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Aug 18

How to Raise Confident Communicators!

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Babies communicate from the moment they are born. Parents who quickly develop new listening and observation skills are better able to respond appropriately.  Is the baby hungry, in need of a diaper change, overtired, fearful?  Once mutual understanding is established … Continue reading

Aug 11

Spotlight Post: Amy Wagner

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Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams? The moment I stepped into a Montessori classroom my life took a pivotal turn.  I remember playing school a lot when I was younger, … Continue reading

Aug 04

Spotlight Post: Stephanie Sullivan

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Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams? My name is Stephanie Sullivan.  I have 2 children, Matthew 24 & Monica 21, husband Tom and a whoodle dog named Duffy.  I have … Continue reading

Jul 21

Spotlight Post: Ruth Zajac

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I grew up on a farm outside Drogheda, Co. Meath, Ireland with 3 brothers and 2 sisters and my parents. All of my education took place in Ireland. I attended the … Continue reading

Jul 14

SET GOALS WITH YOUR CHILD THE MONTESSORI WAY!

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AS ADULTS WE NATURALLY SET GOALS FOR OURSELVES. WE UNDERSTAND THAT WORKING TOWARD A GOAL IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO IMPROVE OURSELVES. CHILDREN SET GOALS AS WELL, BUT THEY DO IT AS A NATURAL PART OF THE GROWING UP PROCESS; … Continue reading

Jul 07

Leverage Boredom This Summer!

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“I’m bored!” Spoken in whiny unison by children all across the land, to their parents’ dismay. But, what exactly is “boredom”? Merriam-Webster defines it this way: bore·dom noun \ˈbȯr-dəm\ :  the state of being weary and restless through lack of interest This … Continue reading

Jun 30

THREE VERY IMPORTANT AREAS MAKE UP PRACTICAL LIFE.

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IN EVERY MONTESSORI CLASSROOM THERE IS AN AREA THAT SPARKS THE MAGIC OF LEARNING.  THIS AREA GIVES CHILDREN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS THAT LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL LEARNING THAT IS TO COME.  THIS AREA IS CALLED PRACTICAL … Continue reading

Jun 23

How Not to Raise Anxious Children!

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No one wants to raise an anxious child. However, recent research and widespread news blasts suggest the rising rate of anxiety in children, although counter-intuitive, may be linked to their lack of freedom and opportunity to take risks. Parents often … Continue reading

Jun 16

3 Ways to Encourage an Educational Montessori Summer!

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School’s out for summer!  …now what? It’s a question we often hear–“How can we support our child’s education over the summer?  What academics should we review?  What activities should we plan?” We at West Side Montessori offer the following suggestions … Continue reading

Jun 08

Spotlight Post: Sarah Kreinbrink

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams My name is Sarah Kreinbrink and I like to keep busy! I have been a teacher here at West Side for 17 years. I … Continue reading

Jun 02

Why fewer, better toys encourage more creative kids!

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It can be easy to buy into the marketing hype that our children need more stuff to stay busy during playtime. But when it comes to toys, scientific research is finding that less is so much more. As a result, mamas are turning … Continue reading

May 26

West Side Montessori’s Natural Playgrounds!

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Children learn through play. As such, the importance of the role of play in the life of a child is paramount. Even more so is the integral role that outdoor play in a natural environment plays in the life of … Continue reading

May 19

Consistency and Routines!

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Consistency leads to success. Children thrive with routines. They’re some of our favorite words. While children are still creating self-discipline and an inner sense of order, it’s up to us to keep things consistent and follow a routine, to help … Continue reading

May 12

Spotlight Post: Mary Brandon

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Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams? I dream of a day when Montessori will be available to every family who wishes to send their children to a Montessori school. I … Continue reading

May 05

Modeling Peaceful Behavior!

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“Let There Be Peace on Earth” is a song written by Jill Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller in 1955 for a children’s choir. Today, children and adults world-wide embrace and perform the song in many contexts. Its message is universal; each … Continue reading

Apr 28

THE MONTESSORI MIXED-AGE CLASSROOMS!

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THE MONTESSORI MIXED-AGE CLASSROOMS! When families are introduced to Montessori, one of the aspects that is often the most surprising, is the mixed-age classrooms. It can be rather dramatic to see a big six-year-old, working alongside a three-year-old. To even … Continue reading

Apr 21

What are the differences between Montessori and Traditional Teaching?

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“The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth.” –Maria Montessori What is the Montessori Method? The Montessori method of education is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. It was founded on the view that … Continue reading

Apr 14

Gratitude in the Montessori Classroom!

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Exercises of Practical Life are one of the five areas of the Montessori prepared environment. These exercises resemble simple work in life and in the home, such as housekeeping, to include dusting, sweeping, and washing dishes. The purpose of these … Continue reading

Apr 07

Empathy and Friendship in the Montessori Environment!

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Recent studies show that today’s college students lack empathy. Empathy, or the ability to imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes, to share in their feelings, to feel for them or with them, and to see and value what another person … Continue reading

Mar 30

Spotlight Post: Andrew Sautter

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Andrew is passionate about Montessori and loves how Montessori allows children to learn in a way that does not feel intimidating. Not just academics, but life skills as well.  Check out his spotlight post to learn more. Q: Can you tell … Continue reading

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