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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Preschool News Fall 2021

The Primary classrooms have been busy settling into routines, having lessons, and loving the time outdoors with friends. We’ve been learning a lot in the last couple of months; the days of the week, months of the year, and grace and courtesy lessons to name a few. We also have a composting bin, as our classrooms love to do food preparation. The peeling, slicing, washing and coring of fruits are a favorite practical life activity.

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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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Practical Life in the Toddler Room

Practical Life in the Toddler Room Practical life is such an important area of the toddler community in Montessori education. Practical life activities help the child develop independence, concentration, and a sense of order. Through the activities, the child develops self-confidence for mastery of the other more advanced areas of the Montessori classroom. There are different categories of Practical Life that revolve around ‘Care of Self’, ‘Care of Environment’, ‘Grace and Courtesy’, and ‘Control of

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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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