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December 15th, 2008
Benefit concert for Montessori School in Wimberley

Sunday, January 4th at Memory Lane Event Center in Dripping Springs, TX. Doors open at 4pm.
403 KC Memory Ln. (off RR 12, 4.3 mi. from intersection of RR 12 and Hwy 290, 10 mi. from Wimberley on RR 12)
Featuring ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO with Warren Hood, Brian Standerfer and Charlie Sexton. Opening with a workshop by Joe Vitale, author of The Attractor Factor, and seen in the movie “The Secret,” followed by performances by Warren Hood and Amanda Mora, with Joe Nick Patoski as emcee. Silent Auction throughout the evening.Tickets are $25, and are available at Waterloo Records in Austin, Two Wild Sisters Studio (across from Nutty Brown Café) and Itsy Bitsy Spider in Dripping Springs, Brieger Pottery on the square in Blanco, Blue Bacon Toys on the square in Wimberley, and at Parkside Community School in Wimberley.

Parkside Community School offers creative and compassionate education and child care for children ages 3-12, and continues to grow as the need for quality childcare and educational options increases in the Wimberley valley. Our goal is for each child to become an independent, self-reliant person with the skills necessary to achieve their own goals, the ability to make a positive contribution to society, and to have an awareness of the interrelated nature of all life. To achieve this goal, we base our educational approach on the developmental philosophy and educational methods of Dr. Maria Montessori.

Montessori classrooms encompass an age span of three years, allowing younger students to learn from older role models and older students to test and reinforce their knowledge by helping younger classmates. Working in one class for three years, children are able to develop a strong sense of community with classmates and teachers. This gives them the foundation on which they build their future interactions with others and the world in general. The experience of success after an initial difficulty is the essence of effort. This simple concept facilitates self confidence and tremendous interest in learning.

The Montessori curriculum is organized into a mosaic of integrated studies, in contrast with the traditional education methods in which the curriculum is compartmentalized into subjects which are treated separately. Our course of study implements a thematic approach that ties the various disciplines of the curriculum together into studies of the physical universe, the natural world, and the human experience.

This year we are focusing on our art and music program, which offers piano and guitar lessons, and opportunities for every child to share their musical talents each week through a school-wide event called Simple Gifts, where we gather to sing and dance and come together as a community. There the children sing, “And as we use this gift we may come to believe that it’s better to give than it is to receive.” Our art program offers work with clay and many different media, like flower arranging made possible by the Arnosky Farm, as well as exploration of cooking and other cultures.

Parkside Community School is a Federal 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of children’s and parent’s education and community outreach. We fundraise every year and accept tax-deductible donations, especially oriented towards families who may need tuition assistance. This helps to ensure economic and cultural diversity in our programs.

by Renee Boschert
Parkside Community School Wimberley

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