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? In Montessori classrooms, we begin fostering concentration through our Practical Life activities. Once concentration is developed, they use this skill …

Forbes’ article

This article appeared in Forbes magazine articulating how the Montessori method is a great model for management strategies in companies. Montessori education prepares children for life, service and leadership!

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way

We are beginning a new 6 week workshop for Parenting the Positive Discipline Way. The class will begin on Monday, September 12 from 6:30-8pm. The last class will be on October 10th. This class is free to parents who have children enrolled at SMA and there is $50 fee for others and $90 for a couple. Please join us. A …

Enrolling for the 2016-2017 School year

We still have space for our upcoming school year. Please contact us and we would be more than happy to share with you what we do and learn more about your educational goals for your child.

SMA is hosting its first Fundraiser

Southwest Montessori Academy is thrilled to announce it is going to host its first fundraiser. This is an exciting time for growth at our school. SMA opened its doors in 2013 with 8 children and is projected to have 40 students for the 2016/2017 school year. We are fundraising to meet the demands of our rapid expansion.  All funds raised …

Bringing Montessori Home

Register now for the free “Bringing Montessori Home” parent workshop on Saturday, April 16th from 9:30-11. Our teachers will guide you through a hands-on experience so you can prepare your home environment to be more child-friendly and help your child become more independent, confident and competent. To register, please send an email to office@southwestmontessoriacademy.org. We hope you can join us!

Why Practical Life?

Some of the activities in this area include self-care, care of the environment and use of household utensils. There are numerous benefits to children repetitively practicing in this area. ♦ Concentration – Carrying a tray, carrying a bucket of water, and using sharp objects all require children to be mindful, which leads to deeper concentration. Children need concentration in order …

Observation – The Montessori Assessment tool

As Montessori teachers we are often asked about a child’s progress especially when there are few papers and no tests. Our evaluation of a child’s ability and development come from a keen sense of observation. We observe children while they are working, in-between works, at circle, while lining up, and even during snack time. We observe without judgment, without interfering …

Positive Discipline Classes

We are offering a 6 week course on Parenting the Positive Discipline Way. As parents we all struggle at times with the behavior of children. Join us a we learn to develop a stronger relationship based on mutual respect, belonging, helping your child develop personal responsibility and problem solving skills. Positive Discipline is a program based on the work of …