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Did you know that Practical Life and the Sensorial Area help to better prepare your child for the Math Area?

Here’s Why….

Practical Life Area Aims to build: concentration, coordination, confidence, independence, good work habits, real and purposeful work, patience and delay of gratification, inner discipline and self-control, socialization skills, memory skills and classroom ground rules.

Example: The Chair Scrubbing Lesson is a 22-step process in which the child observes the teacher giving the lesson and then the child will recreate the lesson by her or himself.  This 22-step lesson is teaching the child concentration, coordination, independence and order, which are the necessary tools needed for the Math Area.

Chair Scrubbing

Sensorial Area Aims to build: skills in observing, thinking, judging, associating, comparing, contrasting and discriminating, matching, grading, base 10, units of measurement, vocabulary and pincer grasp.

Example: the Binomial Cube is actually the Algebraic equation of (a+b)3=(a+b)(a+b)(a+b). These concrete materials in the Sensorial Area helps to build upon mathematical concepts learned later in the Math Area.

bio cube

Summing it all up:

Dr. Maria Montessori once said,  “Great creations come from the mathematical mind, so we must always consider all that is mathematical as a means of mental development. 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 mind is yet to be organized.”

The Montessori approach results in the concepts being fully understood at a time when it is easy for the child to understand as long as the ideas are presented to him through the manipulation of concrete materials. By the time the children are six years old they have a solid knowledge of mathematics that will stand them in good stead not only for further study, but also for many other aspects of everyday life.

Stamp Game

maths short bead stair



build it

Looking for something to do with your child during Spring Break? PACC has scheduled a meet-up for all West Side Montessori families at Build It in Levis Commons on Thursday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 per hour per child and an adult MUST be present. No reservation needed. Pay at the door.


Sixth level students recently completed their study of the 13 original colonies. For their Colonial Share Fair, they chose different projects to complete such as researching products of the colonies, creating models of a New England town or southern plantation, making dipped candles, or making homemade applesauce.

Prior to the share fair, students researched the colonial regions, made a map of the colonies, and created a timeline of when colonies were established. The students also have been meeting to participate in the Discovery Simulation, which simulates establishing a colony in the New World. Sixth level parents and all Upper Elementary students were invited to the share fair.

Click here for a gallery of projects and presentations.




Next Meeting Is Monday, March 30

The mission of the West Side Montessori Peace Committee is to serve as an inspiration and resource for the teaching of peace, humanitarianism, and global citizenship within the WSM community and beyond.

Our goals include:

  • Becoming registered with Peaceful Schools International
  • Raising awareness of and increasing participation in celebrations of peace like International Day of Peace and Martin Luther King Day of Service
  • Sharing methods of being mindful and finding inner peace
  • Living harmoniously with nature
  • Creating a “Peace Corner” on the West Side website

Our next meeting will be Monday, March 30, from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in Poplar Room at the Toledo Campus. All members of the WSM community are welcome. Please join us!