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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...

As teachers we have all come across a student who just has a hard time learning numbers; so when I came across an article written by Lily Jones, the founder of CuriosityPack.com, a company which provides fun educational activities to help inspire a love of learning for kids, I was very curious to see what she had to say. She wrote that kids start working to understand mathematical ideas at a very young age, and gave the following examples for a better understanding....

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...

At Montessori Schools everywhere the classrooms are filled with child size materials; Maria Montessori designed it this way so the children can do for themselves. Choosing the right shoes for your child is important to support the development of independence, so your child can also do for him or herself. Now-a-days we have so many varieties of shoes and we don’t always make the right choices for the child. Our choices are sometimes based on the style and the cutenes...

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...

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...

Most children with high self-esteem feel loved and competent in doing things on their own. They grow to become productive and happy adults. Listed below are a few things Parents can do to build their children’s self-esteem.

Allow your children to do things for themselves and let them work things out on their own. Sometimes we things for our children because we’re in a hurry and don’t have the patience, so it’s just easier and faster to do it for them. Doing this take...

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...

During this time of the year, we are enjoying time off work spending time with family and friends, all while attempting to maintain so sort of normalcy with the children. Really, we can not fool ourselves by saying our holiday routine is somewhat close to our normal daily routine. Therefore, I was inspired to write, “Where is the Peace?” I am not writing it on the fact that my life is in chaos right now, but for the fact, I must remind myself to pull back from the c...

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