Picture a 3-year old who proudly counts to 20 but hasn’t a clue that numbers represent quantity. Now picture a 3-year old who is helping to prepare dinner by counting each potato as it is peeled and then counts them again as … Continue reading
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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
Maria Montessori after World War II said, “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” One has to only turn on the news or open a newspaper to hear stories … Continue reading
Cultivating the spirit of giving in children at an early age is important because it fosters a sense of belonging and self-worth. Very young children want to help. Encouraging them in simple acts of kindness such as bringing mommy a … Continue reading
Children’s House annual Holiday Open House from 8:15 am to 11:30 am Lower Elementary Winter Breakfast from 8:30 am to 9:30 am Upper Elementary and Middle School Skating party from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm Upper Elementary and Middle School Band … Continue reading
Peace is… The hope and promise of peace for mankind can be seen and experienced every day at West Side Montessori. Teachers at every level encourage in students understanding, compassion, and empathy. It all begins with caring: self-care, caring for … Continue reading
Today, the urgency of educating our young children in the languages and cultures of others is heightened. We’re all connected instantaneously via technology and personally experience the complexity of worldwide social, ethnic, religious, political, and natural systems. Awareness and understanding … Continue reading
When is the best time to learn a second or third language? The earlier the better, according to research. During the sensitive period for language—from birth to about age six—children learn the primary language spoken at home and school at … Continue reading
Are you interested in learning more about world language at West Side Montessori? Join us for a free language class with our language expert on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 8:30 am. Open to the public. Call to reserve your spot 419-866-1931.
The world is vast and beckons to be explored. There are discoveries to be made: places to see, food to taste, people to meet and customs to experience. Languages are a natural way to learn about the world. Children at … Continue reading
Want confident children? Give them opportunities to do for themselves. It is much more important to teach your child to put on his own coat, to hang it up when he takes it off, to use a spoon and fork … Continue reading
Join us at our School Book Fair, in the Toledo Campus library! It’s a great way to purchase new books for your family and for the school. Monday, Oct. 24: 8 am to 5 pm Tuesday, Oct. 25: 8 am to 6 … Continue reading
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 – long before your 2-year-old hears you call and runs the other … Continue reading
Make sure to stop by our West Side Montessori activity area during Little Boo at the Zoo on October 21 & 22. A complete schedule of activities can be seen HERE.
In 2002, Howard Gardner, Harvard University professor of Cognition and Education, commented in an editorial in Education Week, “As a cognitive psychologist, I know that children must construct knowledge for themselves; they cannot simply be ‘given’ understanding of any important issue. This insight – shared by thousands of cognitive researchers all over the world – does not prevent legislators from calling time and again for ‘direct instruction’ or ‘drill-and-kill’ regimens.”
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 code and make decisions about themselves and others from a very early age. This insight reinforces the Montessori perspective that humans have astonishing mental capacity from birth.
Montessori education allows children to learn using materials that foster independence, confidence and critical thinking. Check out the joyous reaction one of our 3-year old students experienced after completing his math work!
The Acorn to Oak class is an eight-week parent-child program designed for infants and toddlers who are not enrolled in a Montessori program. This program provides an opportunity for the adult to interact with the child as the teacher guides them … Continue reading
Supply lists, a detailed calendar, and school forms are available by using your Parent Login and clicking on the Family Access Module tab. Classroom assignments and family meeting times will be mailed August 10 to enrolled families.