Does handwriting matter?

Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.

But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

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Shakespeare Festival Gala Show

YMS-104-Shakespear-The-Tempest_04-FNLThe Shakespeare Festival will culminate in a Gala show at the Old Fire Hall on April 24 from 5:00 – 7:30pm, followed by a wine tasting.

Performers will be James Bradford, veteran Shakespearean actor and past company member at Stratford Shakespeare Festival; Alan Jeans, professional actor and graduate student studying drama and communities at the University of Alberta; Brian Fidler, local actor and drama instructor; and Akasha Sage, Sarah Ott, and Loughran Thorson-Looyson, all local high school actors, budding thespians and past students of the MAD program at Wood Street School.

Thank you to Sue Bogle for leading the organization of this event, and to Sarah Lewis, Martha Taylor, Leslie Raenden and Sarah Krauzig for their support. Thanks also to Yukon Government, Sarah Krauzig at Bella Décor, Rick Karp at Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce, Jessica Read at Breath of Life Yoga Studios, and Tony Zedda at Baked Café for sponsoring the event.


Final Wrestling Practice April 9

Wednesday April 9 is our last practice at the Canada Games Centre under the volunteer coaching of David Eikelboom and Dominic Bradford.  Only those children participating in the Wrestling Tournament will be at this practice. Pick up is from the CGC at 3:30 for all those children.  The grade 1 children will be at school that day for pick up.  Dominic will drive back any children who need to return to YMS at 3:30 for pick up or after school care.

YMS students competing at Elementary School Wrestling Tournament

On April 16th 2014, Yukon Montessori students grades two through six will return to the mat to compete in the Elementary School Wrestling Tournament, the largest elementary aged wrestling tournament in Western Canada.  YMS students have been practicing weekly since the beginning of February under the watchful eye of David Eiklebloom, and are eager to show off their skills. Go Montessori Maulers!!!