Today is school picture day!
When Harriet and "the ducky" show up to take our pictures, you can bet that the children are well-dressed, the snack is no-mess, and the staff is slightly stressed - for two whole days. Sometimes there are tears and pouty faces, but never in front of the children :)
These teachers from 2004 look pretty happy. Enjoy this week's Wayback Wednesday photos from 2004.
Smile, silly ducky! And have a terrific Wednesday.
Montessori School of Greater Lafayette Staff, 1992
Here are the year's class photos. If you recognize any of the children, all should be in their mid-twenties now, consider directing them here. We would love to hear from them and from the teachers.
Class A - Morning Preprimary, 1992
Class B - Morning Preprimary, 1992
Class D - Morning Preprimary, 1992
Class E - Afternoon Preprimary, 1992
Class C - 3-day and 5-day Toddlers, 1992
Class C - 2-day Toddlers, 1992
We're really reaching back here for Halloween gold - all the way back to 1989. Back in the day, the whole school had a costume parade in the Morton Center gymnasium. It was a big year for bunnies, clowns, and superheroes.
Thanks to the timeless quality of Montessori materials, it seems that only the faces have changed in these photos from MSGL classrooms in 2000.
It's a genuine Polaroid photo and the genuine Mr. Jeff presenting abstract computations with the Stamp Game.
We still use the same dishwashing stands in the classroom today.
Miss Chloe has been preparing the environment at MSGL for a long time.
The Unifix Cubes are not a Montessori material but they allow for counting, sorting, color recognition, and provide a clear control of error.
It just feels good to put the colored pencils in their matching holders.
Taking the spindles out of the boxes reinforces the counting activity used to put them in - and it builds concentration.
Two friends can work together on the Teen Boards. They are matching the quantity with the symbol and witing the numerals.
Using scissors is classified as a language activity because it builds hand-eye coordination and strengthens the hand muscles required for writing.
A comfy chair is better when it's big enough for two.
And finally, what is Steve building?
I hope that was as fun for you as it was for me! Have a warm and wonderful Wednesday. ~Heather
1996 - Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics this year and Prince Charles and Princess Diana were divorced. Dolly the sheep became the first mammal to be cloned. The first version of the Java programming language was released, HotMail started providing free email service, and just over 10 million people were using the internet.
Do you know someone who attended MSGL in 1996? You just might find them here.
Preprimary Class A
Preprimary Class B
Preprimary Class D
Preprimary Class E
Extended Day Kindergarten
Thanks for reading. I hope you have been able to go sledding in all this snow. Have a terrific Wednesday!
Montessori School of Greater Lafayette - 1981
This is the oldest available photo from the Montessori School of Greater Lafayette.
Notes on the photo list some of the names. 1st Row: Cristy Belz, Andruzca Rukhin?, Cristy Welch, Jensen Douglas, Ben Pealman, Gretchen Behnke, A.J. Marks, J.P. Rowe, Rolf Friedlaender. 2nd Row: Ila Ela, Luke Murphy, Sara Williams, Cristopher Armstrong, Catherine ?, Yoshi Furata. 3rd Row: MaryBeth Meyer, Niki Plante, Tony Hwang, David Bluestein, Kwesi Coleman, Nina Garza.
If you know more about these photos, please comment and share.
We're keeping things simple on Wayback Wednesday this week with a short and sweet little collection of photos from October, 2002. Teacher Judy West took the children of the Red Oak class on a nature hike to Purdue's Horticulture Park to enjoy the crisp morning, collect leaves, and hug some very deserving trees.
Do you have favorite photos you would like to share on Wayback Wednesday? Please contact me at email@example.com. Have an outstanding Wednesday!
Wow... I'm in one of these pictures! I think I was about four or five... I'm in high school now. So great to see that MSGL is still up and running and giving kids the great education it gave me. I'm taking all honors classes and am three years ahead of my grade in math. I still remember the math facts flash cards and the cubes, rods, and beads for counting. Thanks to everyone for for giving me and other kids a great start! :D
It's great to hear from you, Ana Sofia! I remember you very well when you were in my class. I remember your sister, too. I'm glad to hear you are well and that you still enjoy math. It means so much to all of us here when our former students check in and tell us what they are doing. Please stay in touch and be sure to stop in and visit if you are ever in town.Best wishes,Heather
Great blog, Heather! This was my first year at MSGL. The little girl in the pink shirt is Angelina Spinola-Retamosa and the smiley guy in the navy shirt, I think, is Jerrick Mennen.
Thanks, Lena. Wow - you've been here almost a decade! That's nearly 10 years of smiling at the ducky.