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Going Out in Upper El

In accordance with Montessori philosophy, an important function of an Elementary Montessori educator is to give students explicit lessons in practical life. Practical life lessons encompass what we do each day to sustain our own health and to maintain a positive relationship with our immediate community and society at large. Practical life work is important …

The Creative Process

I often hear beautiful and excited voices in the hallway at TMS, “Today is art, Ms. Cooper!” There is magic, freedom and play in art. Art helps children develop many fundamental skills such as creativity, problem solving, confidence, visual learning, motor movement and coordination, focus, collaboration and perseverance, just to name a few. These skills …

Pandora’s Socks

Who doesn’t love to try on a different persona? To be someone completely different, with a completely different personality, qualities, attitudes, capabilities and problems; to be funny, angry ridiculous, serious, sad or distraught. Every year, Upper Elementary students become someone else in a different time period, in a different setting, and with a unique set …

Problem Solving

Samuel Beckett once noted, “You’re on earth. There’s no cure for that.” As educators we constantly work to help students develop problem solving skills. The freedom and responsibility as well as the social nature of the Montessori elementary classroom allows students to practice these skills on a daily basis. The children recognize that problem solving …

Solving Those Mealtime Blues

We have such high expectations for mealtimes! The ideal of a freshly prepared, hot, delicious and nutritious meal as a happy family sitting around a well-appointed and beautifully set table lingers in the back of our minds. The reality is a rushed and hectic breakfast or dinner that is microwaved and quickly handed off to …

10 Things

10 Things to do at home to support your child’s growth in self-discipline Prepare your child’s environment with furniture and equipment that are her size. For example, when she wants to wash carrots or strawberries, she can sit on a chair by a table that are her size and use small kitchen tools that fit …

Montessori Moments

In a Montessori environment students are active participants in their own learning. They are given the freedom to explore their interests and at the elementary level often choose to work collaboratively. Our classrooms bear witness to countless “Montessori moments” each day and while we as educators never take them for granted, it is easy to …

Positive Discipline

Blog: Positive Discipline Workshop Thanks to generous support from the TMS Annual Fund, I was able to attend a two-day workshop last month in New York City on Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom. It was held at the Westside Montessori School and led by renowned facilitator, Chip DeLorenzo, along with other Montessorians around the …

Power Struggles

It happens a lot at parent-teacher conferences. We are discussing the social and emotional development of a child at school, and a parent asks in despair, “Why does he listen at school and never listens at home? Why is it always a struggle?” Oh, yes! The infamous power struggle! First, we want for the parents …

Music and Montessori

The natural urge to sing, dance, to make and listen to music wells up from the depths of each person, from birth to death. It can be stamped out at an early age or it can be fostered to enrich all of life. In this article you will find ways that music is important to …

Land and Water

A Montessori education is a spiraling curriculum - one where students see the same topics throughout their school career, with each encounter increasing in complexity and reinforcing previous learning. An example is found in the land and water forms that students study from Children's House through Elementary. The youngest students study eight land and water …

What happens in the fall?

In the vegetable garden, the tasks of the day are fun and great educational experiences for the children! In the woods, explorations take us from one end to the other, comparing the size of the stream and the direction of the flowing water to other locations. We discovered that two streams join together . . . …

Food for Thought

The importance of nutrition in the development of the young child cannot be understated. It is essential that during this rapid period of growth in bodies and minds, the young child receives a well balanced diet of carbohydrates, both simple and complex, fats, proteins, water, minerals, vitamins and enzymes for optimal health. Just as important, …

Spanish at TMS

Spanish is taught at TMS in the Elementary classes. Depending on the occasion, classes are centered around holidays that lend themselves to learning the Spanish language, vocabulary and conversation. This video features a couple of days that were spent on the Mexican celebration of the "Day of the Dead."

“My child is only 3.” “No, your child is already 3.”

“My child is only 3 (or 4, 5, 6 . . .)!” “No, your child is already 3 (or 4, 5, 6 . . .)!” “What an odd name for the blog,” one might think. Yes, but let me explain. Often, there is a discrepancy between how the parents see their child and how we, the Children’s …

Math Materials We Use

The use of the didactic math materials developed by Maria Montessori is one of the most recognizable hallmarks of a Montessori education. This system in which a child is constantly moving objects with his hands and actively exercising his senses, also takes into account a child’s special aptitude for mathematics. When they leave the material, …

Games, Words and PE

As a child in my school, PE was a once a week “special” that I absolutely LOVED! I couldn’t wait for my PE day in school, because I was a game loving, competitive, and physically active kid. I couldn’t relate to the kids who dreaded PE. However, in those days, PE was very competitive and …

Language Development

Language is an intrinsic part of the human being; we all possess the innate possibility to develop language in our genes. The presence of the gene FoxP2, which is unique to human beings and aids in language and speech development, tells us that our linguistic ability is at least partially hard-wired. These genes are activated, …

Books We Read

We read many things in Lower El. Students and teachers read for information and entertainment. We also read to open conversations about topics that are relevant to our classroom life. Being read to is a great pleasure for children and the guides make opportunities for read-alouds that serve many purposes, including conversation starters about these …

Peace Education

“Dr. Maria Montessori is universally known for her contribution to the cause of peace and the brotherhood of nations to which she has dedicated the best years of her long and active life, laying the foundations of a true science of peace by means of her innovative form of education.” Maria Montessori saw with great …

Healthy Sleep Habits

Healthy Sleep Habits: How Many Hours Does Your Child Need? ​From infants and toddlers to school-aged kids and teens, parents want to know how many hours of sleep are recommended. While it’s true that sleep needs vary from one person to another, there are some very reasonable, science-based guidelines to help you determine whether your …

Homework

Homework in Lower Elementary is an important part of your child’s academic work. We believe in a modest amount of time spent on homework as the children work hard in school all day and need family/down time in the evenings. The homework we require helps students build on the skills they are acquiring in the …

Trevor Eissler “How Do You Hug a Child Like This?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALCM2LL2y7c

Superwoman Was Already Here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQl-7Lmm4hE

Montessori Madness, Trevor Eissler

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcgN0lEh5IA&feature=related

Dr Steve Hughes: Discusses Montessori

http://youtu.be/LcNvTPX4Q08

Dr Steve Hughes: Montessori and the Future of Education

http://youtu.be/faYco1b-IJI