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, Read the rest

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 Read the rest

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 Read the rest

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 Read the rest

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 Read the rest

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 Read the rest

Concentration

A foundational cornerstone of Montessori education is concentration. We all understand that for children to learn, they need to cultivate the ability to sustain focus on the task at hand.
How do we help children develop and strengthen this quality? Read the rest