Summertime Play and the Phenology of Learning

Reflections from Summer
by Supriya Mary McDonald

Summertime is space for growth, renewal and adventure in my household. Having been in education now for over 36 years as an adult and 15 years as a student and daughter of a teacher, my internal time clock has always been in rhythm with the cycle of school life. Fall was the time for new beginnings, filled with excitement and curiosity; Winter, a time for study and indoor wonderings and experiments; Spring, the time for applying new knowledge, tracking progress and performance and finally Summer, the time for unscheduled play, learning and adventure. I am often surprised by the amount of growth that happens in our students over the down time of Summer. For me, summer camping, hiking and being in the outdoor environment, contains the nourishment and connection I need to broaden my perspective of the whole.

‘Kelp the Otters’: Elementary Students Create Educational DVD to Raise Awareness About Sea Otters

‘Kelp The Otters’ is more than a clever play on words…it a plea that Mount Madonna School’s 5th grade students have taken to heart – and are encouraging the public to join in. Their goal is to educate people about the plight of the California Sea Otter, which is identified by scientists as a keystone species. Keystone species play a critical role in maintaining the healthy structure of their environment, in this case, the ocean habitat.

Celebrating 33 Years of Magic: Cast of 200 Onstage in “Ramayana”

What could be better than a story with a prince and princess in love, gold-spangled costumes, fierce dragon, and a heroic rescue? Now in its 33rd year, Mount Madonna School’s dazzling show is the longest running production of this timeless Indian epic in the western hemisphere, and an event for the whole family!

Students Compete in Big Sur Marathon!

Congratulations Noah, David and Rowan!

Noah Limbach, David Broz and Rowan Limbach ran the Big Sur Marathon on Sunday, May 1 – with Noah home for less than 24 hours from India!

The boys set a goal of finishing in less than 4 and ½ hours – and they came in 12 seconds under!  All three finished with the exact same time, tying for 4th place out of 7 in their age category.