Primary News October 2014

Primary News October 2014

“What we need is a world full of miracles, like the miracle seeing the young child seeking work and independence, and manifesting a wealth of enthusiasm and love.” ~ Maria Montessori Dear Primary Parents, The Cedar and Oak rooms have both had wonderful starts to the school year!  The children are engaged with each other and their work.  We have a very independent, capable, and industrious group of young children this year.  We are focused

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Elementary News October 2014

Elementary News October 2014

Welcome to the Willow Room! It is so good to be back in the classroom with all the enthusiasm and spirited students to remind us all why we do what we do. The month of September has been a time of review and assessment. Each of the students has been adjusting to the routine of the day with schedules, choices, and where everything is located and filed upon completion. That is a lot of new

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Identifying An Authentic Montessori School

Identifying An Authentic Montessori School

We are excited to announce that CTMS is currently in the process of becoming accredited by both the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, CAIS, and the American Montessori Society, AMS. Since the name Montessori is not copyrighted or trademarked, any school or preschool can call themselves a Montessori school without certified teachers or even Montessori materials. Here’s how to find a “real” Montessori school,  by Tim Seldin: Because of the internationally recognized name ‘Montessori, many people worldwide assume

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Apple Activities

Apple Activities

Stained Glass Apples Materials: Wax paper Elmer’s Glue 1”x1” Tissue paper squares  – I usually do two color groupings – shades of red and pink as well as shades of green and yellow Apple pattern Yarn or Ribbon Procedures: 1.  Precut your wax paper into a square shape that is slightly larger than your apple pattern. 2.  Use a paintbrush to coat the piece of wax paper with glue. 3.  Have the child decide if

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Finding An Authentic Montessori School

Finding An Authentic Montessori School

Because the name Montessori is not copyrighted, any school can call themselves a Montessori school without any accreditation or even certified Montessori teachers. Learn how to identify “real” Montessori schools in this article by Tim Seldin, President of the Montessori Foundation: Finding An Authentic Montessori School By Tim Seldin, President of the Montessori Foundation Because of the internationally recognized name ‘Montessori, many people worldwide assume that our schools are part of a franchise, chain, or are centrally licensed. In

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Montessori-educated Business Leaders

Montessori-educated Business Leaders

When it comes to producing creative business leaders, a Montessori education has proven to be a potent predictor of future success. The unique and widely lauded education method, created more than a century ago by an Italian physician and education visionary, is built around the concept of self-directed learning, mixed-age classrooms, collaboration, creativity and social responsibility.Eliminating the rigid structures of conventional classrooms, a Montessori school encourages students to embrace their curiosity, think imaginatively and see

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Video: Montessori Learning Environments

Video: Montessori Learning Environments

  If you’re wondering what makes a Montessori classroom different from other settings, check out this video. Free choice, respect for others, and love of learning built into the Montessori environment. The second half of the video shows a Montessori elementary classroom. The environment is set up so that children work together and collaborate. Montessori classrooms are more reflective of what work in the real (adult) world is like,  it mirrors the experiences of adults and prepares children for

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7 Qualities to Look for in an Authentic Montessori School

7 Qualities to Look for in an Authentic Montessori School

There are numerous schools and preschools in the country, and in Connecticut, claiming to provide a Montessori education. Some schools claiming to be Montessori schools do not have any certified Montessori teachers and some do not even have Montessori materials for children to work with. Here is how to tell if a school you are considering is a real Montessori school:   Written by Shanna Honan Head of School, Chesapeake Montessori School When parents begin looking

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