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Today begins 2020 which, depending on your point of view, is either the last year of the first decade of the 21st century or the first year of the second decade. But usually when people hear “2020” they think of eyesight. Anyone with 20-20 vision can see well. Anyone with 20-20 hindsight can be annoying who those have to make hard decisions.

I am referring, of course, to a calendar year, which interrupts in the middle of our school year. I thought what better time to...

As Dorian scoots up the coast I thought this would be a good time to review how the school addresses threats like these.

First, we normally don’t close school when Kershaw County School District finds it necessary to do so. On the one hand, we don’t have buses that reach out to the perimeter of the county. Second, because students at MSC work at their own pace, the loss of a day by one student does not disconnect him from the place of his peers. Unless MSC announces...

For many of our parents the beginning of parent-school interaction, Montessori is new. A few parents attended a Montessori school (including our own!) as a child but most take a leap of faith that the Method best serves the developmental needs of their children. Any faith can be tried by a number of factors—classroom techniques that seem counter-intuitive, a child’s perception that may differ every-so-slightly from the facts, and sometimes mistakes teachers, student...

Today we started the first day of our school year. The temperature was 80°F, expected to soar to 104°F, presumably including the heat index. Some people might ask why we start so early, in the middle of summer.

Traditional 180-day school calendars have started in August or September and end in May or June to allow children to be available for the spring planting and harvest—in New England! Of course, we’re not in New England and very few of our families farm—and most...

On Monday we sent home a flyer for the SC READY standardized test, and it has led to some questions I’d like to answer. Taking standardized tests is part of the reality of public schools, and our students are no exception. One parent asked me if she should be doing something to prepare her child. The answer, beyond engaging with your child at home (reading together, for example), is mostly no.

In Montessori we don’t teach to the test; we prepare children for life. Yo...

Almost everything in the Montessori environment has multiple purposes. For instance, even something as mundane as morning drop off has hidden intent. We want the children to exit the car at the drop-off point, turning their backs on their parents, instead of parents turning their backs on the children at the door to the classroom. Second, walking to the classroom by himself builds confidence and independence in the child—one of the advantages inherent in a Montessor...

As a public school we are obliged to assess students several times per year. It’s not entirely consistent with Montessori philosophy, but it is entirely consistent with public education.

As a private school MSC administered one assessment to 3rd Year Primary students through Lower Elementary, and another for Upper Elementary. We were administering these tests when I arrived at the school in 1998 and I never questions my predecessor why, but I always wondered. It’s to...

I love it when experts announce (or repeat) what we in the Montessori community have known all along. It happened this week again on NPR. In a piece aired last Monday (I missed it but I get the weekly roll up in an email) the reporter announced this:  “Developmental pediatricians are telling parents to reconsider the age-old practice of forcing children to hug or kiss members of the extended family when gathering at the holidays. They say doing so takes away the chi...

Everybody knows what corporal punishment is; nobody thinks it's a junior non-commissioned officer, and many people I talk to have a fixed opinion about the subject. Some people oppose it because they were spanked as a child; others are for it for the same reason. Still others were not subjected to spanking as a child and refrain for that reason as well (curiously, I don’t recall a parent ever telling me that “I spank my child because I wasn’t spanked”). In all three...

MSC will have a 2-hour delay today, October 11, and Intersession classes will begin at 10 AM. Tropical Storm Michael is dropping heavy rain, due to lighten about 9 AM. If your child is enrolled in this week's intersession, please drive carefully.

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