News and Announcements Archives

Oct 12

Care of the Earth & Outdoor Environment

‘Care of environment’ exercises foster love for the environment, help children connect and engage with nature, and encourage the child to interact with the environment, exhibiting respect and love.  Such exercises also help the child form a connection with their … Continue reading

Oct 04

Intrinsic Motivation in a Montessori Classroom!

Intrinsic motivation is the heart of a Montessori classroom. Children are born with innate curiosity and the desire to learn. At West Side Montessori, we respect and nurture a child’s natural curiosity.   

Sep 20

West Side Montessori Celebrates Peace!

“If we are among the men of good will who yearn for peace, we must lay the foundation for peace ourselves, by working for the social world of the child.” — Dr. Maria Montessori

Sep 17

Zero Waste

   “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” — Anne-Marie Bonneau, chef Things look a little different in the French Room this year. Cloth hand towels, lower lighting, … Continue reading

Sep 14

Why is Isolation of Difficulty Important in a Montessori Classroom?

The signature of all Montessori education is equipping children to be self-sufficient, almost as if they are teaching themselves. In our tradition, we have a little secret to this learning style, and it’s called the Isolation of Difficulty. So, what does … Continue reading

Sep 12

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 … Continue reading

Sep 06

Respect and Resolution in Montessori School!

Children Running Together

Montessori students learn to celebrate their differences. It’s not unusual to find a very diverse group of students in a Montessori school, and the differences among them can be cultural, physical — even cognitive. Regardless of those differences, we believe … Continue reading

Aug 24

4 Reasons Why Montessori Classrooms are Engaging Environments!

An authentic Montessori classroom is anything but ordinary, but it should always be these four things: • Appealing: students should be magnetized to work that provokes their imagination • Accessible: low shelving and easy to reach objects promote interaction early on • Instructive: individualized instruction in … Continue reading

Aug 19

Math…the Montessori way!

Montessori Math

When parents observe my Lower Elementary classroom, I often hear the same idea expressed. “I wish I had learned math this way! Maybe I would like math more.” While I personally loved math, I often questioned why or how or … Continue reading

Jun 08

Staff Spotlight Post: Ali Packo

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?  Your background, your interests, your dreams. I started my teaching career in the public school system.  I spent eight years teaching in the elementary classroom. Then, I took the opportunity to … Continue reading

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 of 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

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