Just Because it’s Cold Doesn’t Mean that the Fun has to Stop!

By Liza Honsberger The Children’s Tree Montessori School • Old Saybrook, CT With the first snowfall of the season upon us, it might be more difficult for kids to be spending time outside since the temperature is dropping and the daylight is dwindling. However, it is still just as important for kids to be getting their activity time in, whether it is to just get that energy out before bed or to spend quality time

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Keeping Holidays Happy with Kids 

Keeping Holidays Happy with Kids By Tamara Sevigny The holiday season is a busy and exciting time of the year for everyone. Holidays can have a great effect on children, as the time away from regular schedules can impact established routines. An overwhelming amount of gifts and too many activities can cause unnecessary stress and take away from quality time. Keeping these things in mind will make the season more enjoyable for your family.  It’s

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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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Your Capable Child

Your Capable Child By Tamara Sevigny “Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence.” –Dr. Maria Montessori, founder of the Montessori Method of Teaching Dr. Montessori recognized that understanding one’s place in the world, and being able to function as part of a community, is an important part

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Outdoor Exploration with a Montessori Twist

With summer upon us, make sure to get outside and enjoy the beauty around us.  Nature calms us, and has the ability to reconnect us with the earth. Over 100 years ago,  Dr. Montessori recognized  the importance of nature.   “ Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is

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Updates for 2020-21 School Year

Dear Parents, As the first week of summer camp comes to an end we have been able to see how it feels to be back at school with the new regulations.  I have to share, it feels wonderful!  Having a smaller group on the playground is much easier to supervise and the children are really enjoying playing cooperatively with their friends.  When inside, the classroom feels normal, with the children excitedly learning while engaged in

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