Do you know how to talk to your child about where babies are before they are born?  Are you comfortable answering questions about private body parts? What about broaching the subject of sex and sexual decision making?  These are topics that often make parents, and teac...

As seen in the 2018–2019 Wellan Year in Review

“I got an 87% on the Pink Tower!” Sounds absurd, right? What might that even mean? How would such a percentage score help a student understand what has yet to be learned? 

In a Montessori learning environ...

As the days have turned into weeks, our youngest students have become increasingly comfortable with the school environment and classroom routines. This progress is quite impressive given that in the grand scheme of things, the school year is still a relatively new expe...

Recently all faculty and staff attended a professional development session with certified human sexuality educator of 30 years, Deborah Roffman. We discussed the spiral curriculum that takes place over many years, and how it begins with our youngest students as they st...

Childhood is often portrayed as an idyllic time filled with carefree days and little to no worries, stress, or responsibilities. However, imagine a world in which you tend to have very little say in most aspects of your day to day life—your schedule and activities are...

February vacation is upon us—a perfect opportunity for a family trip! But once travel plans involve making it through TSA, bringing a two-year-old with you may make the hassles of travel feel even more daunting. When you're flying with toddlers, you might be worried ab...

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'...

“It is surprising to notice that even from the earliest age, man finds the greatest satisfaction in feeling independent. The exalting feeling of being sufficient to oneself comes as 
revelation.” —Maria Montessori

Applying the Montessori approach at home means in...

Beginner classrooms are looking forward to our annual Halloween celebration. Students and teachers (and hopefully some parents!) will dress in costume and enjoy some light refreshments in their respective classrooms. “Hidden” around the classroom will be individual goo...

“No one can be free unless he is independent: therefore, the first, active manifestations of the child’s individual liberty must be so guided that through this activity he may arrive at independence. Little children, from the moment in which they are weaned, are making...

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