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Community Over Competition

Written by Directress Monica Dieter The Montessori Method works to maximize the individual child’s academic potential. At Westshore, our classrooms are authentic Montessori environments designed to facilitate child-directed learning experiences. By engaging with materials that are accessible, inviting, and self-correcting, students develop independence, curiosity, and confidence. As students build a strong sense of self, they…

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Making Choices

The essence of independence is to be able to do something for oneself.                                                       Maria Montessori Several weeks ago I had a conversation with my daughter who is a senior in college. She told me that she had to make a choice whether or not to go to some events, and was having a hard time…

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A Letter About Our Future Kindergarteners

The human hand, so delicate and so complicated, not only allows the mind to reveal itself but it enables the whole being to enter into special relationships with its environment.                                                                                                                                                 –Maria Montessori I am often asked, Why Montessori for the kindergarten year?  You chose Westshore Montessori School for your child’s preschool because you wanted…

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The smallest bit helps.

You have to shop. Why not give back while you do? There are multiple ways you can help out the school with your every-day shopping habits: Amazon Smile – .5% of every eligible purchase donated Amazon Charity List – NEW! Search for Westshore’s Charity List and see the classroom supplies we need right now –…

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A Surprising Favorite Game: Learning Geometric Solids

Written by Directress Cindy Genin Do any of you remember the game, Guess Who? It was one of my favorite games when I was younger. How about the game Headbands? This is a game that is fun for the whole family. In all of our classrooms, we have two very similar works on the shelves; the Mystery Bag and Guessing Game. The Sensorial…

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Sound Games Come First in Montessori

Child spelling words with letter blocks - Westshore Montessori School

Written by Directress Monica Dieter Contrary to popular belief, a child’s knowledge of letter-sound relationship is far more important than his or her ability to name letters or recite the alphabet. A child can easily memorize the names of objects or letter symbols, but that does not mean they can use that information to later…

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Celebrating Holidays in the Montessori Classroom

Child working with scissors - Westshore Montessori School

Written by Directress Denise Pawlukiewicz Our school community is made up of diverse cultures, ethnicities and traditions. With that in mind, our approach to holiday celebrations is very simple. We prepare our room in advance of the holiday, talk to the children about the event, and then celebrate in a manner appropriate for a toddler.…

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Work and Play in Montessori

“The children in our schools have proved to us that their real wish is to be always at work —a thing never before suspected.  Just as no one had ever before noticed the child’s power of choosing his work spontaneously. Following an inner guide, the children busied themselves with something (different for each)which gave them…

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