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Perhaps people simply forget to utter these two words as a token of appreciation. Maybe, I it is assumed that others know how appreciated they are. Regardless of the reasons; hearing the words “thank you” can make a significant difference.

The point of my introduction is relevant. Parents and teachers share a common goal: to meet the needs of the children in our care, and the desire to see them succeed. Parents work at home to meet their child’s needs, and teachers w...

In my 6 years of experience working in a Montessori classroom I have observed an interesting pattern.

Transitions, particularly from one classroom to another, one would think, would be a breeze. The rising students already know many of the children at the new level because the year before—and the year before that—many of them were classmates at the previous level. However, I have witnessed a repetitive social-emotional event. Third-year Primary students have achieved...

Many of you may already know, Montessori schools have mixed-age classrooms.  This is because Maria Montessori observed that older children helped younger children with their lessons and tasks.  Studies show that peers often motivate each other to succeed.  The environment and materials are set up in a similar way in every Montessori classroom. The environment is meant to be clutter free, beautiful, peaceful, and natural. The materials are intended to capture the chi...

We tend to use the word “Montessori” in conjunction with the educational method for which Maria Montessori is known. Students spend approximately seven hours a day practicing her method of learning both academics and social skills at school; however, they might not continue to practice at home.

Is it possible to practice at home? Absolutely! If we consider Montessori to be more a way of life than a method of teaching academics we can accomplish this. It is not necess...

I recently read a wonderful article about tantrums and thought to pass on some of the ideas. The author examines the phenomenon of a tantrum as an opportunity for management rather than an unexpected tornado—even though it often seems like that.

The article began with picking battles; knowing when to engage and when to divert in order to prevent a meltdown. Let me point out that just because you do not engage in the battle does not mean the child gets what he wants....

Both fear and anxiety are very real emotional responses to some kind of trigger or stimulus. Adults naturally want to tell a child that “there is nothing to be afraid of” or “don't worry, everything is fine.” While we mean well, those statements aren't very effective at making the feelings go away, nor do they help console the child who is experiencing the fear. 

Here are some ways experts suggest will help:

To help your child deal with fears and anxieties:

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