Field Learning 2015 - a letter from our Headmaster

Ba Luvmour Headmaster

Among the touching moments at last night’s BRIDGE parent meeting was the observation by several parents of the unity and support among all the Summa students during the two weeks of Field Learning. This unity is a testament to the commitment to Emotional Intelligence by students and staff.… Read More >

Summa Academy, Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia

A Comparison Table: Summa Academy, Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia

For over 30 years Summa’s holistic child development approach, Natural Learning Relationships, has been used by schools of all types (including many Waldorf and Montessori schools), parents, and social service agencies… Read More >

Summa’s Playscape: The All-Natural Playground

MetroParent/PDX Kids Calendar recently released an article titled, The All-Natural Playground.

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“Natural playgrounds,” the article states, “long popular in Europe, are popping up all over the United States and the Portland metro area is at the forefront of this back-to-nature movement.”

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Does teaching according to the Common Core undermine moral understanding?

Written by Summa Academy Headmaster and Co-Founder, Ba Luvmour

The debate rages on the op ed page of the NY Times and progressive websites like Slate:
Does teaching according to the Common Core undermine moral understanding in students?

I won’t describe the debating points each side… Read More >

How Love Grows in Children

Family together
When my first child was born, I cried. I cried because it hurt (!), but I also cried because my heart was so full to bursting with awe and love. It was a love that I had never felt before. I felt raw and open, soft and powerful, in awe of this little being who had until moments before been a… Read More >

Love Through a Child’s Eyes

I have the great good fortune to live next door to my grandchildren. We play, travel, learn, and are often together. Recently 5-year-old Naomi and I were in the midst of an exciting game of her design. Abruptly she changed the rules. While I knew that rules and 5-year-old children don’t… Read More >

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