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Jun 16

3 Ways to Encourage an Educational Montessori Summer!


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!


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!


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


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!


“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! 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?


“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!


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!


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


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

Mar 24

The Montessori Classroom vs. the Conventional Classroom.


When many people picture an early childhood education classroom, they imagine brightly colored and variously themed displays in every available space in the room. These pin-worthy decorations are meant to capture the attention of kids in the classroom and hopefully … Continue reading

Mar 17

How to Make a Vegetable Garden for Kids!


by Ann Sanders Children love dirt! Gardening is a perfect excuse to get dirty! Gardening is also a major component of Practical Life that children learn to master in a Montessori environment. In addition to presenting amazing health benefits, gardening allows … Continue reading

Mar 10

Never Help A Child!


Maria Montessori wrote, “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” Oh, yes, of course! This is easy! But note, this is different from, “Never help a child with a task at which he … Continue reading

Mar 03

Real vs. Imaginary Play for Young Children!


“[The young child] cannot distinguish well between the real and the imaginary, between things that are possible and things that are merely ‘made up’.” —Maria Montessori, Times Education Supplement, 1919 The young child believes what he sees, hears, and experiences. The … Continue reading

Feb 24

How to Set Boundaries!


How to Set Boundaries! When your baby cries and you rush to the rescue, your unconditional love creates a deep bond. But all too soon that sweet baby starts testing the limits. Establishing firm, clear boundaries at every developmental stage … Continue reading

Feb 17



SELF-DISCIPLINE IN MONTESSORI We follow through. It’s one of the ways we support children. We don’t simply say something once. We demonstrate, observe, model, assist and remind. Everything is neutral to a child. There is no “right” way to sit on … Continue reading

Feb 10

The Building Blocks of Critical Thinking!


The Building Blocks of Critical Thinking! Every educational reform movement in America has new buzz words. Critical thinking skills developed through “learning experiences” are the current rage. But wait. Infants begin to sort and categorize information from the moment they … Continue reading

Feb 03

Spotlight Post: Melissa Snyder


Melissa Snyder has been teaching at West Side Montessori for 13 years. She is an American Montessori Society team member and is currently a member of the ELF program (The American Montessori Society’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program). Melissa is passionate … Continue reading

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