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News from the North House Weekly News & Reflections from the Middle School

A new round of Humanities and Expressions began this past week as school resumed and winter began settling in. Students have been warming-up to new creative and physical activities such as coding, printmaking, crafting, spinning, court sports, and physical comedy.

They’ve also been focusing fresh energy on developing a deeper understanding of the Industrial Revolution through work in the Humanities. At the core of the study of this time period is a focus on exploring a society in transition--a time and place when the story of humanity shifted rapidly and changed course into a new future. The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century is a perfect case study for this theme and in some ways mirrors that rapid changes we’re experiencing today with digital technology.

The creative and collaborative projects that characterize our Humanities studies have been contributing to a buzz of energy that’s often felt around our middle school campus, despite the cold and gray weather.

As part of their studies of the Industrial Revolution, students are working in small groups to design board games that teach players about the time period. Last week, research into this venture was necessary, so we visited our local board game cafe, The Malted Meeple.

Our generous hosts there spoke to students about different types of games and ways to develop and publish games of their own invention.

Along with that, they made some pretty incredible milkshakes for us while we played games from their library.

Next week, we’ll head to the makerspace at Western Reserve Academy to work on the production of the students’ inventive and educational games. In the meantime, primary documents, literature, research, discussions, and lessons will continue to provide an important backdrop to all their learning of this important historical period.

Research shows that the ability to recover from setbacks and cope effectively with stress may be as essential to success as talent or intelligence.

The Roots of Resilience

Drawing from her award-winning New York Times best seller Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and her forthcoming book, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls (February 2019), Dr. Damour will be speaking on the topic of building resilience throughout childhood and adolescence.

Join us to hear Dr. Lisa Damour and learn about:

  • the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress and anxiety
  • how to help children embrace challenges and address obstacles
  • finding a healthy balance between being a "helicopter" or "hands-off" parent

Tuesday, January 29th at 6:00pm (*note time change)

This event is open to the public. The Learned Owl will be there selling copies of both her books for those that are interested. Childcare is available for current HMS students, but older students are welcome and encouraged to attend the talk with their parents.

Please RSVP to reception@hudsonmontessori.org if you plan to attend.

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