Julie has been teaching at West Side for the past 18 years and feels that Montessori meets the child where they are and provides the opportunity for them to develop at their own pace and to follow their own path within boundaries, to promote a lifelong love of learning.
In the Montessori mixed-age classrooms, there is always an older friend to lean on for support and guidance.
All Montessori classrooms have a mixed-age group, usually three years. The mixed-age Montessori classroom is a unique educational environment that has several advantages, and one of them is the opportunity for older students to help their younger peers.
This year, West Side Montessori's annual Thanks & Giving Celebration will be supporting Toledo Helps Ukraine. This local organization’s goal is to help Ukrainian refugee families in the Toledo area transition from sponsor housing to independent housing.
We are looking forward to sharing with our children an act of great kindness and the gift of giving to those in need. Each classroom will be holding a drive from October 30th through November 16th.
The concept of "freedom within limits" is a fundamental principle of Montessori education. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that children should have the freedom to explore and learn independently, but this freedom should be balanced with appropriate limits and structure.
Observing a Montessori classroom as a parent can be an insightful and enriching experience. It can help you better understand the Montessori method and how your child is learning and developing. Here's a guide for how parents should observe a Montessori classroom.
The Perrysburg campus of West Side Montessori (WSM) is thrilled to welcome back visual artist Jordan Buschur as part of the TeachArtsOhio Grant from the Ohio Arts Council. WSM is honored to be named a recipient of this competitive grant, which will fund Ms. Buschur to teach art at WSM for 30 days of the 2023 - 2024 academic school year.
"At every level, we have a phenomenal World Language program. It's wonderful that the school community values this special experience. I don’t know of any school around which can match our program, so it’s a unique gift a family can offer their child. The teachers are always innovating to make it better, too. We care a lot about our students as individuals and their learning experience." - Margaret Kohler, WSM French Teacher
West Side graduates are known for being leaders when they move on to high school and Layan Ridi (‘22) and Daivik Patel (‘21) are no exception. Both attend Maumee Valley Country Day School where Layan is a freshman and Daivik is a sophomore.
Congratulations to West Side alum Max Shelton (‘19) on being named Valedictorian of his graduating class at Central Catholic! Max had direct involvement with every aspect of high school life and completely embodies West Side’s “Portrait of a Graduate.”
Rocio Laorden Baeza teaches Spanish to students ages 3 years old-4th grade and believes learning a new language from a young age can be a fun and rewarding experience that enhances cognitive development and cultural understanding.
Having your child take care of family pets can be a way of bringing the Montessori philosophy into your home. It develops a number of skills along with many positive character traits, which helps in the development of the “whole child.”
Morag Hastie is an Upper Elementary teacher at WSM and feels the most important role is supporting the students in figuring out how to sit in that struggle space, how to think, how to be tenacious, how to work hard. It is a skill that will help them regardless of where life takes them.
Andrew Sautter has taught at West Side Montessori for 12 years and believes the true magic of Montessori is the structure and environment allows students to develop responsibilities, explore their interests, investigate curiosities, gain a sense of self, learn boundaries, develop skills and gain knowledge in a way that is exciting and appealing to students which keeps them wanting more.
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.”
Middle School student Hazel Shanahan was selected as the winner of the 8th-grade essay competition for the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Essay & Multimedia Contest, hosted by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.
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.
West Side Montessori is an independent, accredited Montessori school educating children 13 months through 8th grade (preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school). We are one of the leading private schools in Toledo and the nation.
WSM does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability in the administration of its admission policy, educational policy, or any school-administered program.