Keep Your Child Reading this Summer

Now that summer has arrived, why not take advantage of the school-break to encourage your kids to pick up a book? After all, as our children’s first and foremost educators, we parents play an essential role in teaching our kids to read and to love reading. Here are a few strategies to help you encourage your children to read this …

Make the Most of the Summer Break

As a parent, you might be worried about your child’s ability to retain the knowledge gained throughout the school year during the summer break. You might even be tempted to have your child focus on academic work throughout the break. However, you should recognize that your child needs the balance offered through a summer of relaxation and reflection. Here are …

You Should Give Your Children Chores

Nobody wants to do chores. However, the way we present the concepts of chores makes all the difference.  Having kids pitch in isn’t just helpful for parents; it’s beneficial for them, too. In fact, children of all ages can do chores and benefit from them. Here, we explore the many important reasons to incorporate regular chores into your children’s routines …

More Ways Montessori is Different

In a previous post, we discussed a few ways in which Montessori school is different from traditional school. We compared and contrasted school and classroom design, multi-age classrooms, and student-directed learning. While these are some very key differences, there are still more ways in which the two differ. Subjects are Integrated The Montessori curriculum focuses on integrating diverse concepts across …

Spring Egg Hunt

Join us for our Spring Egg Hunt & Party on April 18, 2019! The party will take place in your child’s classroom from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. All Toddler and Early Childhood classes will have a Spring Egg Hunt & Party in place of lunch. Older infants will practice social and motor skills all while participating in the Egg …

How Montessori is Different from Traditional Schools

Just because someone has heard of the term “Montessori school” doesn’t mean they know what one is. Usually, the idea is that Montessori is an alternative to traditional schools, and it doesn’t go too far beyond that. That belief is correct, but there is more to it. Here are a few ways in which Montessori schools differ from traditional private …

Praise vs. Encouragement

“That’s so great!” “You are so smart!” Most of us think of such praise as positive. However, while it may sound counterintuitive, the Montessori teacher avoids such praise when recognizing a student’s accomplishments. Yes, the Montessori classroom is filled with positive reinforcement. But, rather than praise, which is often conditional and vague (“You’re a good girl!”), the teacher gives descriptive encouragement (“You must feel …

What are the Learning Styles that Best Suit your Child?

Over the years, pedagogical learning theories have identified different “intelligences” that tell us how we learn best. By understanding how individual students learn differently, we can craft lessons and materials that help a child grasp concepts in ways that are more conducive to the way their brains best absorb information. Seven different learning styles Visual (Spatial): The visual learner learns by seeing. People with strong …

Happy Holidays–All of Them!

There are dozens of holidays observed between Halloween and New Year: Diwali, Thanksgiving, St. Nicholas Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Solstice, Christmas, New Year’s Eve. The glittering gold and silver or the season go all the way back to Nordic, Celtic, and Roman festivities. Early Christians absorbed the pagan traditions of lighting candles, decorating trees, and giving presents. The holiday season …

Sugar Mill Montessori Halloween Book Character Parade

Halloween is coming! It is a fun and exciting day for Sugar Mill Montessori students! Most children love dressing up. However, keep in mind that we have a wide age range of children at our school, and some costumes can be frightening for our little ones. For this holiday to be fun and non-threatening, and so all our children can …