Elementary Schools

Ross Valley Charter Opens Fall 2017 for TK-5th Grade

February 21, 2017

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Ross Valley Charter, opening this fall for TK–5th grade at the White Hill School campus in Fairfax.

Enter a Ross Valley Charter kindergarten/first grade classroom and you discover a joyful buzz of activity. Scanning the room, you notice a group of children happily constructing a marble run with blocks and PVC pipes, others playing a math game with a parent, and some outside observing wildlife with magnifying glasses and notebooks. Amidst the action, you locate the teacher, sitting on the rug with a small group of students forming letters on mini chalkboards. A girl approaches: “Would you like to see the painting I’m working on?”

Marin Waldorf School Open House, January 28

January 26, 2017

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Marin Waldorf School.

In honor of The Women's March that took place on Jan 21st we changed the date of our Open House to Saturday, Jan 28th.

Marin Waldorf is offering a new, more fluid format this year at the Open House to allow flexibility for visiting parents and their families. Arrive anytime between 10am and 1pm. Come enjoy the natural rhythm of our beautiful 10 acre campus, live music, welcoming community and good food.

Montessori de Terra Linda Open House, Saturday, January 21

January 18, 2017

Montessori de Terra Linda

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Montessori de Terra Linda.

Montessori de Terra Linda is an exceptional school serving families in the heart of Marin County from preschool through sixth grade. Join us on Saturday, January 21 from 10 am until noon for our prospective parent Open House. Connect with our teachers and learn how the Montessori curriculum meets a child’s developmental needs at each program level and fosters a lifelong love of learning. Explore our campus, hear about our specialty art, language and music programs, and meet current parents from our warm community. Please RSVP by calling (415) 479-7373 or email admissions@mdtl.org.

Ring Mountain Day School Open House on Sunday

November 13, 2010

Come and meet the Ring Mountain Day School elementary and middle school faculty for an extended conversation about their kindergarten-through-8th-grade program, Sunday, November 14, 2010, from 1 to 3 pm. Ring Mountain Day School's elementary and middle school campus is located at 70 Lomita Drive in Mill Valley. For more information, and to learn more about Ring Mountain Day School, call (415) 381-8183 or www.ringmountain.org.

Holiday Shopping at the Scholastic Book Fair

November 10, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy KidGet a jump on your holiday shopping, and get excited about reading at Pleasant Valley Elementary School's 2009 Book Fair—Destination Book Fair: Read Around the World. Organized in cooperation with Scholastic, the Book Fair offers hundreds of different titles for all ages—even parents, with many at bargain prices, in both paperback and hardcover. Popular titles and series include Flat Stanley, Magic Tree House, I Spy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and more.

Destination Book Fair takes place from November 16 through 20 in the multi-purpose room at Novato's Pleasant Valley Elementary School, located at 755 Sutro Avenue (between Center and Vineyard Roads). Hours are Monday-Thursday 8 am to 2 pm and Friday from 8 am to 1 pm, with a family shopping night on Wednesday, November 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The Fair is open to the public, and inexpensive Scholastic books made great gifts and stocking stuffers.

Books may be purchased with cash, check, or credit card, and all proceeds go to support the school. You can also purchase books to donate directly to the school library and classrooms.

Bilingual Education Benefits and How to Find a Program

July 7, 2009

“Come si dice?” “Comment le dit-on?” “How do you say it?”

Take a look at any local parenting website, newsletter, or newspaper and you’ll see plenty of ads for language enrichment programs for kids. What is this increasingly popular phenomenon and why should you take advantage of it?

According to neurobiologists, the human brain is “hardwired” to learn languages as an infant and toddler. Any language learned during this period is stored, literally, in a different part of the brain than language acquired later in life, and in the right environment young children can learn up to four languages without significant slowdown. No kidding. At this age the brain has a limited-time-only specialized plasticity to form the neural pathways necessary for easily and naturally absorbing multiple languages. This ability starts to taper by age three or four and is diminished by puberty. Ironically, high school is the age at which American children have historically been first formally exposed to a second language. Ask anyone who’s ever taken 9th grade Spanish how naturally and easily it came to them.

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