WSM Education Blog Archives

Sep 23

Why Montessori – Our Top Six Reasons!

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Thank you, Maria: Montessori is based on the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, a medical doctor, teacher, philosopher, and anthropologist who noticed a link between the children she would see in her practice and their educational experiences. Maria set out … Continue reading

Sep 16

How to Understand Toddlers!

More than 100 years ago Dr. Maria Montessori described “the absorbent mind” of children during their first three years of life as the most critical period in each child’s brain development. Recent research reveals that babies have an innate moral … Continue reading

Sep 09

When NOT to Help Your Child!

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When NOT to Help Your Child Your child is capable of doing so many things for himself. Of course, as a parent, you want to help your child when he is struggling or frustrated. But for your child’s development, confidence, … Continue reading

Sep 02

How to Avoid the Assessment Trap!

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Young children are excited to pick out a new backpack or pair of shoes in anticipation of the new school-year.  They are full of hope – that their teachers will be nice, that they will have lots of friends, that … Continue reading

Aug 19

How to Help Allay First Day Jitters!

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By Bettina Tioseco With September fast approaching, many families are getting ready to send their children to school for the first time. Along with the pride and excitement parents feel during the lead up to this milestone, many are concerned … Continue reading

Aug 12

That Summer Slide!

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THAT SUMMER SLIDE! By Charlotte Wood There’s a concept we notice in education, often children “lose” information over the Summer, when they might not be working academically or focusing on acquiring new skills or data. This is the nature of our … Continue reading

Aug 05

Developing Routines!

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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 eleven hours of sleep daily. Relaxed summer schedules, vacations, and extended outdoor … Continue reading

Jul 29

A Child-Sized World!

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A Child-Sized World! By June George Shopping for a child’s space can be an exercise in patience. Tiny glass cups? Hmm, maybe this shot glass. An apron small enough for a toddler? Might have to dig out the sewing machine. Whether … Continue reading

Jul 22

Five Tips for Establishing Rhythms and Routines

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By Barbara Danza, Epoch Times While keeping life light and breezy all summer long is a perfectly wonderful strategy, adding in just enough structure for your family during the season can make the entire experience more rewarding and far less stressful. Here … Continue reading

Jul 01

Montessori Lifestyle Tips!

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by Holly Daniel I first started hearing about Montessori when my friends began having babies. One enrolled her daughter in a Montessori preschool because she had trouble concentrating in a normal preschool environment. My other friend actually taught at a … Continue reading

Jun 10

What Is Montessori Grit?

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Children are natural explorers who absorb each experience as they shape their personalities. They thrive in a carefully prepared environment designed by expert West Side Montessori teachers who offer the perfect range and balance of opportunities for their rapidly growing … Continue reading

Jun 03

3 Ways To Raise Independent Children!

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By Richard Rende, Ph.D If you are a devotee of the Montessori method, you know from first hand experience that the goal is to raise independent children, who find and follow their own passions in a directed way. Such a … Continue reading

May 27

A Preschooler’s Garden

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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!

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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!

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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

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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?

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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