Elementary School News Fall 2021

Dr. Montessori wrote, “Let us give the children a vision of the universe.  The universe is an imposing reality and the answer to all questions.”   In the Willow Room, the elementary students have had a busy start to the year, as developing a vision of the universe is a tall order!  They have spent these first few weeks immersed in the tradition of the Great Lessons.  These lessons are a series of five highly

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Why Montessori School Homework is Minimal

Why Montessori School Homework is Minimal By LISSA HEKTOR Children in Montessori classrooms are granted many freedoms. They have the freedom to move about the classroom with purpose, to speak with each other, to choose their work, and to choose with whom they work. Lessons are given to the child, suggestions are made. The child has the responsibility to be working and to meet the expectations of society. Such expectations include the ability to read,

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Raising Responsible Happy Kids

Raising Responsible Happy Kids In a world where we are so busy trying to get from one activity to another and be super parents, we often question why children seem to be less respectful and resourceful than generations past.  Positive Discipline may be the answer you have been searching for.   Dr. Jane Nelsen developed the Positive Discipline program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs.  Positive Discipline is designed to teach young

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Raising Responsible Happy Kids

Raising Responsible Happy Kids In a world where we are so busy trying to get from one activity to another and be super parents, we often question why children seem to be less respectful and resourceful than generations past.  Positive Discipline may be the answer you have been searching for.   Dr. Jane Nelsen developed the Positive Discipline program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs.  Positive Discipline is designed to teach young

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Elementary School News, March 2018

February flew by, as always! The Willow room worked hard making strawberry shortcake for Valentine’s Day, they enjoyed cooking pancakes to celebrate Fat Tuesday, and discussed the history of both holidays. They also found an aloe vera leaf at the grocery store during their bi-weekly snack shopping and decided to try eating it, after learning about the many health benefits. I think they will be sticking to the topical uses for now! Dr. Seuss’ birthday was amazing

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Montessori Elementary School Newsletter, February 2018

Dear Parents, It’s been a cold, snowy January and the Willow room has been busy. They have done meal planning, cooking lunch, doing research, and they had a great trip to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum. A favorite meal this month was stir fry and they’re planning it again for February. Strawberry shortcake is on the menu for Valentine’s Day. The class was impressed by everything they saw and learned about the Pequot people at the

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Five BIG Differences between Traditional and Montessori Elementary Education

Five BIG Differences between Traditional and Montessori Elementary Education Many people are familiar with Montessori at the preschool level. But more and more people are now discovering the benefits of Montessori for the elementary years. If you are new to Montessori elementary education, you might be wondering if Montessori is really that different from traditional elementary programs. The answer is that they are in fact radically different. While we acknowledge and applaud teachers in non-Montessori schools

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Elementary School Newsletter, November 2017

The Willow Room has had another busy month! Firstly, we would like to welcome Abby to our classroom! We have all been enjoying getting to know her. Aside from grocery shopping and the library, the class has been to the soup kitchen drop off site, where they brought in 106 pounds of food, as well as Old Saybrook’s Historical Society and the Gen. Hart House, where they learned about the town’s beginnings. The children have

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Elementary School News, June 2017

The month of May flew by! As the school year comes to an end I always find joy in reflection. I wanted to share this practice with the elementary students so we did a group lesson on adjectives. They learned about sentence structure, and paragraph writing this month, but this lesson on adjectives was a big hit. The Upper Elementary created a presentation in PowerPoint to share their adventure in Rome at the Montessori Model

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Elementary School Newsletter, April 2017

Dear Parents, March was a month of autonomy for the Willow Room. Our youngest students have gained a great deal more independence. They are developing confidence in their ability to make decisions. They are enjoying using their work plans to plan out the week’s work each Monday. The Upper Elementary students are preparing for their trip to the Montessori Model United Nations in Rome later this month. In yoga, they are learning a Senegalese dance to

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