News and Announcements Archives

May 11

Order in Montessori!

There’s a well-known trope that children are chaotic. They’re busy, screaming, messy. We can’t wait for them to grow up because then we’ll have some sense of order back in our lives. However, anyone who has spent time around children, … Continue reading

May 04

Staff Spotlight Post: Brandi Parcell

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams? I have two children whom both attend West Side beginning at 13 months old. Holden is going to be in Kindergarten next year and … Continue reading

Apr 27

Failure IS an Option!

Failure IS an Option! It sounds counter-intuitive to suggest that parents should allow their children to fail, but hear me out. Parents often want to protect their children from “the mistakes I made.” This is especially true of children past … Continue reading

Apr 13

The Gift on Time in Montessori!

Child development is not a competition. It is a gradual unfolding of human potential.    

Mar 16

Spotlight Post: Natalie Fisher

Can you tell me about yourself?  I have two children whom both have attended West Side beginning in Little House. My son is currently in the upper elementary program.  My daughter is a 2017 WSM graduate and my husband was … Continue reading

Mar 09

Developing Compassionate Leaders!

When you listen respectfully to your child, she learns that her voice matters. And, as she matures, she learns listening skills from your example!    

Mar 02

Spotlight Post: Lauren Tracy

  Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My husband, two children, and I now reside in Sylvania Township. I hold dual Bachelor’s degrees in … Continue reading

Feb 16

Unplug Your Kids: The Dangers of Too Much Screen Time

In this day and age, technology is everywhere. Elementary schools have introduced tablets and computer-based learning as part of their everyday classrooms, toy companies market learning tablets to children under the age of five, and parents carry small computers and … Continue reading

Feb 09

Social Development in Montessori!

At West Side Montessori, we firmly believe social success is equally as important as academic success.

Feb 02

Spotlight Post: Sarah Bell

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams. I grew up in a small town out in Williams County.  Growing up, music and French were my passions.  I was fortunate to begin … Continue reading

Jan 19

Why West Side Montessori?

Why West Side Montessori? Find out why our students love our school.

Jan 12

How to Help your Child Become a Self-Motivated Learner!

All behavior is motivated. Babies are naturally motivated from birth to move and learn from experience. How can parents help to sustain that motivation and support their children’s natural curiosity in order to develop self-motivated life-long learners? Provide quality everyday … Continue reading

Dec 15

Spotlight Post: Fran Pancoast

Fran Pancoast has been teaching at West Side Montessori for 29 years and loves that students are encouraged at all levels to take charge of what they are learning. Here is her spotlight post:  Can you tell us a little bit … Continue reading

Dec 08

Montessori Minute – Montessori Mixed-Age Classrooms

Montessori gives every child the gift of time — time to develop at their own pace as well as an opportunity to teach, help, and build relationships with their peers.

Dec 01

Spotlight Post: Cory Hall

Cory Hall has been teaching at West Side Montessori for 14 years and was awarded 2017 Teacher of the Year by Toledo Area Parent Magazine. Cory is passionate about Montessori education and loves how children at West Side Montessori become self-motivated … Continue reading

Nov 17

The Montessori Prepared Classroom!

The Montessori classrooms are designed to be beautiful and intentionally refrain from using elaborate decorations that can distract a child’s attention. The shelves within the thoughtfully prepared classroom are filled with all of the carefully organized activities that children call … Continue reading

Nov 10

Guiding the Gratitude Mindset!

  Gratitude is a powerful mindset of abundance that unlocks the fullness of life. It acts as a lens through which to view the world – not by what we don’t have – but what we already do. In a … Continue reading

Nov 09

WSM: 2018 In Review

Nov 05

Developing Compassionate Leaders!

  Young children absorb every aspect of the world around them, including parents’ attitudes and empathy toward others. A safe and loving home helps to develop a child’s positive world view. Basic emotional security sets the stage for children to … Continue reading

Oct 27

The Normalized Classroom!

The beginning of the school year can be compared to giant waves crashing into the seashore.  A third of the class is new to the classroom. There may be a few children who cry as they learn to separate from … Continue reading

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