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Come Fall in Love with West Side


Adults often talk about getting organized. We think in terms of time and space. Appointments that need to be scheduled. The mud room piled with out-of-season clothes and boots. Chores that need to be done.

Babies and tiny childimg_20160907_095633394ren are consumed instead with organizing their brains. The unconscious activity of sorting and categorizing sounds, touches, smells, sights and emotional experiences is a full-time job for developing brains. For example, an infant’s brain can perceive every possible sound. However, by 10 months old babies have learned to focus on the sounds of their native language and screen out foreign sounds. Ninety percent of the sentences uttered by the average 3-year-old are grammatically correct.

It makes sense to expose your little ones to a rich variety of experiences and opportunity during their first few years.  Stimulate their brain development with music, conversation, and different places to move and explore. At a play group, even when children are too young to engage with each other, the interaction of adults in new settings with different vocabulary or patterns of speech offers more fodder for brain consumption.


Explore the outdoors.  Babes iacorn744n arms can feel the bark on different trees and little children who can barely walk notice cracks in the sidewalk, ants carrying tiny bits of food, or pine cones hidden in the leaves. Each experience offers the opportunity to teach new words, organize thoughts.

Consider joining a parent/child class that offers broad new stimuli. Active exploration in a guided group setting offers many enriched experiences not available at home, and trained leaders can share parenting and teaching tips for you to add to your parenting repertoire. While there are many options for parent/child classes in the Toledo area, West Side Montessori’s classes are called Acorn to Oak.

Be conscious of the richness and diversity you offer your little ones and marvel at the way their amazing brains absorb and organize it all.

Lynn Fisher, Head of School


Join us at our School Book Fair, in the Toledo Campus library!
It’s a great way to purchase new books for your family and for the school.

Monday, Oct. 24: 8 am to 5 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 25: 8 am to 6 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 26: 8 am to 6 pm
Thursday, Oct. 27: 8 am to 2 pm

If you would like to volunteer for this event,
click HERE.

When your baby cries and you rush to the rescue, your unconditional love creates a deep bond. But all too soon that sweet baby starts testing the limits – long before your 2-year-old hears you call and runs the other way. Establishing firm, clear boundaries at every developmental stage will provide security and encourage responsibility.

First, set limits without arbitrary threats – no “if then” statements such as, “if you don’t pick up your toys then you can’t have dessert.” Your goal is to encourage cooperation and responsible behavior. Reasonable expectations followed by logical consequences for misbehavior are effective. When children know what your response will be, that you have clear expectations for their behavior, they will learn to comply and will spend much less energy testing your will. Children take control, often inappropriately, when parents don’t set clear boundaries and lovingly follow through to enforce them.

Tell your child when it’s time to put the toys away. Be specific and positive: “Please pick-up your toys now. It’s almost time for dinner.” Make sure it’s a reasonable request for the child to do it alone or offer to help. Don’t coax or remind. If the task is not done as requested a logical consequence should follow. For example, if you have to pick up the toys then you should put them away in a secure place to be brought out in the future when your child makes a commitment to clean up.


If your children misbehave in public such as the grocery store or a restaurant, leave them home with a responsible adult the next time the family has a special outing.  Always offer the opportunity to try again. It will likely take several repetitions before your child believes that you mean what you say. Consistency is the rule.

When you set age-appropriate boundaries, your child will develop confidence and self-control as well as the ability to make good decisions over time. Children with these skills are well on their wa y to becoming independent, responsible, contributing adults.


Enjoy your evening!
Lynn Fisher, Head of School


Make sure to stop by our West Side Montessori activity area during Little Boo at the Zoo on October 21 & 22.  A complete schedule of activities can be seen HERE.