Building Skills for Peace: Social-Emotional Learning in Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary (ages 6-9) is a time when children enter what Maria Montessori called the Second Plane of Development. During this time, children go from working and playing alone to seeking out interactions with peers. It is a time of moral development when children grapple with what is right and wrong; what is fair and unfair. It is also an age when children begin to explore big questions about the world and their place in it. Guided by our understanding of the developmental stages of 6-9 year olds, Lower Elementary teachers aim to give children guidance, support, and structure. This helps children develop a respect for themselves and others, along with an awareness of a moral code that a

A Wellan Tradition: Building Community through Host Families

Caring. Curious. Confident. Community. Wellan believes that a thriving, cohesive community provides a role model for children, encouraging them to become lifelong responsible and collaborative individuals. Through our Y3 Student Council, Service Sundays, classroom playdates, and fun parent groups, we are dedicated to giving children and their families an opportunity to enrich their sense of community within, and beyond, the classroom. A favorite Wellan tradition calls on our returning families to serve as Host Families. This tradition establishes the first link between newly enrolled families and current Wellan families, strengthening the fabric of our community and creating a supportive fou

Service Learning: The Value of Time

We all have very busy lives. Family commitments, work, kids’ schedules; personally, I can hardly keep up sometimes! With all that we have on our plates, how can we possibly fit in volunteering our time? This is the question I would ask myself for many years. The answer was always, “well, I can’t;” and instead I would make a donation to a charitable organization. I felt like a pretty good human – I did my part, and then I would move along with my very busy life. Of course contributing financially is important and necessary, but what I didn’t realize (probably because I was busy being so busy) was that giving my time would change not only my experience, but also my children’s experience. Kriss

Featured Posts

Recent Posts


Search By Tags

Wellan Montessori School

80 Crescent Avenue

Newton Centre, MA 02459

Phone: (617) 969-4488   

Fax: (617) 969-4430

SOCIAL-ICONS white-09.png
SOCIAL-ICONS white-08.png
SOCIAL-ICONS white-07.png
SOCIAL-ICONS white-06.png


Wellan Montessori School is a non-profit school which admits students of every race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, or political beliefs to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political views.