shell

Kindergarten Curriculum Extension (D-Lab)

This week our students visited the d-lab and learned first hand from Mrs. Huffman what goes on in the innovation center! “We talked about what the dLab is and what students do in the dLab. I showed them some examples of student projects involving engineering and creation. Students then made their own creations using straws