‘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
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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.
“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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Child development is not a competition. It is a gradual unfolding of human potential.
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
When you listen respectfully to your child, she learns that her voice matters. And, as she matures, she learns listening skills from your example!
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
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
At West Side Montessori, we firmly believe social success is equally as important as academic success.
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