News and Announcements Archives

Mar 18

What is Phonological Awareness?

Most people believe that reading starts at the visual level at around age five or six, but really the underlying skills for reading start from birth.  Spoken language does not have to be taught, as it happens at a preconscious … Continue reading

Mar 11

Skills That Help Your Child Master Handwriting!


Children today often struggle with handwriting and many schools have scaled back handwriting instruction, choosing instead to focus on reading and mathematics skills.  But don’t they have it backwards?  Research shows that sequential finger movements activate massive regions of the … Continue reading

Mar 04

Small Children- Big Words!


Did you ever hear a 2-year-old swear?  The first time a shocked parent hears inappropriate words out of the mouths of babes, with the exact tone and inflection used by adults, it’s a revelation. It shouldn’t be.  Children from birth … Continue reading

Feb 25

How To Create A Child-Friendly Home


Here are easy steps to implement ideas and the thoughts behind them. First, get rid of the clutter and disorganization. Get rid of the toy box. Small children are overwhelmed with too much “stuff” and can’t possibly be expected to … Continue reading

Feb 24

Muffins with Moms & Special Friends

We are lucky to have you! Join us Friday, March 17 @ 7:45 in the Commons. K-Grade 8      

Feb 18

The Top 5 Questions Montessori Parents Are Asking!

You have questions and we have answers! Parents often ask questions regarding their children and the work they do while in the classroom. The Montessori classroom offers a prepared environment that helps children learn and grow. Some parents have asked … Continue reading

Feb 11

Who Will Lead The Way?


WHO WILL LEAD THE WAY? Current perception is that the world is a whole lot scarier for today’s children than it was for their parents growing up.  As a consequence, many parents hover, over-protect, and deny their children the opportunity … Continue reading

Feb 04

Why all children need to explore


All young children need to explore. Why? The depth and breadth of their experiences shape their motivation to learn. At West Side Montessori, children as young as 13 months explore a highly enriched environment prepared especially for them. Our professional … Continue reading

Feb 02

Open House – February 26

Spread the word, West Side is growing! We are hosting an Open House for grades 1 – 8. Please share this event with your friend! Coming Fall 2017: A New gymnasium Additional classroom spaces Enlarged art & music studios A … Continue reading

Feb 02

Montessori University – February 16th at 6 pm

Parents are invited to attend an evening of learning with our Montessori-certified teachers. We encourage you to join other West Side parents to explore Montessori in your child’s classroom and beyond. Sessions will be held at both the Toledo and … Continue reading

Jan 21

Montessori Math: Calculated for Success


Dr. Maria Montessori once said, “It is certain that mathematics organizes the abstract path of the mind, so we must offer it at an early age, in a clear and very accessible manner, as a stimulus to the child whose … Continue reading

Jan 07

Math … Montessori way!


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

Dec 31

Why Our Society Needs Montessori Education


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

Dec 17

The Spirit of Giving


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

Dec 15

Winter Celebrations – December 20


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

Dec 10

Peace Is…


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

Dec 03

The Urgency of Cultural Understanding


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

Nov 19

World Languages for Toddlers, Preschool and Beyond…


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

Nov 07

World Language Event


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.

Nov 05

A second language at age 3?


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

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