New to the NMS Library: PAWS TO READ Program

At some point in our lives, most of us have probably experienced anxiety about reading aloud to a group. It can be especially nerve-wracking for young friends who are still working on expanding their vocabulary and speaking out to their peers. In that moment, what we need is a patient listener and a treasured friend to help us practice. Who could be better for the job than a dog? The Newton Montessori School Library has recently implemented an optional “Paws to Read” program for elementary students. This program allows students to practice their oral reading skills with a trained therapy dog. Destiny is a 10-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever, and she has been working with her owner, Peg, fo

DIY STEAM Projects To Try With Kids At Home

As we enter the first week of December and temperatures begin to drop, the Umbrella Programs Team is brainstorming all sorts of creative indoor activities for our students. An online resource we often use for inspiration is called 'The Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio'—which has a great library of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) based project ideas and tutorials. One of our favorites is a project on light play! We love how something as simple as a shadow puppet can inspire hours of imaginative play with young children. The projects below build upon that love of play and encourage children to experiment with color mixing, reflection, light filtration, and moveme

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Wellan Montessori School

80 Crescent Avenue

Newton Centre, MA 02459

Phone: (617) 969-4488   

Fax: (617) 969-4430

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