New Sponsorship Video with PBS 39 Now Airing

We are thankful for PBS 39 coming to film our new sponsorship, which is now airing! Southwest Montessori Academy is dedicated to nurturing and inspiring a love for learning for each child as they prepare for life. If you would like to schedule a tour with us, please give us a call at 260.434.4450 or e-mail us. We are hosting …

Announcement of New Mission Statement

This past summer, thanks to a Toolbelt Grant from the Dekko Foundation, the Board of Directors of SMA had the opportunity to hire and work with a well-known Montessori school consultant, Dane Peters.  As a direct result of his training, we have set up a number of measurable objectives that will help strengthen and grow our school. One of our …

Your Child’s Day At School

As a former parent of a young Montessori student, I was always curious about what my child did in school for so many hours. When I asked my child, “What did you do in school today?” Often, I got these not-so-helpful responses: “I don’t know.” “Nothing.” “A lot of work.” I learned later that there are many reasons why children …

Now offering Positive Discipline Classes

We are offering a 7-week course on Parenting the Positive Discipline Way. Our first class is on August 31, 2017 on Thursdays from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Our experience shows us that children of parents who have taken this course thrive in our environment. Positive Discipline is a program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and designed to teach …

Academic V.S. Free Play

There seems to be a plethora of information aimed at parents regarding regarding the way Early Childhood Education “should be”.  Some of this information points to providing children with unlimited free play as this will enhance social-emotional skills and that they will have enough time for the remainder of their educational years with little to no freedom. Other sources promote …

Southwest Montessori Academy Receives Validation Certificate

Southwest Montessori Academy has become the first Montessori school in Indiana to be validated by United Montessori Schools of Indiana or UMSI. To be validated by UMSI means that the school has demonstrated that they meet basic threshold standards of a fully-implemented Montessori school. These standards are as follows: demonstrating an understanding of the Montessori philosophy, credentialed teachers from accredited programs, …

Order

When parents walk into a Montessori classroom for the first time, they initially notice the orderly environment. Although there are over 100 works in the classroom, every work has a specific place. Similar works are grouped together, and the children are taught to return materials back on the shelf ready for the next person. This order gives children the consistency …

Independence

Fostering independence is one of our biggest goals in a Montessori classroom. Maria Montessori believed that even the youngest of children are saying, “Help me to do it by myself!” Here are 4 specific things we can do to help children become more independent: 1. Prepare the classroom – Children can access the entire classroom by themselves and do not …