List of 20 news stories.

  • Montessori Materials!

    Montessori materials teach only one skill at a time to provide children with the opportunity to master key learning outcomes through repetition and practice. Doctor Montessori stated, “Nothing goes into the mind that does not first go through the hands.”
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  • Kyla Knight, Children's House Teacher

    Staff Spotlight: Kyla Knight

    Kyla has taught at West Side for the past 10 years and she believes that Montessori education isn’t just about how smart your child can be and achieving the best grades. It is about finding out who your child really is and nurturing them to be the best they can be.
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  • Staff Spotlight: Brittany Turner

    Brittany Turner has been teaching in the Little House program at WSM for 5 years. Brittany is inspired by the thought and care that goes into creating a true Montessori environment.
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  • Celebrating Holidays – The Montessori Way

    In a Montessori classroom, the commercial ‘noise’ of the holidays is silenced as children are provided with age-appropriate information about the people, places, foods, and traditions surrounding the holidays.
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  • Practical Life Work in Elementary

    The work of practical life does not stop in the elementary years at West Side Montessori, nor does it become any less important. It does, however, take on different forms and blend into the rest of the program. 
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  • Staff Spotlight: Bridgett Miller

    Bridgett Miller has been teaching at WSM for 13 years and recently received her certification as a School Garden Educator. She is passionate about teaching children gardening skills and respecting nature. 
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  • The Planes of Development

    The Montessori Planes of Development!

    Childhood is divided into four planes of development lasting six years each. Each plane has its own characteristics that affect our approach toward the child.
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  • Staff Spotlight: Emily Jetter

    Emily Jetter serves as WSM's K-8 school counselor and is passionate about reducing the stigma around mental health and integrating students' interests with therapeutic techniques. 
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  • Molly Bernhardt

    Staff Spotlight: Molly Bernhardt

    Molly Bernhardt is a Lower Elementary teacher at West Side Montessori and has been teaching for 28 years.

    "I love that a true Montessori experience allows the children to be themselves and create and construct who they will be. I love that children are free to follow a passion, or a need or a challenge and are trusted to make these choices."
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  • Staff Spotlight: Stephanie Sullivan

    Stephanie Sullivan serves as the Admissions and Campus Coordinator at West Side Montessori's Perryburg campus. Prior to her current role, Stephanie taught in the Sapphire classroom for 11 years.
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  • Jenn Schoepf with students

    Staff Spotlight: Jenn Schoepf

    Jenn Schoepf is the Head of School at West Side Montessori and has worked at WSM for 28 years! 
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  • Why Observe Your Child in the Classroom?

    Children's House teacher Amy Wagner explains why we encourage parents to schedule classroom observations.
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  • Montessori Myths...DEBUNKED!

    Have you heard contradicting things about Montessori education? In this video, we DEBUNK some common myths about Montessori.
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  • Children's House Teacher Amy Wagner

    Spotlight Post: Amy Wagner

    Amy Wagner has been a Montessori teacher for 22 years, 13 of those years at West Side Montessori. Amy is passionate about meeting every child where they are and igniting a joy for learning.
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  • Consistency & Routines

    The smallest discrepancy in a child's daily routine can disrupt their entire day! Consistency in parenting offers stability to your kids when they need it most.
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  • The Heckert Family

    Spotlight Post: Kathy Heckert

    Kathy Heckert is passionate about Montessori education and has worked at West Side Montessori for the past 26 years. Kathy taught for 8 years in the Children's House program before moving into administration. Kathy is the Director of Early Childhood Education and works with the children, parents, and teachers from 13 months - Kindergarten.
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  • Montessori Toilet Learning

    Little House teacher Sarah Kreinbrink provides advice for parents of toddlers on how to guide children from diapers to independent toilet usage.
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  • Montessori Materials

    Montessori Materials: What are they?!

    Last week, across the globe, Montessorians celebrated the life of Maria Montessori, who revolutionized the future of education. In honor of her work that we so deeply admire and treasure, we would like to share with you a deeper understanding of some of the material that is used in Montessori schools around the world. These unique materials and the training we have gone through as teachers make the Montessori method come alive at West Side Montessori!!! 

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  • Positive Discipline

    Children's House teacher Chelsea Seals discusses the basics of Positive Discipline from a Montessori perspective.
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  • Chelsea Seals in the classroom

    Staff Spotlight: Chelsea Seals

    Chelsea Seals is a Children's House teacher in the Emerald Room at the Perrysburg Campus.
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