News and Announcements Archives

Jan 11

Open House: January 28


Visiting during an open house is a great way to learn about West Side Montessori! You and your family will have the opportunity to see our classrooms as well as speak with teachers, current families, current students, and graduates. Come … Continue reading

Jan 06



THE MONTESSORI MAFIA! By Peter Sims It may seem like a laughable “only in New York” story that Manhattan mother, Nicole Imprescia, is suing her 4-year-old daughter’s untraditional private preschool for failing to prepare her for a private school admissions … Continue reading

Dec 16

Developing a World View!


Developing a World View! We read about it everywhere.  Everything’s connected.  We live in a global society, an interdependent world where actions and re-actions in distant lands have an effect on our daily lives.  We know we need to prepare … Continue reading

Dec 09

Top 5 Gifts For Your Montessori Child!


Gifts are an expression of love. We give gifts and are giddy with anticipation as the receiver is opening it. We are given gifts and feel deeply known and deeply loved. Babies and Children, especially, are given gifts. Not just … Continue reading

Dec 02

How to Nurture a Peaceful Child!


Picture a peaceful nine-year-old child, kind and giving, passionate and joyful, and mostly in control of his or her emotions. Is this some alien species? Or is it possible to nurture peaceful children in our highly competitive, cynical and polarized … Continue reading

Nov 25

The Gift of Time!


Child development is not a competition. It is a gradual unfolding of the human potential. Just as each child’s timetable for physical growth is unique, so is the timetable for emotional, social, and academic growth. Today, artificial measurements of success … Continue reading

Nov 18

Spotlight Post: Dawn Ballard


Dawn Ballard has been working at West Side Montessori for 23 years.  Dawn is passionate about Montessori, childhood, and learning. Check out her spotlight post to find out what fuels her passion for Montessori education! Can you tell us a … Continue reading

Nov 11

What’s More Powerful than “Good Job”?


by June George Pretend you’re sitting in the corner of a classroom of 30 children, ages 3-6. Everyone is working contentedly at their own tables. There is a buzz in the air, but not one of chaos. Instead, it’s the … Continue reading

Nov 04

How to Nurture Your Child’s Problem Solving Skills!


National news has focused on educating children for the jobs of the future with a strong emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Developing habits of mind that will give children the curiosity, confidence, and skills to pursue careers … Continue reading

Oct 31

Open House – Nov. 7 at 9:00 am



Oct 27

Spotlight: Cindy Weiher


Cindy Weiher has been working at West Side Montessori for 35 years and has no intentions of retiring anytime soon! Check out her spotlight post to find out what fuels her passion for Montessori education! Can you tell us a … Continue reading

Oct 21

How To Stimulate Your Toddlers Brain Development!


Adults often talk about getting organized. We think in terms of time and space. Appointments that need to be scheduled. The mudroom piled with out-of-season clothes and boots. Chores that need to be done. Babies and tiny children are consumed … Continue reading

Oct 14

Why You Should Trust Your Child With Fragile Materials!


by Angie Heck Children plus glass seems like a recipe for disaster. If we can mitigate the danger to our children by limiting their access to it, why wouldn’t we? On the other hand, when we don’t allow children to … Continue reading

Oct 07

Is Your Home Childproof or Child-Friendly?


A childproofed house is full of locked doors, gated rooms, plastic, and “no” statements. A child-friendly home is full of teachable moments, opportunities for learning value and trust, and experiences of art and beauty. Children are much more competent than … Continue reading

Sep 30

Spotlight: Amy Lawrence


Amy Lawrence is passionate about Montessori!  It’s clear from her words that she has found joy, passion, and a true calling in her work. Here is her story. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, … Continue reading

Sep 27

West Side Montessori New Building Dedication

Join us Tuesday, October 10 at 8:45 am.   Toledo Campus: 7115 W. Bancroft, Toledo, Ohio 43615

Sep 23

Why Montessori – Our Top Six Reasons!


Thank you, Maria: Montessori is based on the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, a medical doctor, teacher, philosopher, and anthropologist who noticed a link between the children she would see in her practice and their educational experiences. Maria set out … Continue reading

Sep 16

How to Understand Toddlers!

More than 100 years ago Dr. Maria Montessori described “the absorbent mind” of children during their first three years of life as the most critical period in each child’s brain development. Recent research reveals that babies have an innate moral … Continue reading

Sep 09

When NOT to Help Your Child!


When NOT to Help Your Child Your child is capable of doing so many things for himself. Of course, as a parent, you want to help your child when he is struggling or frustrated. But for your child’s development, confidence, … Continue reading

Sep 02

How to Avoid the Assessment Trap!


Young children are excited to pick out a new backpack or pair of shoes in anticipation of the new school-year.  They are full of hope – that their teachers will be nice, that they will have lots of friends, that … Continue reading

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