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Montessori at Home: Nature as Teacher

by Toddler Directress Shun Shun Cui When I entered the Montessori classroom my first time, I was attracted by the natural materials. All the materials in the classroom are closely related to nature or our adult functional life, such as wooden plates, small stones from the river, and real glasses. Those natural materials provide children…

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Simple, Natural Materials for School and Play

by Directress Nancy Wu “Play is the work of the child.”“He does with his hands, by experience, first in play then through work.  The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”                                                                                 – Maria Montessori I remember once seeing a commercial on television showing a doctor’s prescription for a child that reads, “play.” I wholeheartedly agree with this…

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Montessori at Home: Freedom of Choice

by Directress Cindy Genin A typical misconception of a Montessori School is that, “it is one of those schools where the children are able to do whatever they want at any time.” People imagine chaos in a room where children are not regimented. A good rebuttal to this false idea comes from Dr. Montessori herself:  One…

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Montessori At Home: Freedom of Movement

by Directress Jessica Hrytzik Humans often think of our bodies and minds as two separate mechanisms doing work all their own. The body does physical tasks that build strength and cardiovascular health. The brain does mental tasks that build intelligence. These statements are true in the scope of general abilities of the body and the brain,…

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Montessori at Home: Patience

by Primary and Kindergarten Directress Nancy Wu “Miss Nancy, Miss Nancy…”  As I give a lesson to a child, another child calls for help from the other side of the classroom.  Or, a student keeps tapping my shoulder to get my attention when I am working with another child.  The inquisitive child just can’t wait,…

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Montessori At Home: Respect All Aspects of Your Child’s Life

by Sarah Riggle, Program Coordinator The following are tips for parents on how to integrate the Montessori philosophy into your home life. This can become a part of a growth and independence mindset, a way to holistically raise your child that is rooted in respect and care. Keep in mind that “care” does not mean…

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Montessori At Home: How to Fight Summer Boredom

adapted from a June 2020 piece by Christina Clemmer on mother.ly Summer days are a great time to play with your child and do special activities together. Setting up a few areas in your home where your child can play independently will allow your child to have fun playing on his own, too—so that you can…

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New Fundraiser Through January 2021: Boon Supply

Westshore families, rejoice! There is now a source for high-quality gifts and accessories that ALSO helps our students thrive. Boon Supply, a new but strong player in microfunding and charitable funding, was started in 2017 with a collection from Mixed Bag Designs. Since then they have grown to contribute over $100 million to schools and…

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What Is Westshore’s Summer Program?

by Jessica Hrytzik The Westshore Montessori Summer Program is a fun-filled opportunity for enrichment. Each and every child brings a very special element to our program. The children share their knowledge, their personalities, and their opportunities with peers from every classroom at Westshore Montessori. The Classrooms are filled with the typical Montessori materials that the children…

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