WSM Education Blog Archives

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

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 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 12

Bilingual Brain Power


At seventeen, a newly minted high school grad, I discovered the magnificent countries of France and Switzerland while Eurail-passing my way through Europe. That trip opened my mind to cultures, to art, to life, to chocolate, and also to the … Continue reading

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