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 …

The Importance of Mindful, Screen-Free Interaction with Your Child

Is your distracted phone use interfering with significant face-time with your child? A recent Atlantic article discusses the importance of being fully engaged when interacting with children. This kind of mindful interaction is crucial for childhood brain development. Paying only half-attention to a child while they are chatting about their day can cause a parent to miss critical cues and …

The Montessori Model for Success

An article recently published by INC. discusses how social and emotional skills developed at a young age foster success in later life. The article focuses on a study published in 2015 by the American Journal of Public Health. The study finds that developing social and emotional skills before kindergarten may be more important than focusing on developing academic skills at that age. …

This is How Montessori Creates Leaders

We believe that the children of today will be the leaders of tomorrow. In the words of Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady of the United States, “Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” A Montessori education builds leadership skills in students. Developing Leaders in the Multi-Age Classroom Older children in the multi-age classes become …

Sugar Mill Montessori Prepares Kids for Life

The curriculum at the Sugar Mill Montessori School is designed to prepare the very youngest learners for success in life. It is based on the research of Dr. Maria Montessori in which she concluded that the years from birth to age six are the years of the “absorbent mind.” At this time in life, the ability to learn and assimilate the …