WSM Education Blog Archives

Feb 16

Unplug Your Kids: The Dangers of Too Much Screen Time

In this day and age, technology is everywhere. Elementary schools have introduced tablets and computer-based learning as part of their everyday classrooms, toy companies market learning tablets to children under the age of five, and parents carry small computers and … Continue reading

Feb 09

Social Development in Montessori!

At West Side Montessori, we firmly believe social success is equally as important as academic success.

Feb 02

Spotlight Post: Sarah Bell

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams. I grew up in a small town out in Williams County.  Growing up, music and French were my passions.  I was fortunate to begin … Continue reading

Jan 19

Why West Side Montessori?

Why West Side Montessori? Find out why our students love our school.

Jan 12

How to Help your Child Become a Self-Motivated Learner!

All behavior is motivated. Babies are naturally motivated from birth to move and learn from experience. How can parents help to sustain that motivation and support their children’s natural curiosity in order to develop self-motivated life-long learners? Provide quality everyday … Continue reading

Dec 15

Spotlight Post: Fran Pancoast

Fran Pancoast has been teaching at West Side Montessori for 29 years and loves that students are encouraged at all levels to take charge of what they are learning. Here is her spotlight post:  Can you tell us a little bit … Continue reading

Dec 08

Montessori Minute – Montessori Mixed-Age Classrooms

Montessori gives every child the gift of time — time to develop at their own pace as well as an opportunity to teach, help, and build relationships with their peers.

Dec 01

Spotlight Post: Cory Hall

Cory Hall has been teaching at West Side Montessori for 14 years and was awarded 2017 Teacher of the Year by Toledo Area Parent Magazine. Cory is passionate about Montessori education and loves how children at West Side Montessori become self-motivated … Continue reading

Nov 17

The Montessori Prepared Classroom!

The Montessori classrooms are designed to be beautiful and intentionally refrain from using elaborate decorations that can distract a child’s attention. The shelves within the thoughtfully prepared classroom are filled with all of the carefully organized activities that children call … Continue reading

Nov 10

Guiding the Gratitude Mindset!

  Gratitude is a powerful mindset of abundance that unlocks the fullness of life. It acts as a lens through which to view the world – not by what we don’t have – but what we already do. In a … Continue reading

Nov 05

Developing Compassionate Leaders!

  Young children absorb every aspect of the world around them, including parents’ attitudes and empathy toward others. A safe and loving home helps to develop a child’s positive world view. Basic emotional security sets the stage for children to … Continue reading

Oct 27

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 from … Continue reading

Oct 20

Crossing the Midline in Montessori

As your child develops, her brain is rapidly forming. Children require lots of sleep to process the immense amount of information the brain has absorbed. The midline is an invisible line that begins between the two hemispheres of the brain. … Continue reading

Oct 13

Observation is learning!

For the child, observation is vital to learning everything. We think of learning as happening when a child begins school, or as something that is the result of direct instruction and explanation. Learning instead happens constantly. Observation is learning, and … Continue reading

Oct 06

Montessori Minute- The Outdoor Learning Environment!

Children walking on a log

Children learn through play. As such, the importance of the role of play in the life of a child is paramount. Even more so is the integral role that outdoor play in a natural environment plays in the life of … Continue reading

Sep 29

The 8 Senses We Use to Teach a Montessori Child!

The signature of the Montessori method is teaching the child through all of the senses. You won’t find much worksheet or flashcard time in one of our classrooms–they just don’t stimulate the kind of learning we know works best. Instead, … Continue reading

Sep 22

Peace in the Montessori Classroom!

“Averting war is the work of politicians; establishing peace is the work of education.” Maria Montessori Montessori recognized children as the redeeming factor in the evolution of humankind. In order to bring about a world of peace and tolerance, where war … Continue reading

Sep 14

Montessori 101 with Lynn Fisher

Montessori 101

What is The Secret of Childhood that Montessori teachers know? Lynn Fisher will unravel the mystery of Montessori theory and practice. Parents will understand why we say “Better Method. Amazing Outcomes.”

Sep 14

The Music and Literacy Program at West Side Montessori!

The Music/Literacy Program for the Children’s House students is unique to West Side Montessori. It is an integrated curriculum that incorporates music, movement, and literacy. The program enriches all Children’s House students (aged 3-6 years old) with multidisciplinary literacy instruction … Continue reading

Sep 10

Montessori Minute – Handwashing in the Montessori Classroom

What is one of the first practical life skills children love to learn? Check out our latest video to learn more. See more Montessori Minute videos on our YouTube channel:

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