Hello everyone. It has been a busy year for the Miura-Armstrong
family. Actually, it was a simple kind of year; we worked hard and
Ariel turned six this year and has learned a lot
about independent thinking, self-discipline, and
the simple satisfactions of work well and
completely done at the Yokohama Montessori
School. She is also happily studying ballet and
soroban (abacus) after school. We are very blessed to have such
good teachers and environment. When not reading or working on
projects, Ari-chan plays mother to her Sophia Blue Jungarian hamster,
Setsuko was the star in 2003! She soared like
an eagle this year, working very hard to do a
nearly impossible thing. She interpreted for
the International 0-3 "Assistant to Infancy"
Montessori Teacher Certification Training
course taught for three months by Dr. Silvana Quattrocci Montanaro
AND also took the course as a student at the same time! She hardly
slept. As a result, she completed the course and is now an
internationally certified Montessori teacher for 0-3 year olds. She met
some wonderful people and has really learned a lot. Of course, there
is always more to learn . . .
Hamilton kept a low profile this year, teaching
twenty classes a week and keeping the
homefires burning. 2004 is the Year of the
Monkey on the Chinese calendar, a very
auspicious year for those born in 1956.
What's next? Anyone's guess!
"Played hard": We celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary in
Europe! For details on that (plus beaucoup links to other Hamilton
sites), please visit Ariel's Europe at
May 2004 bring all good things to you and yours. Let us work toward
making this year one of peace and understanding between nations.
Our common humanity mandates hope.