News and Announcements Archives

Feb 01

Staff Spotlight: Morgan Aviña

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams.   I have three children that are here at West Side, and my husband and I absolutely love being able to provide them with … Continue reading

Jan 11

Adolescent Montessori Education!

Adolescent Montessori Education! Maria Montessori divided an individual’s development into four planes of development, each with different characteristics and needs. Adolescents between the age 12 and 18 belong to the third plane of development, and the primary goal for educators … Continue reading

Dec 16

Peace Education in Montessori!

Our world is often a tumultuous and scary place.  How can we help our children feel safe and cared for, while preparing them to lead the way as adults?  How can we cultivate empathy, kindness, gratitude, and the sense of … Continue reading

Dec 07

Sharing vs. Surrendering: Why We Don’t Force Kids to Share!

Waiting patiently is an important life skill! Montessori classrooms purposely have just one of most materials so that children learn to wait.   

Nov 23

Staff Spotlight: Cathy Roether- Dick

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams? I am truly blessed to have been married to my high school sweetheart, Matt, for 31 years.  We are the parents of our two … Continue reading

Nov 20

Montessori Metamorphosis

With a proven method, two campuses, and over 37 acres of land, West Side Montessori offers an exceptional educational experience unlike any other in Northwest Ohio. In Montessori education, the prepared environment is the key to allowing students to learn … Continue reading

Nov 09

Staff Spotlight Post: Molly Bernhardt

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams?  I’m the youngest of 4 children, born and raised in Toledo. I am a mom of 4 children, born in 3 different cities and … Continue reading

Nov 01

Freedom within Limits!

Montessori- Freedom within limits There are a number of common misconceptions about Montessori education. One is that Montessori education is too structured and controlled. Another is that children are allowed to do whatever they want. Instead, Montessori education embodies an important concept … … Continue reading

Oct 26

7 Ways to Encourage Independence!

You probably know that encouraging independence is a hallmark of Montessori education and parenting.  The best way to teach our children to do things for themselves is to create supportive structures in which they can gradually depend on us less … Continue reading

Oct 19

Montessori Sensitive Periods of Child Development!

  “A child learns to adjust himself and make acquisitions in his sensitive periods. These are like a beam that lights interiorly or a battery that furnishes energy. It is this sensibility which enables a child to come in contact … Continue reading

Oct 12

Care of the Earth & Outdoor Environment

‘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

Oct 04

Intrinsic Motivation in a Montessori Classroom!

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.   

Sep 20

West Side Montessori Celebrates Peace!

“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

Sep 17

Zero Waste

   “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

Sep 14

Why is Isolation of Difficulty Important in a Montessori Classroom?

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

Sep 12

The Normalized Classroom

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

Sep 06

Respect and Resolution in Montessori School!

Children Running Together

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

Aug 24

4 Reasons Why Montessori Classrooms are Engaging Environments!

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

Aug 19

Math…the Montessori way!

Montessori Math

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

Jun 08

Staff Spotlight Post: Ali Packo

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

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