Head of School Archives

Apr 21

What are the differences between Montessori and Traditional Teaching?

“The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth.” –Maria Montessori What is the Montessori Method? The Montessori method of education is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. It was founded on the view that … Continue reading

Oct 07

WSM Welcomes Montessorian Cea Elliott

Tuesday, Oct. 13 | 7 p.m. | Toledo Campus Inspirational speaker and Montessorian, Cea Cohen Elliot, will share her perspectives on how to laugh more and live better. Join us for this adult-only event on Tuesday, Oct. 13, beginning at … Continue reading

Sep 29

Letter from Lynn

The school year is underway and in full swing with lots of exciting learning in evidence at all age levels. As I walk the halls and pop into classrooms, children excitedly share their work and their “research” with me. They … Continue reading

Sep 01

Perspectives on Parenting

Developing Routines: Getting enough sleep If what the experts say is true, none of us are getting enough sleep. This is especially problematic for preschoolers who need 11 hours of sleep daily. Relaxed summer schedules, vacations, and extended outdoor play with daylight … Continue reading

May 01

Nurturing Your Child’s Spirit – Outdoors

By Lynn Fisher, WSM Head of School  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 … Continue reading

Mar 20

Letter from Lynn… WSM’s Own March Madness

March Madness has a whole different connotation at West Side Montessori this spring! Many exciting developments are in process. The Board of Trustees conducted a three-day strategic planning marathon with Independent School Management (ISM) Senior Consultant Walker Buckalew last week. … Continue reading

Jan 21

Letter from Lynn – State of the School

It is hard to believe that it is already time to plan for the 2015-16 school year! I find it appropriate to reflect on a few highlights from this year as well as future plans. The first half of this … Continue reading

Dec 29

Solving Problems From the Start

By Lynn Fisher, WSM Head of School  National news has focused on educating children for the jobs of the future with a strong emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Developing habits of mind that will give children the … Continue reading

Nov 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

Sep 03

A Letter from Lynn – Fall 2014

Welcome back everyone! School is well under way after just a few days. At the start of each new school year excitement and anxiety are both high. Many parents are scrambling to get their children to bed at a reasonable … Continue reading

Jul 09

A Walk on the Wild Side

The urge for adventure, exploring outdoors, is one of the joys of childhood. This summer, in addition to the zoo and our 12 amazing Metroparks of the Toledo Area, take your children for a walk on the wild side to … Continue reading

Apr 25

Summer-time and Screen-Time

How will your children spend their time this summer? Riding bikes? Swimming? Playing with friends? Attending summer camps or classes? Relaxing and reading? What about screen-time, the amount of time watching TV, playing video games or using mobile devices? We … Continue reading

Jan 16

Grow 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

Oct 28

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

Oct 14

Who Should Take The Time Out? Part II

Guest post by Chip DeLorenzo Originally posted on May 29, 2013 at Maximize Your Talent Editor’s Note: Chip DeLorenzo is the Head of School at the Damariscotta Montessori School in Nobleboro, Maine. He is a certified Montessori teacher (Early Childhood, Elementary I&II), and has … Continue reading

Sep 23

Who Should Take The Time Out?

Guest post by Chip DeLorenzo Originally posted on May 1, 2013 at Maximize Your Talent Editor’s Note: Chip DeLorenzo is the Head of School at the Damariscotta Montessori School in Nobleboro, Maine. He is a certified Montessori teacher (Early Childhood, Elementary I&II), and has … Continue reading

Jun 06

June 2013: Letter from Lynn

An update about happenings at West Side Montessori: Spring Fundraiser a Runaway Success Many thanks to everyone who helped to support our Decked Out for the Derby fundraiser in May. More than $100,000 was raised to support the school. Special … Continue reading

Feb 20

Decked Out For The Derby!

We’re out of the starting gate and heading into the first turn as we settle into our sparkling new facilities on the Toledo Campus. The children, teachers, and administrative team are beginning to implement possibilities open to us in our … Continue reading

Dec 21

Holiday Letter from Lynn

Today, December 21, is the winter solstice and the last day before winter break. High energy and holiday festivities are evident throughout the school. Children’s House at Bancroft Campus hosted an open house for parents and friends, Lower Elementary celebrated … Continue reading

Nov 02

Letter from Lynn

A monthly update about happenings at West Side Montessori Parking Lot and Road Widening Completion The old utility poles along Bancroft Street are gone at last and if the sunny weather prediction holds we will complete the road widening, entrance … Continue reading

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