WSM Education Blog Archives

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

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 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 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

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 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

Jan 28



The trinomial cube is a visual mystery awaiting to be explored. The hinged wooden box invites a child to engage in the puzzle and explore the possibilities. Inside the hinged box is twenty-seven beautifully designed wooden blocks which fit together … 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 14

How to develop a Mathematical Mind


Picture a 3-year old who proudly counts to 20 but hasn’t a clue that numbers represent quantity. Now picture a 3-year old who is helping to prepare dinner by counting each potato as it is peeled and then counts them again as … 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

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