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Jul 22

Five Tips for Establishing Rhythms and Routines


By Barbara Danza, Epoch Times While keeping life light and breezy all summer long is a perfectly wonderful strategy, adding in just enough structure for your family during the season can make the entire experience more rewarding and far less stressful. Here … Continue reading

Jul 14

Ideas for Summer Learning

Ideas for Summer Learning   The core idea of the Montessori curriculum is what is called a “constructivist” model, which suggests that children can learn from the real world through a process of discovery and working with materials rather than … Continue reading

Jun 17

Chalk it Up This Summer!


Chalk it Up This Summer By Angie Heck Whenever your child practices fine motor skills, they are also indirectly preparing their hand to write. Writing takes coordination and small fine movements that children develop over time! This summer, to get outside … Continue reading

Jun 15

West Side Wins!


We are proud to share West Side Montessori won FIVE categories in the Toledo Area Parent Family Favorites voting.  Visit to learn how your child can learn from the very best.  Call Anne today to schedule a tour at 419-866-1931. … Continue reading

Jun 10

What Is Montessori Grit?


Children are natural explorers who absorb each experience as they shape their personalities. They thrive in a carefully prepared environment designed by expert West Side Montessori teachers who offer the perfect range and balance of opportunities for their rapidly growing … Continue reading

Jun 03

3 Ways To Raise Independent Children!


By Richard Rende, Ph.D If you are a devotee of the Montessori method, you know from first hand experience that the goal is to raise independent children, who find and follow their own passions in a directed way. Such a … Continue reading

May 27

A Preschooler’s Garden


By Susan Shea Balancing the time demands of garden maintenance with parenting can be difficult. Certainly, a new baby can sleep contentedly under a shady tree while the weeding gets done and, for as long as naps remain part of the … Continue reading

May 20

Why Children Need Lazy Summer Days!


There are many enriching and worthwhile summer camps and classes for children.  Often parents spend countless hours researching the options and cobbling together a full summer of planned activities.  Somewhere in the middle or at the last minute, there’s a … Continue reading

May 13

6 Ways to Raise Nature-Loving Kids in a Media-Loving World!


by Kate Koch-Sundquist “It smells good out!” Junior declared, standing in the open doorway after dinner. It had been an unseasonably mild week, the first hints of spring revealing themselves in a warm southerly breeze and jackets left hanging inside. … Continue reading

May 06

Nurturing Your Child’s Spirit Outdoors


Evidence is growing that all children find solace and re-gain balance with exposure to nature.  The opportunity to explore outdoors in an unstructured, unscheduled manner not only builds coordination and strong healthy bodies but also calms children and helps them … Continue reading

May 05

11th annual 5KDub


Calling all Superheroes! Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes, each having incredible powers to help others in need. Karen Weeks was a superhero, suiting up each morning to help our children grow and learn. Even when diagnosed with cancer … Continue reading

Apr 29

How to Instill Value and Worth into Our Children?


We instill things into our children every day whether we realize it or not.  Sometimes those ideals are instilled intentionally:  other times, unintentionally.  The things instilled unintentionally come from all sorts of places – our upbringing, media, relationships, society. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

Apr 22

How to Create Habits of Helpfulness!


Picture this. You arrive home after a big weekly shopping trip loaded with groceries and household supplies and your children say: “I want to help.” If this already happens in your household then you are building habits of helpfulness and … Continue reading

Apr 18

West Side Montessori is Growing!


We are excited about the progression of our new space.  West Side Montessori is adding a gymnasium/community space, enhanced art & music studios, and additional classroom space.  Part of the project includes tornado safe room to keep our students and … Continue reading

Apr 15

Five Ways to Welcome Spring!


Depending on where you live, the change of seasons might feel like it’s been coming for quite some time, or it might still feel very much like Winter, but the calendar says Spring is here. We thought of a few … Continue reading

Apr 01

How Your Child Grows With Montessori


How do you nurture a child to become his or her best self? Lovingly, tenderly, slowly just like in nature. The transformation from baby to adult human being takes a full 24 years from birth to maturity. West Side Montessori … Continue reading

Mar 27

Montessori Morning Open House


Join us April 29 for a special visit of our Montessori classrooms and our natural playground.

Mar 25

The Power of Books!


It all starts as a story to soothe the little one before bed or a way to encourage vocabulary as chubby fingers scan through a board book. “Time to sleep little mouse, little mouse, darkness is falling all over the … Continue reading

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

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