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  Children at local Montessori craft blankets for those in need Some little boys and girls are making a big difference in the lives of those in need, raising money for materials and then crafting blankets for an organization that helps families going through tough times.  

Sensorial Materials

In the past couple of months, many of our students have become inspired to create structures and patterns using a variety of Sensorial materials. The materials are mathematically graded in size order, and all of the materials have ten pieces (specifically the knobbed cylinders, pink tower, brown stair, red rods, and knobless cylinders). Maria Montessori created these materials specifically to …

First Day Jitters

First day jitters for young children is very common.  One thing that helps ease this is for them to have visited the classroom one on one to meet the teachers and see the classroom.  Even children returning to our school will have some anticipation around the first day of a new school year.  Here are some Kind and Firm responses …

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 …

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 …