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 …

Positive Discipline

Come and join us for Positive Discipline classes this fall. Call 260.434.4450 or email at admin@SouthwestMontessoriAcademy.org for more details and to get registered.

Summer Camp

The theme last week for summer camp was “Earth Friendly.” The children had many experiences and learned ways to help care for our environment. Some of the experiences included going on a nature walk to observe and appreciate the land in our own backyard, gathering litter, observing examples of polluted land and water, making homemade recycled paper, creating a bird …

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 …