Wellan Grandparents Get Involved

Last month, we hosted our first Primary Grandparents Day and it was a big success! The grandparents who attended spent the morning learning about Montessori philosophy, meeting older student leaders in the school, and working with their grandchild in their classroom. Connecting with Wellan grandparents is something that we value and want to make more accessible for each family. We decided to host Primary Grandparents Day to reach out to this portion of our community and let them see first hand what their grandchildren are doing every day! Inviting grandparents into the classroom gave children the opportunity to explain and demonstrate the work they do in an intimate way. At the end of the ev

The Bridge Experience

What is Bridge? Montessori philosophy is all about following the child’s needs—and close observation of students revealed an opportunity for Wellan to optimize a program for the older Year 2 students of the Beginner program. "Bridge"—now in its second year at Wellan—is designed for children who turn three early in the school year, after September begins. Often children at this age demonstrate readiness for some of the academic aspects of Primary, while still benefiting from the lower teacher : student ratio and routine of a Beginner classroom, which supports students’ growing independence during transition times. Children at this age benefit from a hybrid program to keep them engaged all yea

Creativity... and Montessori

If you think back to yourself as a child, you may remember that feeling that you could do anything. You were an inventor, a painter, a gymnast, and so much more. The world was your oyster and you were unstoppable. When I ask my Lower Elementary students,”Who here is an artist?” they all raise their hands. If I were to ask adults that same question, how many in a room do you think would raise their hand high? Probably just the few who practice art regularly or for work. Where did the artist go in all of the others? Over time, their inner critic developed and they began judging themselves. This happened, not just with art, but in many other areas too. Wouldn’t it be amazing to reconnect to tha

“Diversity is Child’s Play”

“Gummy, will you read me a book?” My grandson asked with a beaming smile. As most grandchildren do, he knew that a smile and bright eyes would invite me into his world to participate in bedtime storytelling. As I sat on the edge of his bed and began reading, I couldn’t help noticing the illustrations and the characters. I looked forward to turning the pages to join the adventurous story, We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt, written by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Miki Sakamoto. After the adventure and a kiss goodnight, I retrieved my coat and presented my own bright smile to my adult son, his father. As a mother I spent many nights reading to my children, and they enjoyed reading African folkl

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80 Crescent Avenue

Newton Centre, MA 02459

Phone: (617) 969-4488   

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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.