WSM Education Blog Archives

Oct 13

Observation is learning!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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“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

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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!

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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

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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:

Sep 09

The Role of Pets in the Montessori Classroom!

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At West Side Montessori, there are plenty of living, breathing creatures who spend their time in the classrooms and they aren’t only the children! We are talking about the importance of our furry, scaly, shelled, and feathered friends. In every … Continue reading

Sep 01

Empathy in the Montessori Classroom!

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Montessori classrooms are rich with opportunities to model grace and courtesy, compassion and empathy. Allowing children to care for their environment, for themselves and for others provides ample time for these lessons. Young children are naturally egocentric. Montessori teachers understand … Continue reading

Aug 25

Spotlight Post: Tricia Miller-Purvis

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Tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Tricia Purvis. I have four children: Christiana (25), Melena (19), Kenton (16) and Kerim (9). My husband and I also have two Newfoundlands and three cats, all rescues. I have … Continue reading

Aug 18

How to Raise Confident Communicators!

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Babies communicate from the moment they are born. Parents who quickly develop new listening and observation skills are better able to respond appropriately.  Is the baby hungry, in need of a diaper change, overtired, fearful?  Once mutual understanding is established … Continue reading

Aug 11

Spotlight Post: Amy Wagner

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Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams? The moment I stepped into a Montessori classroom my life took a pivotal turn.  I remember playing school a lot when I was younger, … Continue reading

Aug 04

Spotlight Post: Stephanie Sullivan

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Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams? My name is Stephanie Sullivan.  I have 2 children, Matthew 24 & Monica 21, husband Tom and a whoodle dog named Duffy.  I have … Continue reading

Jul 21

Spotlight Post: Ruth Zajac

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I grew up on a farm outside Drogheda, Co. Meath, Ireland with 3 brothers and 2 sisters and my parents. All of my education took place in Ireland. I attended the … Continue reading

Jul 14

SET GOALS WITH YOUR CHILD THE MONTESSORI WAY!

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AS ADULTS WE NATURALLY SET GOALS FOR OURSELVES. WE UNDERSTAND THAT WORKING TOWARD A GOAL IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO IMPROVE OURSELVES. CHILDREN SET GOALS AS WELL, BUT THEY DO IT AS A NATURAL PART OF THE GROWING UP PROCESS; … Continue reading

Jul 07

Leverage Boredom This Summer!

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“I’m bored!” Spoken in whiny unison by children all across the land, to their parents’ dismay. But, what exactly is “boredom”? Merriam-Webster defines it this way: bore·dom noun \ˈbȯr-dəm\ :  the state of being weary and restless through lack of interest This … Continue reading

Jun 30

THREE VERY IMPORTANT AREAS MAKE UP PRACTICAL LIFE.

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IN EVERY MONTESSORI CLASSROOM THERE IS AN AREA THAT SPARKS THE MAGIC OF LEARNING.  THIS AREA GIVES CHILDREN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS THAT LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL LEARNING THAT IS TO COME.  THIS AREA IS CALLED PRACTICAL … Continue reading

Jun 23

How Not to Raise Anxious Children!

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No one wants to raise an anxious child. However, recent research and widespread news blasts suggest the rising rate of anxiety in children, although counter-intuitive, may be linked to their lack of freedom and opportunity to take risks. Parents often … Continue reading

Jun 16

3 Ways to Encourage an Educational Montessori Summer!

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School’s out for summer!  …now what? It’s a question we often hear–“How can we support our child’s education over the summer?  What academics should we review?  What activities should we plan?” We at West Side Montessori offer the following suggestions … Continue reading

Jun 08

Spotlight Post: Sarah Kreinbrink

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams My name is Sarah Kreinbrink and I like to keep busy! I have been a teacher here at West Side for 17 years. I … Continue reading

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